I’m Still Standing! :)

Happy Fall!!!  

I wanted to share some news about my life this past summer.  

I apologize for the lack of postings on my website.  I have had some major life changes since May of this year.  I was diagnosed with Breast Cancer.  I was very fortunate to find this beast inside me in the early stages.  I have had to jump some significant hurdles to win the fight.  I had a bilateral mastectomy in June and I am now scheduled for a second surgery to get the remaining cancer out on my left side.  I do not need chemo or radiation, I however will be taking tamoxifen for the next ten years.  It's all good.  I'm here, and I am so grateful to be alive.  I have a lot of living and creating left to do before I leave this earth.

My family also received another blow from this awful beast called cancer.  My sweet and loving Mother-in-law was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer on July 28th, 2015.  It had spread to her brain, back and organs.  She lost her battle on August 6, 2015.  We were fortunate to have hospice come into our home a few days before her passing to help control her pain.  We were all with her when she passed, and we are very grateful she is no longer suffering.  RIP, my favorite Mother-in-law.

So on to some happy news!  Our twins will be twelve soon, and they are in their first year of middle school and loving it.  Taking the school bus for the very first time has been a highlight for them and for me.  My husband and I will be celebrating 18 years of marriage on September 12th.  So, I have many things to be thankful for.  I am so grateful for my family and friends.  I received so much love, prayers, and support these past few months.  I feel the power of prayer has helped me so much.  God is so good!

I have created a couple paintings since my diagnosis.  My art has been a great way to keep my mind off my worries and struggles.  

I chose to create some animals with a pink theme for Breast Cancer Awareness.   These two latest paintings are, "Chumley The Piglet And His Visitors" and  "Fiona The Flamingo And Her Visitor."  

I hope they put a smile on your face and in your heart.

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Fiona the flamingo is very curious to know what creature sits atop of her beak. They stare at each other in wonder. Wildlife Series #6.

Fiona the flamingo is very curious to know what creature sits atop of her beak. They stare at each other in wonder. Wildlife Series #6.

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Chumley the pig gets not one, but two visitors. Wildlife Series #7

Chumley the pig gets not one, but two visitors. Wildlife Series #7

 

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