On 01.02.02, I was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer. Too late for surgery, I had chemotherapy, which failed. In May the chemotherapy was changed and I was soon in remission which was celebrated and welcome and lasted nine years - until October 2011. There was progression in 2011 so more treatment was indicated and I am now back in partial remission. But I'm not only a cancer patient - I also enjoy my family, walk my dogs and am learning to draw and paint. Life is good!

Thursday, January 31, 2008

Good news so just keep drawing

Yesterday I had my semi-annual CT scan, chest x-ray and about a thousand blood tests. The cancer in my bones is still visible but there has been no progression there or in organs and soft tissue. The labs came back looking great too. All in all, after some breath-holding, it was the best possible result that I could hope for. So, while I can't claim NED status (no evidence of disease), I am still in remission. It felt like permission to go ahead and live for the next six months and hope there are no new symptoms in the meantime. Yay!

I'm continuing to pursue my interest in old stone and spooky doorways. This sketch, drawn with a felt-tip brush and pen, is of a 17th century columbarium in England.

Oh, the weather report, I almost forgot. It rained and rained and rained today, serious rain. I saw the boys at Juvenile Hall and, since they couldn't go outside, they were especially receptive to Arts and Crafts. It's exactly two weeks before Valentine's Day so we wove hearts, Scandinavian style. It was a challenge but they were proud as punch to have cards to mail to "their ladies."


  1. I want to know what these woven hearts are made of!

  2. Wonderful news! Great drawing!

  3. Im so very happy that you have received such great news! Keep living, loving and laughing AMEN
    I enjoy your doorways and your stories..great work you are doing with the boys in juvi too

  4. That's wonderful news! I like your drawing of stone work too, it's very nice.

  5. Hi Jessica -- Just simple woven paper!

    Shelly -- Thank you so much!

    Pamyla -- When good news happens, I say thank you!

    Ann -- Thank you!

    All of you, thank you so much for checking in! - Barbara


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