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Saturday, October 30, 2010

I'm Home...

Your prayers worked!!!!  I am home now and pretty loopy still; but, just wanted to get on here and tell you how much your prayers and thoughts meant to both me and Ron.  Ron said he has never felt so surrounded by love as he has during this process.  I totally understand what he is saying.  I got my coffee today and ewwww.... hospital coffee is yucky.  My daughter, Tammy, is on her way over with a French Vanilla Coffee and if I can stay awake, I totally plan to enjoy it. 

The doctor said this morning there was absolutely nothing in the two nodes he removed and that the spot with the cancer was actually pretty small at this point. He said it would have grown rapidly due to the type of cancer - he told me and I honestly don't remember.  duh!  I don't really care as long as it is gone.  I will now be a patient at the cancer center and they will decide whether I need a bit of Chemo to make sure it is totally gone.  I am pretty sore, but nothing that can't be handled considering it is GONE!!!! 

Love you all and thank you so much for the hugs! I have felt them all the way through this past week.  Still keeping Monique in my prayers and pray her results are good also.    Hope there are no spelling errors here - if so... ignore them.

Friday, October 29, 2010

Today is the day...

I have had so many emotions going on in my head this morning it is unreal.  I'm having a bit of separation anxiety due to the "girls" leaving home.  I know this has to be; but, man it is a tough thing to accept sometimes. This week has went by so quickly that everything seems like a blur. I go to the hospital at 12:30 p.m., surgery is at 2:30 p.m. and should be done at 4:30 or so.  My hubby and daughter will be there and Tammy will be sending an update to someone who will update the Cricut Boards.  She does not blog so not sure she will be able to update here today.  I will try and get this updated as soon as I can.

A friend sent me the following words yesterday and another has offered to make me some cuts from the Pink Journey cart and I'm going to put it in a frame as a reminder of the strength that you all have given me.

Cancer is so limited...
It cannot cripple love.
It cannot shatter hope.
It cannot corrode faith.
It cannot eat away peace.
It cannot destroy confidence.
It cannot kill friendship.
It cannot shut out memories.
It cannot silence courage.
It cannot reduce eternal life.
It cannot quench the Spirit.

The way I figure it, Cancer is not good for much of anything so I am best to just get rid of it.  Before I start getting around here to get ready to go, I wanted to stop in and thank you all so much for the prayers and uplifting messages and converstations.  They have meant a lot to me.  Today the tears have came full force and have gone as quickly as they came. My faith and prayers are consistent and true. This will be over soon and I'll be back on here posting and creating as soon as I possibly can.  I will be thinking of all of the wonderful hugs I have received from far and wide today and those thoughts and the love of my family and friends will get me through this.

Oh Yeah... What are they thinking making me go without coffee for so long... ewwwww!  It ain't gonna be pretty!  First thing I'm asking for when I'm done with surgery - is COFFEE!!!!

Keep Smiling!!! Love you all - HUGS

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Test Results so Far...

We just returned from the Surgeon. All of the scans and tests show that the cancer has not spread. I do have the most aggressive type of cancer and thank God we have caught it early. I kinda figured that last Friday when the surgeon personally called and set it up for this week. He is even coming in on his day off tomorrow to do the surgery.

He is going to remove both breasts tomorrow and two of the lymph nodes for the left one... if they are clear, I will be cancer free at that moment. If there is cancer, he will continue taking out the lymph nodes if needed, until they show as cancer free. Hopefully, it will not end up being in them all as it could effect my left arm usage if they all have to be removed. I will then be a patient at the West Michigan Cancer Center and will go from there. He said due to the aggressive type of cancer that they may opt for some minor chemo to make sure all cells remaining are dead. I just am so grateful for the positive results so far and pray they continue. Your prayers have helped so much as that is where the true power lies.

Today, please join me in praying especially hard for Monique to come through her surgery and that the results are good for her.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

How do you say...

Thank you to so many wonderful people who are sending up prayers?

I read the comments on Robyn and Tammy's blogs last night and spent so much time in tears of gratitude that I couldn't even post. I decided to post my thanks here as I would love someone who does not have an expression to win their contests and didn't want to be entered so didn't post there. The posts were all so positive and heartwarming.

As I read some of them to my hubby, he got choked up too.  It still amazes him to think about all of the beautiful cards and prayers we received when he was going through the battle for his life last year. We have all of the cards in a beautiful box and still pull them out and read them sometimes.

We were at the hospital 5 hours yesterday and I went through a battery of tests. The worst one was the full body bone scan.  I had to stay still for 25 minutes (crafters DON'T stay still) and wouldn't you know it, my nose started itching.  I began talking to God and it ended up OK.  I sure only wanted to do that test once!!!
I go to see my surgeon tomorrow at 8:00 a.m. and pray that the results were good. 

Please take a minute and say a prayer for Monique Griffith.  She is enduring yet another surgery this week in her fight of this disease.   I pray this will result in her being a complete winner of this battle. I love her spirit and she WILL beat this and I will too.  This disease messed wtih two very stubborn woman who do not like to lose!  GO MONIQUE - YOU WILL BEAT THIS!!!  LOVE YOU GIRL!

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Pink Expression Giveaways...

You really need to hop on over to Robyn's My Pink Stamper (http://www.mypinkstamper.com/) and Tammy's  Creative Critters Cricut Club http://www.cricutcritters.com/ blogs and enter to win a Pink Expression.  What a truly wonderful thing for them to do.  Love their blogs and wish some of their talent would rub off on me. 

