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!

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

What I see

The recent rain has made our geraniums very happy. It's cooler now too. So, chilly and thoroughly dampened, they bloom and bloom. Most are red but there are white ones too.

So tempting to pick -- I plucked one little sprig to draw and paint. The colors didn't blend the way I wanted - the perfect excuse to clip another stem and practice again.

When I was in chemotherapy yesterday, as I wrote before, Demi was with me waiting for nurses with passing treats. Here she is from my perspective, looking downward.

I was home most of today, which was great. I commute a lot between medical treatments, Juvenile Hall and art classes - a three town circuit, so when I only have to make one trip out I am delighted.

I got a lot of cleaning done which really helped. What is it that Fly Lady calls it? CHAOS - Can't Have Anyone Over Syndrome. Well, I conquered most of it in one free morning.


  1. Such a delicate looking sprig. Nice that your furry friend is able to go with you! You sure do stay busy while undergoing chemo.

  2. Love the colors! Good luck with the treatment.

  3. Thank you both. I've been in treatment for almost 8 years nonstop and feel great, no side effects now, so keeping busy is the way to go.

  4. I'm glad that you have both your pal and your sketchbook to occupy your thoughts. Lovely pages - thanks so much for sharing with us.

  5. I think your geranium came out great. Love the new meaning of chaos. It sure fits. Demi looks much more relaxed in this sketch than when you first started sketching her.


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