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A little bit of real life for y’all. I’m crying right now because 365 days ago, I was laying in a hospital bed an hour away from home in an isolation room, coughing up blood with a mass in my lung and a substantial build up of fluid in my chest cavity. . 365 days ago, I was diagnosed with pulmonary blastomycosis. My doctors told me that if I had waited another week or so to come in, the blasto would have killed me. I spent two weeks doing IV infusions and taking Benadryl-induced naps in the middle of the day while I recovered. For 337 days, I took little pink and blue pills twice a day every day and then had to get poked for labs 10 times because (fun fact!) antifungal meds mess with your liver function. . 365 days ago, I was dreaming of sunny days and running around with my camera while I was in bed recuperating. 2019 has absolutely been a dream come true for me. Maybe even like, “Best year of my life” status... blastomycosis and all. . I’m just feeling the joy, y’all. 💛 Tell me something you’re grateful for today! #AnnaGutermuthPhotography

6 Days ago

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Had an appointment with my new pulmonologist yesterday! And my doctor gave me the best news... . This girl is OFFICIALLY BLASTO FREE! 🎉 . Almost one year ago, it was hard to imagine ever being here on the other side of this crazy health journey. I was laying in a hospital bed in an isolation room, scared to death because nobody knew what was wrong with me. All I knew was that there was a mass in my right lung and a substantial build up of fluid in my chest cavity. Of all the things that have happened in my life, I can for sure say I never thought “almost dying from blastomycosis” would be one of them. . Today I’m celebrating. No more getting lost in hospitals, no more lab pokes, no more CT scans, no more twice a day meds to take. It all feels so surreal. . Now excuse me while I crank up the Britney Spears music and have the most epic thirty-second dance party. 😉 What are you guys celebrating today? #annalovesmornings

19 Days ago

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22 Days ago

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Hi, it’s me Squish. Just droppin’ in with a Blasto pupdate : my liver and kidney levels are great! We did another Blasto urine test, and we should have the results on Thursday! Fingers crossed for a negative test result! 🤞🏼 Mom let me pick out this reindeer today since I was the goodest boy 💛

29 Days ago

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41 Days ago

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Pupdate on this handsome dude, Dante had more fluid drained today, but less of a buildup than last time with 2 more days in between. 🤞🏻 we can make it a full week before the next fluid drain. In other news, he now thinks he owns the specialty/er vet and lets them know it 😂 any donations to his costly treatment would be appreciated gf.me/u/vzkyz9 #doberman #adoptdontshop #blastomycosissucks

42 Days ago

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Take me outside, hooman! I don’t feel sick! Update: Boone’s feeling stir crazy now being cooped up in the house! He usually runs everyday and hasn’t been able to. His wounds are healing well, he has a lot more energy, and is making a great recovery! Still taking medicine, but things are looking up. Blastomycosis is no joke! Thanks for all the love everyone! #blasto #blastomycosissucks #blastomycosissurvivor

43 Days ago

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96 Days ago

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Yesterday I made the trek to Weston for a visit with my lung doc to see how I’m doing with my blastomycosis recovery! It was my last doctor’s appointment for the next three months until I have to go get poked for labs again. 😳 . For those that don’t know the whole story: I spent 5 days in the hospital at the beginning of December after being originally diagnosed with community-acquired pneumonia. I ended up in the ER and got transferred to a different hospital via ambulance so they could run a barrage of tests and scans on me. My diagnosis came back positive for pulmonary blastomycosis, a fungal lung infection, on day 4 of my hospital stay. . Blastomycosis is the disease that comes from blastomyces, a fungus that thrives in moist soil and decomposing matter like wood or leaves. Most people who breathe in the spores don’t ever get sick. I have been running around through fields and forests and wooded areas for years... it’s kind of part of my job. 😜 I just happened to be one of the few who actually got life threateningly sick from these little spores. . Overall, the consensus of my appointment was good. My doctor told me not to worry about what happens when I come off my meds in January. Worrying about the possibility of a recurrence, especially since we live in an endemic area, is like worrying about the common cold. It might happen! . ...But it also might not! And you can’t let that possibility stop you from living your life! It was such a good reminder after finally feeling like I could see the light at the end of the tunnel but being too afraid to enjoy it. . I’m just gonna say it again: You can’t let the possibility that something MIGHT happen stop you from living your life. 💛 #blastomycosissurvivor #annalovesmornings

105 Days ago

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Tuesday means GO DAY around here. I have to forego my morning coffee to go to the hospital this morning for all my blastomycosis scans to get ready for my appointment with my lung doctor next week. Keeping my fingers crossed that everything comes back with good results. 🤞🏼 . I crunched the numbers and I have officially been in recovery for 255 days after spending 5 days in the hospital in December. . 14 days of at home IV infusions. 241 days (and counting) of taking Itraconazole twice a day. 14 doctors appointments and getting poked for labs (so far). 3 CT scans. 2 nebulizer treatments. 2 chest X-Rays coupled with ER visits. . And I’m extremely grateful for that ONE good vein in my arm, the one they always take blood out of, is still going strong. . Distract me from being an anxious mess today... Tell me something you’re grateful for! #blastomycosissucks #annalovesmornings

