Saturday Catch-Up

I know I have posted this in couple of other places, such as MQR and Face Book, but for those that only read my blog, I will share an update about my Mom.  I may just start putting all my updates here, so that those I interact with in other online forums don’t have to see the same info over and over.  Mom’s diagnosis was not a good one.  She has  Mantle Cell Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma. (MCL)  It is one of the rare forms, more aggressive, more difficult to treat, but it is treatable if caught early. We won’t know how advanced it is until after the blood test results are in, and the PET scan is done. I take her Tues for the PET scan. Chemo starts Friday. My Mom is 73 years YOUNG…she is a feisty little go-getter…not a whiner…good attitude. I know she is scared of the chemo…but she is keeping a strong attitude, and thinking positive. I’m scared to death for her, (and for me) but I’m going to mirror her and be strong for her. I will be glad when we know more about what we are facing, on Tuesday. It’s going to be a rough ride, for sure.

It’s been a rough last few days.  We got the diagnosis on Thursday.  I was in a conference in Amarillo Thursday and Friday, which helped keep me occupied and probably helped me not fall apart.  I didn’t get home til 7:30 last night, and was mentally, emotionally and physically exhausted.  I did get to stop by Mom’s on the way home, and visit with her for about thirty minutes.  She is in good spirits, and I know that I have to be strong and positive for her.  It took me awhile to “get going” today.  I stayed in bed til 9:00 am, and just piddled around at things til pretty late this afternoon.  I spent quite a bit of time on phone calls, to Mom and with friends that called to check on me.  I had a customer quilt to get started on, and I was just really dreading it.  I just didn’t have the heart for it.  But, once I made myself load it up, I got started on the stitching, I perked up and really started feeling better…I think it was good for me.  It’s a cheerful little baby quilt.  Now, I’m looking forward to working on it, and getting it finished and back to it’s maker.  Here is a little peek: