I Know You’re Wondering—I Didn’t Have a Stroke!

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I Know You’re Wondering—I Didn’t Have a Stroke!

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This morning as I was reviewing the key words that you, my readers, are using to search for information about my TV show and blog, I gulped when I realized that within the top 20 search terms were these words: Nancy Zieman Face, Nancy Zieman Stroke, and Sewing with Nancy Stroke. I certainly haven’t kept my paralysis a secret; after all, I wear it!  Yet, many of you still wonder. So, I decided to explain my paralysis. It’s just one of the unique features that makes me–me!

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Perhaps the question that most of you want to ask me, but are afraid to do so, has nothing to do with fabric and thread. The topic—my face! Obviously, I’m not symmetrical. My eye and mouth on my right side have a partial paralysis called Bell’s Palsy—it happened (due to an ear infection) when I was a toddler; I was just over one year old.

During the 1950’s the treatment was to wait it out—it will get better. A high percentage of people recover from this paralysis. I wasn’t so lucky. As a child I was extremely self-conscious, my mom most recently told me that she prayed that I wouldn’t become introverted. Her prayers were answered.

Not being the cheerleader or prom court type—that was the ultimate goal in high school, I turned to creating with fabric and thread. Winning a ribbon at the county fair or a prize through the Make It Yourself with Wool contest, required skill not looks. Sewing became my outlet, passion, and eventual career.

The path between 4-H sewing and producing/hosting Sewing With Nancy is very convoluted. It has taken me through many turns, detours, and interesting byways. I’ve learned to realize that what I teach and how I teach via TV and DVD is what you’re most interested in seeing.

Being a public figure with a facial paralysis has prompted many people to write and ask questions when a friend or loved-one is stricken with a comparable paralysis. Sometime I kiddingly say to my staff that I’m the Bell’s Palsy Poster Child. I’m happy to hold this self-imposed job.

One of my suggestions when contacted by a viewer is to contact a Neuromuscular Retraining Clinic; I went through retraining treatments in the 90’s. Since I’m not qualified to give medical advice—isn’t that a good thing—I recently invited Dr. Justin Sattin, Neurologist and Medical Director of the UW Health Comprehensive Stroke Program, to be my guest for a Nancy’s Corner segment on Sewing With Nancy. Dr. Sattin explained the differences between the onset of a stroke and Bell’s Palsy, plus treatment options which DO NOT include the wait it out—it will get better treatment of the 50’s. If you have any paralysis symptoms, call your doctor immediately!

You can watch the interview at the end of the program of Landscape Quilting Workshop DVD and TV show (program #2417). Wisconsin newspapers also featured tidbits of my interview with Dr. Sattin. Here’s a link to the newspaper interview written by Jane Burns.

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The reason for sharing this information is to answer a question, pass along information, and give encouragement. A letter written many years ago, that I’ve kept when I question whether or not I should be on TV, reads as follows:

Dear Nancy, This has nothing to do with sewing but about your inspiration to me while I was recovering from an operation. I had a weakness on the left side of my face and my mouth badly drooped. So your face was the first one I imagined and for the whole six days I was in the hospital I kept saying, “If Nancy can do it, so can I.”

When we’re taping Sewing With Nancy, the floor director counts me into each segment by saying, “Take a deep breath and smile.” I give you the best smile I can. After all, most of us deal with one issue or even two—I just happen to wear mine!

Nancy’s Autobiography—Seams Unlikely

Seams Unlikely, an autiography by Nancy Zieman of Sewing With Nancy

Since the first posting of this blog, I’ve written an autography, Seams Unlikely. Click here to read more about Seams Unlikely.

Bye for now,

Nancy Zieman The Blog

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134 Comments

  • TerritoryMom
    October 25, 2011

    Thank you for sharing. I saw the interview with Dr. Sattin and it was very informative. I love what you wrote that sewing requires skill not looks. I can’t work outside my home because my son has autism. I am his sole caregiver. I can however sew and hopefully sell my products on Etsy. Thank you so much. This post has encouraged me to make sewing my passion again and a source of income.

  • Teresa Moffitt
    October 25, 2011

    Nancy, I was fortunate to have lunch with you in Sacramento this past June when you were there for the Sewing with Nancy seminar. You are such a beautiful woman and as I have watched you since the beginning, I am amazed at how young you look and how vivacioius and gracious you are! I do think we are in the midst of a sewing boom, with a new generation of sewers who are also realizing that you are the best when it comes to teaching and I imagine along with that comes a new round of questions. Thank you for being there for both me and now my daughters, who started as 4-H sewers, and for the inspiration that you bring to so many, not just with their sewing, but by also taking your “can do” attitude concerning your facial paralysis. Bless you for all the questions and comments that you have endured, but know that your work is much appreciated!

  • Nancy Reimers
    October 25, 2011

    You are so knowledgeable and thorough in your presentation. I learn something every time I watch your program. I love the segments that solve sewing problems that many of us have encountered. You are a truly inspiring lady who is honest, caring and patient. Thank you for everything you have taught all of us who sew!!

  • Mary
    October 25, 2011

    Nancy, I had Bell’s Palsy when I was a freshman in highschool over 30 years ago. Luckily The paralysis went away. You do a good job on TV !!!

  • Lynn
    October 25, 2011

    There are so MANY things that make you an interesting and charismatic person, that you could (should?) write your biography. I am of the same vintage, born in the 1950’s, and like you, went to college at “Stout State Univ.” in Menomonie, WI.( I have sometimes wondered if we may have shared a class together at that small college). Yet, look at where you are now! A self-made, nationally known business person and teacher working from a small town in WI. Being successful at doing what you love and helping so many others along the way. I think many young women and men would learn from your experience and advice when beginning their own careers! You’re the best!

  • Minnasews
    October 25, 2011

    What a wonderful column. You are an inspiration to all. We all have something to deal with, as you said, some are just more obvious than others. Thanks for sharing this.

  • Linda Martindale
    October 25, 2011

    Nancy, thank you for sharing your story. You are truly an inspiration to all who have watched your programs. I think I have watched you since you first came on tv, and I know I have most of your books and/or phamplets. Please continure to educate us and inspire us to try something new and go beyond our comfort zone! Since sewing and quilting are my “retirement” hobbies, I hope you will be around for a long time. I”m glad your Mom prayed for you not to be an introvert, I think her prayers were answered and then some!

  • Sharon Carbine
    October 25, 2011

    Nancy, you are more than perfect the way you are. It seems to me people were searching about you because they care about you. This is a tribute to your pretty smile, personality, generosity, and superb teaching skills. I thoroughly enjoy learning from you. You are my most important and helpful sewing muse. Thank you for everything you do! Warmly, Sharon

  • Betty Bingham
    October 25, 2011

    Thank you so much for all you do I watch your shows for years. I have learned so much watch them many times learn more each time. You are a very special lady. Thank you again.

