Thursday, January 12, 2017

Only the Beginning - new this week & some good news!


Hey there everyone :)  I have some good news to share with you this week....after the funeral for Eric's father this Monday morning, we came home completely exhausted....and we both felt like we could sleep for a week.   The weather had turned nasty - snow, freezing rain...and the temp's were dropping.  I was scheduled for a doctors appointment in Lacrosse early Tuesday AM - - and was also waiting for a phone call from my doctor.  On Sunday, we realized we had voice mail from LAST Thursday that we hadn't listened to....and the call was from my oncology doc - heck, I hadn't even made it home from the CT scan I had last Thursday...and the message was that "he wanted to talk to me about my test results".......which scared the pants off of me.   Since it was Sunday, I called his personal voice mail number at the hospital...and left the message to please call me back on Monday - gave him times to call....he didn't call before we had to leave, and since we got home an hour earlier than I had predicted - I called up to Lacrosse immediately when we got home from the funeral.   I got my doctor's nurse, who had already relayed my message....my doc was working at a satellite clinic on Monday...but promised to have him call.  That was at about 330 pm...and at 345 pm, my doc called back.   I'm going to make this short and sweet hear, as the technical info takes a while - but the short version is that the chemo has gotten all of the cancer at this time.  There ARE a couple of lymph nodes that have a few cancer cells in them yet - they are NOT active at this time.   Those little spots they saw in my brain?   They aren't cancer after all.  They are small clusters of benign abnormal cells.  They are the exact same size as they were back in October....and if they were cancer, they would have doubled in size by now.   The end result?  No more chemo.  No radiation recommended at this time.  I am officially in 'recovery' mode...not quite remission yet, as there are a couple more things to check - but I am to keep eating...start a slow regimen of exercise to rebuild my energy levels and stamina as the chemo anemia fades away.....and they will call me to schedule a 'recheck' appointment next week, as they cancelled my Tuesday appointment. 

To say I was in shock is putting it mildly, and I still have a bit of trouble believing all this!  I mean...things seemed so very dire mid October....and here I am in recovery?   Thank you GOD.   All those prayers helped - keeping busy helped - just plain believing helped.   Thank you for all your thoughts, prayers and support these past few months, everyone.  It was all very much appreciated :)    While I will never be 'cured' - this type of cancer is a permanent thing....it's wonderful to know I'll be around for a while yet!  and that my hair will grow back, lol :)    

So....I'm back, and catching up again.   And yep - I have a new collection this week!  Only the Beginning is named for one of my favorite Chicago songs from the early '70's - and is filled with color, awesome elements and some great addon packs for  your scrapping needs.   Best of all, it's on sale until Monday for 30% off in my shop at The Digichick!  I have some awesome clusters to share that were made with this, too - starting tonight with one from Jenni!
 

and a little inspiration!


Aren't those fun and fabulous?  I love my Creative Team!


Just click on the image to download - see you tomorrow! - Kim

37 comments:

  1. Yea!!! so thankful and happy for you, and thank you for the gorgeous freebie!

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  2. Kim, such WONDERFUL news in your message this evening. Doing my "happy dance" for you. Jenni, beautiful creating as always. And Kim, as always, thank you for the share.

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  3. Praise God! So glad for your good news. Thanks so much for the sweet freebie.

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  4. God is GREAT!!! Thanks for the cute freebie.

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  5. Great news! Hope your health only continues to improve.
    Thanks for the beautiful freebie!

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  6. Happy to hear your wonderful news! Answered prayer for sure. :-)

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  7. Yay! Oh, I'm so glad the news was good! I checked every day, and when I saw that you were not updating, I began to worry that news was NOT good. Praising God that you are on the mend! Thank you so much for your freebies, I absolutely love them all!

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  8. Praise the Lord, you are with us! Thank you for the freebie!

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  9. So happy the new year is starting out on a bright momment for you and your family. I was watching everyday for some news. Praying still for continued health...God is so good. Thank you so much for all your gifts.

