My gosh! It has been nearly two years since I had an entry. I have had quite a journey in that time. I faced two horrific battles during this time and with the help of God and some excellent care I have lived to fight another day.
First I had a toxic reaction to some chemicals in a white board. I had worked with it for years, cutting and framing it to use with my students. This time I was in a hot car with the board in a bent position and it gave off fumes that landed me in the hospital for a week. My electrolytes were all out of balance and I had some nerve damage. After about six months and I thought I was almost back to normal (not that I have ever been normal) I had a large swelling to come under my right jaw bone. After some testing I was diagnosed with stage 4 aggressive Non-Hodgkin lymphoma. WOW! Jump back! After much intensive chemo, drug treatments, blood transfusions, vomiting and just feeling like CRAP I am doing better.
It has been a year since my last chemo treatment and I am back in my workshop making my pens, pencils, letter openers and seam rippers. I have added coffee scoops, ice cream scoops and pizza cutters to my list. I am working at the library again. We are still doing fund raisers to make money, since we are independent and get monies from no one. I didn’t wear wigs or turbans when I lost my hair. I had a friend that put henna paintings on my head. We used four different designs, three were trees of life and the last one was a huge lotus flower and butterflies. I have my hair now but, I don’t have a photo.
Enough of this. I will be back online now and sharing with you some of my thoughts. Did you miss me? I will leave you with this: One of the greatest gifts is time.
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