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!

Monday, November 19, 2012

Fast forward

I made it to Juvenile Hall this afternoon after three consecutive absences.  Both sessions went well.  While I was with the boys in the recreational art program I sketched out the header for my Etsy shop.  It will take me all month to refine it, but I have a name and basic idea.  I also have orders all over the place for materials to start producing fun things to sell - fun for me to make, that is.  I'm determined to make January 1st Opening Day and I'm equally determined to add products steadily so that never a week goes by without more, more, more.  It's been a long time since I was this excited about a new project, so is obviously the antidote I needed to restart my life again.  The happier I am, the greater the chance of another long remission, that's my (unscientific) belief.


  1. Barbara, you're awesome! I'm believing with you.

  2. I think your unscientific theory is 100% correct! I believe we all do so much better when we are truly happy inside and have the Joy of the Lord! AFter you posted about opening an Etsy account I laid awake in bed and was designing Christmas cards and other art cards in my mind....maybe I'll do an etsy shop too! Just not right now, but someday.

  3. Thank you both!

    Sacramento Valley? Welcome from Sonoma Valley!

    Hi Patty - I sure hope both of us are right!


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