Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Graduation day

Wednesday was my last radiation treatment,  20 treatments. On this day I thought I would be finished, sure I’m finished with treatment but cancer doesn’t stop there. I'm now dealing with the radiation burns. Yes I am cancer free, but not worry free, and  life goes on. 

Today was a follow-up with the surgeon, next week with the radiation oncologist . The following week there’s a doctor appointment with the cancer oncologist.   After that  there will be more frequent mammograms, there will be a daily pill to take for at least five years, and life goes on. 


There was a little ceremony  after my treatment, I was awarded this diploma.

 I was also given this guardian angel pin.


They had donated gifts from a husband and wife volunteer team. We chose this cute owl bird feeder.

I ordered this for myself, as I have learned you can't just go through breast cancer and forget about it. It's a sisterhood, I always be in. Life goes on.

I can't begin to thank so many people for all the cards, the gifts, the Masses, the hugs, the phone calls, the meals and unlimited supply of support. 

I have even received more cards after this picture was snapped!

And life goes on . . . a life time journey.

Sometimes the cards matched, these came from opposite ends of the state.

This was one one big honking card! One of many this gal sent!!!!

There were many viral reality card sent via the internet by lots of you all. 

I also want to ask for prayers for my friends with the big C. Cathy was just finishing her 6th and last round of chemo, next will be surgery and radiation. The blacksmith and I always dropped in on her and Jerry when our days corresponded. 

There's Valerie, Vicki, Caleb, Charlotte, Geralyn, and Cathy's niece Sarah that need prayers. 

Life goes one . . .

Back to our regular quilting blog.

This I made for one of my daughter's bffs from high school. Holly is expecting her first child.  It was fun to catch up at her baby shower. I even facetimed Sarah so they could see each other.

Sunday April 14th, we woke up to this S N O W.  But hang on it's Missouri and tomorrow the forecast is for 73 high and 80 degrees the next day. 

Life. . . . it's always an adventure.  

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Half way there


Today, a milestone. I'm half way in treatment, but not in this journey. 


I continue to work on the Blacksmith quilt. It's getting closer. . . . 

That is until I hit a wall last night, 3 strikes and I'm out.  Text messaged a friend way too late and she replied this morning. Deanna you're an angel in disguise.  She is a professional embroiderer.

Shortly after school started last fall, Lizzie was here with homework. She left the room and I flipped forward in her notebook and wrote this message. Monday I got this picture from her, Grandma, look what I found today!!

Tuesday we celebrated her 10th birthday. 

Oh what a joy she is. 

Now onto the next 10 treatments. 

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

The best medicine yet!!!

Today my bff Margie drove 3 hours in the wee morning hours to spend the day with me!

She arrived shortly after 10 AM. She and I along with the blacksmith caught up on life since we were last together in person.

At 11:30 Margie and I headed to town. She wanted to go with me for my treatment. We were in and out of the cancer center in 15 minutes flat. I’m now 1/4 of the way finished!!!

It was then lunch time. We both love Mexican food so to Holts Summit we went. 

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

4 treatments down.

Today started off a little late. I slept way too long. I missed my favorite activity of the week, QUILTING.  However I realize, it's time to take care of myself. So I go at a little slower pace. 

Well so I thought.

We were headed for treatment and two doctor appointments today. I was driving, I allowed plenty of time to be there on time. 

Until . . . . 


I  saw this in my rear view mirror.  Yep I knew I was doing 40 mph in a 30 mph zone.

So what's a girl to do but . . .well I played the C card!!! I told the officer I knew I was wrong, I was headed for radiation at noon, if she could please make it quick and painless. 

After she returned from checking my drivers license and getting the right insurance card (I really needed to clean out my glove box!) she told me to be careful and she left me off the hook.

Thank you God!

Someone told me later in the day, the card is worthless unless you use it.

Both doctors had good things to tell us. I did learn that what my boob is experiencing what is called Zingers.  Look that up in your Funk and Wagnalls!  It's good to know.

In between doctor appointments we went to the Chemo treatment area. There we met up with our friend Cathy who is the hubby's classmate. She and I were also in 4-H together decades ago.  She has one more chemo treatment to take. Our husbands visited with each other while Cathy and I talked about C, life, and God. Together Cathy and I will conquer! 

We return to regular blogging now.

On Saturday morning my quilting friend Janet, called to tell me I could come get some beef bones. These to us are like gold. They can hardly ever be bought in your local grocery store. I froze about 7 packages. Now I need to buy some whole barley to make some beef barley soup.

Sunday I roasted some of the bones at 350 degrees for about an hour and a half. Then threw  the grease away. I boiled the bones and made vegetable soup.  OH MY Gosh, was it delicious.

