Working on starting an art journal to draw ideas from. Portals are my “thing” at the moment. Eventually to convert to surface design for a fiber piece.
My year started out like a normal new year. Let’s just say, took a dramatic shift. January 7, had a basil bone reconstruction to my right thumb. It had finally become too much of a problem and too painful to continue . Recovery consists of the surgery being wrapped for about 10 days, then a cast is place on for 4 weeks. This, even being one handed, was the easy part. My husband is one of the best nurses ever. He took great care to help me in every way. But it was debilitating. Just try getting pants on in the morning! Or a bra..forget it!! But, even with the complications, it was a respit from my normal activity.
Then, following, a very low-key, normal yearly physical for my husband on January 28, doctor sent him to the hospital for a ct scan for something he did not hear…breath from his left lung. He called us that very night to tell us he had lung cancer. This journey is taking us on a wild roller coaster ride of ups an downs. Mostly downs at this point. Stage IV non small cell lung cancer. It had already spread to the lung lining. As the doctor confirmed this at the Wake Forest Comprehensive Cancer Center, he said it is not a new cancer, it has been there for some time.
Learning to walk this walk with positivity and encouraging my husband is a daily re-affirmation of hope and daily grace. Keeping this balance, watching him struggle with the complications chemo can cause and trying to be unemotional is like walking a tight rope. But we are getting there. My outlet, my studio. And believe you me, it is being used to it’s full capacity.
I am developing a whole new community of artist friends since retiring. We moved and it was the best thing for us. Near grand kids and daughter and her family. And here I am establishing a whole new world.
I have been in my first professional gallery show, and asked to display my original works as a “showcase”. How very honored I feel, and how very much, finally the artist I am becoming. Life is so good. I am loved by my special person, and I am acknowledging myself.
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