Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Update

Hey all! My inbox was flooded today with concerned folks asking if I was ok, if I was coming back, what happened to me etc.  Today happens to be one of my better days, and I was urged to post an update while I felt up to it. About a year or so ago I was diagnosed with a hereditary disease called Wilson's disease. Late last year my symptoms flared up pretty bad which caused numerous hospital visits and me pretty much sleeping or in bed all day due to extreme nausea, gastrointestinal issues and fatigue. 

My mom will continue to respond to emails while I recuperate, however I will not be filling any orders until further notice [except replacement items, pieces that needed to be re-sized etc OR unless you have received an email with an expected ship date from my mother].  I do apologize for the inconvenience. Those with pending orders will receive a refund via Paypal. My mom has her hands full taking care of me, my daughter, and her other two children, so if you have yet to receive a refund via Paypal, you can also file a "non-received item" dispute via Paypal which will initiate the refund process.

I would like to resume posting this week, however until I get on the right dose of meds; I have to take it day by day!! Thank you everyone who sent prayers, offers to help, my way! It is truly appreciated :-)


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100 comments:

  1. Take great care of yourself and take your time to recover. I pray that God watches over you as you go thru this difficult period in your life. My prayers are also with your mom and daughter! Take good care of yourself!

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  2. Praying for you, we will be here when you get back.

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  3. first, i'm glad to hear you are feeling a little better. and i hope you getting on the right meds will work itself out.
    thanks for coming out and giving us an update. it was long overdue.
    And yes, i will file a claim to be refunded. thanks for honoring that.
    Sophia

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  4. Glad you're feeling better. God bless you!

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  5. We can wait, we want you to get better of course! I'll be praying for you, and your whole family. Get better!

    -Kris

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  6. sorry but you're getting a hard side eye.... no one else could make an update (when money is involved).... really...

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  7. Thank you for the update. I have been praying for you and your family & will continue to do so. Please take care of your self and get well, we really will be here waiting for you. hugs and blessings xoxoxo....... Leta

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  8. Thanks so much for the update. Take care, get well and we'll be waiting until you get back!

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  9. I'm so sorry to hear that! I truly do hope you get better soon and you were wise to take a break &look out for numero uno! Definitely keeping you and your family in my prayers!

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  10. SOOOO relieved to hear you're ok. I've been checking the site every other day for updates. :)

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  11. Thank GOD that you are ok and getting back healthy. It's really sad the lack of compassion people have for others. Don't rush to please anyone take your time and get well. You have provided amazing content on your blog and youtube videos. I appreciate it and I know that it has to be hard work and thank you for that. God knows what he is doing with you, Get well soon:)

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  12. Thanks for the update! Will be praying for you Nikole!

    Whitney
    www.MyStylishFriends.blogspot.com

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  13. Please take care of yourself. Sending hugs and well wishes your way

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  15. Take care of yourself & hope you feel better soon.

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  16. I'm glad to hear you're feeling better. I will continue to pray for you. :)

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  17. Listen we are not in a position to judge, so all of you with the "hard side eye" and accusations should seriously lay off unless you are medical experts or you know details that we don't. And if you do keep it to yourselves.

    Nikole take care, and always you are wished well and God's peace.

    Greetings from NYC

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  18. So happy to read that you are feeling better. You are certainly missed.

    My prayers and positive energy goes out to you for a full recovery.

    {{Hugs}}

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  19. Yea I don't understand either. Why happened with your other blog?? F&M?? I read some of the entries they sound NOTHING like you. Like these two blogs are written by two completely different people. We want answers! Why did you make it seem like your jewelry line was new? Since you're feeling better I'm pretty sure you can respond to this.

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  20. Oh no. Take care. Will pray for you.

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  21. Nikole! I am so glad that you have enough strength today to let us know how you are doing. I have had you in prayer since I realized that a few days had gone by without hearing from you! Continued prayer for your health and strength!