  • Mary Mastin
    October 25, 2011

    Nancy – you have always been an inspiration to me but after reading your response to why the general public had questions as to your personal appearance, you are even the more inspiring, a great teacher/instructor, and a very gifted “real person” that has made a mark in the industry of fashion and design…your medium is fabric…you are a true artist in every sense of the word my dear! Continue to teach, update as well as inform everyone by sharing your many, many talents.

  • jennifer
    October 25, 2011

    Nancy thank for being an inspiration to me. I watched you when you were teaching my mom to sew on TV. I asked my mom who is she and what is wrong with her face(i was a kid). My mom explained to me and I said wow – U were one of the people that helped me when I was younger to look past what I looked like and how people looked at me all through my life you have inspired me through your talent and your dedication to being you and helping others. Thank you for being the creative and kind woman that you are and continue to be – thank u for not hiding under a bushel

  • Maeve
    October 25, 2011

    Nancy, you are beautiful just as you are! I recognized the Bell’s palsy. You are graceful, vivacious, outgoing, so knowledgeable in the art of sewing, you offer so much to everyone “out there”; thank God you never hid from the world all that talent and your beautiful smile!
    You are an inspiration to all! Thank you for being you and for your honesty. God bless you!

  • Marsha
    October 26, 2011

    Our experiences and how we deal with them make us who we are. I’m sure all of us who have learned to much from you and enjoy all that you do are grateful for the person that you are. And come to think of it, I don’t notice anything except that you always look lovely.

  • Alice Money
    October 27, 2011

    Nancy, the first time I saw you, I knew you had Bell’s Palsy. I had that when I was young. The first time I was 13 years old, then 15 and the last time was 17 years old. They told me that Bell’s Palsy does not return to the same location twice, but it did happen to me – twice and one side and once on the other! Anyway, you are an inspiration to us all, I love your shows and your appearances at my local Sewing Expos. Keep smiling and bye for now!

  • Delilah
    November 3, 2011

    Nancy you have always been my favorite! you are the best of the best. how do I know…. I have been sewing for 53 years. everything from clothes out of feed sacks to wedding gowns and redesigning heirloom wedding gowns – right now I am getting ready to redesign a parachute wedding gown. I’ve made King and Queen outfits – men’s clothing and quilts. I am as passionate about sewing as I ever was. You have been a great part of that passion. I can’t imagine the sewing world without you.

  • Sandra Rohde
    November 5, 2011

    Nancy,
    I let you know in person a few years back but would like to say again how inspiring you were to me when I got Bells Palsy in 1998. I temporarily lost the entire left side of my face but felt if you could do it so could I. Luckily, I have mostly got my face back. The only time you can really tell is if I smile but that dows not keep me from smiling. I just had my picture taken at church and they wanted to do some touch ups and I said no, this is the way I am and this is the way I will be in my picture.
    I truly love coming to the Sewing with Nancy Weekend and have been doing so for 18 years. As they used to say “and a good time was had by all”.

  • Sondra C
    November 12, 2011

    Thank you for sharing, Nancy, but more importantly for living your passion. My sister has had Bell’s palsy four times. Abit of a medical phenomena per her doctor. Like you she is most creative, giving, and comfortable in her skin and is glad to share with people “who look away” that it’s just Bell’s palsy. She has her moments when it hits once again dealing with the discomforts and discouragement, but her joy and humor rises always making us all the better humans.
    Like beauty, art comes from the soul and communicates to other souls. God bless and thank you for the living beauty you are and bring into our lives.

  • queenesther
    November 24, 2011

    YOU are beautiful!

  • Dee
    January 16, 2012

    Hi Nancy, I’ve been watching your show ever since I was a little girl, along with my mom. I wanted to thank you for talking about Bell’s Palsy… Years ago I got it. I had the facial paralysis and droopy eye associated with it, but, it also pinched a nerve that controls your balance. All of my doctors passed me off as untreatable. As a result, I was told I would never be able to walk again. It took years before I was able to teach myself how to walk. I just wanted to say, bless you.

  • maria
    January 17, 2012

    Hi Nancy,

    My Mom had Bells Palsy, too, and hers was also from an untreated ear infection. But, that never affected her creativity nor the lessons we learned from her. I’m delighted that it didn’t stop you either because I enjoy your programs so much and have learned many, many tricks of the trade from you. Thank you for sharing and thanks for the great sewing lessons.

  • Lisa
    February 9, 2012

    Nancy:

    Your face and voice express calmness and confidence. I LOVE that, especially since I can be a “Nervous Nelly” when I sew. God bless you!

  • Jerry C Davis
    March 31, 2012

    It must have been terrible as a child for you. I’m sorry you had to go through that…kids are so cruel.
    You are a great lady and so beautiful.
    I often think of you.

  • Cynthia
    April 18, 2012

    Mom mom had Bell’s Palsey in the late ’60’s while we were living in Scotland (my dad a career Naval Officer). At that time, the doctors told her to also ‘wait it out’. She was one of the fortunate ones, no lingering paralysis, just a slightly droopy mouth. My point in responding? It’s sad how some people make not so nice comments when they see someone ‘different’. You have a great attitude.

  • Linda Martin
    May 30, 2012

    “what makes you you” is what makes us enjoy your show. your warm and friendly smile and demeanor and your anointed talent are what keep me watching each and every time.

  • Chris
    September 17, 2012

    Hi Nancy, I think your Bell’s Palsy is a gift. Your face is unique, grabs our attention because it’s not an average photo usually seen on a book cover. And that makes you more marketable. We remem ber you because of your face and your superior skills! God has blessed you 🙂

  • denise
    September 22, 2012

    Hi Nancy
    I too have had residual effects from Bell’s Palsy for 21 yrs now. It started with a sorethroat and as the results I have lost hearing in my left ear and have visual affects in the left eye as well. Well guess what I have still remained employed as a nurse and now wear bilateral hearing aids as well as glasses. I have my DVR set to tape your show while I work and don’t ever want to miss a segment. I have been sewing for 44 yrs and still love learning.

  • Mary
    September 28, 2012

    I have had Bells Palsy twice. Once on each side of my face. I went to an acupuncturist and this helped me. Both times it brought my face back into place with several treatments. I just want to add this information to let you know that there is treatment if you are willing to try it. It’s a little different, but it worked for me.

  • Amy B
    October 18, 2012

    As I frequently tell my husband who wears a different battle that people can see “I see it hasn’t stopped you from having a successful career, getting married, having a family and enjoying your life”. Good for you and keep up the good work! There are lots of people who need to see people who are normal like them on TV doing what they do best, so thanks.