Here's my current sewing project (I must say daily trips to town really cut into my sewing time). This will be for the blacksmith auction in May. The center is still being created. I'm thinking of paper piecing the name of the association, we'll see.  The flower basket pattern has never been interpreted as an anvil with fire!!

Until next time, peace out

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Meet my new best friend!

This gal and I have a date for the next 19 week days.  I got the first one done today.

I thought I was at Disneyland, machines going around me, sounding off occasionally, only there were no screams, laughter or cotton candy!

Day one went good, I got another tattoo. I know tats are habit forming. I'm just carrying on a tradition. My dad had them, my oldest brother has then, as does my son. So I'm just keeping it in the family.

Before treatment, we went shopping for more drapery fabric for the Casita camper. They are looking so good!.  This being in town everyday might not be such a bad thing. #shoppingeveryday

Get 'er done!

Monday, March 11, 2019

Tattoos!!! No Chemo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

FINALLY  today we got the call that the last test results were in and  called for no chemo.

Let the radiation begin.  So they got us in just a couple of hours later. I had a scan and got the tattoos. I have always thought about getting a tat of a spool of thread on my wrist. However I couldn't talk the technician into it. Besides she only had black ink.  Just don't ask me to show you my new tattoos!!!

Now as soon as they get the plan worked up for the machine that administers it, I will be ready to go.  This Thursday at the earliest, otherwise Monday.  It will be a total of 20 treatments, 5 days a week for 4 weeks. 

We are so ready to get this show on the road, after all I need to be well for our big blacksmith conference the first week of May.

Being on the ailing list is something I am not accustomed to. However I have had the best of support from hundreds of you all. 

Some of this is birthday, some thinking of you . . . 

Rita not only brought us dinner the night of surgery, but also these cookies, and she had a thermal cup made just for me and my Casita! Did I mention she kept the hubby company at the hospital and was there when I came to in the recovery room.     

Thank you Rita!!!

I receive cards almost daily. It makes going to the mail box so heart warming to know all of you are praying for me. 

My surprise birthday party held by some of my quilting peeps was a little late, duh, dang surgery on my birthday. However they did manage to pull some surprises on me. 

It was antiquing, Mexican for lunch, with a little free entertainment, fabric shopping and

 . . . . . of course Central dairy for ice cream was a must. 

They all had on these matching shirts and I got one too. Thank you girls.  It was a fabulous day and not once did they mention C!

Tammy sent me special Red Rose teas. She introduced me to Red Rose years ago, and I've been hooked ever since.. 

Tami,     . . . . not to be confused with Tammy, sent me this angel she made. It's hanging in my kitchen window with another piece of her work.

She also sent this hand carved this bird, made by her friend. It is such a soothing thing to hold in your hand and rub. It takes your mind off of the unpleasantness of thinking of the big C.

Friends Terri and husband Alan from Minnesota sent this fantastic pillow to me that was a gem after surgery. It's pretty special, Terri buys second hand clothing to make them. My green is an Abercrombie and Fitch lime green sweater. We know Alan and Terri through our blacksmith association.  Thank you both!

Cousin Mindy in California sent some organic herbal teas from her cousin's farm in Oregon. Check it out Oshala Farm. There were 7 varieties with amazing taste!

My BFF Diane gave me this personalized charm bracelet. Along with hazelnut roll cookies!!! Yum!!! 

Each charm she picked by hand has a special meaning, a sister charm, a believe charm, a cross, and a heart with my birthstone. 

I received a card with this religious metal of Mary, from my friend Mary. The metal was blessed in Medjugorje. It fits on my new bracelet from Diane!

Neighbor Judy and her granddaughters brought us warm chocolate chip cookies.  They went too fast for a picture.

During this waiting time that took forever, but that's another story, I kept sewing to keep busy. (That was so I didn't do the nervous eat everything in sight trip).  I made this for Tami's birthday which is this week. I thought it was very appropriate since she makes stained glass for me.

So I want to say thank you to everyone for all your prayers, hugs, phone calls, gifts, pep talks.  I (WE) feel the love. 

So until next time . . . Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Valentine Day 2019. . . The best ever

It has been a long standing tradition that for Valentine's day I get a surprise of a heart shaped box of candy, found on the kitchen cabinet when I get up. As for my gift to him, it's a bag of maple nut goodies and burnt sugar peanuts. I can't remember the time these weren't our gifts to each other.

Until this year . . . . 

This hand forged, very detailed rose was on on top of my candy. I screamed, then I cried. He spoke no words, but hugged me for an eternity. 

The details are point on! It even shows the 5 precise sepals

Pictures do not do it justice!

Cancer sucks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Today February 19th, I had a follow up visit with the surgeon. She was very pleased not only at my incisions but at my numbers. 

There's one more test result that won't be in until next week when we meet with the cancer doctor. That's a gene test on the cancer itself. That will be the last chemo hurdle to get over. Prayers are appreciated. 

