I'm back - feeling much better! And hope to be back to posting regularly!
Concroption DT submittal for this month. I first used the Heidi Swapp dots mask on the kraft background paper. The paper is all from the the 7 gypsies Savannah Collection. The lettering is Tim Holtz Grungeboard and all the inks are from his Distressed collection. I did this last night...not sure why the creative urge hits me so late in the day!
I made 30 of these for Marilyn's Fiber Inchie Valentine's Day swap. It's the 3rd swap of hers that I have participated in and they are lots of fun. I drew and colored each inchie separately.
Here's a photo of Miss Lucy mooshing herself into Rosie's bed! Lucy has one her own size, but of course Rosie's bed sleeps much better!
But Rosie's quite content on her sheepskin rug from Ikea. I can't even believe we debated for one second about buying it for her. She absolutely loves it.
The oncologist opened the door yesterday and said "good news" Music to my ears. I HAD the best possible thymoma - a Stage One/Type A, and surgery has been deemed curative. 5 year prognosis is 100% and 10 year is 97%. The oncologist reiterated how rare these are and said that lucky for me, she is only 4 months out of school so had seen some thymomas at her residency in Chicago at Loyola...in fact, she is sending the path report back to one of her professors for a complimentary 2nd opinion :). I will see the Dr. in 6 months for a check-up and have a CT scan every year for the next 10 years - but otherwise I am good to go!
I'm still sore and I'm giving myself the space to be that way after reading the pathology report and realizing how much tissue they took out of my chest. Not to mention the sternum healing back together. You don't heal overnight and I need to remember that.
The oncologist was very sweet. She actually ran her finger down my scar and told me how good it looked. She gave me a hug when i left - a "congratulations you're going to be OK" hug. Very compassionate.
It has been two and a half weeks from my surgery and I finally get a burst of creative energy last night after receiving the concroption december 2008 kit. All the papper is MM Falala collection and the letters are felt Thickers.
I also received the ATC's from Concroption's December DT ATC Swap (say that 10x fast) ....mine is the one in the lower right hand corner - I think the bird gave it away...
And of course a photo of my studio pal, Linus! It was so much fun picking cat hair out of
Stickles this am :)! I am grateful for his company...
Here's the scoop on where I am with the pathology….
I saw Dr. Gomez this am and he said I was healing well - no lifting for 6 weeks to give my sternum time to grow back. I think the alternative dr. vitamin C drips and the twice weekly 30 minute massages are helping!
Sounded like the tumor was irregularly shaped and where it had gone made it more difficult to remove. The sporadic significant pain I am feeling is the tissue healing. And, he said I can sleep in any position I feel comfortable (please, someone tell me what that is!)
The path report shows it was encapsulated (but just barely, he said the tumor part was right to the edge) and that Dr. Gomez got clear margins.
However, the final report has not been issued and a definitive "staging" has not been called. The tumor was a thymoma and thymomas are not staged in a traditional matter, like say breast cancer.
So, I am being referred to an oncologist, who will be speaking with the pathologist and will meet with me to discuss follow-up treatment, if necessary, and how often I need to be rechecked. From what I read on-line, radiation is sometimes indicated for early stage thymomas. They are extremely rare, so there are not a lot of studies on adjunct treatment and prognosis.
Dr. Gomez called the oncologist while I was there, and I was told they would call and schedule me this week.
I will be seeing a new oncologist in town that Dr. Gomez thinks I will really like because she is "very practical"… I am happy about this because I do have more questions that I think best handled by a tumor expert, vs a tumor removal expert:)
All-in-all good news for me - and a few more Drs. appts. for John:)
I also want to take this opportunity to say that I couldn't be happier with my choice of surgeons. I would highly recommend Dr. Gomez - he has been wonderful. He also won an award last November for "best patient outcomes." That's a Dr. I want on my team!
This has been an interesting journey and I am sooooo grateful for your support and friendship.