  • Liz McTaggart
    November 25, 2012

    Hi Nancy, I have been meaning to write to you for quite some time. I am a 49 year old female and live in California. I was first diagnosed with Bells Palsy almost 4 years ago. During the first onset, I was devastated not knowing what this was, and like you the doctor’s told me to “wait it out”. Like you, the right side of my face has a severe paralysis, that I just hoped and prayed would get better. It did not. Unfortunately a couple years later got 2 more onsets of Bells Palsy on the opposite side of my face. This time I took matters into my own hands, and researched every piece of material I could get my hands on to see what I could do. This is when I came across your website and this blog. I decided to try Accupuncture for the new onset of BP. It worked…after over 40 sessions, I can say that I the left side of my face is about 95% normal. Unfortunately I never got back full feeling and function of the right side of my face, but have learned to adapt. Like you, I am a very outgoing person, and I just wanted to tell you that reading your story inspired me to take matters into my own hands, not be ashamed of the condition, and live life to the fullest. If anyone can understand what you go through on a daily basis with Bells Palsy, I can. I commend you and thank you for being strong, brave and living your life to the fullest. You have helped and inspired me on my journey with BP.

    All the best – Liz M. -Northern California, USA

  • Linda Ellis
    December 30, 2012

    Thank you for your honesty and positive energy!

  • Cathi Cogle
    January 25, 2013

    Thank you for working so hard at what you do! I love your show, and your ” can-do” spirit shines thru each one! I’ve been sewing since I was 7, but am a long way from being as good as you are. I hope as I age, I will allow The Lord to use me as He is using you, to show how to overcome adversity, and conquer! Blessings to you!

  • Gena
    February 9, 2013

    I had Bell’s Palsy but mine was due to trauma; therefore, the “wait it out” did work. It lasted about three weeks. At the beginning, the pain was incredible. Then no pain but no muscle control either. The entire left side of my face was paralyzed.

    Sleeping was problematic because I couldn’t close my eyelid and my eyeball would get scratched by the pillow case cover. I couldn’t blink away tears so had to carry a compact and a tissue and when the tears covered my pupil, I’d blot away the tears.

    Eating was also problematic. When I’d open my mouth, I couldn’t move my lower lip out of the way and it lie across my lower teeth. I would have to move it out of the way with my hand so that I wouldn’t bite it.

    Brushing my teeth was a chore. When you can’t hold your lips closed, the tooth paste drains out. I never realized that is what I did when I brushed my teeth…close the mouth to contain the tooth paste!

    During the diagnosis, my doctor asked me to whistle. I couldn’t. The left side of my lips were absolutely smooth because I couldn’t pucker. Every morning, when I woke up, I tried to whistle. It was pretty funny as I blew air out my flapping lips.

    Then the pain came back. The swelling in the muscle surrounding the nerve had gone down and it was trying to send signal again. Nerve pain is incredibly painful. The paralysis went away and the pain subsided and I have complete movement and control again. I think those of you who get Bell’s Palsy due to disease attacking and destroying the nerve will not regain feeling or movement. I was lucky. It was due to trauma that healed quickly.

  • Debra Rhodes
    February 9, 2013

    I just wanted to say Thank You for sharing!! I just happened to be browsing when I came across this article. I have always loved your teaching techniques, the way you really give it your all to show all of us the way it should be done!! You are a beatiful person inside & out, Thanks again Nancy for your many talents!!

  • Judy W.
    March 2, 2013

    Nancy–thanks so much for your courage and inspiration! I was diagnosed with Bells Palsy as a freshman in college in 1983. The doctor thought it was a reaction to stress. I was also told to “wait it out”. My muscle control did return as a child, but over the years I have seen some “drooping” in my eye area. I’ve never heard that there was treatment for this condition, so I’m glad to have read that here.
    Thanks again for sharing. I”m a big fan and love your work!

  • Debra Chouest
    March 20, 2013

    Any suggestions on a good beginner quilt book? My daughter is making her first and I have no clue. Also way to go Nancy for hanging in there when others would have given up! Awesome!

  • Kathleen B.
    June 6, 2013

    You’re an inspiration not only creatively but as a confident woman. As a mother I think I’ve become more aware of public expectations for girls. It truly is the person we are that makes us beautiful. I hope my daughter follows her heart/ passions in her tender adolescent years, as you did, rather than succumb to superficial pressures. Thank you for all that you’ve given us through your instruction and craft. As an novice, you’ve provided wonderful instruction that’s given me confidence to try new projects and techniques. Thank you.

  • AnnieO
    July 7, 2013

    Nancy, you are not just talented, but brave and inspirational! I’ve watched you on TV for years and have learned a lot from you, have been inspired to try new ideas, learn new skills. Today, after reading your blog entry on your face, I have learned to admire you for another, new reason! God Bless!

  • DORAELIA CAMPOS
    August 9, 2013

    DEAR NANCY,
    I AM DORA ELIA, DE MONTERREY, N. L. MEXICO. AND I AM AROMATHERAPIST. RECENTLY I HAVE INTERESTED IN PATCHWORK AS HOBBY.
    LOOKING FOR MORE INFORMATION INTERNET PATCHWORK AMONG MANY PEOPLE LUCKILY I HAVE FOUND ON EBAY WITH YOUR BEAUTIFUL BOOKS AND PATTERNS. CONGRATULATE YOU FOR SO GOOD TASTE IN EVERYTHING YOU’VE DONE.
    YOU ARE A VERY PRETTY WOMAN, WHILE THERE HAD FACIAL PARALYSIS AND PRECISELY WHY I DARED TO WRITE.
    IN FEBRUARY OF THIS YEAR, THE SAME THING HAPPENED TO ME YOU AND DISAPPEARED IN ALMOST FULL 20 DAYS THROUGH THERAPY AROMATHERAPY AND 3 SESSIONS OF DR ERIC PEARL THERAPY.
    I WILL ASSURE THAT YOUR LITTLE FACE TIME BACK TO NORMAL IF THESE TESTS WITH 2 OPTIONS.
    LOOK IN YOUR CITY THROUGH INTERNET, SOME THERAPY THERAPIST TO PRACTICE RECONNECT. PAGE OF DR. PEARL IS http://www.thereconnection.com
    ELSE THAT HELPED ME TOO MUCH IS A BLEND OF ESSENTIAL OILS APPLIED THROUGHOUT THE FACE AND NECK EVERY DAY IN THE MORNING AND NIGHT AND YOU GLADLY PROVIDE FOR YOU OFF MASSAGE:
    IN A DARK GLASS BOTTLE, MIXES THE FOLLOWING:
    4 mL. AC. ES. LAVENDER
    4 mL. AC. ES. PALMAROSA
    3 ml. AC. ES. LIMON
    1 ML. AC. ES. THYME
    4 OZ. OF GRAPE SEED OIL
    I WILL ASSURE THAT NO MATTER THE TIME THAT YOU HAVE PROBLEM WITH THAT IN LESS THAN A MONTH AND YOU WILL BE AS PRETTY AS ALWAYS.

    KIND REGARDS.

