Friday, April 18, 2008

Never too young to stamp!

My 20 month old granddaughter is a delight and the joy of my life. She has such an imagination. About 2 months ago I was visiting her and my daughter. We were in my daughter's stampin' room making cards. She loves to stamp with us. She gets up on a little green stool and pretends to use glue runners and stamps. She soon realized that we were actually stamping with the stamps and wanted ink on her stamps. I asked her if she wanted to make papa a card. She nodded her head and brought her markers to me. I helped her write her name and she scribbled all over the card. I tried to fold it up and she wouldn't let me. She kept saying stickers, stickers. I didn't think she had any stickers but she did. It was the leftovers from a book of USPS stamps. She stuck those all over her card and then helped me fold it. She was so proud of her self. Here is OJ's card, I thouhgt I would be the first to publish her work. I even thought about offering to do a stamp camp using her very special designs. Everyone will want to come, don't you think.

Thursday, April 10, 2008

About Me!

I have been trying to think of how to add more information about my journey with cancer. I am a three time breast cancer survivor. I was diagnosed with breast Cancer for the first time in 1995 at the age of 40. My son graduated from high school in May of 1995 and I was diagnosed in August. My daughter was 16 and still at home, she graduated from high school in 1997. I had surgery and radiation and was free of cancer for 10 years. Then, in 2005 to my disbelief another lump was found in what was left of my left breast. I turned 50 on Feb 20 and on Feb 22 I had a mastectomy followed by chemotherapy. In November of 2007, I found a lump on my right collar bone. I had a CT scan and was told that I again had breast cancer. I spent Christmas with my daughter, son-in-law and 18 month old grand-daughter.
I decided that I would go to the Cancer Treatment Center of America in Zion, IL. My hubby, daughter and family, and I traveled to Zion for my workup. I am currently being treated for advanced breast cancer. I am triple negative and I am taking a research drug that will reduce my tumors. I hope to have surgery this summer that will be followed by radiation and more chemotherapy.
My daughter is expecting another baby (a boy this time) in July. God has blessed me by giving me peace through this battle and I know whatever He has planned for me I can handle.