When The Unexpected Happens…

When The Unexpected Happens….

You may have noticed that I haven’t exactly been active in posting on my blog lately or even for that matter, sending out emails to all of you, who happen to pop in occasionally.

You may have wondered why…well now that the holidays have come and gone, I need to focus on something a little more important happening in my life.  Even though it was NOT expected, the time has come to share with you that I have breast cancer.

In October, I had a routine mammogram.  By November, I had a second mammogram and an ultrasound and just simply thought it was routine.  I should have known something was up when the radiologist made an appearance and did her own ultrasound and wouldn’t answer my questions.  She simply stated that I had two areas of concern in my left breast and that my doctor would be calling to set up a consultation with the breast surgeon.  WHAT!!!!  It was really all a blur as I left with tears in eyes to call my husband on my way back to work.

No sooner had I walked in the door at work, my primary doctor’s office called and said they recommended a doctor with the Norma Pfriem Breast Center.  Off to call and I immediately received an appointment for the following week.

Fast forward to the appointment.  As I sat in the room with my husband, in walked the most amazing and personable doctor I had ever met.  She was matter-a-fact, but gentle in her delivery.  She assured me that whatever the outcome, it was caught early enough and that she would schedule a breast biopsy the next week, just before Thanksgiving.

When I received the results of the biopsy after Thanksgiving, I guess I wasn’t surprised.   The team of doctors sat around and gave me my options and off we went to tell the kids, my Mom and family.  That was the hardest part of this.

I do know that over the next 8 weeks or so, I will be embarking on a new journey.  Mastectomy and reconstruction and in May/June, reduction of the other breast to even things up a bit.  Hopefully, if my lymph nodes are clear, no radiation or chemo will be needed.

I am not really a spiritual person and am handling this situation with LOTS of humor.  I was inspired to write this post after Carrie Fisher passed away the other day.  She once told an NPR reporter, “I think I do overshare,” Fisher says. “It’s my way of trying to understand myself. … It creates community when you talk about private things.”  I so agree.  I am an open book and hope that others who are going through this will understand that having breast cancer is a “community”.

So, off I go in two weeks for my surgery and as the end of the year approaches, I will have nothing but good cheer for the New Year and to bounce back to health.  Talk with you soon…and BTW, get your mammogram.

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Sheltering Tree

Sheltering Tree

apple-birthdayThis all purpose set can be changed for each seasons, just by either by stamping or using seasonal Designer Series Paper.   Let us talk about the Fruit Stand Designer Series Paper.  It can take you into Fall even though it has a summer feel to it.   The Happy Birthday is from the Fresh Fruit Stamp Set in Soft Suede.

Christine’s Tips:

  • Since Sheltering Tree is a Photopolymer Stamp Set, be sure to use the Piercing Mat underneath while stamping to get a crisp and clean image.
  • Keeping to Fall theme, I used only Soft Suede and Pear Pizzazz Ink, taking my cue from the colors in the Designer Series Paper.
  • I cut the Whisper White layer at 2.75″ x 3.75″ and layered that onto a piece of Pear Pizzazz cardstock measuring 3″ x 4″.
  • As always, when I have horizontally designed cards, I cut my cardstock lengthwise on the 8.5″ side for a side folding card.

Use my October hostess code below to receive a FREE gift from me.  If your order is at or above $150 do NOT use the hostess code, but you will still receive the FREE gift.

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NEW! 2016 Holiday Catalog is HERE!

The NEW 2016 Stampin’ Up! HOLIDAY Catalog is here and it’s filled with LOTS of fun new products for the upcoming holidays: Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas & more! It’s got LOTS of great ideas to ignite your creativity. Go ahead, take a peek inside and you’ll like what you see! The 2016 Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog.

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Serene Scenery Wedding Card

Serene Scenery Wedding Card

Green Wedding CPThe Serene Scenery Designer Series Paper has become a fast favorite among my printed papers.  As you can see by this picture, stamping on it is easy.  In case you are wondering, the paper is designed to look like the sun is shining through. Gee!  I’ll bet you thought my photography skills were bad, didn’t you?!

Green Wedding BoxChristine’s Tips:

  • I used the Better Together Stamp Set.  Let me tell you, this set has lots of pretty sayings and font styles.
  • The best part about using the Serene Scenery Designer Series Paper, is that you can pick which area of the paper you would like to use on your card.
  • Notice that this card only has two layers:  The base cardstock and the printed paper with the stamped image.  My kind of card.  Quick and easy!
  • I used only Archival Basic Black Ink!
  • Use the Hostess Code HVXNTG4V when you place your order in my Online Store and I will send you a package of the Linen Thread, which as become a favorite. Do not use the Hostess Code if you place an order of $150 or more. You will still receive the FREE Gift.

August Hostess Code

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A Bit Of A Blogging Break!

**As you may have noticed, I’m taking a bit of a blog break.  I am enjoying life, however,  I’ll be back to my regular 3x+ week postings soon! Thanks for all your patience! 🙂