It's now been a week since I had my cocktail of chemicals and it's gone well. During my infusion I spend my time stitching a little scroll book which I prepared the evening before. It was so much better to sit and stitch than read and doze ! And I've got something to show for it too.
I did feel quite tired and slow during the week but each day got a bit better.
We're off to Salcombe for a couple of days next week to stay with friends. Getting some fresh sea air to face the music again next week Friday.
It's been quite a couple of weeks with ups and downs. As you can see I finished William's quilt, but he will have to wait till his early August birthday! It's a bit too hot for quilts anyway. If you have a good look you can see the letters of his name hidden in the design. Next quilt is for grandson number 2, Reyer who will be in a big boys bed soon.
We were hoping to be in France these weeks, but low blood results stopped travel and chemo, so next week we are starting a new drug cycle with a PICC line fitted on Tuesday and going back to the first chemo of Folfiri and added Avastin, which can be quite tough to cope with, starting on Friday. Fingers crossed that the body does not react too badly.
We have postponed our crossing to France till the end of August and are hopeful we can make it.
I'm feeling OK so far and making the most of these days by enjoying the weather, Wimbledon, grandsons, making elderflower cordial and of course creating something pretty. These might become part of a new on line mini course.
I call them pretty pin things and they make lovely little gifts to send out pinned to a card.
As always I really appreciate your encouraging comments, know that you're thinking and praying with me. It's been a year now and we are still fighting and looking forward!
With sunny wishes xx
On Thursday morning our third grandson arrived weighing in at 9 lbs 2 or 4 kg and they named him Lucas John.
Mother and baby are doing well and his brother William is very proud to have them home so soon, although little Luc has his day and night mixed up a bit at the moment.
Earlier this month we were made aware of a treatment in the Netherlands, part of a clinical trial. We send our medical details over and got quite excited, but unfortunately it was not suitable for us, so we continue with the chemo here and hope it continues to make me feel better.
Having had the first round I've started being creative again. I'm making a quilt for William now he is sleeping in a big bed.
We're also looking forward to his little brother arriving soon.
That will be good news to post.
These are the first few blocks, all made of fabrics found in baskets and bags around the studio. Also making some blocks that will spell his name but placing them randomly.
This picture was taken a couple of week ago at a wedding in Cornwall where we had a really good time and I think it shows. Lovely to meet lots of friends and catch up. I even had a dance in the evening! It did take time to get over it though.
Last wednesday I restarted chemo again, much needed according to my body. I actually felt better straight away. I had been losing my positive attitude and become quite emotional, thankfully all that went as well and I'm looking up again. The tiredness has set in now which should last for a week or so and is easy to cope with.
We've got the birth of grandson number 3 to look forward to early next month. The quilt is all finished and I will photograph it soon to be included in the next blog.
Love to you all x
Today is Kingsday in Holland so everyone wears orange and celebrates.
After today's visit to the oncologist, no big celebrations here at the barn, but news as expected. During the four months off chemo a few new spots had appeared on the liver which will need another course of chemotherapy.
My body told me as much, by being a bit more tired and not too keen on food as before. But we are sticking with the same drug so I can keep my hair and know that I can cope with it reasonably well.
Looking forward to a wedding in Cornwall next weekend and taking it easy generally.
Love to you all xxx
It's been a while since I last posted and not that much has happened. We're in France at the moment enjoying the sunshine and a break from the hustle and bustle at home.
Before I knew it I was almost back to my busy self, a bit too busy as I realised when I caught a cold which hit me hard. Getting much better now and back to quilting as you can see.
The next scan is on the 24th and the oncologist the Monday after. We know more then ..... Keeping our good hopes up! I will let you know what is happening after that. We also had a look at the Proton Clinic in Prague, another possibility to discuss.
With springtime wishes to you all!!
There is nothing like another bit of good news to cheer you up on this grey (just the one shade) February Friday. Our oncologist was pleased with last week's scan and there will be no hospital visits for the next 12 weeks! He showed us that the cancer blood count was over 2000 last July but had gone down to 167.
So its means that we can definitely go to France at the end of next month and we will also be at the Sewing for Pleasure exhibition with a Gallery on 19 - 22 March at the NEC, look forward to seeing some of you there. The Collection of Dresses, Journal Quilts and other pieces of work will be on display and for sale as well as books and cards.
I've been working on my art textile books the last few weeks and this latest one actually includes some text as you can see on the picture above. Very subtle colours and some nice words.
March is looking quite busy with a few workshops, a talk and the exhibition - so hopefully I will start advertising some days in May!
As always the positive thoughts and wishes from all of you helped me so much to get this far.
With love xx
I am a textile artist. I love working with new techniques and new materials. Creating art cloth is a passion as well as working with vintage fabrics.