14 done!

I had a very productive Easter weekend and was sewing most of the time. I have one block to redo, the original ended up in the rubbish bin. But that means I completed 14 of the 15 blocks. There is one more that I might do again. Honestly, I am actually really happy with my blocks for the Splendid Sampler

The Splendid Sampler blocks



Happy Easter

It is Easter weekend, such a sad time, but also such a joyful time

I continued working on some blocks for the Splendid Sampler, and then also prepped the remaining blocks already posted on the SS website (Splendid Sampler). It is a fun project, which I was determined not to do, but only follow

Splendid sampler

I have been following the Splendid Sampler group on Facebook for a while now, printing off the block instructions. A while ago I bought a selection of fabrics for this sampler and yesterday I had enough energy to attempt the first blocks!

Two of the eight blocks published so far required embroidery and, as I am not very good with this, I decided to focus on these blocks first

Snug as a bug and Happy Happy blocks

I am happy with the end result, though it looks as if I haven’t ironed it on the photo. Doesn’t look that bad in real life 🙂

This is a great project, and as soon as I have caught up, there are two blocks to sew every week, which should be easy enough to keep up with

The Splendid Sampler

No chemo required!!!!!

Less than a month ago, on February 12, I received the breast cancer diagnosis. I suddenly was on the superfast journey – doctors, treatment, biopsy, surgery, ultra sounds, hospitals – name it and I had it done

Today I received the pathology results after the lumpectomy and lymph node biopsy: they removed 3 lymph nodes and the lump. No cancer in the lymph nodes and they managed to remove the lump with clear margins!!!!!!!! It’s out, it is gone – no more cancer cells in my body

I had this huge headache when I walked into the surgeon’s rooms, a whole hour too early for my appointment because I simply couldn’t wait at home any longer. He was amazing and called me in quickly……..and gave the good news which is so wonderful and I am so happy

He  did an ultra-sound of the lump under my arm but said it is not necessary to drain it (seroma) and to take painkillers for the pain. But the wound is healing beautifully – and I can see it under the glue, it is only going to be a very thin little line soon

Radiation is waiting, but according to the surgeon it is going to be a walk in the park after the past month. Bring it on, I am ready!

Back to work!

I decided it is time to go back to work today, so that I can save my sick leave for radiation treatment. Managed to work for about 5 hours and felt my body coming to a stop. Came home and had a nap – now feel good again

There is this huge lump under my arm, apparently it is only fluid and can be drained. But it hurts me more than the wound after surgery. It is so sore, and seem to be irritated by my clothing. The surgeon warned me about it and said it is called a seroma. Of course, when he told me it can happen, I decided it won’t happen to me. Big mouth!!!!!! But he didn’t tell me it would hurt so much

My breast and armpit and part of the upper arm is totally numb. Not a very nice feeling, but according to google and those who know it will go away eventually

I have my follow-up appointment with the surgeon Thursday evening, also to find out whether the cancer has spread and what treatment I’ll get. I seriously DON’T want chemo and I do worry it will be necessary. I feel ok about radiation. But please, not chemo

After being diagnosed with cancer it really plays with your mind. Everytime something hurts, from my knee to my head, I immediately think ‘it has spread’, ‘it’s in my bones’, ‘it’s in my brain’

Lumpectomy and lymph node biopsy

I cannot believe it is March already. So much happened since my previous post. On 29 February I had a lumpectomy and lymph node biopsy. I saw the surgeon on 22 February and he realised immediately that I really, really wanted him to get rid of the cancer in my breast as soon as possible. A week later he made it happen

The surgery went well, although I will have to wait until Thursday for the results – to find out whether it has spread and whether the surgeon managed to get it all out. I am so happy with the surgeon who did the operation, he has the best bedside manner. As they prepared me for the operation he stood next to me and held my hand, which means I was totally calm as I fell asleep. He also only made one cut to get to the lump as well as do the lymph node biopsy. And then glued me back together 🙂 Yes, no stitches to remove, just glue keeping everything together. And the wound is healing beautifully. I am in recovery mode and find I have more energy every day. Even planning to go back to work this coming week

Radiation treatment can start the moment the wound is healed – that is if the results look good and he got everything out. I have been reading a lot about radiation, and although it is better than chemo, it doesn’t seem to be a walk in the park

I feel positive, it feels as if I have an amazing team working with me, on my side. I have no control over my body or treatment or appointments – but I feel ok about it. So much happened in February – biopsy, mammograms, positive diagnosis, surgery. It feels as if I have not totally caught up to everything yet as it is happening so fast. But I am lucky because it is happening so fast!