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Kate Redesiuk
Artist | Professional | Digital Art
Poland
Concept artist @ CD Projekt RED / Warsaw, Poland

How a game developer saved my life

Thu Nov 6, 2014, 4:35 PM




After disappearing for a very long while, halting commissions and delaying the creation of OFF-WHITE; I think I owe you guys an explanation.

At the beginning of August I found myself at a hospital, diagnosed with gallstones. The only effective way of getting rid of them is to remove the whole gallbladder altogether. Unfortunately it quickly got much  worse.  I got a severe case of cholecystitis and developed a hydrocele. It was suspected that the inflammation started to spread to my  peritoneum and liver. Even more unfortunately it didn't stop there. During all the medical examination I went through during the next few weeks it was discovered that everything was in fact caused by gallbladder cancer, which before was wrongly identified as inflamed tissue.

You can probably imagine how devastated I was after getting the news - after weeks of pain I got to know that I had cancer with extremely poor prognosis and had absolutely no money for a surgery.

Desperate I turned to my employer - CD Projekt RED (a Polish game developer - check their games out here: en.cdprojektred.com/ ), to ask if I could get my salary earlier in hopes of rising funds for my operation. I got an answer almost immediately - CD Projekt RED decided to pay for my surgery and possible future chemotherapy. There were no questions, no catches, no enforced promises. I was told to take off as much time as I needed to get the surgery and then recover before getting back to work. They were not in any way obliged to help me at all and yet they gave me their full support, without which this story might have ended completely different.

I'm a month after the surgery right now - missing a gallbladder, part of my liver and a few lymph nodes. So far it seems everything is ok and the cancer didn't have the chance to spread. I was lucky in my misfortune to have found and removed it at such an early stage.

I've already thanked all of the lovely people at CD Projekt RED who helped me so much in getting through the incredibly hard time. They hopefully already know how thankful I am and how much I owe them. I do want to repeat the thanks once again though, here on the internet, to share with the rest of the world how kind they were to me.
Adam Badowski, the managing director and member of the board at CD Projekt Red; Ben Lee, the producer for mobile games; John Mamais, the executive producer; and Agnieszka Więcek, the head of HR - thank you for all the time and effort you've invested to help me. Thank you for the moral support and all the kind words.

If you're a gamer, please, support CD Projekt RED as much as you can. It's a company filled with very talented and warm people, who do their best to create incredible games.

Using the opportunity I would also, once again, like to thank all of my watchers who were incredibly supportive and who created lovely art for me, even though the only thing they knew was that I was feeling bad. You're the best!
As a small thank-you-gift I'd like to create an art tutorial for you. Please, write what would you like to learn and I'll do my best to create something that could help you. Thanks again and see you around!

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SStefan Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2014
To uczucie gdy browsuję sobie Deviantarta i trafiam na świetną galerię Polki i okazuje się, że pracujemy w tej samej spółce (GOG here) :) Aż podskoczyłam!
Mam ogromną nadzieję, że wyzdrowiejesz bez żadnych powikłań ani problemów, a tymczasem watchuję, bo, damn, Twoje prace i umiejętności są niesamowicie inspirujące :)
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OmniphobiaLoL Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2014  New member
I love your gallery. Lots of great artwork.  I also was wondering if you were accepting requests for commissions.. Email me at Omniphobialol@gmail.com if you would be willing to talk about it. Thanks! 
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joelstarr2 Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2014
I really really really like the pics.  I have a question are you available for commissions?
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Un-HappyCat Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Your pics are so awesome 0.0
I just started your comic "off white" and can't get enough *.*
Your art is so inspiring *^*
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NonoLoup Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
thank you very very much for the fav! <3
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