Dear friends –
As many of you know, the past few months have been full of personal ups and downs for me. I was diagnosed with breast cancer in February, and then spent the month of March preparing for surgery and what might lie ahead. In April I shared the news of my diagnosis with the Quilting Daily community, then promptly went on medical leave.
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I can't express how much the support of my friends, colleagues, and the quilting community meant to me during that time. From the words of encouragement posted on the Quilting Daily blog to the prayer flags hanging in readers' gardens, each act of kindness helped strengthen me in my recovery. I treasure the outpouring of this generous community and wanted you all to know that it made a difference to me every day that I experienced your support.
I feel like the luckiest person on earth. After two months, I have returned to work and am on the road to recovery. Each day, my body is healing and my energy is returning. I am truly blessed.
When this journey began four months ago, I made a conscious decision to remain hopeful and positive no matter the outcome. That was not an easy decision: I have held the hand of many friends and family members with this disease, and know that life is fleeting and uncertain. I couldn't choose the path I had to take, but I could choose how to walk that path and who would be there with me.
Thanks to everyone who was there, cheering me on, praying for a speedy recovery, encouraging me with stories of hope, and standing by my side.
Each day – every morning – begins with a choice. Today I choose to celebrate recovery.
Best to you,