    To those that are hiding behind being Anonymous, I PRAY TO GOD that you are never affected with a debilitating sickness. The information that Nikole has shared on this blog is way worth anything you could have spent on jewelry! SO, if you are going to request a refund, DO THAT, otherwise, click the red "X" in the corner.

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  22. I pray you will get better 1000%. Amen! You are such an inspiration to many of us! Your videos and your blog have been so much more than just hair and make up, but a place where all women of color can come, feel comfortable, and appreciate our unique beauty! That to me is absolutely priceless! Thank you so much for all the education you put in your videos and your website! I pray you will overcome this illness and God will bless you and your family! Take Care!

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  23. God bless you. I hope that you have a speedy recovery!!

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  24. SMH at the people who "want answers" and are giving you "a hard side-eye". It saddens me that some people can be so insensitive. I can understand people being upset about not receiving items they have ordered, but really, there is no need to be rude! They need to get their refund and keep it moving.

    I am so very glad to hear that you are feeling somewhat better. I've been checking for updates daily and I know many of us have been worried since you first mentioned you had fallen ill. I had no idea it was something so serious! So, you take care of YOU and don't worry about those uncaring people. My thoughts are with you and your family. I hope you make it through this unfortunate situation soon!

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  25. Take care of yourself. You will pull through and have a great recovery. You and your fam are in my prayers :)

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  26. I am sending prayers your way!

    xxxx

    Bitty Boss

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  27. I think all of your loyal followers will be here when you return. Until then, take care of yourself, and we will be praying for a safe recovery. Your mom is great for being there and supporting you fully.

    Prissy

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  28. I totally agree with you @Hey Hey Soleil! The negativity is spreading like wild fire. You never know a person situation and the lack of compassionate is heart breaking.

    It's so good to hear from you Nikole, take the time to give your body the rest that it needs/deserve. I will continue to keep you and your family in my prayers, sending positive energy your way. God Bless.

    http://kandyandklothes.blogspot.com/

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  29. @Anon; I stopped posting on that, I was working non-stop, running a household, and going to school. I'm sure many other bloggers can relate to having started more than one blog. I don't think there is anything wrong with that.

    Anyone who read my blog knew that by trade I was a jewelry designer, however I never had the time to focus due to other obligations so I stayed designing for stylists. - I'm not sure what it is that you are looking for. However if you have an actual concern, please email me. I'm not going to going to engage in any type of negative exchange, as my main concern is healing. Freedom of expression is ALWAYS welcome [whether you agree with me or not, as that's what makes us all unique], but blatant disrespect for me and my family will not be tolerated, and any "anonymous" malicious comments will be deleted.

    Sorry to have to have that kind of exchange amidst all the positive. I appreciate all the well wishes, prayers, and positive energy sent my way. I definitely appreciate it!

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  30. NIK ! Send me your address to my e-mail (zakiya@gmail.com) so I can send you the gift I got for you.=)) Girl don't worry about all this drama. Continue to be your bright shiny self ! I LOVE YOU ! & We shall have those Lemon Lavender cupcakes at another date and time !

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  32. I hope you feel better!! I am definitely praying for you. My sister and I love your blog!

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  33. I'm so happy to see this post... I was ready to put out an A.P.B. : )

    Continue to get better and we'll continue to lift you up.

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  34. Thanks for the update, I'm sure that it is not easy to share such personal information. Please know that you, your daughter and your mom are in my prayers.

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  35. I have never posted but I was moved to say I hope you are able to get as well as you can soon. I'm sorry you had to read such negative comments dealing with an illness some people have no empathy!
    Nikia

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  36. Hi MopTop. I was one of the malicious anonymous posters on the last post. I'm truly sorry about your sickness. It just seemed odd to me that you disappeared. I don't have a twitter and have always only visited your blog. Because I never got a response I really thought it was a scam (I've been through one before on another website). I'm sorry I was quick to judge and hope that you will forgive me.
    (I'm anonymous because I don't like sharing my identity on the internet)

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  37. I have you in my prayers during your recovery. Peace and blessings.

