Saturday, April 3, 2010

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Another new, beautiful friend...

This is a note I recieved the other day from a beautiful soul.  I am blessed.

Hello Kelly, 

Hope you are well. I'm really touched by the pice your created in honor of your mother win over breast cancer. I lost a good friend to breast cancer, but she choose not to have modern treatments like chemo. She instead sought homeopathic treatments. 

I am a 31 year old brain cancer survivor. Diagnosed with a benign optic nerve glioma at eight months old and had a reassurance at five years old. This time included surgeries, chemotherapy and radiation. Spring 2009 I was diagnosed with a meningioma, a tumor formed from radiation cells left in the body twenty or more years. I'm still standing strong, but tired. I am a woman of faith and love offering others Hope. I speak publicly speak on behalf of people whose lives are affected by brain tumors / cancer. 

I hope to meet you some day. 


I wrote back to her:

Hi Jennifer-
Thank you so much for your note about Celebrate Strength. You just cant imagine how good it feels to get a note like that, that my art actually touched someone. Thank you so much. I'm sorry your friend lost her fight. I'm very lucky to still have my Mom around 15 years after her fight.
Two and a half years ago I was diagnosed with a brain tumor called an Acoustic Neuroma. It was the scariest time of my life so far. It was a large tumor in my brain that grew on the hearing nerve. It was non cancerous. October 16 of 2007 I had brain surgery to remove it. They got it all and I am doing great. I lost 100% of my hearing on the left side but it is okay, and I am happy to have a new outlook on life. Sometimes it even can be a positive thing (when I want to take a nap for example!) :) 
I am sorry about your new diagnosis. You must feel frustrated. I hope everything will go perfectly for you and that modern medicine and prayers and miracles will take care of you and your future. Its wonderful that you can be positive and share hope! My thoughts and prayers will be with you and I hope to meet you someday too!
Feels like we already have so much in common!
Love, Kelly

This blog has opened so many doors for me and also opened my heart to some wonderful people....

A new chapter beginning....

So yesterday was my last work day at the doctors office...I've been there for about four years now.  It's been a piece of my life and the friends there have been family to me.  That is what I will miss-the daily contact with two wonderful sisters. We have been through thick and thin together and I love them so much. But I plan on keeping those sisters with me for the rest of my life, so I'm definately not saying goodbye.  Sorry girls....you're stuck in my heart forever!

I am ready to work on my art full time though.  That is what I'm excited about!  I want to give it my all and see what happens.  I want to leave my mark on this world some way, and hopefully make it a better place.  Is that too much to ask for?  I hope not-it's my goal!

Monday, March 29, 2010

Early bed time....

8:30 bed time!  I'm still recovering from a week of fun and sun!  The cruise was a blast and the group I went with were so much fun!  Payten and I will remember it always.