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
First a quick health update, we've just seen the oncologist and we can continue without chemo for a while. A scan for mid-february has been requested with an appointment soon after that to discuss further treatment. We can still go to France for Easter, but might have to bring it forward a bit to enable the new chemo course to start sooner.
It's been a busy month, we went to Holland to spend some time with my mum, taking her up north to see her family and staying with my brother and his family. Lots of laughter and hugs. So good to see everyone again after such a dreadful time.
Back home for the build upto Christmas and I managed to finish two quilts for my gorgeous grandsons, both similar in style as shown above.
Christmas day itself was lovely and an emotional time for our family.
John did all the shopping and cooking with help of the kids.
Boxing Day I was shattered but by doing nothing I recovered quickly.
We've done some nice wintery walks in the cold sunshine before my last chemo session on the 30th (for the time being).
I've also organised some one-off workshop days in January and am now looking forward to the New Year.
The textile art sketchbooks are on line as well and is proving very popular. I will add the opportunity to buy just one at a time to the workshop page on the website.
Thank you for all your support and wishes they really helped us to keep going.
Wishing you all a very healthy and creative 2015,
We have seen the oncologist and the tumour has been reduced nicely.
Two more chemo sessions to go and then we move onto scans every three months.
She thinks I will be OK for the next 6 months and might need more chemo after that.
As you can imagine we're relieved and happy!
Thank you for all your lovely words, prayers and positive thoughts - they've obviously worked. We can plan our future again.
As I'm feeling a bit better I've been spending more time in my studio and see what inspires me. Making small textile books is the perfect project using all my bits of dyed and printed fabrics.
This blue one is my first, wound around a piece of driftwood, with a lot of hand stitching and simple closure. You want to keep unrolling it.
The tulip book is an accordion folded book with six pages.
I'm taking step by step pictures and hope to make it into a six part on-line course for next year!
I had a scan on Friday but won't get the result till the 24th. I'll be posting again soon.
It's been two weeks since my last chemo session and I've managed to stay out of hospital!
I've got a week without tablets now and every day I feel a bit better and walking further. We're even planning a trip to Cornwall at the end of the month in my free week.
The picture above is of the 'chemo cloth' I'm working on. I made it in August of random pieces of very colourful dyed and printed fabric and whenever the mood takes me I spend some time hand quilting. Very therapeutic and mad colours.
I will you up to date and might even contemplate some studio days for my course students in January!