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!

Tuesday, March 22, 2011


Two House Finches
I made an horrendous discovery last night: I'm allergic to chocolate! You'd think I'd know by now, but apparently my sensitivity to chocolate has increased over time. Recently I've noticed that I get major migraines when I indulge.

This week I ate a chocolate candy bar that Steve gave me - and woke up with a horrific headache. Last night I ate chocolate candy and topped it with a mug of hot cocoa - and this morning I was so very ill that I spent most of the day in bed. I missed my watercolor class, but by late afternoon I could at least get dressed and work on my finch painting here at home. It's' finished now, or at least I don't know what else to do to improve it, but will bring it to class next week - when I am chocolate free....


  1. The finches are lovely. Too bad about the migraines!

  2. It's gorgeous =) Well done!

  3. Oh yikes! That's not good. If I eat too much chocolate I break out really bad, same thing with diet coke and coffee. I'm thinking it's the caffeine! I love your finches painting! Beautiful. I love finches.
    Hugs and blessings

  4. Wow. That's too bad Barbara. I'm not as fond of chocolate as some people but to do without See's candies the rest of my life would be horrid! I am glad you've found what made you ill though and hope you can find something else to enjoy even more.

  5. Thanks Folks!

    Hey Timaree -- It was See's that did me in! The candy was so good - and then the headache happened.

  6. Your picture turned out very well! Sorry about the chocolate issue - so far my migraines seem to be all about hormone levels so I'm hoping as I age they'll go away. For good!

  7. Thank you! And yes, I'm a bit bummed about the chocolate, it's a major loss!

  8. Your finches turned out very well!

    Sorry to hear about the chocolate! This would be a major, MAJOR, thing for me, since I eat it constantly!

  9. Barabra, how much is this painting?



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