I don't think chemo suits me, after the last lot where another drug was re-introduced my white blood cells were reduced to a very low level which caused an infection. We ended up back at the hospital where I was given a private room and an intense course of antibiotics for five days. Throughout I've been feeling fine, once the temperature went down. I did a lot of reading and knitting and watching TV, but I'm back home now and have a week off to regain my strength. Hope the next treatment goes better! Like the second one. The picture is from the autumn inspired journal quilt for October on-line course.
A couple of weeks ago we saw the surgeon who was pleased with the progress and was happy to resume the chemo and so was the oncologist. So with much trepidation we went back to have some more. The dose was reduced and kept to a single drug rather that a mixture. The Tuesday before both John and me were scared, as you can imagine. But it's been five days now and I feel slow and tired, but that's all. I had been on training walks up the lane, but the legs won't work every day. So we take each day as it comes. We now have a week off and the next session is Wednesday week.
We're keeping our fingers crossed and pray it continues like this.
I continue to keep being creative. I've finished the autumnal October journal quilt and even started
November! The picture here is a section of transparent September.
I love reading your comments, it cheers me up endlessly! Thank you for all those thoughts.
It's been a while since I updated this blog, it's because it all went quite wrong.
The first chemo session caused an obstruction in my bowel and needed big time surgery. I spend three weeks in hospital and have been home for over a week now. Recuperating very slowly but getting a tiny bit better everyday.
The good news is that they removed the tumour from the bowel, but where it has spread on the liver still needs chemo. Today we saw the oncologist again and I've got three or four weeks to get myself ready for the next chemo. This time a lower dose, although what had happened was very rare. Just my luck. You prepare yourself for all the side effects, but definitely not for ten hour emergency surgery.
John and the district nurses are looking after me very well and every day is getting a little bit better. I am even attempting a bit of stitching every day!
Love and appreciate all the support and positive feelings from everyone !
First of all thank you so much for all the comments, cards, some are beautiful handmade ones and all your lovely words. I did not realise there are so many of you who went through cancer as well and those are so encouraging with good solid advice.
I've managed to do some stitching and finished the 'Summer' part as shown, of the 4 seasons which is ready to go to France for the 'Crossing Oceans' exhibition organised by Jane Rollason.
I'm doing mindful meditation which helps and reading a good book on training your brain to make you get better
After the biopsy I felt quite well and we did go to France for a perfect week of sunshine, gentle swims and being lazy. No phonecalls, no internet, no visitors. It did both of us the world of good. John managed to cut the hedges and grass and tidy it all up for the visitors this summer.
On Monday we saw the oncologist and chemo starts in two weeks. They fit me with a semi-permanent line in my arm to administer the drugs. One day in hospital on a 4 - 6 hour drip, then home with a pump for a slower dosage for 2 days, followed by 11 days off before we start this cycle again for 12 weeks.
After that another CT scan and progress will be monitored along the way.
It all sounds quite scary with the possible side effects, but so many go through it and this method does show good results. I should be able to continue doing gentle things like stitching, hopefully they can put the line in my left arm! And will try and update you how it all goes after a couple of cycles.
Thank you all again - I do read each comment and keep smiling!!!
Last week we spoke to the surgeon and a liaison nurse.
The cancer has spread from the bowel to both sides of the liver so surgery is not an option anymore, but they are going straight in with chemo hoping to zap the cancer in both locations.
Wednesday 25th I will have a liver biopsy to conclude it is definitively cancer,
we will need to wait 7 - 10 days for the result,
then I'll be discussed at the multidisciplinary team meeting on the Tuesday after that,
the plan is to see the oncologist for a chemotherapy plan.
As I'm healthy, fit and relatively young they are going to hit me hard with chemo to kill the buggers, then re-assess with a CT scan.
That's all I'm afraid, bit scary but at least no surgery, either liver or bowel would have been tough.
I'm still feeling pretty good, cropped my hair and looking skinny.
We might try and get to France between biopsy and result, I think it's the only chance we get this summer.
Don't forget it's Edwina's and my students exhibition coming up on 21st and 22nd of June at Avoncroft Arts Centre in Bromsgrove!!!
Again it's been a while since I last updated this blog, this time it was due to not being very well. I thought I was suffering with a nasty virus, but this turned out to be a suspected cancer in my liver and bowel.
It was only diagnosed last Friday, have seen a specialist and already had a colonoscopy on Monday (not nice). They could not find anything in the lower end of the bowels, but could not see any further due to thickening. I am now waiting for an appointment with the surgeon next week. The liver tumour can hopefully be cut away and then shrunk. I'm feeling pretty good at the moment, quite tired in the mornings but have just started eating a bit better the last couple of days.
If there is any more news I will keep you informed through the blog.
There are so many of you already who have send lots of positive vibes and wishes. I know you all care and we really appreciate this.
The quilt above is the latest journal quilt, I will keep adding new ones to the page under Blog.
Lots of love
It's been a while since my last blog entry, but here are some of the pictures taken at the last couple of 4 season workshops at the barn. In preparation for our spring and summer pieces, we've been mark-making using simple tools like credit cards, corks, empty toilet rolls and duplo bricks. Amazing what you can do with those when you let yourself go!
We used thickened procion on soda-soaked cotton, then scraped the background colour with a squeegee.
This week brought some more exciting new work. Rachel's winter and spring with tulip pieces are fabulous, Edwina worked with cool blues and greens on catkins and lovely sketchbook page from Jo and Marion's spring version of her pieced tree theme hanging.
This month I've been to Masseria della Zingara in Italy on a textile retreat with Leslie Morgan and made some fabulous art cloths.
These are a couple of my bright works.
The 4 Seasons course also took place at Littleheath Barn this week and the following pictures are some of the lovely pieces that were made on the Autumn and Winter themes.
In September we started the new course on the 4 Seasons theme and here are some of the samples of student's pieces. Gorgeous pieces which we are going to work with again this week.