I know those of you that stop by here occasionally do so for quilt & sewing related stuff so I just wanted to let you know that this post will not be about that.
I've thought long and hard about whether to post this here are it was never my intention for this space to be too personal but rather a record of my sewing exploits. But sometimes things happen and life gets in the way of your plans and I just decided I'd rather be open.
In the middle of May I found a lump and after a battery of tests it was confirmed on 31st May that I have breast cancer - only a small tumour but it has spread to my lymph nodes.
Needless to say it was a bit of a shock - the whole 'why me?' stuff went through my head - I'll be 40 next week (not exactly the present I was after!) and I have two small kids. But after a few days and a few tears we got over the initial bombshell and started to get on with things.
The initial plan was surgery followed by chemo but further scans revealed a number of additional tiny tumours, which doesn't change my prognosis but did change the treatment plan so now it is chemo first. I started last Friday and although I wouldn't do it by choice it wasn't as awful as I feared.
I'm lucky that it has been caught early, that I have an excellent chance of survival and that I have a wonderfully supportive husband, family and group of friends.
And I live close to a centre of excellence for cancer treatment and have a fab oncologist who has arranged for me to have my second dose of chemo on Monday 22nd July rather than Friday 19th July as originally scheduled so that I can still go to the Fat Quarterly Retreat - woohoo.
So in all likelihood I'll be the one wearing a selection of little hats. And guess what - you can even get Liberty print chemo beanies! Every cloud.........
Right, there we go. Now that is dealt with normal sewing service can resume!