Sunday, March 17, 2013

Come Celebrate with me...Cancer Free for one Year!!

It has been a long journey. It has been an amazing journey! One that has humbled me, strengthened me and made me more passionate about everything:) Last year at this time I and my family were preparing for my surgery, a double mastectomy and lymph nodes in my right arm, as a result of Stage III C Inflammatory Cancer and hoping for a good prognosis. Months of nasty chemotherapy, Anne Penn Hospital and staff becoming a second home and family for me, all to bring me to this surgery and testing to see if the right cocktail of drugs had held the cancer cells at bay. Not only did they not "go forth and multiply" they were annihilated! Post surgery brought news of no residual cancer found. The smile on my Oncologist's face as he shared the news will remain with me always. As will the sound of my husband's voice on the phone gently crying with joy when I told him the news.

I am so fortunate!!! I remain one year cancer free....a heartfelt thanks to each and everyone one of you for your support, and emails with words of strength and courage and laughter. Harry, and Steph, and Birgitta and Mary Anne, you  are treasures for your attentiveness!! Every email, every prayer and gift helped in my healing:) There are so many other internet friends that helped in the process:) You are my village...I am so fortunate!!

Okay...enough said...let's bumpy segue to a more important topic:) CREATIVITY

The raku disk is one of my creations.
I just had to show you these pieces by She is an amazing "create from the gut with full abandon" artist. And artist is the right description!  

The raku collar was a gift from my kiln god:)

 I have admired her work for a very long time, but her use of my raku has led me to a need to understand where her raw creative nature originates. I feel like a stalker...I have searched her shop, and found her blog and now can not stop reading her old posts:) Open and giving and funny and mind blowingly creative, you owe it to your self to check out her work in both her Etsy shop and her blog...

 And on that creative note....a few of my new stored up creativity pieces...

Spanish coins, crown, skull and cross bones under watchful eye of reposing octopus.

A new bracelet....

Silk sari ribbon from knotted to play off the texture of the pendant.
A whole bunch of treasures to list or work into wearable art....

And even more to the decision is what to do with this one:)

Thinking about hand painting this one in high pigment paints and going for a Poe Dark and Dreary look:)

Enough for my first post in many, many months. Just wanted you to know I am well, and alive, and falling head first into my passion of art.

Health,Happiness and Abundant Creativity to each of you!!


  1. Congratulations on your one year and may your good health continue always! Hugs!

  2. Congratulations! What a great anniversary!!
    I am so happy for you and so proud of you my sweet friend!!
    I am grateful stardust lead me to you!
    Keep on creating, living, laughing and loving!
    Rainbows and light,

  3. Oh I just discovered you via fanci's blog. Congratulations on your victory with cancer. What an awesome feeling that must be. I was diagnosed with breast cancer last August and I'm still in the battle. I too had a double mastectomy, cancer has changed my life. I love your blog and your beautiful work, I especially love the Poe piece and can't wait to see it finished. The Raven is awesome! I've been treating in Baltimore and one day my husband and I visited Poe's grave, not too far from the hospital...that was something on my Bucket List.
    Wishing you continued healing, sending healing hugs your way! (((hugs)))

  4. SO happy to find you back Sweet D: Congrats on such an amazing recovery. Your work is crazy beautiful and inspiring. Love your new collars- (guess you'll have to make 2+ raven/bat ones for your restless fans ;) xox

  5. I'm new to your blog but have followed/fav'd your etsy shop for ions. I just read about your amazing news on fanci's blog and offer you trillions of congratulatory hugs through this teary eyed message. My mother went though the same in 1984 and was able to beat it for 5 yrs. I pray that you have conquered this forever!


  6. omg look at these new treasures! thank you so much for this- its so flattering im blushing.

  7. oh oops, and congrats on your cancer-freedom. sorry, im retarded. my mom went through all that and it sucked ass to death.

  8. Here from House of Fanci as well. have looked at...drolled and admired many a times in your etsy your stuff...

    congrats on the total and complete healing and the end of your journey and the road to living a life free and 100% made it...that is done to return nevermore!

    and no one deserves to win her contest more than you!!

    I will become a follower...

  9. YAY!! that i awesome! congrats~! :)

  10. I also arrived via Fanci's blog - congrats on the prognosis. That's a heck of a journey. I'll be back.