Sunday, March 25, 2012

Altered Art

I was cleaning out the pantry and there were just a few cashews left in the can. As I started to dump them into the trash (can't eat them due to the continued weight loss), I contemplated whether or not to add the empty can to my goodie stash. I decided this can deserved to be much more than just a cashew can and rather than just add it to the stock pile I altered it immediately. Right now I have no idea what I am going to use it for, but I am sure it will come in handy some day ( my motto for never throwing anything away). Maybe it would make a nice birthday package with a little something inside.

The butterfly and roses are pre-made. The butterfly was a " I can't find anything else to buy with my 40% off coupon" and the manufacturer is Ashland- Classic Traditions.  The roses were from a dollar store. I think Dollar Circus and they are made by TRICO. I must have too much if I wonder around Michaels with a coupon and can't find anything I want- let alone need. The DS paper is Making Memories Navy Stripe Brocade and the white is pearl card stock from JoAnns. The punch I used is a MS deep edge called Embroidery and I believe it is one of her newer ones. The navy card stock was punched with EK Success Acanthus Leaf. A few pearls and rhinestones for the added bling.

We received some rather upsetting news this week. My oldest son was just diagnosed with a rare form or cancer called Synovial Sarcoma involving his shoulder. The high grade stage 3 mass is entangled around the nerves and connective tissue in the shoulder and they have already told him to start learning to do everything with his left arm because after they do surgery he will be disabled with his right arm. This is a young 31 year old who does construction as a living and is a single father. His wife passed away 4 1/2 years ago from breast cancer. The prognosis is very poor- only a 30% chance of making it past 5 years. If it spreads the prognosis is typically 1 to 1 1/2 years. He will have a port put in tomorrow and then chemo two days a week for 3 months to try and keep it from spreading. After that is it surgery and then radiation. It just tears me apart when I hear him say "mom, it's not IF it spreads, it's When it spreads" is highly likely.

It still hasn't sunk in and I feel like someone is just telling me these things. As all bad news we usually can't believe it is real and it certainly isn't happening to us. I wish I could bury myself in my work to keep from thinking about it, but in my line of work I am around it all day long. I may not be up to posting every week as time goes on but then again that may just be what gets me through this. I came across a quote the other day that seems so fitting.

"You never know how strong you are until Strong is the only choice you have"


  1. Hi Kim,

    I came across your gorgeous cards on Pinterest and came to your blog to see more. I was reading your post and I want you to know I have a son the same age as yours. I know you don't know me, but your words resonated with me and I want you to know how truly sorry I am for this news. I will keep you and your son in my prayers. Your quote is really beautiful and so true!

    I am sending you a virtual HUG, because don't we all really need a good one? Be strong.

    Marcy Kaminski

  2. I also just came across your blog tonight, through Pinterest. I also am sorry this is happening to your son - and promise to remember him in my prayers! I pray God's peace for you and your family, may you feel His strength and loving arms holding you up when you aren't feeling strong.

    Hugs from Michigan (St. Joe!) - Diane

  3. Oh Kim, I am so sorry to read about your son! And to know that he has lost his wife to breast cancer too! God Bless you all! Sometimes I wonder if God leads us to certain blogs just because we share a similar life path. My son Tim , 7 years, and I just lost my husband 3 months ago to a grade 4 brain cancer and I know how hard this journey can be. I will keep you all in my prayers. God bless you all!