Saturday, March 27, 2010

What a difference a year makes

This time a year ago, I was in the middle of going through radiation treatments after my mastectomy for Breast Cancer. I used to hate waking up, knowing that my day was going to start out... going to radiation. It was a painful treatment and one that literally took all I had to continue each day for months. I didn't do a lot of things that I loved back then, I was just so tired physically from the surgery and radiation, and emotionally from the whole cancer experience. One thing that was a great help to me was my granddaughter, she was 2 1/2 years old then, she was full of excitement and joy. She liked to do anything with me (her Nana). It was nice because she didn't really understand my cancer, she knew that Nana had a surgery and she had to be careful with my owie, but other than that she was just happy to be with me. One of her favorite things was to go to the hospital with me so that she could play in the waiting room and get her Strawberry Shake ( which was an ENSURE drink that they had for the patients in the mini fridge ).  Below is photo of Angie and I heading to my treatments. You can see the effects of the surgery and of the burn, on my left side.

I have to admit, I sometimes can't believe that I made it through that terrible ordeal of cancer for the second time, but now looking back at it....I am just grateful that today, a year later...I am semi healthy and doing the things that I love once again.

Today I was able to attend a Quilting class for a couple of hours. It was so much fun. Of course more than anything, I love meeting new friends, what a neat group of women!  I love quilting (although, I am still a beginner compared to many ). I love the attitude about life, that quilters have. They just want to share their talents with those they love. They love to create, you don't have to be perfect, but you should enjoy what you do.  Mistakes are what make your experiences and quilts better. Everyone's quilts can be different. You bring out your own style, talent and experience in each one. Many quilters have experienced a lot of life, and now they are slowing down and doing what they love to do....that is called Wisdom!

So today I got to develop my talents a bit, (so I can create more quilts and things for my granddaughters and loved ones), I got to meet 7 new friends ( talented ones at that ) and I got to think about something that I love, other than worrying about my health, what a change!  Physically my back and knees are done for the day but...it was worth it! I hope all of you, are able to take a moment out of each day to do something that you love... the benefits are surely worth it!

I will leave you with a few quilting quotes tonight...

                                                                                                                                                                      "When life throws you scraps, make a quilt."  ~Author Unknown

"Grandma (Nana's) quilts have love in every stitch."  ~Author Unknown

( Below is a photo of my granddaughter enjoying her quilt, this one her mom and I made, this photo also tells you without words...why I quilt! )

"Memories are stitched with love."  ~Author Unknown

"Being happy doesn't mean everything is perfect.  It means you decide to see beyond the imperfections."