  • Hellen
    October 3, 2013

    Hi Nancy, Love your Spirit and relationship style! I’ve watched your show dozens of times and never really focused on your face – I guess my attention is more tuned to your voice and whatever is being created… After noticing the paralysis today, I did as others did and googled one of the search phrases you noted above… thanks so much for your teachings and your sharing of yourself! I really love the authoritativeness of your tone… it lends creative confidence 🙂

  • Marcia Greene
    October 4, 2013

    The first time I saw you on TV, I thought you were a gutsy lady who had the determination to continue a post, traumatic, accident career on TV; and then I grew to believe it was more of a stoke. Somehow/somewhere on your site I found a link to your article on Bell’s; I’ve always wondered but obviously not enough to search it out. Now I know a little bit about Bell’s and to increase my admiration of you. – You began a TV and teaching career before there was much of a female presence, made it through the “Barbie”-only era of aesthetics, and continue on now as TV personalities (an EEOC opportunity for both females and males) are routinely cast aside for younger models. You are even a gracious role model and teacher to us all beyond the walls of your sewing classroom.

  • Lisa Koon
    October 12, 2013

    God bless you Nancy! I wanted to share that I had
    Bell’s Palsy in 1983 when I was 3 mths pregnant.
    I was blessed to have a family Dr (Dr Leslie Mills of
    Mill’s Clinic) in Prosperity,SC. He has now passed away,
    But he was an “old school” dr that knew alot about
    Treating disorders from yrs of exp. I panicked the morning
    I looked in mirror and saw my left side of face not working.
    I went to gyno drs and saw all 5 of them and oldest dr said he
    Thought it was Bell’s Palsy but had no idea how to treat
    It. So i made b- line to Dr Mills. I walked in his office and said help
    He said you got Bell’s Palsy- sit down- he told his
    Precious wife (his RN) to draw up B12 and Thiamine
    Injections. He gave me shots of each 3 x wk for two weeks. I
    Recovered with no paralasis. I wanted to share
    In hopes it may help others and to Thank You for
    Continuing to inspire others with your beauty and
    Strength!!

  • Pam
    October 30, 2013

    Hi Nancy! Just wanted to tell you thank you for sharing your passion and talents and I’m so happy to see your program on t.v. In fact, I have it scheduled to record on my DVR every week. Reading your blog, re: Bell’s palsy, it’s interesting, but when I watch your teaching, I don’t ever focus on that. You are such an accomplished teacher and I think of you when I have a sewing question and try to find you in the Internet for help. I have sewn since MY 4-H years (something we have in common..:)…) but never felt very accomplished. I get by! Now, I’m very interested in quilting and cannot get enough info… I read, watch tv instruction, blogs,etc… But I must say, I get more info from you than anyone else. Thanx sooo much!! I really enjoyed your 30 year anniversary show and you have such a beautiful family. And, please tell Mary M. how much I enjoy her too. You make a great team!! I hope that you are blessed with a long career…. You are special to so many!

  • Dawn Moody
    November 9, 2013

    Hi Nancy! I just have to leave a comment because I’m sitting here with my sixteen year old daughter, watching your show. That, in and of itself is such a very COOL thing for me!

    I started watching your show in ’82…I was 11 years old. My mother put me in sewing classes and to this day, I sew. My 16 year old just started to show an interest, but for my kids’ whole lives, I’ve watched your show too….and today when I switched to PBS, my 16 year old walks in and goes, I LOVE NANCY!

    Full circle, to me, and I’m basking in it. By the way, she’s looking through your websites and finding so many neat things o try. We just finished her first sewing project….an apron that took 4 hours and she’s so proud. I’m beaming, that goes without saying.

    Keep it up!

    MUCH love from Texas!

  • maria espinoza
    November 9, 2013

    Over the past years, I become interested in crocheting/sewing; especially pillows. Yet in order to make “handmade” pillows really “handmade”, a person has to actually learn how to make the pillow itself! I’ve learned, but always looking for tidbits to help me do better. I enjoy the shows and when I came across yours, it was great!

    After watching a few times, I did notice your face paralysis.. and was worried that you had had a stroke. Finally, I decided to look it up….I am very glad that you have NOT. I understand the Bells Palsy… my aunt had it. Something happened when you were young, things were treated a certain way, and this is what the result. Yet… everyone has something “different”… some things you can see, others you can’t. It’s how you carry yourself and react towards others that show type of person you are inside! And we can see the beautiful lady you are inside and how it mirrors the outside-beautiful as well! Keep up the shows! We enjoy watching you!!

  • Jennifer
    November 22, 2013

    Nancy, I am not sure if you could ever possible know how much you and your story has meant to me and how inspirational, encouraging and motivating you have been!!! In 2006, it was determined that I had a rare benign facial nerve tumor. After remove it and rounds of radiation, it has left me with partial facial paralysis. Since then, I have been severely bothered by my crooked smile and eating in public, because my left eye would squint when I would chew. I have hidden from cameras ever since, and only if insisted upon, I would never smile! I also have the worst kind of Crohn’s disease and after 15 years of battling with it, I had to have a colostomy. This, had left me depressed and discouraged to be in public. “What if people knew I had a poop bag?” After seeing you in a commercial, I am embarrassed to admit that I too, googled what was “wrong” with your face. Your story was so motivating to me, that for the first time, last night on Halloween, I smiled in a picture with my children. Also in the past months, I have begun to open up to my friends regarding, Lucy (my ostomy.) After asking some of the silliest questions, I realized that they really didn’t care. I also have done some internal searching asking for God’s help and I am now able to say that I am truly working on not having these blemishes define me. “I am not a crooked face or a poop bag.” Instead, “I am Jennifer, which happens to have partial facial paralysis and happens to have a colostomy.” And for this revelation, I AM TRULY THANKFUL to you!!

  • Kathy Daniel
    December 14, 2013

    What a successful life (even if you did not sew)! Please accept my admiration. Kathy

  • Peggy Cooke
    December 15, 2013

    I enjoy your program very much and It has inspired me to make 2 quilts for my grandchildren. I also had Bell’s palsy when I was pregnant with my daughter but I did not have any lingering effects from it. You do an outstanding job of explaining different aspects of sewing and the shortcuts and tips are invaluable. Thanks for your show, I tape it every week.

  • Cheryl
    January 19, 2014

    I will say it again…. Nancy you are the best and I have been learning from you for 30 years. You are a beautiful lady inside and out. Please continue to provide us with “the magic”.

  • donald calloway
    January 22, 2014

    I have epilepsy and I understand when you have a problem you just have to work through it. I have lived with epilepsy since I was born and I have not gave up and I am glad you have not either.

  • Dawn Shaw
    February 1, 2014

    A friend of mine sent me this link because I have a facial difference. Otherwise I had not heard of you as I do not sew. 🙂 I wrote a book and am working toward becoming an inspirational speaker. Good for you that you are on television- that is one of my goals as I hope to raise awareness and help people be more respectful of people with physical differences as well as encourage people with differences not to let it stop them from living a full and productive life. You can read my story at http://www.facinguptoit.com if you are interested. The more of us out there in the public eye, the better.

