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!

Sunday, February 21, 2010

One sad day

On Saturday morning Steve and I attended the memorial service of a woman who died, at age 40, of metastatic breast cancer. One of her obituaries was HERE. She left her husband and two young children. Over 1,000 people attended this funeral, her reach was that great.

That evening I stayed more to myself, thinking through the day. I made a third attempt at painting this same pelican. The ocean eludes me, it looks as much like sky as it looks like water. It's so frustrating when your do-overs need to be done over. But I'm still alive, I can do my do-overs, I can still do them over and over and over again.


  1. Keep that attitude, girl...

  2. Water is difficult enough in watercolor, I cannot imagine trying to do it in colored pencil! But, I think you've done a nice job of it and the pelican!

  3. Barbara, I'm so sorry for the loss of your friend. It was a sad day. I think your pelican looks great! It can be frustrating trying to paint or draw something and it doesn't turn out how you want it to. Could it be the death of your friend is weighing on your mind?


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