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  38. I wish you the best in your recovery Nikole!! Best to you and your family

    Thanks!
    Kat

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  39. I think the majority of those comments were just from people who wanted their money back, or at least some sort of explanation of what was going on with their merchandise. The whole Moptopmaven-gate/scam artist thing I think was a whole other level in itself... I won't touch on that one.

    Anyways, I'm glad that the issue of orders has finally been addressed. Feel better, MTM.

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  40. I had a hard day today. I'm working on a personal project (a memoir). I was distracted by negative energy and as a result I lost an entire day worth of work. Reading some of these comments-I realize that negative energy will always find a way to seep in. But the power of positivity will always be greater.

    I'm sorry to hear of your illness. I wish you health during these difficult times.

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  41. I'm sorry to hear about your illness but I'm so glad to see you're feeling better. Hoping it's all easier for you from here on out.

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  42. Take care and great to know you are doing fine.
    Glory be to our God and he will heal you from all these!

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  43. I hope you get well soon Nikole. Thinking of you. Sending my love your way. Muah.

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  44. Wishing you well, my dear! Your online spirit and creative energy are truly missed, but I'm sure most of us understand that none of it is at all possible if you're not 100% in health.

    Stay rested & can't wait to see more inspiration;-)

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  45. My prayers go out to you and your family during this difficult time.

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  46. Nikole you do not know how happy my friend and I felt when we saw you updated, she called me and told me sounding so happy. I am sorry to hear about you illness but with God all things are possible and a healing is coming your way. I was the Anon who responded to spoilchild because I could not wrap my head around someone who cannot give another the benefit of the doubt, and posting such negativity is really disheartening. I knew you would have worked it out somehow, your knowledge is a blessing, get well and continue to share. God Bless and to the @Anon who is giving you the side eye, i am giving her the side-eye because she would have to be heartless individual with an inferiority complex issue.

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  47. I pray the best for you. Many, many to your mom and yourself. Stay rested & get better. Peace and Blessings to you!

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  48. HI Nikole. First i have been a troller on your amazing blog. You do give terrific content. This is my first post. I don't know much about what you are dealing with, but my thoughts go out to you, and i wish for you a speedy recovery/ healthy functioning. :) Be well

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  49. Get well soon, lady. We all miss your updates and advice. I can't imagine how trying this last month has been for you and your family.

    What's the saying - we make plans, and God laughs? Anyone that has ever had life throw a curveball at them should know that and know that there's nothing one can do about it. And if you haven't realized that yet, then bless you, you obviously haven't lived long enough.

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  50. Well thank goodness! Get well soon. This was all they needed to hear. Love and Light.

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  51. Nikole you will definitely be in my prayers. Thank you for providing us with an update, don't worry about us here... you have loyal followers, just focus on getting better!

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  52. I'm happy to hear that you are feeling better and slowly gaining strength each day. Although I know you only through your blog postings, you have given me great information and inspiration. Thank you for all the great info that you shared. I will keep you and your family in my thoughts.

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  53. I'm glad that you're okay! I sorry to here about your diagnosis though. Feel better! And then come back to us...WE MISS YOU!

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  54. I'm someone that has been a reader of this blog for a long time now, as well as someone that purchased items during the holiday sale. I've seen people debating whether this thing has been a scam or if she's been really sick and I wanted to throw in my 2 cents.

    First off, it goes without saying that Nikole is immensely talented and creative, yet I think all of this confusion and chaos was just a result of bad business, not a scam. There's a big difference between someone being a successful blogger and someone running a successful business. She's not a huge corporation like Target or Nordstrom, so once she got sick things shut down. Now, I definitely think more could have been done to alert customers on a business end, but as a consumer you have to cover yourself as well.

    For those that sat by their computer screens waiting for an update and failing to follow the necessary steps with pay pal to cover your money,shame on you. Yes, we feel like we know someone based on their blogs and YouTube videos but when it comes to business and money being exchanged we have to treat things like a business.

