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Better late than……

 

Thanks to Pam’s reminder, I thought I’d just check back and see when I last put up a blog post here – and to my shame, it was February 2017!  How could that much time have passed?  I may not have posted, but I check in here regularly and read whatever others post. 

In the more than two years since I had a ‘show and tell’ here, I have been keeping very busy.  My DH has been diagnosed with dementia, so we have begun that journey, and last Fall, I was diagnosed with breast cancer.  DH’s dementia is in its early stages so aside from some short term memory losses, we are managing it quite well.  And as for my breast cancer – well, early detection (regular mammograms) meant that it was discovered in the earliest stages, was very small and had not spread and although I opted for a mastectomy, I have been saved the misery of chemo and/or radiation – I will be happily taking Tamoxifen for the next two and half years followed by two and half years of another drug (I never remember what it’s called). The Cancer Clinic has discharged me to my family doctor and now I will go for regular visits (every three months) with her and mammograms on the remaining breast every year.  As my surgeon said after my surgery “I think we can consider you ‘cured’”.  For those of you who don’t live in Canada – the total cost of all of my care, including the Tamoxifen has been exactly 0 dollars.

Now on to some projects that I’ve been working on. First up: “My Enchanted Garden” by Gretchen Gibbons.  The applique is done with cottons (I used my batik stash) and wool felts and embellished with beads which made if definitely not suitable for machine quilting so I challenged myself and decided to hand quilt it. I had to buy a quilting hoop and a really good thimble, and watch a couple of YouTube videos on ‘rocking motion’, but I got the hang of it fairly quickly and it really turned out just fine.

 

 

My daughter’s husband has an adult son and he and his wife were expecting their first child so I had the opportunity to make a baby quilt last year.  I backed it with Fireside and had quite a bit of it left over.  What to do?  Why, make a little teddy bear for the baby.  Safety eyes and a stitched on fabric nose make this little fellow baby safe. My daughter is now ‘Nana’ to little Reggie!

 

Our son, his wife, and Sophia (no longer can I call her ‘little’ – she’s nearly 5) came for a visit last summer.  I made this bear, with her own little quilt and pink hoodie for Sophia.

 

And I also made her an ‘I spy’ quilt. I didn’t have a pattern – I just ‘winged’ it, but it was a lot of fun to plan and Sophia was delighted.

 

I’ve made lots of other items over the past two and half years, but will save them for other blog post on other days.  It’s good to be back!

 

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Comment by Pam/NY on June 25, 2019 at 10:54am

Your quilts and bears are absolutely gorgeous. Every I Spy quilt I have given always ends up being the child's favorite. Love making them.

I'm so glad you shared your difficulties with us. We all go through similar life crisis. Sounds like your doctors are on top of everything. There are several new cancer treatments on the horizon that I hope irradicate this horrible disease. There are several drugs to help with dementia...

Please continue to post your wonderful projects. Keeps us inspired!

Comment by Rebecca Sundberg on June 24, 2019 at 8:10am

Barb - it was very hard for me to write that depressing paragraph because I didn't want to sound too negataive.  I'm happy that you didn't find it so.  I'm a glass is half full kind of person, so it takes a lot to get me down.

Janet - I found the hardest part of the applique quilt to be sourcing the felts because I live so far from large centres where there's lots of shops to visit.  On-Line shopping has been great for me.  But I really enjoyed making it and I'm sure you'll find it a lot of fun too.

Peggy - I so appreciate the 'socialist' medicine of Canada especially after this health scare. Although I haven't responded lately to your blog posts, I never miss one - and I also read the Doll's Storybook every week. 

Irene - thanks for the welcome back and the good wishes.  I'll be posting again. 

Comment by Irene Gallway on June 24, 2019 at 3:33am

Rebecca, so nice to see your post. I love your quilts and those adorable bears. I am sorry to hear you and hubby have been having health problems. But glad you got a clean bill of health regarding your cancer. I look forward to seeing more posts from you. Welcome back.

Comment by Peggy Stuart on June 23, 2019 at 9:10pm

Rebecca, I hear from you so often, but not with this kind of visual detail. I'm in awe of your quilts. Your I-Spy quilt puts all of mine to shame, and your appliqué is a masterpiece!

Good luck with your recovery; it sounds like you are headed down the right pathway. Lucky you to get treatment without all the hoops we have to jump through, not that it makes up for having health problems, but at least you don't have those AND the financial burdens many people here have to live with.

Comment by Janet/MO on June 23, 2019 at 7:14pm

It was so nice to log on & see a post from you Rebecca.  I was thinking about you a while back & wondering whatever had happened to you.  I'm sorry to hear you & your husband have had some life challenges to deal with.  Hopefully your husband's condition won't get too bad for a long time.  Love the quilts & bears.  I have that same book & hope to get started on my quilt before the end of the year.

Comment by Barb/WI on June 23, 2019 at 6:15pm

First of all let me say it is good to hear from you!  You have dealt with a lot.  I think sometimes it is hard to share the tough times on a forum such as this because we don't want to sound negative, or like we want anyone feeling sorry for us.  But, all in all, everyone of us deals with the tough stuff as part of life, and it is so good and necessary that we offer each other support.  I am so glad your breast cancer is considered cured!  I hope your DH's dementia remains manageable for a very  long time.

Your quilts are beautiful! (Bears, too!)  So much work in your applique quilt, but what a treasure.  The "I Spy" quilt is perfect.

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