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Kate Redesiuk
Artist | Professional | Digital Art
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: ), 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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MintyFreshThoughts Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome work! Rock On!Rock On by MintyFreshThoughts   
elleimarie Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2014  Hobbyist Artist

I just wanted to let you know that I featured your LoL skin art in an article on GameSkinny :D…
Deranged-Dragon Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Eee, my buddies and I really hope everything is well--stay strong! Internet people love yah, don't forget! CURSE YOU! Heart 
JellyFishBell Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2014  New member Student Digital Artist
Waiting for the good news:)
Be right back
Skvaderflight Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2014
Without any recent activity from you, I hope you're still doing fine. You have an entire little internet fanbase rooting for you :) Let us know how it is going for you. We're all hoping for the good news.
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