Wednesday, March 5, 2014

My battle continues

Another five months on the unexpected journey, lots of tests, and  heavy duty chemicals have been thrown into the mix to try to beat this disease.  Seven rounds of chemo under my belt, with five more weeks until the end of this first cycle.

The next step is still in the planning stage and will include an additional surgery to remove regrowth of this rare and aggressive tumor (metaplastic carcinoma), additional rounds of chemo and then some radiation will be added at some point.

I have no hair, but I do have an ever growing collection of hats that may soon be in competition with the dish collection. I miss you all and the banter about dishes.  My focus still remains on winning this battle for my life.  All of your kind thoughts and prayers, cards and letters  are so very much appreciated.  I keep them in a basket next to me and re-read them often, especially on the hard days.

There are still more bad days than good, more tears than smiles, but I am hoping that Spring will bring good news and progress in the battle. Keep talking about those dishes, it gives me hope.

36 comments:

  1. Stay positive, and keep up the good fight, dear one. You know that so many of us out here in blogland are thinking of you, praying for you, and sending you healing vibes. Hoping for good news in the spring!

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  2. Candy, you're in my thoughts and prayers daily. Though we've never met, you were my very first dish friend and made me feel welcome and answered all of my silly tablecloth questions. I'll never forget that. You mean the world to so many of us and we love you, think of you and pray for you. Thank you for the update. Take care and know I'm with you!! Candy Strong!!

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  3. Oh My thoughts and Prayers are so with you. I am on my kees every morning and you are at the top of the list. God Bless. Hugs, Marty

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  4. I'm thrilled to see a post from you Candy! I check your blog often hoping for a word from you. I pray that the treatment will bring healing and that you will be back to wowing us with your lovely tablescape creations very soon!!
    Beverly

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  5. Oh, Candy, it's so good to see a post from you! I'm so sorry you're going through all of this but you are in my prayers and I do think of you often and was wonderful how you were doing. You're missed a bunch in blogland but you just take care of yourself and leave us a little from time to time to keep us updated.
    Blessings,
    Shelia ;)

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  6. I'm so very happy to see a post from you!!! You're doing grand.......hang in there kiddo!! We all miss you and keep you in thoughts and prayers..........God bless you......xoxoxo

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  7. I was just thinking about you the other day and even went to your blog to see if I'd missed anything with new information. I'm praying along with everyone else...

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  8. Praying for you Candy and asking our Lord to heal you. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

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  9. I'm so glad to see a new post about your progress. I know this journey is awful (having gone through cancer treatment for our daughter many years ago). I've been thinking about you and I pray you'll gain control of this wretched disease. I bet you do have a nice collection of hats! Please take care and know you are in our hearts and prayers.

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  10. Thanks for the update. We stand with you in our prayers for your total recovery and look forward to many more of your dish posts - each and everyone a gift of yourself to us!

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  11. Candy, I had no idea of your battle until yesterday when Liz from "Infuse With Liz" told me. I am just floored and ever so sorry to hear of what you have been through as well as what you are still facing. It saddens me to know that the bad days far outweigh the good. I hope that Spring does bring for you good news accompanied by good health. Geez...this cancer thing sucks so bad!!! It's so indiscriminate and so sneaky...it's Satan himself!

    I love to hear your hat collection is an extensive one as I just started getting into hats last year. I'm talkin' those big Sunday-go-to-meeting hats like you see in the movies. Think Rose as she boards the Titanic! I've never been a hat person, but something just hit me. So now we're both collecting hats. I just wish yours was for a far different reason.

    I promise to say your name out loud as I say my prayers each day. I promise to think of you every time I'm asking for faith and mercy. I promise to keep good thoughts on your behalf. Now all you have to do in return is promise me that you will do everything within your power to kick the crap outta cancer and get better soon. :-) Take care. I'm pulling for you.

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  12. Hang in there and believe that better days are ahead. When the treatment has you feeling so crappy it's sometimes hard to see very far down the road. My son was diagnosed with Hodgkin's in 2009. It was stage 4. He relapsed twice, but was put on a new drug last year that hadn't even been approved by the FDA when he was first diagnosed. It was the first new drug for Hodgkin's since the 1970's. It put him into remission and he received his brother's stem cells in a stem cell transplant. He's been cancer free for a year. So, you never know what's around the corner. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

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  13. Candy, I am so sorry the bad days are more than the good days. Hang in there, drink lots of water if you can stand it, and eat fresh fruit if you can stand that too.
    I am saying a prayer for you.

