Martha Stewart Writes Thanksgiving Letter
11/23/2004 AT 12:00 PM EST
"I want to extend my deepest thanks and appreciation for the steadfast support I continue to receive from so many of you," Stewart says in a statement posted on marthatalks.com, referring to supportive letters and e-mails she has received since being convicted of conspiracy, making false statements and obstruction of justice in March.
In her holiday letter Stewart also aims to dispel rumors that she and the staff at Alderson Federal Prison Camp – also known as "Camp Cupcake" – are not getting along.
"As you would expect, the loss of freedom and the lack of privacy are extremely difficult. But I am safe, fit and healthy, and I am pleased to report that, contrary to rumors you might have heard, my daily interactions with the staff and fellow inmates here at Alderson are marked by fair treatment and mutual respect.
In October, just as Stewart was preparing to check into Alderson, her friend Charles Simonyi told PEOPLE: "She is afraid about whether she can remain strong and continue to keep up her spirit."
But Stewart, 63, who is serving a five-month prison term, says her mood is good under the circumstances.
"I am in good spirits and making the best of this difficult situation," she writes. "Visits from my friends, family and colleagues – together with your goodwill and best wishes – will get me through this chapter in my life. For this friendship and support, I am very grateful this Thanksgiving."