Every day begins with a choice. Today I choose to be supported.
Last month I received news that every woman dreads. I have been diagnosed with breast cancer. As you can imagine, this diagnosis has turned my life upside down and led me in a direction I was not planning on taking. It has been a life-altering experience from the first phone call indicating an inconclusive mammogram to the last few days preparing for surgery and treatment.
|I purchased this painting last year during Cloth Paper Scissors' Artists
Give Back fundraiser for The National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc.
I am one of the lucky ones. My health care team is optimistic that this is a fight I will win. I have a wonderful family to stand by me, and an army of friends, neighbors, and even strangers who are making sure I stay calm, positive, and am ready to heal. My colleagues at Interweave have been tremendously supportive and kind. And I also have faith that will lead me through.
The next few months will be filled with ups and downs, but I am sure that I will heal and be stronger because of this challenge.
As I take time off to fight this disease, my colleagues on the Quilting Arts team will be working harder than ever on the magazine and all our other projects. They and Online Editor Cate Prato will be pitching in to write the Quilting Daily blog.
Lastly, many of my friends have asked what they can do for me. The answer is simple: Get a mammogram.
And if you are so inclined, I would love to know that there are prayer flags flying outside in the wind all over the country, made with hope, stitched with love, and hung with pride in support of me and all others who have been touched by cancer. You can post photos of your flags on quiltingdaily.com or on theprayerflagproject.blogspot.com.
Best to you,