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  10. Wonderful news, may God keep you in his arms and protected from any more sickness.

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  11. So happy for you. To think that in the midst of great sadness you would receive such wonderful news. Prayer is good. I will continue to hold you in mine as you complete your recovery. It's going to be a great year.

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  12. With tears of happiness in my eyes, I read your comments above and am overjoyed with your wonderful news of healing. I had also been worrying that in you were not well and sooooo glad you got such a positive report from your doctor! What a great way to start off the new year! Thank you for the lovely collection. Please also thank Jenni for her work and creativeness photocluster. I love all you and your team do and share!

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  13. I don't usually comment on anyone's posts. Not even to say thank you. Yes, I am hanging my head in shame. I do want to tell you how happy I was to hear your news. You have been in my thoughts and prayers. I am sorry for never having said thank you. I love your designs and I could never piece together the beautifully creative clusters that you team does. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. Terri

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  14. Oh my goodness ... that is such fantastic, fabulous news!!! And it couldn't have come at a better time .. this will surely give Eric a real boost at a very sad time of his life :) I am so happy for both of you .. especially the no chemo :) I am so relieved that you have such good news!! Thanks for the wonderful cluster frame!! I'm off to check out the new kit in the store!!

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  15. Praise the Lord! This is fabulous news!

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  16. Beautiful things make my heart swell and tears flow! And the tears are flowing! So joyful about your news!!

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  17. Congratulations on your wonderful news. And thanks for the beautiful cluster frame.

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  18. So glad you have good news - thank you for the freebie.

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  19. Oh my gosh! I am so thrilled for you! Continued prayers to get you feeling whole again.. but this is so wonderful! Oh happy day. To a new and promising chapter in 2017!!! Yay!!! :)

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  20. Such awesome and wonderful news!!! So happy for you and your family! Our prayers were heard and answered. You have been so brave all along and I can tell you have a very strong faith in prayer. Thank you for the beautiful cluster from this gorgeous kit and for the tapes and clips (I love the brightly colored clips)

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  21. I am so happy to hear your wonderful news! Thank you for the freebie.

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  22. Can't tell you how happy I am for you! I was in the same boat as you 3 years ago, with a different type of cancer, but it's been 3 cancer free years now and my oncologist is beyond pleased. I hope the same for you. God certainly is good! Wishing your the best of health in this new year!!!

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  23. Praise the Lord! Prayer is very powerful. I am so happy for you. May 2017 hold many blessings for you and your family.

    Thank you for the frame cluster and all that you do for us.

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  24. What wonderful news, so happy for you! Thanks for the cluster frame.

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  25. I am so thankful for your good news! Praising God and continuing to pray for your recovery.

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  26. Well that's great news, so happy to hear that!!!

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  27. Glad to hear of the good news!!! Will continue to pray for you to keep getting stronger and better!!!

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  28. What wonderful news! Sending more prayers and hugs to you and your family! You completely amaze me... even with all that has happened & is currently happening you still have the time to & energy to create such beautiful work. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU for your generosity!

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  29. I forgot to tell you thank you, I was so happy to hear your news. Also wanted to tell you that you have a wonderful talent. I wish my budget would allow me to purchase every single thing you come up with. Alas, reality sets in. Thank you once again for your generosity (I am so bad at clusters),so it helps me greatly to see what can be done.

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  30. So happy to hear your good news. Wishing your the best of health in 2017! Thank you for your beautiful kits & for all that you do for us!

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  31. That is great news! Wishingyou great things ahead for 2017 Thank you so much for all you give

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  32. So happy for you Kim. Amazing news!

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  33. So glad to hear your good news. Here's hoping you have nothing but continued good news!

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  34. I'm so happy to hear your good news! Life is a blessing, and you have been blessed, and you bless all of us with your talent and generosity. Thank you so much for all that you share with us. Congratulations! : )

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