Hope From Sandy

When Sandy learned about the inpatient oncology treatments she decided to share her special talents.

These patients are confined to dreary rooms. They aren’t allowed any flowers or plants.

What could she do to bring some brightness and hope into their lives?

A talented quilter, she donated these three gorgeous quilts.

The backs of these masterpieces are just as amazing as the fronts!

The patients will take these quilts home with them when they leave the hospital. What a wonderful message they received from Sandy, an extreme quilter!

 

 

October 6th and 7th Gently Used Children’s Clothes and Equipment Sale for Charity

Most clothing items are 25 to 50 cents.  Swings, Strollers, bassinets, bouncers, crib and crib mattresses and other big ticket items are $5-20.  Tables organized by clothing size and gender for you to shop!

Come support Casa de la Esperanza and get steal deals for your children’s needs.

Arvada Christian Church, 8010 W.62nd Ave.  Arvada, CO (East of Carr and west of Olde Wadsworth on south side of 62nd Ave. – stair access only.  No play room available.)

Delivery to Oncology Coordinator

There are some pretty serious cancer treatments out there.  Sometimes the patients require a hospital stay. This can be pretty devastating being stuck in a room for days on end and most times these patients are not even allowed flowers due to the seriousness of their condition and treatments.

Here is a delivery of blankets and shawls to cheer up the rooms.   The patient knows that somebody cared enough to take the time to knit or crochet them something special and they get to take their gift home with them at the end of their stay!

Texas and Florida need your blood!

Yay!  My oncologist released me to donate blood a few days ago and I wasted no time getting in.

The blood bank is happy for all donations. They’ve been sending hundreds of units to Texas and Florida and even to Puerto Rico.

I wanted to make sure my new prescription wouldn’t interfere with the blood donation so I took a picture of my bottle. Here is Henry practicing his photobombing!

 

Lifetime Habit Resumed

I was hooked on blood donation decades ago by my dad, we used to donate together until he knew I was truly a blood donation addict.

When I got my cancer diagnosis last year I became ineligible to donate.

I had an oncology appointment yesterday and was released to donate blood again!  My oncologist said there were no signs of cancer in my body and it was safe to resume my blood donations.

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The donation center has been regularly checking in with me to see if I am eligible to donate again.  They love my blood.  I am missing an antigen in my blood so my bag gets bright orange sticker tagging it as a special unit.  For someone in serious condition missing the same antigen my blood could be a lifesaver for them.  Their antibodies could react with incompatible donor blood cells triggering a reaction from the immune system. These transfusion reactions can be lethal.

Resuming blood donation this Friday!

 

Today’s Muse, Molly and the Cough Drop Diet

Muse:  A source of inspiration and a guiding spirit.

Today’s Muse is my friend Molly.

 

You can find us sketching together if we are doing something with her brother Dante and her parents.

She sometimes borrows my sketchbook so I can have some of her artwork with mine.

With my lymphedema and having to  wear a compression glove on my drawing hand I’ve had to learn a new way of sketching and Molly has encouraged me to work on it again.

Today she gave me another inspiration for trying to lose a little weight! She told me she had only a cough drop for breakfast. I asked her if that’s how come she was so skinny and she said yes! Yay the cough drop for breakfast diet.

I’ll keep you posted on our sketching and if the cough drop diet really works.  The only problem is is we both like hamburgers, onion rings and french fries too.   I don’t know if we can stick with the cough drop diet…

Knitting and Crocheting for Charity Delivery

A delivery to the oncology department.  We send hats, scarves, lap blankets or shawls.  These are given to the patients, care givers and nurses in the chemotherapy room.  They also are given to inpatient cancer patients to make their room a little more personal with a gift of a hand made little something.  They can look forward to taking their gift home at the end of their stay.

Note the blue and orange hat, GO BRONCOS!

And the cerveza box has magazines and books.

What did I manage to personally include?

A hand knitted lap blanket.

 

 

Redefined by Cancer

I was speaking to a long time friend about our recent cancer diagnosis-es.  We have known each other for about 20 years and both recently began our journeys as cancer survivors.

We both were struck how our lives had been redefined by cancer as we gabbed, catching up and discussing the latest about our conditions.

When we met 20 years ago neither of us knew the word metastasize or five year survival rate or waiting for the day you could say you were cancer free…   Neither of us knew the side effects of surgery to remove tumors, chemotherapy or radiation.  Now people ask us questions about these things and want our opinions.

I called my friend at the dinner hour.  20 years ago I would have said “I know its dinner time and you need to feed your family but I just wanted to say hi, lets talk soon.” or she would have said “I have to get dinner on the table, can we talk later?”

But we have been redefined.  Life is short.  Dinner can wait but friendships can’t.