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Monday, November 29, 2010

PET Scan was good!

I went to the Cancer Center this morning and the PET can showed no cancer cells!!!  The spot on my hip is benign! I'm so relieved as the fear this past week just kept creeping in. I see a radiologist tomorrow and if I have to have any it will be minor! Thank you for the prayers and yelling my THANKS TO GOD!

The emotions that happen during this process are so hard to put into words.  I feel so blessed at this point and have been so fearful at times.  I cannot imagine going through an experience like this without my faith.  I am so excited today at the great news that I can hardly sit still.  Maybe now I'll be a bit more focused and actually be able to scrap and get back to blog hopping a bit.  Thank you all for your support! 

At this point, I think I am going to become a volunteer at the Cancer Center.  It would be good to help others and I feel like I have been so blessed that it is something I need to do.  LIFE IS GOOD!!!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving

Just wanted to pop in and say Happy Thanksgiving to all who are taking the time to visit my blog!  I hope you have a blessed and safe Holiday.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Vintage Card

I have to go for my PET Scan tomorrow and am pretty nervous about that.  I do not do small spaces well!!! In order to keep myself busy today while hubby was watching the Nascar race, I decided to try and do the Cricut Circle Challege and make a birthday card for my sweet aunt Jewel in Ohio who turns 80 Saturday. She is an avid quilter and sewer, and loves Dogwood trees, therefore the card was made with that in mind.

The challenge this week for the Cricut Circle Blog was to create a card using three vintage elements and a sketch submitted by Jane Eubank.  I do not do well with Vintage cardmaking or layouts.  I tend to create more clean, crisp, and simple lines.  I love the looks of other's vintage items and think my talent is just not in this area.  On the inside of the card is her name, 80 and Happy Birthday cut with Nifty Fifties font.

I used George (Shape for card), Nifty Fifties (Sewing Machine), Simply Charmed (Quilting Items) and Sentimentals (Scissors) for the cuts. The Rosette was done using my Pazzles Machine and the Dogwood flowers are Jolees. The papers were scraps that I have had and I am determined to use my scarps up if possible.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Happy Birthday Erica

I worked a bit yesterday on a birthday card for my Granddauther's 18th birthday. I used Design Studio and created a shape card using Forever Young.  I just don't know how she got to be 18 so quickly.  The cut file is attached if you would like it.  Once cut, I used flower petals to decorate the skirt. The idea for the petals on the skirt was from someone on the Cricut board and I can't remember who did it to give credit to here.


Here is a picture of the cut file...


Here is the cut file for Design Studio
http://www.mediafire.com/?k8kx5dx2d8tuzd9

Here is the cut file for the Gypsy
http://www.mediafire.com/?p25z2p9q6g8pb38

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Cancer Center

I've had a few emails and PM's about my progress so thought I would post it here. Yesterday I had my appointment at the cancer center.  I certainly found out how blessed I have been. The type of breast cancer I had was Negative Estrogen Receptor and the size was 1 centimeter.  This type of breast cancer is not as treatable as the Estrogen type. Just goes to show how God played into all of this. My surgeon decided to aspirate a fluid filled cyst and went below the cyst and pulled out some tissue to biopsy.  The fact that the spot was so small and he got a piece of the cancerous tissue is amazing to me.  I do feel very, very blessed.

I now have to see the radiologist to find out whether they feel I need radiation treatments or not.  The full body scan I had before surgery shows that I have a spot on my left hip that I will be having a PET scan in a couple of weeks to assure us it is not cancer.  My oncologist does not think it is but wants to be sure.  ME TOO!   I am also going to have genetic testing in order to inform my children/grandchildren of their risks of this stupid disease.

Anyway... I was really nervous about this visit and everyone was so kind that it went really well.  At least now I'm on the pathway to the rest of the story and I pray the path just get better and better. 

Gotta go make a card for my granddaughter's 18th birthday tomorrow.  Hard to believe she is that old and it will be fun making this card.  Hugs to you all!!!

Monday, November 8, 2010

Couple of Cards...