    My niece and I talk often about how she discovered Fiestaware dishes through your blog. Thank you so much for all your beautiful table settings! They are just too gorgeous for words.

    Mary
    From Virginia

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  14. So, so good to hear from you. I am sorry to learn that there are more bad than good. Glad that you have your focus and that all of the dish talk provides some distraction.

    My thoughts and prayers are with you. The best of luck on the fight of your life. We know you can do it!

    - Alma, The Tablescaper

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  15. May God give you the victory, I can't imagine how hard it is to go through what you are going through. You are brought before the throne of God tonight in prayer. Trust in the LOrd with all your heart....Proverbs 3:5&6

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  16. So glad for the update, though I wish you were feeling better! Keep up the fight! I think of you, and check back, often. I'm hoping this fight will soon be a distant memory for you and you can just look at it in the rear view mirror as it fades in the distance....then it can be full speed ahead with living happily cancer free. Prayers for you and your loved ones.

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  17. I pray God gives you strength. I look forward to your come back. God bless

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  18. I just stumbled upon your site this morning from Pinterest. I have gone through every table and have had a ball. What a gift of joy and beauty you have. Each and every one is so delightful in total and with all the details. I see you love color as I do.
    I want to wish you strength and peace and healing. I am sorry you are going through this and will say a prayer for you this morning.
    Be well, Ruthie

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  19. Happy you posted an update...hearing nothing was scary. I am sad the bad days out number the good days. I do check your older posts when I want to look at fiesta and miss the holiday tables. I know you can beat this and you are in my thoughts.

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  20. Candy, just wanted to pop back over and let you know I'm thinking of you and praying for you. I'm hoping soon you'll have more good days than bad one.
    Miss you,
    Shelia :)

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  21. Candy, I hadn't checked out your blog for a long time. I was so surprised to hear your sad news and the challenge you are going through. Hopefully soon, your good days will start to outnumber the bad ones as you get stronger. Thank you for all of the fun inspiration you've given me through your tablescapes!
    Karee

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  22. Praying; wish and hope all the best for you Candy!Greetings with ㄥ◯∨モ❤

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  23. Adding my prayers for strength and healing!

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  24. Hi lovely lady.
    I'm thrilled to see a post from you Candy! I check your blog often hoping for a word from you.
    I do miss you seeing you are the one I did my round Tablescapes on. I pray that the treatment will bring healing and that you will be back to wowing us with your lovely Tablescapes creations very soon!! I will keep praying for you sweet lady. I do hope your Easter was great for you also.

    God Bless xxoo
    Diane

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  25. Candy, I recently discovered your blog through Pinterest and I have to say that you won me over to Fiesta! My first set from HLC was delivered last week and today I hosted brunch with friends on my new dishes. My tablescape was not nearly as gorgeous as yours are, but it was a huge improvement for me. I thought of you frequently this morning! Even though you have not been able to post recently, you are still inspiring people! Thank you so much! Praying for ALL good days at your house!!!
    Heather

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  26. Just checking in, Candy. Praying for you and I hope you're on the upswing.
    Blessings,
    Shelia ;)

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  27. Hey Candy, I read your blog a lot and I never post anything, but I am praying for you. I hope that all is well with you and your family. I hope that the good days come back soon. I bought my first pretty fiesta table cloth today to match my ever growing collection of dishes. Just want to know that we are thinking of you. Please update us on your progress.

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  29. Candy, we have entered into Summer and I do pray that there are more and more good days. Have spent some time looking at the really old posts and can see how much you immersed yourself in dishes. We readers of course, are the ones that truly benefit. Thanks for being a dish gal.

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  30. Just wanted to check in to say hello. Hope your felling better, and to let you know I am thinking about you. It is flag day so I needed to look at you flag tables cape. Be well.

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  31. Sending more prayers your way!

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  32. Candy, I'm sending prayers of healing and complete recovery for you. Take care.

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  33. Thinking of you and sending lots of healing wishes to you. You have such a bright spirit, I love reading your blog.

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  34. Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers for a healthy recovery and peace during this challenging time of your life. You are so creative and I love everything that you post to your blog; you wake up the sleeping creative side in me and I really appreciate that.

    Hugs!

    Karol

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  35. Just wanted to pop in and say 'hello', still thinking of you and keeping you in prayer........cleo....xoxoxo

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  36. Don't worry about your hair. I've never met you, but I know that you are a beautiful person. You are in my prayers.

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