  • Barbara
    February 8, 2014

    Nancy, your a very gutsy lady and you inspire all of to know that bad things but it’s what we choose to with them that people will remember. You are a beautiful with heart

  • SHIRLEY OWENS
    February 16, 2014

    Nancy, after reading your story I was encouraged to get up and get going once more. I had given up feeling that I could do anything to help myself or others. Disabled Senior is not a label I have ever wanted. But, now it occurs to me that I CAN SEW! The little dresses for Africa just sparked something in me to motivate me to do for others. Thank You so much for your courage.

  • Lois Flinkman
    February 26, 2014

    Thank you for answering a question which occurred to me as I enjoyed watching your program. I’m glad you are not introverted. We are all unique in our own special way. You have many unique qualities and all of them combined make you a beautiful person.

  • Wendy K Gosling
    March 2, 2014

    Dear Nancy
    I have yearned to quilt for, quite literally, decades. I wasn’t lucky enough to have anyone who quilted (or even sewed!) in my family or friends. Because of severe health issues, including rheumatoid arthritis (which began at age 19 months) and EDS & uncontrolled Fibromyalgia, whenever I would express my deep desire to learn to quilt, I was always told by well-meaning people that I would not be able to do it, mostly because of my inability to cut fabric, hand stitch, etc. due to the arthritis, or to sit at a machine for more than 15 – 20 minutes.
    I would often watch your instructional videos on YouTube and on your site. I recognized the Bell’s Palsy, and always thought “How brave this woman is to be in the public eye!”. In our often cruel and thoughtless society, which is so centred on physical beauty standards, your bravery inspired me to begin to go out more. Because of the R.A., I have quite a few deformities of my own, and the needlessly cruel comments and actions of others while I was growing up (and sometimes even now!) lead me to be ashamed, to hide away, and worst of all…to no longer dream. But – there were all these beautiful quilts in my head, so many designs and oh! The fabrics to choose from!! Sounds silly, I know…but I SO wished to quilt. To create. I had spent too many years yearning but believing other people (some of which were my health professionals) who told me, “You cannot”.
    Your strength, humour, passion for quilting and creativity have been such an inspiration for me. Six months ago today I decided to turn the “cannots” into “can”. Yes, it is difficult for me, and yes occasionally I have to have help – but I AM QUILTING!! Perhaps only a small square a day…but I am creating, designing, sewing. I am living my passion. Thank you for inspiring me, for showing me that it’s ok if we’re a little different…it makes us unique, and we are all beautiful – and so are our creations!
    You are amazing – brightly shining, a beacon of light to show those of us who are unique that it’s ok to be unique, and that we must not let our own fears control the creativity within. I hope you don’t mind, but I named my first quilting project “Nancy’s strength” in honour of you. It’s nothing major, just a simple table runner made from Bali Batiks (which took 4 months to finish btw) but I quite literally couldn’t have done it without your online help videos and inspiration! I even stood proudly beside “Nancy’s Strength” as I showed it last month at our local library during a “Quiltfest”. When asked about the name, I said it was in honour of the woman who inspired me to try. I didn’t take home a prize, but I like to think I was still a winner 😉
    Brightest blessings upon you, and all whom you love.

  • Jill
    March 10, 2014

    Hello! My mother has been watching your show for many years. Being recently unemployed, I began watching it as well. I read about your paralysis and wanted to thank you for being so open with it. I had Bell’s Palsy at 15 years old, second day of high school! The doctor said I had the most severe case he had seen in a young person. The left side of my face was affected. I’m not really sure what triggered mine, maybe a botched tooth extraction. They tested the facial nerves in my neck and determined they were still alive, so decided to “wait it out” (this was in 1987). I was very self-conscious about my appearance and had always been shy, so I probably ‘introverted’. My paralysis loosened and mostly went away after about 5 months or so. To this day, I am not symmetrical and can notice the difference on both sides (mouth doesn’t quite pucker 100%, and the letter ‘f’ isn’t as easy to say), but others aren’t aware that anything happened. Having the paralysis and going through this made me truly become more of an extrovert and made me more aware of my expressions. Now I am very animated and do not take those “expressions” for granted, because I remember what it felt like to not be able to move my face. I think you are inspiring for being a public figure and embracing your ‘differences’. And I have to say, the first thing I noticed about you is how well your pronunciation is! I had so much trouble with mine and yours isn’t affected at all! 🙂 Great job with getting out there and not letting anything hold you back!

  • Connie
    April 22, 2014

    Nancy, my mother used to love your show and watched it every chance she had. Now I watch and love your show just as much. I have a plethora of medical problems I won’t go into here, but just let me say, you are an inspiration. Thank you for being a positive role model for women, teens, and little girls!!

  • Meg
    May 10, 2014

    I’m a 34 year old stay home Mommy of two girls and happily married but despite my having no knowledge of how to use the sewing machine I bought 8 years ago (assuming I could self-teach) I LOVE LOVE LOVE watching your show!)

    I imagine having my own craft room (and skill/learning) once my girls are a bit older and more independent but until then — THANK YOU for being that nice, quiet source of creative entertainment to tide me over! Admittedly (hangs head in shame) I googled “Sewing with Nancy” and GOOGLE automatically added/suggested “Face…” I’m guilty of curiously clicking but I wouldn’t have wanted to know if I didn’t think you were pretty AWESOME!!!

    Keep on ROCKIN Nancy!

  • Annmarie
    May 11, 2014

    Thanks! I’ve been wondering about that.

  • Sheryl
    June 12, 2014

    I had a brother who developed a case of Bells Palsy as a teenager and it eventually went away, but until that time, I had never heard of it. Then a sister-in-law developed it. Hers has lessened, but not gone completely.

    I began learning (over 20 years ago) to quilt from quilting magazines and the first time I saw your picture in one of them, I thought, “I’ll bet she has Bells Palsy, too!” Now this article verifies my guess. 🙂

    I just recently had eye surgery to repair a hole in my right macula, so I haven’t been quilting lately. In fact, the first week, I had to keep my head down and look at my knees or the floor at all times, neither of which is very interesting. 🙂 I was told I could watch TV, but it was hard to do with my head down, so I positioned a hand mirror in my lap so I could see, even though it made everything backwards or tilted sideways. Your show was one of the things that helped me keep (most of) my sanity during this time (along with all four seasons of Downton Abbey on DVD!). You made me feel like I was sitting in my sewing room, even when I couldn’t, and I thank you so much for that. Now I’m waiting to see what the results of my surgery will be and how much quilting/sewing is my future. But no matter what, I will still be DVRing all your shows. 🙂
    Sincerely and thankfully,
    Sheryl W.

    • Emery Balts
      September 5, 2015

      I just watched your show for the 1st time. Actually,my wife was watching the show..close up I noticed your mouth and and pulled up your story on my I phone. Great story.. I had polio that affected my upper arms..I was five years old in 1944..life has been a wonderful challenge to me. I enjoy hunting deer w a crossbow.. Golf, tennis, ping pong..also music,as I play a trumpet..I hold trumpet on my knee.. I always say God is Good..thank you again for you story!

