Friday, February 29, 2008

I Didn’t Get You Flowers, I Got You Yogurt

My surgery was Wednesday evening. I rolled in to the OR at about 7:04 pm. The surgery lasted about an hour. We were back in the truck on the way home at 10:03 pm. The surgeon talked to Louis after my surgery – but he wanted me to talk to them, and of course by the time I was awake – the surgeon and her residents were long gone. The nurse practitioner called me yesterday – to schedule my follow up appointment. She told me that the doctor/surgeon will be calling me with the results of pathology. So I guess my questions will wait till then.

I spent most of yesterday asleep, in a Vicodin induced haze. I managed to get a fat lip during the surgery (in addition to the IUD and other good stuff). My guess is the anesthesia resident caught my lip while intubating me. All that C stuff – and I'm complaining about a fat lip!

I'm sore today. Like – got hit by a Mack truck sore. The nurse practitioner warned me that I probably would be sore, due to the "position" they put me in during the surgery. I don't think I want to know.

I received the most awesome teacup of flowers, beautiful pink roses and carnations, from the girls over at Paper Pixie. It so so so made my day!!! These are the girls that I spent the weekend with - at the scrapbooking retreat. When Louis brought them into me, I said "You didn't have to get me flowers". He goes "I didn't get you flowers, I got you yogurt". That's love, huh?

I started reading Crazy Sexy Cancer Tips. This should be mandatory reading for women diagnosed with cancer. I love it.

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

The C Word update – and an artful weekend recap

I spent yesterday, Monday, February 25, 2008 – completing my pre-op evaluation clinic at KU Med. I'm having surgery tomorrow for my cancer. I'm confident and scared – all at once. I wish I were more relaxed, like Jasper is in this picture!

I spent the weekend at the Paper Pixie Midwinter's Fantasy Scrapbooking retreat. What fun!

For anyone wanting some simply superb scrapbooking kits - check out the Paper Pixie site - Sara has a great eye for color, pattern, and puts together some kick-a** kits!

The insanely fabulous Vicki Chrisman taught some classes. I met my first scrapbooking celeb!!! She's so real, down to earth. And- I saw her without makeup! J

I completed several pages, in addition to the make and takes, and Vicki's projects. The best part – I made some new friends, who are great artists and scrapbookers.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

The C word surgery - forthcoming

I finally have a date for my first surgery. My pre-op is February 25 and my surgery is on February 27. I'll be getting a D&C with a Mirena IUD, to deliver localized progesterone to the tumor.

I've started on my supplement regime that my naturopath at CTCA prescribed. Yes, it is a lot of pills, but they are all geared to help eliminate the extra estrogen (which feeds the tumor) and to destroy the cancer cells. I have faith.

Stay warm everyone! I haven't been creating lately, as I'm pretty tired for some reason. I am going to a weekend scrapbooking retreat, which looks to be a good time. Louis will be hitting the casino while I *art*!!!

Thanks to everyone for their fabulous support thus far.

Saturday, February 16, 2008

I'm back home!

Wow - We are home. Mom and I got back from CTCA around 11:30 pm last night, after a morning appointment with a naturopath and a physical therapy appointment. On Thursday, we learned that my tumor is early stage, nuclear grade 1. So - it is treatable. The plan is to have a D & C surgery at KU Med Cancer Center. I will then follow-up in May at CTCA.

I learned a great deal about supplements, diet and exercise (something this fat chick doesn't do to much of currently). We went to Target today to pick up some of the supplements and a juicer. These were prescribed by the naturopath. I believe in it. I can help my body kill the cancer cells and release the estrogen which is feeding the tumor.

I can do it. With the help and prayers of my friends. . .thank you all.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

First Two Days at the CTCA

I'm at the Cancer Treatment Center of America now. We arrived on Sunday, February 10. I drove up - it took about 8 hours, but we arrived safely.

My first day was filled with tests, physical, labs, consults. Today I've had a scan and am scheduled for two consultations, one with a nutritionist and one with a naturopath. I'm feeling very good about this place. They definately care about the whole person!

I'll have to post a pic my Mom took with my digital camera, on the way up here. . .her first pic using a digital. :) GO MOM!

Thursday, February 7, 2008

Jewels From Junk - ShoutOut

I was recently blessed to meet an Etsy seller named Amber, who runs the JewelsFromJunk shop. I found her via a forum posting, where she was asking opinions about upcycled artist canvases she was creating from upcycled fabric and picture frames.

This appealed to me on many levels, as it part of the reuse, repurpose, recycle mantra. Amber worked with me, via Etsy convos to create a custom listing of 5 of her artist canvas frames. I specified what dimensions I wanted as well as the weight of the fabric I needed. She also helped me think thru the orientation of the canvases, as she place the sawtooth picture frame hanger thingie on them for me. Me and a hammer and a little nail - not such a pretty thing.

