Tuesday, April 19, 2011

It's Your Day

Today's Shout Outs:

Sankey's, Deborah F, Donna McE (x2), Ted M, Cathy W, LouLou, Heather V, Carla S

I would like to let you all know that I read and take to heart each and every comment that you leave here for me.  I would also like to thank all of you that read and e-mail your thoughts and suggestions rather than leave comments, and finally I'd like to thank all of you that just read.  I do know who many of you are and I continue to be thankful, appreciative, and deeply grateful for your support in so many ways!

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Dear friends,

For the most part I feel wonderfully "normal" today.  Knowing that I don't have to go in for chemo this week is so bittersweet.  I often get questions about how long I will continue treatment, which is why skipping this one is just that, bittersweet.  My oncologist alluded to the fact that I will indeed be able to skip treatments here and there, but no, there is no end date in sight for me yet.  The truth is I don't know and my doctor doesn't know.  This is a topic that we just don't discuss because it's moot.

I have to say that not having that "pie in the sky" as one of my friends described is indeed a hard pill to swallow, but as we all know, at this point that is just the way it is and we try not to dwell on this too terribly often.  As Kevin is so fond of saying, it is what it is.

On another note, I've started to lose most of my eyebrows and I was so hoping that somehow I would miss this boat, but it was not meant to be.  My eyelashes are also dwindling... Kevin said it looks a bit Clockwork Orange.  Plus nose hair is gone as well as my favorite - my mustache... I'll let that one stay gone!  I guess it surprised me because it took so long for those areas to finally disappear.

But, the key today is that I do feel good and that is what counts in the moment and in the moments to come.  I have been trying to make lots of cards and have indeed letting household chores slide a bit, but the family is all ok with this.

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Here is a card that I created the other day.  It uses some very cool new stamps from Waltzingmouse Stamps. I have to do a HUGE SHOUT OUT HERE FOR CLAIRE (her blog) the owner and illustrator.  She is truly superb in her customer service as well as being an incredibly kind soul.  I am honored to use her stamps as well as know her!!!


Thanks for visiting and I wish every single one of you a wonderful day!

Until next time...

-Katie

22 comments:

Bobbi-Lynn said...

I am so thankful that you are feeling a bit better. Your spirit and acceptance are so inspiring. I wish I had amazing words of wisdom to send to you. Just know that I, along with many many others are keeping you in prayer daily.

Cathy Weber said...

Glad today is a "good" day. I love your card. That is just such an interesting card set. I live in Norco,CA nicknamed Horsetown USA so that set is so appropriate for a Norco birthday. I also really like the label you used with it.

merium said...

So glad you're feeling better today, and hope you feel good all week~sending thoughts of healing and positive energy to you..

Pam~ said...

Wonderful stamped scene ... love it! This the card of all cards for a masculine birthday! Glad there is brightness in your day and hope it continues!

Debzi333 said...

Great looking monochromatic card! I am dreadful at making monochromatic cards - because I have only one style -and that is vividly coloured!! This is a great looking masculine card!

Wishing you a wonderful day!

Hugs from Canada!

Deborah F - I pray you have a sunny day! Now, if I could just be as prolific as you in making cards!

Eden said...

So glad it is a relatively 'normal' day for you. We have some fun things ahead to look forward to: your romantic night away with Kevin this weekend and our fun trip to Disneyland.
I love you with my whole heart, sis. I hope this weekend is a fun and memorable one for you and Kevin.

Nati Tristan said...

Wonderful card! I'm happy that you are feeling "normal" anything is better than bad/sad! God bless you with many more wonderfully "normal" days!

Joan V said...

Katie, I thought of you today and said a prayer. I don't know you personally, but I know of you through this blog site. I told your story to my mom, who in turn, asked the women in her church group to keep you in their prayers. Just know that somewhere out here, there are people who love you, even though they don't know you. It's like we all have our arms around you. Hope you have a great time on your little trip.
Joan

Geny (Mommy Geny) said...

Love the card and so happy you are having a good day! Hugs!

Lisa Lara said...

What a neat card Katie Kate. I just love the sentiment. So happy to hear that you are feeling a bit normal right NOW. Yay. Love you girlie!!!!!!!!!!!!

Robyn said...

Thinking of you! So glad you are feeling better today !! Cyber hugs!! Robyn

Junebugpins said...

Katie...your incredibly inspiring...love ya...sending the biggest hug full of special prayers for someone so special....and that is you my "friend"....

Whimcees said...

Hello Katie!

To read that you are feeling so good is wonderful news! This well deserved break from the chemo and your new card creations are making you very happy and this is a blessing.

You make such an effort to live in the present with all the uncertainty and questions without answers and deal with the changes - you are such a fighter. You are a beautiful person Katie girl, inside and out, and I am honored to know you. Stay strong.

Wishing you a happy day today!

Hugs,

Barbara Diane

Gina said...

The Mona Lisa doesn't have any eyebrows... that must make you a "Classical Beauty" :D XXX

Mary Jo said...

Though we have never met in person I read your blog just about daily. Thank you for sharing your journey and your beautiful cards! Glad you are having a good week!!

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seamom said...

First time to comment (as best I can remember...),but I have been following your blog for a while now. My mail lady is on the upside of her battle with breast cancer. What courageous women you are!
Your cards are wonderful; today's is special because of the horse and rider through the cactus. And the BIG DAY greeting is perfect paired with the BIG PRAIRIE.
Wishing you a blessed Easter!
Mary

K. Joy said...

This is such a cool card! Makes me think of John Wayne movies or something. :) Silhouette cards are so cool. Love that you made it monochromatic! Thanks for sharing. :))

Donna said...

So glad your having some good days hun and also some time for crafting, your cards are gorgeous! I love Claires stamps, she actually doesn't live far from me, she has a great talent. Apparently, having no eyebrows is quite 'In' lol, so my daughter tells me, all the celebs are getting them tattoo'd on Ouch! Take care and big hugs to you. Donna x

Curt in Carmel said...

Thanks for the reminder about Waltzing Mouse. Claire is indeed a wonderful person. I need to go visit! I like how you look at both the good and bad with the hair loss. Yes, mustache gone! Yes, nose hair gone! As far as the eyebrows just think of the possibilities of drawing them in. . .Joan Crawford, Julia Roberts, etc., etc. . . At least it is better that you are a woman instead of a man. . .can you imagine a guy trying to use eyebrow pencil? Well that is except Rue Paul! LOL I'm glad you are on a chemo break. Enjoy it! Love this card and the monochromatic look. Best, Curt

Anonymous said...

Katie, just wanted you to know you are constantly in my thoughts and prayers. Keep your sunny side up.
One of you far to many to count supporters,
Elaine

cardmaking bird said...

Hi Katie, I've not left a comment since you were first diagnosed but I've been lurking in the background! I just wanted to tell you that I know how you're feeling re: not knowing how long you will have to continue your fight. I was diagnosed with thyroid cancer in 2006 and had my op that year. I then had radiotherapy in 07 and have been having radio iodine treatment every 6 months since. At my last check, I was given 2 years off treatment and then we'll have to revisit. It's difficult because I'm not in remission but my cancer is at a level that I can 'live' with. I sincerely hope that your battle doesn't go on for so long. Sending hugs, Marie xx

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