A lot of water has gone under the bridge.

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.IMG_00000146IMG_00000187  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.

8 responses to “A lot of water has gone under the bridge.”

  1. It is so good to hear from you! You know you have been in my heart all the while! So glad life is so much better now! Much love, your sister, Nancy

    1. Thanks Sis. I carry you in my heart and love you dearly. Thanks for responding.

  2. Welcome back! So glad to see you posting again! Yes I have missed you?

    1. Thanks Sheila. I hope to get back to Sunny 16.

  3. Wow but you went through a real rough patch the last 2 years. Glad you feel like sharing your thoughts and ideas again. Look after yourself

    1. I am VERY thankful to be back online. It is good to hear from you.

  4. Love your blog. And yes I miss you. Come to see me.

  5. I did miss you! It sounds like you have had a rough year, I am so glad things are looking up and you are back in the shop.

    LOVE the henna, what a great idea!

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