    I filed a claim with PayPayl to cover myself before the 45 day time limit, but also worked with Nikole's mother to get my order out. Just from the emails we exchanged I could tell her mother was seemingly overwhelmed with all of the hats she was wearing. As a parent I'm sure she wanted to be by Nikole's side nursing her back to health, not dealing with demanding clients that wanted their earrings and bracelets.

    I'm not trying to downplay things because I understand how annoying it can be to have paid your money and not have an update about your merchandise, but I think the last thing her family wanted to do is handle her business when she was in and out of the hospital over the last few months.

    With all that said, this can be considered a lesson learned for everyone involved. In the future I'm sure she'll give quicker updates regarding her business... and the next time you buy something online you may be quicker to file a claim when you don't have communication on where your stuff is.

    This is still one of my favorite blogs and I'm hoping Nikole heals up. I'm sure everyone will be looking forward to her sharing her talents with all of us readers...

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  55. Hi Nikole,

    You are a special lady,you give alot and alot has been taken from you. Be strong. I love what you do, you blog well and provide us with information that I am always excited to read. You take great care in what you do. Thanks again. I wish you a speedy recovery, much love to you and your family.

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  56. Glad to hear from you. I'll pray that you get well soon.

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  57. I hope that you have a speedy recovery! This blog has been a very helpful resource to me and I appreciate the time that you have put into the videos, and the research done backing up your suggestions!
    To all of the negative angry people: Quit trippin its just jewelry folks! not your life savings. I've waited months to get products from small businesses before (ie new natural hair care lines)! Before you get all up in arms, take a moment to actually look up the disease (which she did not HAVE to disclose) and maybe you will understand the delay in response! Do you really think NATIONALLY RENOWED blogger trying to start a business would be involved in a scam? Really people who do things like that normally stay UNDER the radar. Ok I'm done ranting for now. And props to the anon who apologized! hope others follow suit. Best Wishes!

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  58. I have Wilson's Disease. I don't know anyone else who does (except my mom but she's just a carrier). I would love to talk to someone who is going through the same thing I'm going through. I unfortunately was diagnosed with it about 5 years ago. I'm doing better but.. you know the deal. I admire you because you're able to really live life. I personally have been in and out of the hospital for a while now because of the disease destroying my liver.

    Guys if you don't hear from Nikole for a while it's because she'll have to go through intense treatment. I wish you had told us sooner Nikole. We had no idea!

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  59. I am so glad to hear that you are on the road to recovery. You know I can definitely relate to those rare, debilitating medical conditions. You are in my prayers!

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  60. Thanks southloop for that info about pay pal and ! I didnt know that..well put!

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  61. I'm just really glad you're okay. :)

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  62. Hey girl...speedy recovery. God sees all and knows all so that is the only thing that matters. I think everyone just wanted an explanation and now that they have one everything is back to positive...

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  63. MTM, thank you for the update. I was getting worried. I will keep you and your family in my prayers. Take care :)

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  64. I thank God, I've seen this update. I was worried about you and I will keep you in my prayers. You are a strong, beautiful, talented, young lady and I know God will be with you and will continue to heal you. It shall be well, everything will be ok.

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  65. OMGoodness I was wondering if you were ill. It just seemed so sudden. I have my whole family praying for your speedy recovery. We love you Nikole

    Winona

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  66. I too ordered something during the sale, but some of these posters are acting like they spent their last dime on some jewelry. Is it that crucial? Did you get evicted because you spent all your money? Did you miss a bill or something because of it? Damn...

    Anyway, glad you're doing better Nikole. I was worried, thought you had gotten into an accident or something.

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  67. Nikollleeeeeee!
    Holy shnikes, girl! I am SO glad you are alright, I thought you fell off the map.

    You were SORELY MISSED.

    You are just too fab. Also, my hair grew, thank you for introducing me to Vatika Oil and your fabulous creativity.

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  68. God bless and positive vibes for a speed recovery.

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  69. This is a BLOG, for God's sake...this woman has a real life...I have a pending order as well, but it's not my place to judge her or act as if she OWES me a blog update...geeze, get off of your computers and do something productive with your lives.

    Nikole, I just hope you get well soon.

