Saturday, 21 May 2022

Blessed With Hobbies

 My original thoughts on this cancer journey that I am on was to ignore it!!!  It certainly seemed like a good idea at the time.  With hindsight, always a wonderful thing I have had time to reconsider and think that it is a major journey.   Whilst I don't want it to consume my every thought, which it could quite easily.  I do think that there are so many positives that it should be part of my story.

Treatment has started.  I was given the penthouse suite (a side ward) so that Gerard could sit with me.  A answer to prayer as I was so nervous about going.  7 bags of fluid via a drip later and all was well.  I was waited on hand and foot with tea and a choice of lunch.  There was lots of chatter as staff kept coming in to check on me, laughter and lots of information.  Thankfully no side effects, early days I suppose.

Day 2/3/4 more chemotherapy drugs this time in tablet form, along with steroids, anti sickness and umpteen others.  Injections now for the next 9 days.  They are throwing the chemistry lab at me and I am thankful.  So far, so good.  I remain positive and thankful.  A little brain fog but no real side effects...God is good.

Work on my prayer book continues, along with mixed media pictures.  I am so enjoying the process of mixing different mediums.  This time watercolour, ink and once again stitching the verse.  The end results are not always good but the process is so enjoyable, I don't think it matters.






With God all things are possible Matthew 19:26 I am clinging to that hope.  That he will guide me and sustain me as he walks me along the path that he has chosen for me.

I have finally tried my hand at felting and once again really enjoyed the process.  I did stab my finger a few times and made myself bleed but no real harm done thankfully.  It did take a lot longer than I thought it would but well worth the time spent on it.  It was quite the experience stabbing the fibres into features.  I had made a couple of cashmere cushions from cashmere fabric that I bought from Elgin whilst away.  It was offcuts, that were affordable and yet were such a luxury fabric.  Once the cushions were made I made the felted buttons/pins.






I have a feeling that more animals will be added to the menagerie.  

Day 5 not a good day.  The chemistry lab appears to be reacting.  Dizziness, nausea...sleep appears to be the answer.

I will close for now with thanks for your visit and catch up with you later.

See you soon.


33 comments:

  1. Thinking of you on this journey. You will be in my prayers.

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  2. Yes, sleep is always good.☺️ It's amazing how much fun it can be to hang out with the medical folks except one would prefer not to have to. Glad you were able to have company. That's a comfort. Your felted animals are adorable. And your journal/prayer book is a fine way to document your journal. The Lord is with you. Prayers and blessings.

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    1. a fine way to document your journey...🤦🏻‍♀️ I need an editor.

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  3. It sounds like you are doing really well and that you've had the energy to be creative with a new project, which is a great thing.

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  4. Your prayer book pages are absolutely beautiful. Hope the nausea passes soon x

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  5. Your hobbies are your help. Your prayer pages are beautiful. Hoping the nausea passes by quickly. Hugs!

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  6. It is good to have something else to focus on, to keep you positive. Love the felted animals!!

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  7. Sorry to hear you are feeling nauseous - I hope that the beautiful things you are making take your mind off it. Those felted animals are SO beautiful.

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  8. Your illustrated Psalms are so lovely. And the felted animals are great. I've watched Youtube videos 'how to felt' but have not tried it. I'm sure I'd be poking myself a lot.
    I hope the nauseous stage of your treatment doesn't last long.

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  9. I just love your little critters! Adorable! Thinking of you during this journey. I am glad you have a supportive medical team. One day at a time.

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  10. I am thankful you are going through this journey in life with cancer that seems to be in many bodies. We continue to pray for you! Your animals are cute and the books you make so pretty! Lovely artwork. Hugs and blessings, Becky

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  11. One day at the time...
    Stay positive (I know it's hard sometime) and craft (you are good at).
    Big hug !
    Anna

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  12. Thank you for sharing photos of your beautiful crafts. The cushions, felt animals and prayer book are all so beautiful.
    So sorry to hear that you are not feeling so well Lorraine. Fingers crossed and praying that the nausea passes quickly.
    God Bless x

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  13. Felting is a great way to rid yourself of any anger. There's something very therapeutic about it. I'm looking forward to seeing the lovely things you create.

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  14. Hobbies are a wonderful way to escape from reality, when needed. Your journal is lovely, and a beautiful testament to your faith in God. I pray that He will continue to sustain and guide you through this journey. The felted animals are very sweet.

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  15. Those felted animals are precious. As always, I am in awe at your creativity.
    Rest, sleep. Sending hugs. Xx

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  16. Oh my, you are really good at felting. I want to try but not so sure I can do it. Your little animals are so cute. Yes, thank goodness for hobbies. I love and truly believe the Bible verse, With God all things are possible. Sending you a big hug.

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  17. Every Blessing Lorraine; how good of God to give you such a talent for crafts.. Your prayer book is a lovely idea. Look at Psalm 139, my favourite, a verse or two might suit your book, v 9.10 perhaps? I will pray for you, every day.. Have faith and Take care. xx

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  18. What lovely felted animals. I will keep you in my thoughts as you continue your journey.

    God bless.

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  19. Sorry to hear that you are not well. Sending big hugs and positive thoughts.

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  20. Your artwork continues to be wonderfully creative, Lorraine, and now with those felted animals which are so adorable. You are in my thoughts as you navigate this journey and I hope that the nausea and dizziness will soon pass.

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  21. Your handiwork is just lovely! Love and prayers x

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  22. I love your little needle felted animals. So cute! It does sound like they threw everything but the kitchen sink at you at once. I hope the side effects abate quickly and the drugs do their job. Sending love and prayers for comfort and strength.

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  23. Oh, I do like the felted animals, they are very sweet.
    Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers.

    All the best Jan

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  24. I love the way you've done the mixed media prayer and praise pages. May the Lord's words be a help and strength during this challenging time. Sending love and keeping you in my prayers.

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  26. I am so sorry to read that you have got a cancer ! I don't know what to say, because I am just waiting for bad news my husband is now in palliative care and I am waiting without waiting. I hope that your treatment will help and that you will have still a long time to live on your beautiful island !

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  27. Just want to say that I'm thinking of you today. xx

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  28. It's good to hear how positive you are Lorraine. Your art work and felting are lovely. I have had a mouse felting kit for over a year now but I'm not confident to start it!

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  29. Sending love and good thoughts your way. Stay positive xx

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  30. Sending you much love. Your felting is just gorgeous!

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  31. Thinking of you on this journey. You will be in my prayers.
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