I've started working on one of the canvases. It took acrylic paint very well, I probably should have gessoed it first - but I just started in with some manila colored acrylic paint. My next layer was some old dress patters, that I put down with gel medium. I'm still deciding on the next layer! I tend to work in layers, I'd never make it as a production artist.

I'm a HUGE fan of upcycling, whether it's felting old wool sweaters, to repurposing old frames and fabric. Jewels From Junk does a GREAT job to helping me be a *green* artist. Please visit her shop - she has lots of vintage finds, altered art supplies, and some beautiful jewelry.

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Nesta USA - ShoutOut

Another great Etsy seller who's goods are gracing my loft - is Nesta USA. This artist is newly jobless, and taking advantage of this opportunity to create! Please visit her blog to learn more about her.

Her work is fresh. Her photography is incredible. I have a couple of the cards, which I've framed and hung up. They are THAT yummy!!! She ships quickly, and everything is well packaged. The craftmanship of her work is very very very well done. She has metal work, candles, prints, notecards, tee shirts and even homemade coloring books, which I think are wonderful for any indie munchkins out there!

I am a major addict of anything star shaped. That's what initially drew me to Nesta USA's Etsy shop. Check out this pic, as a mere temptation of her work. I'm going to be a repeat customer.

Fabulishous Blog Giveaway from Nancy Malay

Make sure and check out the blog give away by Nancy Malay. Well worth the visit to her blog – the value of the basket is $125!!! She has some great stuff on her blog also.

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

FlameWorks – ShoutOut

I had been hunting on Etsy (not with a gun) for some Vegan Deodorant. While there area few different sellers of the product – I chose to purchase it from FlameWorks. I also purchased some Tea Tree and Aloe toner, and a Blemish EO blend.

The products are professionally packaged. . well shipped – and they are all awesome. The deodorant is non-funk!!! I tested it a few times at home, before venturing out in public with it. It kept me fresh and non-funkalicious! Highly recommend this seller for her great products.

The Last Kiss

"Stop talking about love. It means nothing. What you feel only matters to you. It's what you do to the people you say you love, that's what matters. It's the only thing that counts." ~ The Last Kiss

Monday, February 4, 2008

Flutterby Popcorn – ShoutOut

I purchased some popcorn from Beki, over at the Flutterby Popocorn shop on Etsy. I ordered a variety of flavors, from Cheesy Cajun to Carnilla. Oh my gosh – the Carnilla is so stickaliciously wonderful – it is beyond words. It is Carmel with a hint of vanilla. You seriously can't go wrong with that. I find some caramel popcorn to be too sweet – not the case with Flutterby.

The White Cheddar is among the best I've had, pure cheeziness goodness. And I'm a fat chick who knows her popcorn! Beki ships quickly, with a yummalicious product. She tucked in an extra yummie, which only makes her even greater!

Valentine's Day - 2008 Card for my Sweetie

I completed Louis's 2008 Valentine's card/book - ahead of time!!! Don't faint. I kept it simple, with shades of red, metallics and some distressing. It's not to girly, which so isn't his style. The inside pages were inspired by a post on Ali Edward's blog. She used felt for her cover, I used cardstock, with some pointy edges on it. I can't remember who the manufacturer was. I tend to just pick something that appeals to me - and use it! I'd never make it as a designer, since I don't keep track of all those details. The inside pages are blips about why I love him so. I used some of the Word Fetti stickers to make it more fun!!!

Saturday, February 2, 2008

"Art from the Heart" - blog giveaway

The fabulously talented Catherine Matthews-Scanlon is giving away two copies of her Mixed Media book called "Art from the Heart" on her blog. Mixed media work - truly is art from the heart, and Catherine has captured that. I am a art/craft book collector, and this one looks like a winner.

Please - check it out, as well as her Etsy shop.

Friday, February 1, 2008

A new day

After waiting for over a week to hear from the KU Med Cancer Center and little to no communication, I've decided to pursue treatement at the Cancer Treatment Centers of America.

They offer a holistic approach, integrating mind/body, nutrition, naturopathy as well as chemo/radiation and other more traditional treatments.

I need to be happy with where I'm getting this treatment, to save my life.

My friend Amber recently sent me an email - which I thought I'd share here, as it is helping me cope. "Just know that you are never alone. The Bible tells us that treasures are found in the darkness. Time will tell you what treasure is to be found for you through this. We grow in hard and difficult times and God wants us to lean on Him and come to Him and trust Him. Maybe He is trying to pull you closer? Only you will find what the treasure will be. Just imagine yourself in His hands, the safest place imagineable. Trust that He cares for you and wants you healthy! We are praying for you daily."

Thank you - my friend. I'd highly recommend checking out her blog also, her wonderful entry on January 29, 2008 - truly lightened my spirit. Her Etsy shop is also a great source of inspiration of vintage goodness.

I'm including one of my favorite pics from the holiday season. It's me, holding one of my beautiful nieces, Lillion Alice. She has chubby cheeks like me!