Monday, May 31, 2010

Hope everyone had a great Memorial Day weekend...

...I didn't :( I hate to admit that but I think once I start facing some of my stress in a healthy way I might finally be able to start feeling better.

Stuart and I headed to Seattle on Friday and came back on Saturday. We went up to Swedish Hospital to tour the Ben & Catherine Ivy Center for Advance Brain Tumor Treatment...lots of amazing things are happening there! And if or when its time for my Dad to have another surgery this is the place we want him to go...Dr. Foltz was very knowledgeable and carries such a passion for his work that I know this is were he would receive the best care. I know I am not the only person to experience the feelings I am feeling or the only person who feels so lost and unable to do anything...but all of this is consuming me and beginning to interfere with my everyday life...I would rather stay home and do nothing just so I don't have to interact with anyone...its so hard for me to have to deal with certain people who would rather live in denial and not talk about what we are all facing...not talking about it doesn't mean its not happening!

I think alot of people don't really understand the diagnosis that my dad has...Glioblastomas(GBM) is grade IV...they are the most commonly diagnosed brain tumor in adults. GBM infiltrates into surrounding brain tissue making it extremely difficult to treat. Generally, patients survive 3 months to 2 and a half years after diagnosis. GBM is considered one of the deadliest of human cancers. Approximaely 22,000 people will be diagnosed and approximately 13,000 will die from Glioblastoma this year alone. Currently, there is no known cure for this disease.

The only way to fight this disease is with AWARENESS...up until March 15th I had never heard of GBM...since then I have read any information I can find...the Chris Elliot Fund for Glioblastoma Brain Cancer Research has been a wealth of information to my family. Look them up on facebook join the cause of becoming aware and knowledgable about Brain Cancer...specifically GBM. One of the most important things that can be done for a loved one who was diagnosed and is able to have surgery to remove some or all of this ugly monster is to make sure the doctors get and save a frozen tissue sample so testing can be performed. With this testing there is a genetic marker that is able to determine if it will come back 2-3 months or 2-3 years from now...also it can determine what the proper path of care is to be taken as far as medications are concerned. Unfortunately, we do not have this frozen tissue sample from my dad's surgery...and we are all trying very hard not to let that bring us down. Secure a Cure...Advocacy, Awareness, Education and Research.

...for the remainder of the weekend I had a hard time getting myself out of bed...I have been feeling this way for quite awhile now, alot of the time I just keep what I am feeling to myself...but its definitely beginning to take its tole on me...I managed to make a couple things...only to take breaks often and go back to sleep for a few hours.

I have put alot of thought into a few things going on in my life and have decided to step down from Jessica Sprague's Creative Team...I will miss working so closely with one of my favorite digital designers...but I know its time for me to say goodbye. Also, earlier in the month I stepped down from my design team position at Unity Stamp Co. I look forward to what awaits me in the future. Thank you to all of you who read my blog and post comments on my work.

Sunday, May 30, 2010

6.5 Weeks of radiation....DONE (long post with photos)

...on Thursday we took our last trip to Spokane! My Dad didn't want anyone to go...he had his buddy from work driving that day and he even told my mom and sister they couldn't come...I had already been planning on going and Stuart and the kids were coming too...I hadn't discussed this with he never told me directly that he didn't want me to come...the whole way there I worried that he would be mad when he saw us...

The last 6.5 weeks have been hard on everyone...especially my dad...driving 2.5 hours to Spokane each morning - going through Radiation and then the 2.5 hour drive home. The kids have asked alot of questions and on Thursday they got to see what we all have been doing all these days...and where he got his Radiation. I think it was good for them to be a part of this...a moment we all will never forget. Of course I was there for my dad...but I also was there for see it through to the end...and though its like we have to hold our breathe everyday because we don't know what's going to happen next - I continue to thank god everyday that my dad is still with us and that he was able to make it through his first round of Radiation and Chemo.

I made three digital LOs for the kids to hold up as signs...the first thing he would see when he walked out that heavy steel door...

(for all three of these LOs I used Templates and Digital Kits from wih my favorite date stamps from Karla Dudley.) are some photos I got Thursday morning...we arrived before my dad did and I knew that because he was at the rest area when we drove by...I waited and watched for them to drive into the parking lot and watched my dad go into CancerCare Northwest...I gave him a few minutes before we headed out in the pouring rain...and before walking in the doors I told the kids I didn't want them to say a single word once we walked through these doors...surprisely the waiting room out front was almost completely empty...something we never saw all the weeks previous. I snuck around the corner to see if I could see if my dad was called back yet...but I could see his hand on the railing and I knew we couldn't go back wasn't long before Michelle my dad's nurse saw me...and she told me she would let me know when he was taken back.

