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, April 01, 2012

Nerd #1 - International Fake Journal Month

Valerie Colston,
 200 Projects to Strengthen Your Art Skills
#112 - Beaded drops
The nerd tried very hard to learn how to paint the dimensions of beaded drops.  It looked doable and the theory was obvious - preserve the highlights and create shadows.  It was just much more difficult than expected and may require a do over sooner rather than later.  Nerd is glad not to have to turn it in for a grade.

I have five medical appointments within eight days.  Today, Sunday, I had to go in for another Neupogen injection, as I did yesterday and will tomorrow.  The good part is knowing that I expect to be through with chemotherapy in six weeks and can plan to spend the entire summer in rebuilding strength and recovering from all the onslaughts of the past year.

First symtoms developed in July with rising tumor markers, then a CT to show the tumors, then surgery and chemotherapy, then fainting and near fainting and more recently, renal failure.  By the time it's all over I will have given an entire year to this relapse and it's been much more difficult than the initial diagnosis ten years ago.

Oh, dear, I'm starting to feel sorry for myself!


  1. Nice looking beads of water. Sorry to hear that you have to go through so many procedures and exams.. I wish you all the best

  2. I think the drops are great when i saw them in the smaller picture I thought it might have been a photo. You are allowed to feel sorry for yourself sometimes, you always seem to pick yourself up again and that is the important thing. its important to talk about it then it hopefully doesn't affect you too badly


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