I must admit my crafting is a bit slower right now than normal. I did get two cards finished that will be sent out to two gals fighting breast cancer. My prayers are with them and their families.  They are pretty simple, but my heart was there anyway. Kelly and Patti my thoughts and prayers are with you both!

This one was done using the Home Accents cartridge for the word Faith.

This one was done using the Elegant Cake Cartridge for the Title.

WOW! Check out Enfy's Site...

WIN THE ENTIRE RANGE OF 148 PROMARKERS



Wow! What a great prize this would be from Enfys' blog...

http://going-buggy.blogspot.com/2010/10/win-entire-range-of-148-promarkers.html

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Rosettes

I have seen the Rosettes made with the Tim Holtz die and really liked them.  I did not like that they were so large and not resizable. I found a tutorial of how to make a similar Rosette and decided I could do this with my Pazzles machine.  I used the scissors feature that is included in the Pazzles program to create different looks for the rosettes.  The main thing I like is that they are resizable.  I am including the link for the video tutorial and the WPC and WPC14 files here if you want them.  The video will show you how to put the rosette together once cut.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PHRTKXAFjDM&feature=related

Here is a picture where I was messing around wtih the file using scrap papers.


This is a picture of one of the rosettes using the straight edge.

 This is a picture of one of the rosettes using the zig zag type edge scissor cut.

 This is a picture of one of the rosettes using the scallop type edge scissor cut.


Here is a picture of the WPC file...

Here is the WPC File
http://www.mediafire.com/?6unjnlyed8eagig

Here is the WPC14 File
http://www.mediafire.com/?2x2bktqorqkk27c

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Card for Colton...

I really needed to get in my craft room this morning and create a card for a 10 year old young man named Colton who has a birthday on November 18.  Colton has  Pre-B Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia  and his wish is to receive a card from every state... So I'm sending one from Michigan with tons of love, prayers, hope and faith.

You can read his story here http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/coltons.  If you wish to send him a card, his address is
Colton B
72 E Brooklyn St
Chilton, WI 53014



If you would like the cut file for this card... Go here --- http://www.brensdesigns.com/2010/02/hello-mailbox-card.html


Wednesday, November 3, 2010

It's Official - I'm Cancer Free

I just got the call from my surgeon... the path report was good. I am now cancer free! He said there were precancerous cells in both breasts as well as the cancer spot in the left so it was a great decision to have both removed. All 8 of the lymph nodes were clear. I have been thanking God for the past half-hour and am just sooooo happy!!! God is Great!!! See how powerful the prayers have been!

THANK YOU ALL FOR THE PRAYERS!

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

What a difference a short time makes...

I've been sitting here this morning looking at all of the beautiful cards that I have received. I am still kinda numb mentally due to how fast everything happened due to this awful, dreaded Breast Cancer disease. I honestly don't know how well I would have dealt with this without my crafting friends.  You all have helped both me and my hubby feel so blessed.

Today I go to the surgeon's office and hopefully, they can remove the three bags that I have hanging from my body.  Those things seem to be so much in the way and make the exercises that are necessary more difficult.  I think I will feel so much more free once they are gone and the rest will heal in time. I so miss crafting and hope that next week I'll start being able to do a bit.

Things I have learned about this disease is that people are so afraid to discuss the fact that I had my tata's removed.  I have had friends ask me if it makes me feel less of a woman.  WHAT!?!!!!  No way.  I told them that I think in the US we put way to much emphasis on breasts being a sexual item and that in many other countries they are considered a nurturing tool for feeding children.  I think sometimes we get way too worried about aging and parts of our bodies and what makes us whole.  For me - God, life, family and friends make me whole. The wrinkles and lack of breasts don't alter who I am at all inside - only outside. 

I know I can have reconstruction surgery in time and at this point, I just want to heal and decide that later on.  Maybe I can be another Dolly!  hehe!!!  I'm 5'2" - 125 lbs so probably wouldn't be able to stand up with the EEE size.

I'm not sure what God's plan for me is; but, I want to help others in some way.  I know the answers will come as I continue through this journey. 

Anyway... Mostly just thinking out loud this morning.  Hope you all are having a wonderful day!!!