113 Days ago

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145 Days ago

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Yesterday was one of the worst days of my life. My Baby boy crossed the rainbow bridge. Levi lost his battle to blastomycosis. My world has been turned upside down. He fought so hard, but his body just couldn’t bare it anymore. Im so proud of him for his fight. A piece of me is gone forever. The bond I had with Levi was like no other. The day I saw him I knew he was meant to be mine. He taught me so much. But mostly unconditional love. He protected me, made me laugh, was by my side through heart ache, moves, and so many adventures. This empty void in my chest is unforgiving. It aches. It’s surreal. It’s unbearable. I feel numb and so lost without him. I will never be the same without you my baby boy. My world feels so empty without you. I dont know how to have a world without you in it. I know you are running free and happy in the biggest most beautiful park. Your favorite. I know you are out of pain, and that helps ease the ache. I will forever wait for the day I get to see your precious face again. To kiss you and have you by my side again. I love more then words can even describe. I saved you almost 4 years ago from that big empty cage, but baby boy YOU saved me. And I’m forever grateful for your love. Nothing can replace you. My heart will forever be broken until we meet again. Please watch over me and Daisy. We’ll see you on the other side my bubs, be happy and run free. I love you my sweet boy. Forever. 💙 Thank you to all of you who have been by my side during this incredibly difficult time. You mean the world to me. 🙏🏻- - - #blastomycosis #blastomycosissucks #blasto #furmom #heartache #loss #rainbowbridge #mylove #heartbroken

167 Days ago

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In 2017 we almost lost our love to Blastomycosis - a fungal infection contracted by inhaling the microscopic blastomyces fungus most often found in moist, wooded areas. Today, Mika tested negative and is officially BLASTO FREE. Time to celebrate, baby girl🍦 #blastomycosissucks #blastomycosissurvivor

173 Days ago

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Sometimes (mostly in the middle of the night when I can’t sleep) I start reading about blastomycosis, the lung infection I was diagnosed with back in December. This mostly leads down a rabbit hole with a bunch of medical jargon that leaves me in a long-term relationship with dictionary.com, but every once in a while I stumble upon the story of someone who survived it. There aren’t many out there because this is also a disease commonly found in dogs, but every person’s story that I have found has made me cry. . One day, I will sit down and write out my story in the hopes that it will comfort someone else going through the same very scary thing. But right now, still in the middle of it, these stories give me the courage to keep fighting every day and I am grateful for every single person who gathered the courage to share theirs. . If you’re in the middle of something hard right now, even if it’s something you don’t ever talk about, just know that I am cheering you on, friend. 💛 We can do hard things. #blastomycosissurvivor #annalovesmornings

173 Days ago

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178 Days ago

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As we know, I’m all about sharing other makers talent. As most know, we lost our last puppy, Duke, to a rare fungal infection called blastomycosis two years ago at the young age of...well, one. I had just started LC Design full time so I got to spend every single day with that sweet soul and learned so much about myself, puppies, unconditional love..it truly changed me for the better. When our first dog, Case, passed away at 2 years old we had a piece done by @hagenandoats and got the sunset tree canvas from the night he passed from @mthodephotography (which you can find prints of at the shop). But Duke never got anything, he doesn’t even have a real headstone. So, I discovered @grayduckart outta the Twin Cities and knew that his old soul eyes needed a painting and painting it myself was just what I needed for the soul. They send you everything you need to recreate your photo. I highly recommend it! Thanks Gray Duck Art, Ima treasure this for life! #ArtistSSupportingArtists #MinnesotaMade #MinnesotaMaker #GrayDuckArt #DukeTheDoggie #Blastomycosis #BlastomycosisSucks #RainbowBridge

181 Days ago

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182 Days ago

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Someone is happy to be resting at home! He jumped up on the couch and is all snuzzled in with his favorite blanket. ❤️ His breathing is so much better and having the feeding tube puts our mind at ease knowing he is getting what he needs to start healing. His nose looks awful but believe it or not that’s getting better too. We have a lidocaine spray to help with pain and a slew of other meds to get him better! This guy is such a fighter! 💪🏻 We seriously had our doubts he was going to pull through after last weekend. With the help of Lakeshore Veterinary Specialists I am confident he is gonna kick Blastos ass! After all he is a tough Guardian Rottweiler! Thanks for the prayers and healing vibes everyone! Much appreciated! 🙏🏻😘 #blastomycosis #blastomycosissucks #rottietough #rottweilersofficial #rottweilersofinstagram #guardianrottweilers @jointeamlvs

222 Days ago

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7 days in the hospital and now he gets to come home! 🎉 He’s all smiles and so are we! We will need to closely monitor his breathing and he will be on medication for months but I’m hopeful he will come out of this just fine! 🙏🏻 Lakeshore Veterinary Specialists @jointeamlvs took the best care of him and we are so grateful for their amazing staff! ❤️ #dogsofinstagram #rottweilersofficial #rottweilersofinstagram #germanrottweiler #blackandtan #rottielove #blastomycosis #blastomycosissucks #onthemend #rottiesofinstagram

231 Days ago

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239 Days ago

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F r i d a y • F a v o r i t e s —————————————————- This weeks #fridayfave is my new tattoo. It is by far my favorite piece of artwork out of the 6 others that I have. Today marks one month since my sweet Nova left this world and it hasn’t gotten easier at all. But now she’s by my side forever. Thank you to Kelsey for giving me such an amazing tattoo. The artistry and passion you put into this is so appreciated. Each flower represents something different and the fact that she put this together for me is just amazing. @v_i_s_microblading @claark__griswold . . . Aloe for healing Aster for love Forget me not for remembrance Daisy for innocence . . #tattoo #fridayfavorites #inked #ink #tatted #armtattoo #favoritetatoo #forearmtattoo #pitbull #pitty #pitbulltattoo #blastomycosisawareness #blastomycosissucks #restinparadise #nova #flowers #dogtattoo #dog #vanityinkstudios

250 Days ago