  • God Bless You & your strength! I have MS & trip a lot. You would not know I have MS unless I tell about it, so everyone calls me “Gracie” or laugh re my clumsieness. But I don’t care & don’t pay much attention. It’s their ignorance. Life goes on! All the best to you! I am new to your show & site & I love you already!!! Thanks for all you are & what all you do!
    Kathy NV
    Nashville, Tennessee

  • anamaria
    August 20, 2014

    Thanks Nancy for your info. I didn’t hear about Bell’s palsy until a few years ago, that my husband just woke up with that!
    It seems it is fairly common because a cashier at the supermarket knew what it was and several other people.
    I love your segments about handbags! You explain how to do it so clear! and after that it seems so uncomplicated! I love it!

  • Robin Spicher
    January 12, 2015

    I was not sure what had happened, I am just happy that it has not held you back and lots of us have things that make us not symmetrical. I had to have a breast removed about 4 years ago due to breast cancer. I chose not to have reconstructive surgery done. I have never regretted that decision. I too love to sew and I buy old sewing machines and fix them up, clean them up or whatever and then give them away to people who show an interest. Thanks for all your encouragement and your gift of sewing.

  • Jenny
    January 25, 2015

    I didn’t know you wrote an autobiography. I kind of stumbled upon this post. I’m excited. 🙂 You’re beautiful and you’re such an inspiration! I can’t wait to read your book!

  • Faye Heffner
    February 28, 2015

    I also had Bells’. It happened to me during my pregnancy in 1980. At a time when I should have been at my very happiest, I was very upset for a while. I didnt even want to attend my baby showers, but I did. And then I woke up one morning and it was “just gone”! I do have some slight residual effects, mostly just noticeable to me, especially in pictures. I will have to try the 1, 2, 3 smile or ready , set , smile, to myself for pics sometime. I love your shows. You have been an inspiration and sewing guide for many years.

  • Rena O
    May 8, 2015

    Hi Nancy,

    Thanks for sharing your info. Yes I noticed your face, but honestly, it became irrelevant very quickly. I mean that — keep up the great work and keep being the inspiring person you are.

  • Dave D
    May 16, 2015

    Nancy, I’m not into sewing but I always have my TV tuned to public TV on Saturday mornings while I wait for the carpentry shows to come on. I’ve caught a few minutes of your show now and then and have found that I can actually enjoy a show about sewing when the host is as passionate about it as you are. I also always wondered if you had ever had BP. Now that I’ve found your story I know that you did.

    In 2006 I contracted shingles in my left ear. One morning I awoke to find the left half of my face completely paralyzed. Because it involved the shingles virus, my condition is known as Ramsey-Hunt Syndrome. I was a few days shy of 51 years old. It’s been a struggle for me but you have been an inspiration to keep moving forward. Thank you for your courage and matter-of-factness about your condition. You’ve been a real help to me!

    BTW, the paralysis has “loosened up” a bit but it’s obvious there’s something “wrong” with my face. I was afraid I’d never be able to work with the public but now I work part time at a drug store. You are living proof that something like facial paralysis need not make one stop living life. Thank you, again!!

      • Farzeen
        August 15, 2015

        I super duper loved reading some of this story and these comments — I have been struggling for so long with the invisible tug in my face (it is only noticeable when I am very tired) and left side of my body, Bell’s palsy from Lyme disease. I have just realized that even though people can’t see it, it is still worth acknowledging as a real reality. I am glad you are acknowledging it and I am grateful that we all have the bodies that we do! When I get into sewing, I will learn with you 🙂

  • Elizabeth Joslin
    May 30, 2015

    You are the “Best” Nancy. You also helped me further my growth as a person that has loved sewing from a very young age, I was self taught and made clothes for my family and home and myself for many years. It developed the creative nature I have for so many things in the arts. It helped me with my self esteem and confidence that I needed in life as a young adult. Your shows and books have helped me so much. Your professionalism is so good and inspiring. Thank you for being their for me and others. Believe me others don’t let anything get in the way of learning what you have the need to teach us. We all have flaws and problems but we should never let them keep us from doing what is so helpful and good therapy for us and others. God bless you for keeping on and doing what God called you to do.

  • Dottie
    July 26, 2015

    Nancy,
    My thoughts and prayers are with you during this latest fight to overcome yet another health issue. You are an inspiration to many, and you have touched my life in so many areas. You given me confidence which comes from wearing clothes that fit, and making quilts..gifts that are always treasured. Your calm demeanor, and depth of knowledge, inspire me and helped me overcome social anxiety and severe depression. Please get healthy and continue on sharing clever tips and tricks, sewing and fiber arts and demonstrating to all that courage, faith and determination can help overcome any adversity. Please know that you are loved and appreciated.

  • Colleen Ketcham
    August 11, 2015

    Nancy:

    Never knew so many others were afflicted with similar issue until I started to read these comments. I did not have palsy but at the age of 5 in 1955 I contracted polio, along with a brother and my mother. We all survived, but I was the one left with a facial paralysis in my smile. I hate having my picture taken, but other than that (understanding professional photographers know how to do it right) I decided long ago, I am going to live the best I can and not let this “difference” get in the way. Was not always easy, the ego bruised, but stronger. I watch your show most days and although have been extremely busy with new “retirement career” real estate, still plan on doing that quilt or afghan for new great granddaughter due in December.
    Your creative talents are an inspiration and your spunk is to be admired. Keep recovering and getting stronger every day. God Bless you.

    Colleen Ketcham

  • Jenn
    August 17, 2015

    Nancy,
    how brave & inspirational of you to share your experiences with all of us, whether its with crafty bits or personal bits. i watch your show on KET2 and have learned so much from you. your calm, soothing nature and ways of talking and teaching have also taught me patience and grace. i am so happy & thankful to have you as a guide and teacher, even if it is only on the tele. i enjoy learning all of the tips & tricks of sewing that you teach and you make it very easy to follow. i think you are absolutely beautiful on both the inside AND the outside. please dont ever let hateful, hurtful words, remarks and/or comments belittle, sadden or discourage you- you are amazing, Nancy Zieman. you truly do use your hands to use your heart and it truly is genuinely inspiring. thank you so much for being you. you inspire me everyday. please dont ever stop feeling & being beautiful. ❤️ =] <3
    ps.. i LOVE your hair!!! it always looks so perfect!! =] you are such a beautiful lady.

  • Daisy
    August 19, 2015

    I don’t even sew and enjoy watching the show. Nancy is very attractive and very bright. What an inspiration – had no idea she’d had BP. I have a friend who never fully recovered from BP either – paralysis of face as well.