Also, I read on Robyn's site that Monique Griffith has to endure yet another surgery tomorrow.  Please add her to your prayers.  Her and her family have had to go through so much due to this disease called Breast Cancer.  I pray they find a cure for this soon!!!

Today I have to have a full body scan to see whether or not the cancer in my breast has spread or not. Just know as I am laying there, trying to stay still, that I will be thinking of all of the wonderful friends I have met on the Cricut Board and my special friends on the Purple Palace Board.  You all mean a lot to me and your prayers and messages have so helped to keep me strong during this fight.

I love my Cricut, and thinking about it yesterday and how much joy it has brought, I also realized if it had not been for buying my little bug in 2007, I would not be so fortunate to have met so many wonderful and talented people. This was the best spur of the moment purchase I have ever bought. Thanks to you all!

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Happy Blessed Sunday

Well... Thought I should probably do an update here for those that have asked how I'm doing.  I do have breast cancer and will be having a double mastectomy Friday. This little bump in the road will be smoothed out soon.  My faith is so much bigger than this cancer and by next week this time, I will be so much better. Please keep my hubby and me in your prayers to keep us strong throughout this process. 

Hugs and Love to my crafting friends who have been so much support for both my hubby and myself this past couple of years.   

Life is Good - God is Great!!!!

Monday, October 18, 2010

Happy Fall Ya All

This is the card I made for the Cricut Circle Friday Challenge. The requirements were to use the following colors: gray, orange, tan and burgundy and to also add lots of texture.

Supplies used:
Miscellaneous Scrap Paper
Cricut Printing Press Cartridge (Word Happy)
Cricut Straight From The Nest (Corner Fall word - Cut twice and stacked)
Cricut Cursive (Ya All words)
Cricut A Child's Year (Leaves)
Miscellaneous Fall Jolee Stickers
White Gel Pen

 It was fun making this card.  Hope you all have a wonderful day!!!

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Staying busy waiting...

I have an appointment with my surgeon on Tuesday morning so we should know more then as to what will happen next.  Hopefully, all will be taken care of really soon.  I made this Cricut Circle Calling card this morning to keep myself busy.  It is really plain compared to those beautiful ones that others have made; but, I like it just fine.  Thank you all for the prayers and kind posts.  Hugs!!!

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

WooHoo!!! O-well... Maybe not so WooHoo!!!

I am posting this here because I feel so blessed right now.  I just received the results of my MRI and all is well.  I have fibrocystic disease and therefore, the lump is fluid filled.  Yippeeeee!!!   I got tears of joy when I got the call.  Thank you all for your prayers and thoughts. 

Uupdated:  5:30 p.m. Eastern time. - Bummer!!!
Well... Darn. Keep those prayers coming if you would. I found out that I have to have a double biopsy - it seems the doctor got an addendum to the first MRI results and there is a spot on each side that is suspicious.  Darn!!!  I'm trying to stay positive and hope this all ends up being fixed soon.  Just gotta wait for an appointment with my surgeon now.  Hugs!!!

Gatefold Card

I have created a Gatefold Card for the Cricut Circle Friday challenge in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month.  It was an emotional card for me to do at this point as I am still waiting for results of an MRI that I had last Friday regarding a lump on my breast. Hopefully, after two mammograms, an Ultra Sound and this MRI they will figure out how to get rid of this. The support and friendship of the members of the Cricut Circle and my special Purple Palace friends has been amazing. I so appreciate all of the prayers and thoughts that have came to me. I have felt surrounded by warmth from them and my family and friends during this fearful time.  The wait SUCKS!  I find my emotions go from positive to negative in a heartbeat.  Hopefully, the results will be known today and I can get on with whatever needs to be done to fix this.

Anyway... on a more positive note... If anyone would like the cut file for the Gatefold card, please go here: http://www.brensdesigns.com/2010/05/mothers-day-card-with-cut-file.html

I used George to cut the card, Home Accents and Home Decor cartridges. The Butterflies were in a kit I purchased and I used a pencil to curl the wings and a bit of glitter to add some bling and kept the flourish on the words due to the requirements of the challenge. 

Monday, October 11, 2010

Shadowbox Framed Layout

I have been working on a framed layout for the Cricut Circle Challenge and the following is what I came up with. The layout has a lot of popped cuts on it and I put it in a shadow box frame.  I used a 10 cartridges to do this layout.  They are:

Sentimentals for the fancy scissors
Country Life for the Sewing Machine
French Manor for the Hutch
Locker Talk for the Camera
Home Decor for the Create Memories words
Home Accent for the Imagine and Family words
Wall Decor & More for scissors
Cursive and Cindy Loo for the One Cut at a Time words
Fabulous Finds for the Cabinet Hinges

I was trying to make the cabinet look like the Scrapbox Cabinet and had drawers in the top and it just didn't look right so I ended up with shelves. The gray part is supposed to look like a fold down table with a layout on it. It was a lot of fun working with so many cartridges and it looks really cute hanging in my scrap room. It actually looks lots better in person.


Thursday, October 7, 2010

Ciao Card

I needed to do a card for the Cricut Circle Challenge using the French Manor cartridge and came up with the card below. I believe Ciao means both Goodbye and Hello in Italian and European countries have adopted it also. I used the word to say goodbye to the old body and hello to the new body after losing weight. The pics are not the best - but, here is a picture of the front and inside of the card.