Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Health Update

Forgive me for not talking about quilting at the moment. It's been hard to focus on being creative for the past few weeks, but there is a light at the end of the tunnel!

We saw the oncologist on Tuesday and got the word that my lymphoma is stage 3. I believe it is curable at any stage. It is stage 3 because I have a few small tumors in my abdomen. The football-sized tumor they took out when they did the hysterectomy was the greatest part of the disease, so that is very good news. I was happy to hear that it had not gone to the bone. The site where they did the bone marrow test still hurts over a week later, so I'm glad they won't have to periodically check that too!

Because there are such small tumors, the chemo does not need to be broken into 2 sessions. The doc thought I probably had more large tumors that once the chemo meds hit them, it would release too many toxins into my system. Tomorrow will be one long day starting at 8:30 and going until they are done (6 hours at the most). I have plenty of things ready to go: lap quilt for snuggling, pillow, hand held Tetris and Yhatsee games, Sudoku book, reading book, glasses and stitchery! What more could I need????

For those of you who have been so kind to send cards and well wishes, I do so appreciate them! I will be missing quilt group for a while as I'm not supposed to be in large groups, but the good news is that this will probably only last until December. It would be so nice to be able to make it to the Christmas celebration, but I think it will have to wait until next year. That's okay. God is good and in control. I am doing my best to lean on Him!

I'll leave you with a picture of another of my first quilts. I got the fabrics on a trip my mom and sister's and I took in 2000. We went back east for fall colors and to visit family and had such a fun time! Oh the stories I could tell you from that trip! I'm actually pretty proud of the hand quilting I did on this, but you can't see it in this photo.

Hope you are all well and being creative in some way!

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