End of the year update

I hope you all had a merry or a happy whatever winter holiday you celebrate.  Here at the missing kidney household, the mood was less festive than previous years and definitely more lazing around in jammies all day.  (Hey, I’ve got cancer.  Don’t judge!)  Luckily, we did have a not so little anymore elf that pushed us to decorate, buy a tree, etc., this year.  Her name is Miss M.  She bossed us all into making sure lights were up and that we wore happy smiles on our faces at all times.  Seriously, though, neither Reil nor I were particularly into Christmas this year.  The holiday joy was hard to find;  we really just wanted to nap through most of the season.  It’s been a long, hard year.

On the up side, though, I took a week and a half long break from my cancer meds, and that helped immensely.  I’d reached a point where all I felt was “Why bother?”  The side effects were wiping me out.  Two days into the break, I felt like a huge weight had been lifted from my body and my soul.  I’ve been back on the meds for almost two weeks now, and I still feel good.  I’ve been telling my family and my friends to remind me in a few months that if I’m feeling poorly, it will be ok to take another break.  But for now, I feel good, and that’s enough.

I’ve been going a little overboard with fabric shopping, but I am getting a lot of quilting done, so I feel I’m justified.  Plus, the fabric is so pretty!  If you’re on my blog’s homepage, there is a link to my Instagram account, which should show some of what has been keeping me busy.  I hadn’t really missed quilting for the 5 or 6 years when I wasn’t doing it, but I am very happy to be back into it.  I’m looking forward to the new year, and starting up my watercolor class again, too.

So, really, not a lot going on.  But I have been able to spend quite a bit of time with old friends and extended family over the past two weeks.  I’ve been doing things I enjoy.  I’ve got very little stress.  Not bad for living with stage IV cancer, huh?

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3 thoughts on “End of the year update

  1. Hey, there’s nothing wrong with lazing about in jammies all day. We spent this Sunday just past the same way over at the House of Squee. :-}

    I’ve always loved your quilts.

  2. Quilt! It makes you happy and it does the world a lot of good. I find that creating things is its own sort of resting. While I know it isn’t the same thing, I felt a strong desire to create something while I was very ill with pneumonia this summer. It was slower work, but very satisfying and healing, too. Sort of saying, “I will be here to finish this.”

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