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