  • Grey
    September 5, 2015

    I’m not a sewer but do occasionally see the show while at my moms and her voice is soothing and she’s obviously talented. After seeing her the 1st time, I knew in my heart she had suffered from Bells Palsey. I had Bells Palsy once and can recognize the ecfects. It was a very scary ordeal at 32 and gave me many insecure feelings b4 it finally went away. I applaud her and think she’s such an inspiration not to mention fantastically talented and pretty. Hope she’s able to share her talents for many more years to come. Thank u Nancy.

  • Dawn
    October 31, 2015

    Nancy, your story is inspiring, not so much for the physical aspects, but for the fact that you understand that true beauty is within! People who focus on outward beauty are superficial, but people who focus on inward beauty have an outward beauty that is enviable. As a woman of faith, I was pleased to hear that you give God the glory for making you who you are. I enjoy your show very much, when I get to see it, and hope you keep it up for many years to come!

  • Sharon
    November 26, 2015

    Greetings!
    I hope you will create more handbag templates. Also I hope you will consider a wallet template to make different wallets. I hope you offer the california template again on nancys notions.
    I hope you will offer black friday specials.
    Enjoy The Day!

  • Eye on art
    November 26, 2015

    Greetings
    I hope you will offer more handbag templates.
    I hope you will come out with a wallet template.
    I hope you will offer california template again on nancys notions.
    Enjoy The Day

  • Lynn
    February 22, 2016

    Thank you and God Bless you for bringing your shows onto the Internet. I have been trying for nearly 20 years to talk Fresno, CA’s PBS staton and CreateTV to include Sewing With Nancy again, but to no avail. Every time I leave the California Central Valley to visit anyone, the first thing I do is check the listing for your show in the area. Other wise I would have to do without my sewing guru guiding me through my sewing projects. I am a self taught sewer so I depend on your shows greatly. I have nearly all of your sewing books; my next book to purchase will be your autobiograhy.

    I pray your cancer recovery has been a speedy one.

      • Lynn
        May 13, 2016

        Dear Nancy,

        Thank you so much for the link to your videos. Are you planning to include all of your older shows on the site? I always looked forward toward your segments with the many hints and tips from you and your viewers which you share with us.

        All of us have some form of an abnormality, but it isn’t what defines us, however, integrity does define each of us. Everyone is unique. I am so happy to see that you chose to tell your story because it shows you are not ony beautiful on the outside but, beauttiful on the inside too, and you have a lot of talent to share with the world.

        How are you doing with your cancer? All of your fans love you with wishes and prayers for your speedy recovery and you are able to return soon.

        Lots of love and hugs,
        Lynn

  • Alissa
    March 30, 2016

    Nancy, I’ve recently become a fan and am trying to become a sewer. Yes, I wondered what happened to your face but almost immediatelys my curiosity was replaced by an appreciation of your skills and sense of humor. My darling daughter had Bell’s Palsy when she was pregnant with her first daughter. She still has a slightly crooked smile and a bit of a droopy eye but that hasn’t stopped her-she is so accomplished as are you. I tape your shows and watch them several times (slow learner) and share them with family and friends. Thanks!

  • Penny L
    May 12, 2016

    Hi Nancy,

    I was born with Erb’s Palsy in my left arm, which occurred during my birth. Physical therapy when I was an infant and into the toddler stage, helped me gain almost full use of my arm–although there is some weakness and some tasks I cannot do with my left arm. The strange part is that I was also born left-handed. Go figure.

    When I first saw your show I, too, thought it was from a stroke, but then I remembered that I saw you many years ago and your face was the same at that time as it is now. Occasionally I have to explain what’s wrong with my arm when someone who is very observant notices the differences between the two arms, and I’m sure this happens to you far more often.

    I’m glad you chose to explain this your fans and followers.

  • Pam Groetzenbach
    May 19, 2016

    Nancy, I love you and I love your work. Your show has been one of my favorites for years. I’m sure you’re inundated with suggestions from your fans (only because we care about you), but Carole Maggio has helped many people overcome the effects of Bell’s Palsy with her Facercise technique. She has before and after photos on her website.
    Hugs,
    Pam G.

  • Linda A Taylor
    June 14, 2016

    Hi Nancy, I love your show and you truly are an inspiration. Sixteen years ago I was diagnosed with breast cancer, and shortly after i completed my treatment ( surgery , 9 months of chemotherapy and 3 months of radiation ), i got severe Bell’s Palsy 3 separate times in the course of the year. I, too, was told to “wait and it will go away.” All symptoms did go away the first two times, but unfortunately not after the third bout of the Bell’s Palsy. I was left with some paralysis and what goes with it: crooked smile, eye doesn’t blink , trouble eating etc. I still don’t smile for pictures and avoid having my picture taken whenever possible BUT I have learned to accept it as being me and I thank GOD for my countless blessings, none of which i deserve. Just thought that i would share my story . You do such a great job on TV !!! GOD BLESS YOU !

  • Kit McNary
    September 24, 2016

    Nancy, I love to watch you talk about sewing – you are passionate and knowledgeable – great combination! I assumed you had Bells Palsy as I have a similar look. I had a severe case of Bell’s Palsy in my left side. My face recovered about 50%. I then got Bell’s Palsy on my right side (also severe) and it also recovered about 50%. The resulting speech problem is probably what makes me the most self conscious. As to the rest, I honestly forget about it until I see a picture of myself. Always shocks me a bit. Anyway, I admire you and I always look forward to watching you. Thank you for sharing your story.

  • Ryan
    October 20, 2016

    Congratulations Nancy on the success you’ve had…and thank you for being an inspiration to us all!!

  • Dawn
    November 26, 2016

    Nancy, it’s so uplifting to see you handle the paralysis with such grace. I first had a bout with Bell’s palsy at age 7. My mom thought I had a stroke and took me to the doctor. Thankfully in 1984 that doctor had heard of it and acted quickly to help me out. The paralysis went away after a few months and I moved on. I have had symptoms 4 other times in my life and thankfully now I can get steroids started right away to help and nothing has ever lasted long. I can usually feel the paralysis before any outward signs are even noticeable. I have been told there may be a time it comes back and may never go away and your strength and grace gives me hope that if that should happen I will be able to handle it.

  • Marjorie Apicelli
    January 7, 2017

    Nancy…I have watched and enjoyed your show for many years. I also have muscular distortion on the left side of my face that I was born with. But I was fortunate that I had a normal childhood and I am a very outgoing person. I guess the kids just accepted me as I was and it was never an issue. Only a few people over the years have asked me about it. Believe it or not…it was (only) my. (first) husband who made fun of me! But I just want to say that you are an inspiration to all of us…whatever the physical issue.

  • Amy
    January 28, 2017

    Nancy, I catch your show now and again on public television in Upstate New York. You are a treasure! I have never had facial paralysis but your ‘our bodies are just packaging’ message is an important one for everyone to hear and embrace. We are all so much more than our outwardly physical vessels! Thanks for being an inspiration to us all and congratulations on your longtime success with “Sewing with Nancy.”

