Thursday, September 30, 2010

"To every thing there is a season and a time to every purpose under heaven."

Looking back at the post I made when 2010 began, I am amazed at how much life has changed. The first few months of the year were much as I planned...working in the church office, taking care of our home and working on quilts.

During the spring and summer, I didn't feel quite like myself. In August, I went for my yearly physical and the next day I was in the hospital. I was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, a cancer of the blood. I am presently in chemotherapy and will undergo stem cell transplant later in the fall. There is no cure for myeloma but stem cell transplant has a good success rate for remission of years and even decades.

The past two months have been difficult as my sweetheart and I face months of medical treatment and the uncertainty of the disease. But we are also sustained by the love of our precious family and the friends who are so caring. I am learning so much through dealing with this challenge, especially the peace of leaning on God's love. Even though I don't understand the whys or what will happen, I do have complete faith in the One who controls everything and I know He has a purpose for my life. What a blessing that assurance is!! I am so blessed by the concern and prayers of so many.

One thing I can do during this time of treatment is to quilt. I've been working on baby quilts...they are not needed yet...but I want to be sure and have some made for the future. Here are some works in progress with others still on the cutting table.

I'm also working on a "Halloween surprise" but I can't show it yet. Quilting is a such a comfort. And I love to watch dvds of the Waltons, Little House on the Prairie, Anne of Green Gables, Christy and other old well-loved series.

It's a joy to catch up with some of my favorite blogs and to follow the progress others are making on their quilting and crafting projects.

Hope your day is blessed with "peace and plenty!"


Anonymous said...

It's good to see you here again!

The Other Barb said...

You & your family will be added to my prayers. Thanks for letting us know. Glad you still can quilt.

Anonymous said...

Karen, seems your 2010 has been a difficult year. It's good to see you back, and to be able to tell you that my brother in law has had multiple myeloma for years, has done well, and he's almost 90 years old. I also know another older gentleman with this disease, and he is also doing very well. Everyone involved tells me it's treatable. I know the treatments are a challenge, but there's a lot of hope for a good outcome. Keep those flying fingers going, and before I go, will just say how wonderful those baby quilts are! I especially like the second one with Winnie and Piglet napping. So cute! Will be thinking of you and looking for updates.