Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Where Has Sew Chick Been?

A bit on the preoccupied side lately...

This is my mom. She was being "difficult" when I tried to take this photo. Geesh...my youngest sister's just like her, LOL.

Last month we found out that she has breast cancer. She just started chemotherapy and in less than 2 weeks she will lose all of her hair. She's okay with me writing this. Her doctors were surprised at her reaction when she found out, because she had a feeling, even dreams, for a while that something was wrong. "What did they want me to do? Mope? No, I move on," she told me. "Now that I know, I can get better." She worked at the Cancer Institute at Washington Hospital Center for years, so she knows what to expect. She has a lot of friends looking out for her there and good doctors taking care of her.

My siblings and I were all stunned pretty speechless at first--which is hard to do to us--but you know, she's really, really positive and optimistic. We will be too. We're taking turns going to appointments with her so that she won't be alone. While with her there recently, I noticed people looking at us because despite it all, we still managed to laugh.

In the future, I'm devoting Thursday postings to ones relating to breast cancer and cancer awareness.

16 comments:

Deb R said...

Sending good thoughts toward you and your mom, Elle~~~~~

She sounds like a fighter!

smarcoux said...

Elle tell your mom she has people thinking about her .. and I second that good thoughts are sent out to you and your mom

Sandy

Sarah said...

Your mom and your family are in my prayers. She sounds like a strong, positive woman. ((HUGS))

JulieZS said...

Elle, I'm glad that your mom is able to be so positive and that you are able to laugh with her. I'll keep both of you in my thoughts.

Scrapmaker said...

I number several breast cancer survivors among my friends. I'm glad you all are being strong and positive. Humor helps! Lots of hugs and prayers to you and your family. Jen

Judy said...

So sorry to read about your Mom, but with her positive attitude and all of your support, you all are fighting it the right way. You aand your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for your kind comment at my blog. I am so sad for your and your mom!

Karoda said...

elle, you and your mom keep on hanging in there! she will be in my prayers!

Kyra said...

Elle,

Hey Sistah! You and your Mom are in my prayers as well.

Love, Kyra

Susan said...

Everyone says that a positive attitude and laughter really make the difference in dealing with cancer. Your mom has both going for her. I'll look forward to reading the Thursday posts.

deb said...

When I read your last line I had a vision of a woman dancing joyfully with that pink ribbon swirling around her body. Someone with the skills please pick this up and run with it.
I'll be thinking about you both.

Anonymous said...

Elle, your mom will be in my prayers!!

Anonymous said...

Elle, please know that your beautiful Mom is in our thoughts and prayers and that we will be sending healing thoughts and love her way.

diva of quilts said...

Prayers and hugs to you and your mom.

Deborah said...

Good luck to all of you! You'll be in my thoughts. It sounds like your family has an excellent attitude and plan for beating this!

Sarah Ann Smith said...

Elle...I'm way behind on blogs and just saw your post...please tell your mom that I'm saying prayers and sending healing white light to DC.... I finally got last year's journal quilts back, and one is of Tibetan prayer flags with names....I'll add her to the flags,

Hugs, Sarah