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Help for Greg Artzner of "Magpie"

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Raised by 236 people in 3 months
Created June 11, 2018
This is a fundraiser for Greg Artzner as he recovers.... a message from Greg is below.

"First we’d like to say a deep thank you to all our friends who have donated thus far. It’s been truly moving to see the outpouring of love and concern and support. 

I had vascular surgery on the 12th of this month to remove and bypass clotting in my right leg brought about by a recent flareup of ulcerative colitis, a condition which I have been fighting for more than 30 years. The surgery was successful and now I am home recuperating with my sweet Terry by my side. (She takes such good care of me.) The surgery knocked down my strength, but I am regaining a little more strength each day with walking around the house and yard. After an in-house colonoscopy, I am still fighting the colitis flareup, and we seem to be making some incremenal progress on that score too.

We had to cancel gigs from the end of May through this entire month of June and into much of July. We’re hopeful to be able to be back up singing later this summer. In the meantime, the loss of income has created a hardship going forward in fulfilling our obligations and paying the bills. So we’re so very grateful for the help from all you friends. We’ll keep you all informed as we go forward, getting healthy again. I have several follow-up appointments with my doctors coming up in the next few weeks, so we’ll let you know how we’re coming along. In the meantime… thank you from the bottom of our hearts.”
 
–Greg Artzner

For more information on Greg and Terry's work,  click on the link below:

www.magpiemusic.com
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Well, the update is good. My condition continues to improve. I don't think I'll "jinx" it by saying that the colitis is subsiding, and I'm feeling much better on that score. I have put on a stone, and I am gaining strength in my legs. Walking with a walking stick now, which is superior to a cane in that it keeps me upright rather than leaning.
We have ventured back into our work. This past week we spent a couple of lovely days in Auburn, NY recording three of the Harriet Tubman songs we co-wrote with students at Genesee Elementary School. That was truly special. Friday night we performed our first "Magpie" concert since June at the Hudson Valley Folk Guild's series in Hyde Park, and Saturday we went down into NYC to perform a tribute concert to Victor Jara coinciding with the 45th anniversary of his death at the hands of Pinochet's coup in September of 1973. Our friend Susie Erenrich produced the show at People's Voice Café and we shared the evening with our dear friends Colleen Kattau and Barry Kornhauser. Here is a pic from that night.
We hope to see many of you this fall and into the rest of the coming months as we get back into our beloved work. As I write this, Terry and I are beginning the observance of our 45th anniversary playing music together, and look forward to concerts celebrating that, this coming Saturday at the Eighth Step in Schenectady, and next month at the Carroll Café in Washington, DC as well as others, such as the Walkabout Clearwater Coffeehouse in October. Our anniversary CD project was, of course, delayed by the health crisis, but we plan to finish the recording process over the next couple of months. Don't have a projected release date, but we'll let you know.
Of course now the bills are coming in, so the donations are even more appreciated. They sustained us through the "downtime" this summer; now we need them to cover all the unseen expenses that accrued throughout this process. Thank you all.
See you down the road.
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Update August 25, 2018… Two steps forward… Well, it turned out our last cancellation this past Thursday may have been a good idea after all, as heartbreaking as it was. Do I dare to say that it may have been a turning point? At the least, I think it’s safe to say I am encouraged since we have seen some progress these past two days, that the bleeding has reduced considerably, along with other progressive changes. Is that a light at the end of a tunnel I see?
Yesterday morning we drove into Albany for our followup with the vascular surgery team. The nurse-technician ran sonogram and blood flow tests on my legs. The nurse practitioner then came in to give me the results. All good. The bypass is working like a champ. The groin incision is entirely healed. The left leg is functioning optimally with no indication it’s going to do the same little clotting thing the right leg did. All in all, she said, I am ahead of the game, and making better progress than most people do by this point in recovery. WooHoo!
With the colitis calming down a bit over the past forty-eight hours, I am feeling cautiously optimistic, but with more on the optimistic side than I have felt in quite a while.
Just wanted to let you know. 
 Now it’s off to take a nice long walk on this beautiful day before playing some music and then going over to a friend’s for a little soirée.
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Update, August 23, 2018. This bout of illness continues to be a stumbling block in the road to returning to our life of music and advocacy. Last night after suffering a time-sensitive setback, we were compelled to cancel our appearance at the Falcon in Marlboro this evening. The concert, entitled “Tribal Harmony,” was to be dedicated to the Water Protector movement that was brought into eminence by the fight to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline. We had a line-up of songs honoring the mother earth and focusing on the theme of “mni wiconi”, water is life. We have been practicing and were really excited singing the songs, some of them songs we haven’t sung in many years. But ultimately my ongoing colitis made it unadvisable to travel two hours for an evening engagement. It was a heartbreak to cancel this gig. Nonetheless, we are determined to face this head-on and continue doing everything we can to heal so we can get back to what we do, which to me means who I am. We are still hopeful that we will be able to return to our life in the days and weeks ahead. The help and support we have received and continue to receive from everyone has enabled us to focus on the task of healing as we continue to play our music everyday, a continuing investment in the future. love to you all…
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Update, 8/19/18. Walked a mile today. That may not seem like much, but it's the longest sustained physical activity I have engaged in since my surgery in June. I am expecting to feel a little sore tomorrow. I suppose we'll see. But I have to sustain something like this in order to rebuild the strength I lost. We are still operating on a skeleton schedule. Depending upon what happens between now and the end of this month in terms of tests and progress, we may or may not have to continue to curtail our work into September, so we remain grateful for all the donations to our GoFundMe. We have not shut it down yet. Thanks for all the support.
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