Delivered! 100 Pots for Cancer Survivors.

What an amazing event!  Each survivor got a pin describing the length of their journey, here is my pin celebrating one year!

The students from Saints Peter and Paul Catholic School helped by decorating 99 pots for cancer survivors.  Each pot was signed by the child and also adorned with a live peace lily plant.

The pots sure made for festive table decorations and treasured favors for each cancer survivor to take home to remember the celebration.

Not a pot was left at the end of the day.  But wait, for those of you who can count I said 99 pots were decorated by the students.  What is the mystery surrounding the 100th pot?

No mystery, as the organizer of getting the pots painted I actually did one pot as a sample so we would have a dry one for the kids to pass around and look at.

I went on a hunt for my pot and was going to try to take MY POT home with me.  When I found the pot this lovely gentlemen was not going to give it up, not even in trade for a different pot!

I was happy to meet the recipient of my pot and get a picture taken with him.  He was happy to meet the artist who painted his pot.  We also shared a huge hug.

100 pots for the cancer survivors celebration delivered!

 

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New Lymphedema Gear!

Thanks to my brother in law I was able to purchase several sets of sleeves and gloves, this set is my favorite!

These are much more fun to wear than plain brown!  People sometimes think I am a crazy tattoo lady until they get a close look.  Everyone enjoys these sleeves and gloves.

Thank you Den for your thoughtful gift.  I forgot to take pictures of the others but I’ll share those soon.

The company I order these from always send me a little note.

Check them out if you need compression sleeves or gloves, they are a lot of fun!

More News on Origami Bouquets for Oncology

Delivered about 20 origami bouquets to one of the oncology coordinators.

Here is the report from her first delivery –   I just delivered three of the flowers to the inpatient oncology unit at Littleton.   The first lady was so grateful.  The second one couldn’t quit smiling.   And the third was a very weak, tiny, elderly lady who looked to be of Japanese descent.  Her face lit up like sunshine.   She had a pillow in her lap so I laid it on the pillow.   Later, when I was leaving, I peeked in on her.  She was asleep with the flowers in her hand.   This morning one of the Radiation Therapists took one to put by the machines so patients could see it when they walked in for treatment.   I would say that the first four made the day for a lot of people.

Origami Flower Bouquets for ICU and Infusion Center

When I asked the ladies who run the oncology infusion centers for ideas for more ways to reach their patients they both shared a wish for some help for critical patients.  These patients have been admitted to the hospital and because of compromised immune systems they cannot receive flowers!

My friend Seth is a master origami artist and volunteered to help me make these Bouquets!  The butterflies were given to me by another friend Janice.

We hope to bring a little joy!

I wish we could donate these awesome folding boxes Seth make but they take him six hours to create….

 

Redefined by Cancer

Yay!  What a relief to get good results from a mammogram!

Some days I feel like I am on a roller coaster.  I have been waiting at the highest point of that roller coaster for over a week for the result.  Anxiety building. Today I coasted down the tracks, an exhilarating and happy ride to the bottom.  Anxiety gone!

Happy weekend!

Update on Quilts Delivery and Hope From Sandy

I delivered the quilts Sandy donated to give hope and relief to oncology patients to my friend Penne.  Penne is getting ready to head out for oncology classes in Kansas and the three facilities she works with there.  I also delivered her a box of hats, prayer shawls and two boxes of magazines.

She was amazed at the work put into these masterpieces and three very special patients immediately came to her mind.

These patients are confined to their rooms and are struggling with various issues.  Alone much of the time I bet they wonder if they are forgotten.

Penne took Sandy’s quilts to these three ladies and here is her story of the delivery these gifts.

Paula-  My car is loaded with half the magazines and all of the knitted items- ready for a journey to Kansas this weekend.

Those quilts were absolutely beautiful!   So I just went up to the unit and the nurse manager and me delivered them to three oncology patients that I knew needed them.  The first is a 20 year old with a life-threatening lymphoma.  She picked the colorful one and kept saying over and over “thank you”!   She couldn’t believe that someone had taken all that time to make that for her.  The second is a lady in her 80s.  She loved the quilt and kept asking if she could keep it.  I told her that it was made just for her and that we couldn’t take it back.  She then asked if it would be on her bill.  I had put it on her bed and the room just lit up.   So did she.   She was so cute.   And very full of gratitude.    And the third lady is a woman in the last stages of ovarian cancer.  She is very weak, always cold and depressed.  Her eyes filled with tears.  The quilt totally brightened her room.  As weak as she was, she leaned up to hug me.  And she wanted to make sure that whoever made that for her knew how much she liked it.   The 20 year old got out of bed and came and hugged me as well.  Thank you so much for arranging all of this.   You do good work!  I know He is smiling on you!      P.

Sandy gave a lasting gift of hope and happiness.  The staff that care for these ladies also benefit.  Seeing how Sandy’s generous gift of time, talent and all the supplies to make her stunning works of art change patients lives must make their days brighter too.

The spirits of those three ladies and their caregivers have been forever touched by Sandy the Quilt Queen.