Jeremiah 29:11  For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Successful surgery. Praise the Lord.

Surgery went well on Wednesday 2/6/2019.  We were home about 2 in the afternoon.

Every time a new nurse or technician came into the room, I’d have to verify my birth date, so by the time surgery was over, everyone knew it was my birthday .  Nurse Lorie even gave me a birthday scrub hat to wear during surgery.

This time next year I plan to have a double celebration, birthday and cancer free. That’s my plan anyway. You hear me God?

I've been laying low.. My hubby has spoiled me beyond means!  I have received so many cards, gifts, cookies, meals, comments, encouragements and prayers. Thank you all! Everyone means so much. Life is precious as is good health.

The surgeon called us Friday and was happy with the surgery. She said she got all the cancer. Luckily she only had to take one lymph node and it was cancer free.

When the incisions heal I will take four weeks of radiation.

Since this is a quilting blog, let’s get back to that.  Here’s a few things I’ve completed in the last few months.

This is another top for my friend Margaret. She loves to embroidery. These blocks are of cute little log cabins, so I just had to set it together with traditional log cabin pieced blocks.

I started these paper piece blocks years ago. My January resolution was to finish them. #score. The patterns are of sunbonnet Sue and overall Sam, rolling through the 12 months. I combined them with
a pieced blocks. Someday I will hand quilt it. It’s twin bed size.

This was a quilt I made for my great nephew, Bowman. I pieced it, another great aunt, Janie hand quilted it.

My friend Judy found most of this fabric at tag sales. She asked if I could do Elvis justice? She had traced the kneeling Elvis, he was about 6 inches tall. I took him to Staples and they enlarged him to about 36 inches. He is machine appliqued to music fabric I found at Hobby Lobby.  Hopefully the church ladies will start quilting him next week. He will be auctioned at the church picnic in August.

Until next time . .. . .


Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Surgery . . . it's my birthday present

Tomorrow, February 6, 2019 will be my 67th birthday.

I will have breast surgery at 10:00 am.  

After the incision heals in 3 to 4 weeks. I will start radiation 5 days a week for about 4 weeks. 

We pray I won't have to take Chemo, but that won't be determined until during the surgery. 

Please keep me, my family, and the medical staff in your prayers.

Cancer sucks, but I am praying I will get rid of it for the best birthday present ever!

My blogger friend Valerie is fighting cancer, as well as her best friend, Vicki. Valerie has a prayer tree in her house. Follow Valerie on Our forever farm on Facebook.

Yesterday I made a prayer card for myself to send her. 

She asked that I get the word out to anyone that is needing prayers.  
Mail to:
Valerie Shoates
The Prayer Tree
170 Coulter Rd
Chatsworth, GA 30705

This is for my friends, Valerie, classmate Cathy, Terry of Terry's Treasures, and fellow quilter Charlotte, who are all under going cancer treatments. WE can do this!

Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Breast Cancer . . . a sisterhood I never wanted to join . . .

But then you don't have control in some of the directions you take in life.  God is in control!! Repeat GOD IS CONTROL.

Wednesday January 16th, 12:45 pm in for a routine mammogram.

The next day, Thursday,  the hospital called, there was something they wanted to take another look at.

Friday 10:00 am, I was back in for another mammogram along with an ultra sound. Before the close of business hours they called me. I would need a biopsy. Since I was currently taking a baby aspirin a day, I'd have to be off of them for 5 days before the procedure would be performed. It was set up for Wednesday.

Wednesday, a week since the first Mammogram I went in for a biopsy. They actually took 5 biopsies. 

Thursday I was fabric shopping at 11:30 and my cell phone rang. It was a doctor at the Cancer Center calling to tell me it was cancer. She set me up with a surgeon for the following Tuesday. I asked if I just sat tight until then and she replied no I'd like to see you today. Within the hour my husband I  were in the Goldschmidt Cancer center, a place I never expected to be.

The doctor was so caring, patient, understanding, and gave very well explained details, You could tell she cared about every patient as if they were her own sister.

On Monday I had an MRI.

Today it was time to meet the surgeon, a lady doctor who we really liked. Friday we will meet with the doctor who will administer radiation. It's not decided if I can have the quick internal type, or the loooong six week type. We are hoping surgery will be next week. Should know more by the week end. (Insert prayer request for short type radiation)

So my plan is not to be in this sisterhood too long. Don't send me pink, don't send me cancer ribbons, I want this behind me. Then I'm picking a sisterhood I WANT to be in.

I ask for your prayers for me, my husband of 49 years, my children and especially my grandchildren who have lost a great uncle and a 17 year old cousin to cancer in the past couple years. They won't understand that breast cancer is beatable. 

So for now . . . . I am going for a bigger pair of panties

Jeremiah 29:11

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

Peace out