It seemed like forever...I was thinking oh great he really is going to be in a bad mood because of this wait. Finally he was called back and then I grabbed Stuart and the kids and explained to them that he was starting his Radiation right now...and when these doors open in about 15 minutes the first thing he will see is us...

Michelle asked if I wanted her to take a picture of all of us while we were waiting for my dad to finish up...of course I said yes...

...and then that door opened and I heard my dad talking...we waited quietly...

...and he was surprised when he saw us standing there...

...we walked out of there with my dad (mask in hand) and we said goodbye before he started back home. We ended up staying in Spokane for the remainder of the day - did a little shopping ate some lunch and then we headed home ourselves.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Sorry I've been MIA

Look what I received in the mail the other day! This was my first time in Paper Crafts...and I must say this magazine is one of the best I've ever seen! Its full of AMAZING cards but some of my favorite people! I feel so honored to be in there as well...Hope my card can inspire some of you! And when you are out and about make sure you go looking for this'll be worth every cent you spend!

...I haven't been making too much these days I hope that will be changing very soon...but with all my drives back and forth to Spokane I just haven't had much energy lately. I managed to create several new projects for an upcoming Guest Design Team spot for one of my very favorite companies....I will get to share more about that very soon!

I received some new Ippity stamps in the mail a little while back and I was able to put these two cards together for my Dad's didn't turn out like I had fact I hated it, but ran out of time to make a new one so I had to give it out anyway...but the recipient LOVED I guess it couldn't have been that bad...right?

Thanks for stopping by today!

Monday, May 17, 2010

Its time for another Monday Challenge!

Yeahhhh its the beginning of a new week! This week the challenge was "summer theme" and during the summer months I think more people move into new homes then any other time of the year...I made this card for our friends who started moving into their new home this weekend - just across the street...I just LOVE that we have such wonderful neighbors :D

For this card I used the digital elements "August '09 A-Z Alphabet Flashcards" and "August '09 A-Z Alpha Stickers & Rub-Ons" by CreativityByCrystal which is available at Hope you have a super day - we are off to Spokane this morning...starting week #5 of Radiation and then coming home to do "Transition to First Grade" I can't believe my little guy will be heading off to 1st Grade in 3 short months! ...then to Ben's BB Game if it doesn't get cancelled because up Thunderstorms...don't tell him but I'm actually hoping for the Thunderstorms...not because I don't want to go to his game but because I LOVE Thunderstorms!

Now be sure to check in with the other ladies and see what they came up with for today's Monday Challenge using a "summer theme".


Monday, May 10, 2010

Welcoming the start of a new week...

I have been missing making digital LOs - my laptop hasn't been cooperating with me but I solved part of the issues and was able to complete these new LOs over the sure to check out because today there's some NEW amazing products in the store.

Materials Used: Sweet Summer Papers 01, 02 & 03, SS Labels and SS Mini Labels, SS Elements and Bunches of Borders all by CreativityByCrystal...along with my favorite Date Stamps by Karla Dudley.

Materials Used: Sweet Summer Papers 01 & 03 and SS Elements by CreativityByCrystal...and Karla Dudley's Date Stamps.

Well I'm off this morning to Spokane with my dad...this week is the start of Week #5 of his Radiation and Chemo...only 14 more treatments to's a picture of the two of us yesterday!

Monday, May 3, 2010

Don't forget to thank the teachers!

This week is Teacher Appreciation sure to tell your kiddos teachers how much you appreciate them! We are so lucky to have such wonderful teachers this will be a sad end of the year "goodbye" because of it...good teachers are hard to come's what I made for the kids' teachers...

Saturday, May 1, 2010

It's National Scrapbook Day!!!

...and there won't be any scrapbooking for me until LATE tonight and that's ony if I have any energy left after my busy day...

Today I wanted to share a new LO I just made this week using the *BRAND NEW* May Scrapbooking kit by Unity (and I also threw in a great oldie from the {Our Life, Our Stories} kit.

Be sure to sure to check out the Unity site - you can get 20% off your entire order through the weekend when you use the code: BIRTHDAY20.

I also wanted to play along with this challenge from SCS. Here's the sketch we needed to use and I needed to make a LO with the theme "Extreme Makeover" and since I just cut my hair I thought that was the perfect route to go.

I used Ippity's {Aphabetically Adorable} set.

Now go take a peek at Jen E.'s blog to see what fabulous work she has to share today!

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