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  70. I hope you feel better. And I'm glad you're doing ok.

    Take care :)

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  71. Yes thanks for the update. Thats all I needed. I'm one of those anons who were confused about what was going on. I'm glad you addressed it so now everyone can put all that to rest and just wait or do whatever they need to do as far as refunds etc.

    I think from this point on its just best for everyone to be as positive as possible from all sides.

    I do hope you get better soon!!!

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  72. By the way, South Loop Social Light's comment should put things into perspective for those of you who don't sympathize... :/

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  73. We love you Nik! Your health is first and foremost important.. Take care of yourself! I am praying for your strength..

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  74. Let’s get back to happy shall we? Thanks so much for providing an update. That was brave. I was getting tired of reading all of the conspiracy theories. :-) Wishing you a speedy recovery and I look forward to reading all of the wonderful posts in the future.

    Peace and Love.

    P.S. Is it just me or is there positive energy in air? Me likey.

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  75. I am happy you felt well enough to post and i am sending prayers and good vibes your way. i hope you get whatever you need to be feeling better. your presence is missed.

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  76. Southloop--well said!

    I didn't purchase anything from Nikole, but I understand the frustration with seemingly giving your money away for nothing. With that being said, don't be a dummy...file a complaint with PayPal and get your money back...I mean you have over a whole month to do so.

    I was quite taken back with how nasty it got in the last post. Funny how one bad apple can turn a crowd, despite the saying. All of a sudden people jumped on the "it was all a scam" bandwagon. Nikole would have to be the dumbest scam artist ever to have her whole damn life in view for all of you and then try to make off with your money.

    Lastly, I am the first person to say your health before anything else--but I don't own a business. I think it would have served a great purpose to shut down the store and have someone-anyone make a statement so your reputation doesn't get dragged through the mud. It's sad that people resort to the worst, but that is the world we live in and you have to be prepared for it in life.

    Peace and blessing to you Nikole.I know you can get past all of this in due time.

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  77. Sent a prayer up for you. Your such a kind spirit.

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  78. Hi Nikole! I was so relieved to read your update on your post today. It was great hearing from you directly; so sorry to hear that you've been sick. I've been praying for you, and wishing you a speedy recovery. Take the time to heal, we want you to get better, and we want you back!! :)

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  79. Let’s get back to happy shall we? Thanks so much for providing an update. That was brave. I was getting tired of reading all of the conspiracy theories. :-) Wishing you a speedy recovery and I look forward to reading all of the wonderful posts in the future.
    Peace and Love.
    P.S. Is it just me or is there positive energy in air? Me likey.

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  80. Hi Nikole! Praying for you. Take care of yourself.

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  81. We all hope you feel better soon, take care of you first with God's speed!

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  82. Get better for YOU and YOUR DAUGHTER, right now nothing else matters. Ill be praying for you and your family cause Im sure it is very trying for everyone now. Stay positive and on the road to recovery girlie!

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  83. Sending much love and well wishes your way! Take care of yourself. We aren't going anywhere :)

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  84. Sending much love and well wishes your way! Take care of yourself - we aren't going anywhere :)

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  85. I am sooooo happy to know that you are getting better. You and you're family will continue to be in my prayers. Just worry about getting better and let the rest work itself out. Your health is more important than any of this. May the Lord continue to watch over you, your mom, and your daughter. I pray that He will keep you under the umbrella of his protection. Take care and take it easy.

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  86. It's good to hear that you are ok because I was worried about you. I am so happy you have your family there to take care of you. I really hope you feel better and I will keep you in my prayers. :) get well soon!

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  87. Get better Ms.Nikole! You've been missed!

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  88. Nikole Im definitely going to keep you and your family in my prayers! Take it easy and rest for awhile we will be here for you! You are one of the most inspirational young woman I have seen in a long time! Get well soon and God bless!

    Monique

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  89. Feel better my love.I will be praying for you and your family for strength, guidance and healing=)
    Relax and heal.

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  90. Sending up prayers and good thoughts for a speedy recovery my friend. Bless you!

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