Judith Kerrigan Ribbens
CREATIVE ARTS THERAPIST
Judith M. Ribbens, MA, LPC
in private practice
Choices Counseling Center
A slide show of my art--watercolor, acrylic, mixed media/collage--and photography for a sampling of my work.
SELECTIONS OF MY WORK MAY BE SEEN AT...
TURTLE ISLAND GIFTS
HIGHWAY 29 & COUNTY U
ONEIDA INDIAN RESERVATION
JUST WEST OF GREEN BAY, WISCONSIN
HELLO. Welcome to this site.
Normally, I would be using this page to show you slide shows of my books and art work available for sale on my own behalf and to direct you to the other pages where you might select something to buy. I still hope you will do that but not for me.
On January 2 of this year, our family got the news that my daughter, Jeannie Kerrigan, was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer which had metastasized to her liver. Examination of any statistics for this cancer told us that this was a death sentence. One oncologist simply told her she should go into end of life care.
Jeannie, however, is not one to lie down and die. Quite the contrary. She persevered and found another oncologist who is "on the leading edge" (my doctor told me) of the fight to bring the 3-7% survival rate up. This leading edge works by taking the cancer back to Stage One, when it then becomes operable. We will not know for many months how this will work for her. WE, and by WE, I mean not only our immediate family, but a huge host of people Jeannie has helped in her work as a healer,
and a host of people she has taught to heal others,
and a host of friends from her recovery from drug addiction--many years recovery now
and a host of people who have been helped by her book, LAYLA, about her recovery from sexual abuse and addiction as well as her incredible spiritual growth,
and a host of people who have danced and prayed with her for years through spiritual ceremonies.
Jeannie has also been caring for her body for years in every way--healthy eating, meditation, exercise. Her friends rallied to provide every possible alternative care for her as well, so she has much more than chemo going for her.
The major part of Jeannie's life has been helping others heal. Now she can't work. Put bluntly, chemo is a bitch. It is painful and exhausting. She had been partially supporting three sons, Eric, Jon, and Rob. They, however, are now taking responsibility for themselves and working to support her however they can. Brave and loving men, they are. She has had to move to Santa Monica from Cotati, CA, where they live. Her best friend and business partner in the non-profit they began from the sales of LAYLA, (www.rickysrevolution.org), to help homeless and sexually abused children, is Katherine Patton. She left her job and home to nurse Jeannie.
SO, this will cost money. Estimates are between $50,000-$60,000 which we will need as soon as possible. Yes, there is insurance but it does not begin to cover the costs, which include special diet foods and nutrients, deductibles, out of pocket for the chemo itself and for hospital and medical care, rent for a cottage in Santa Monica as well as money to maintain and pay for her home in Cotati, transportation, and all the small stuff that anyone who is very ill needs to have.
ALL ART WORK OFFERED ON THIS SITE, AND ALL PROCEEDS FROM THE SALE OF MY BOOKS (AVAILABLE ON AMAZON) WILL GO TO THIS EFFORT. YOU WILL PROBABLY DO BEST BY CONTACTING ME DIRECTLY IF YOU WANT ANYTHING FROM HERE. Most of my inventory is with me at home. CELL IS 920-471-8500. EMAIL IS firstname.lastname@example.org. IF I DON'T ANSWER, IT'S BECAUSE I'M AT WORK. I am a mental health counselor and if I'm in session or in a meeting, I can't answer.
I work Tuesday through Friday each week.
You can follow Jeannie's progress at www.jeannieslove.com. If you can contribute anything, small or large, loving energy or prayers or money, we will be so happy and grateful. Just click on the heading on that site, How to Help.
I am so incredibly grateful that the internet is available to get the word out. I am so incredibly grateful for all the good people who live the values of compassion and love deeply and profoundly. All of you are priceless.
THANK YOU SO MUCH.
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