  • Tina Frank
    February 9, 2017

    Nancy, I love your show, not only for the creative ideas for sewing and quilting, but for your inspirational messages about self image. I am a Speech-Language Pathologist, who loves sewing. By public addressing Bell’s Palsy and providing factual information, you have greatly helped others. Thank you for all that you do.

  • RON
    March 14, 2017

    You are so beautiful Nancy. It always amazes me when someone isn’t hampered by external appearance that may not conform to the norm. I for some reason let my eyesight and “coke bottle” glasses affect my self image for much of my life. I enjoy watching you even though I’m not into sewing. My girlfriend and I were wondering about this and so I found your webpage. Thanks for bringing you beautiful face and person into this creative show.

  • Rhonda Jackson
    March 23, 2017

    Hi Nancy,

    I did not think you had ever had a stroke. I thought it was probably something from childhood which turns out to be correct. I have watched you on TV from the 80s and onward, and followed you online many years when you were younger and a stroke did not make sense. It never made any difference to me. I was grateful to have someone like you giving sewing pointers and tips. Looks do not matter, it is what is inside that counts. All the best to you, Rhonda

  • Emmb
    May 3, 2017

    I’m so impressed with the story. You are very strong and an inspiration for all. Love love love the Show!
    You are a beautiful woman…….

  • n j murray
    May 11, 2017

    hi sweetie.. i have been watching your program for many years and today i searched to find out about your facial paralysis.. just was a bit curious, and totally uninformed about bells palsy (but thanks to you, not anymore) i used to sew (not very well) but now my eyes have gotten so bad that i cant thread any needles… but i love watching your show… thank you so much for being there for all of us … we love you and what you do !

  • Georgine blaney
    May 30, 2017

    What a wonderful uplifting explanation you have for your bells palsy. I don’t sew and I came across your program a few years ago when I was very sick. You were such a calming influence for me. I couldn’t understand it because i don’t sew, was never the least bit interested in it, and was one of the few people who managed to flunk home ec in high school. Whatever it is I thank you from the bottom of my heart. I am well now and am a faithful viewer! And I’ve learned a few things too!

  • Jane Quilter
    August 13, 2017

    You are so beautiful. I am not. I got my bells palsy when I was pregnant with my 2nd child. So wait and see was my choice verses massive drugs and damaging the baby. I lost my job as a GE engineering mgr (even my colleges made pirate jokes to my face) because I “didn’t look like senior management” per the HR director. I would not make a different choice, if I had to do it again. (that baby turned out to be a superb athlete as well as a genius with a masters in Physical Chemistry from Yale and all her classwork for her doctorate at Yale, as well as a fine mother of 3 .) I am proud of you, Nancy, and watch your show often.

  • Jerry Davey
    August 29, 2017

    Nancy,
    Thanks for the encouragement. I was one of those people that typed in stroke out of curiosity, or concern. Reading this article has given me encouragement. I deal with depression and low self-esteem. Even though I get help it’s still a struggle. Thanks again for making my day with your positive attitude ❗

  • Catherine
    September 10, 2017

    Dear Nancy,
    I never had the opportunity to meet you “face-to-face”, or just sit and have coffee (a wish) and talk all things sewing – yet I know you. Your wit and wisdom (for one example – aprons – cooking – “kick it up a notch” sewing PBS special) had me rolling. You’ve taught me much dear friend through the years, lessons I treasure, wisdom I’ve shared. YOU are a legend in your own time. And, Phil. 4:13 hangs on my wall! So precious Nancy, across the miles, I pray and send blessings, peace, comfort and love. C

  • Frank Pavlechko
    September 10, 2017

    Nancy

    My wife (Nancy) and I enjoy your program …the power of your message goes so much farther then the stitching and quilt patterns you have taught on the program.
    Today’s training was especially helpful with a project she is working on now.

    I have done my best to make my wife’s dream come true with a large quilting and embroidery/sewing room but I know she would be surprised if I could obtain an autographed picture personalized to her.
    I would gladly pay all expenses for this gift and will have it framed and hung in her shop for a surprise.
    Currently she has come out of retirement to teach young children and beginner sewers for JoAnn Fabrics and has a quilting/sewing team working on Church projects and other help programs here at our home.
    If a photo is not possible, perhaps something written within your book . Not being a sewer, I am embarrassed to say I just found out about your publication today on your webpage but will have it here soon for her reading enjoyment.

    I realize you are a very busy person but…If you ever find yourself in Tennessee , we would welcome you here in Sweetwater,Tennesee. We would love to entertain/share with you the sites and sounds of our area and introduce you to the many avid sewing and quilting fans you have in this area.
    Keep up the great work for it is obvious God has blessed you in a very special way for 35 successful years of teaching on PBS is a tremondus achievement.

    ;0)
    Frank
    Sweetwater, TN.

  • Linda
    October 6, 2017

    Dear Nancy,
    I was telling my Mom how much I admired you for being in front of the camera on your show, when you could have been planning and running the show behind the camera, (which I am sure you would have been very successful at). Because you chose to be the host and teacher, I (and countless others) have been blessed with your enthusiasm, creativity, and inspiring attitude.
    My Mom said, “You should write and tell HER that.” So I am writing, and telling you THANK YOU!
    May God continue to bless you and your family.

  • Tonisha Rizvi
    October 15, 2017

    I like the helpful information you provide in your posts. I will bookmark your site and check again here frequently. I’m quite sure I’ll learn many new stuff right here! Good luck for the next!

  • KohlieNicole
    October 30, 2017

    I truly believe “If Nancy can do it, so can I” Thank you for Being You.♡♡♡☆☆☆♡♡♡

  • Kohlie Nicole Reimers
    October 30, 2017

    A AMAZING LADIE♡ THANK YOU FOR BEING YOU ♡♡♡☆☆☆♡♡♡

  • Rachel Bickley
    October 31, 2017

    Love you! You are living what always say–being open and talking about things is the way to go : ) I mean, why not?!

  • Mitch
    November 9, 2017

    I read today of your retirement. I’m sorry to hear of your grim health diagnosis. I’ve watched you and been inspired by you and by your sewing programs for years.

    Little did I know when I first started watching Sewing with Nancy that one day, I too, would get Bell’s Palsy. I woke up one morning and the left side of my face no longer moved as a mirror image of the right. From watching you, I suspected that it might be Bell’s Palsy. I am fortunate that only minor hints of the diagnosis remain.

    Thank you for sharing and educating…and most of all for not becoming an introvert!

  • ROBIN K BENNETT
    November 28, 2017

    I had bells palsy and other physical symptoms that were later realized were from Lyme disease. Steroids cause suppression of the immune system thereby facilitating a perfect environment for Lyme disease bacteria to grow. Please have your blood tested at a reputable lab that is specific to Lyme disease and co-infections such as IGENEX.

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  • bobina de aluminio
    June 11, 2018

    I am always invstigating online for tips that can aid me. Thank you!

  • Eddie j
    October 7, 2018

    I hv ball posly take me like 6 months to get better but my face never stays the same

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