Friday, November 13, 2009

So Thankful !


It has been almost a year since I started this blog and I am so glad to start up again. The card above is another version of the With Graditude card I posted last year but with a slightly different version of the Alcohol-Ink Resist background. I chose this card because I have not made many cards in recent months except for Stampin'Up stamp camps at which I assist my upline more than come up with my own creations. I hope to get my mojo working again so that you will find my blog worth following again.

Almost a year ago my husband came down with a brutal case of Shingles. He was treated intensely for it with pain and nerve meds., steroid injections etc. He had an allergic reaction to something (never diagnosed) which caused a rash over his body that lasted two months. All of this certainly took a toll on both of us and while I am normally a patient person, I found this all very difficult to live with. My health suffered also in minor ways, but the summer months brought us both relief. Unfortuately, my cards have taken a back seat and I never seem to get around to creating. Then in August, Ed was diagnosed with prostate cancer and you know, the news didn't really upset either of us. I had remembered hearing about a treatment for prostate cancer used at Georgetown University Hospital Center so Ed investagated it on the internet, got the blessing of his urologist and we began the process of getting into the program. At 71, he was not happy about the traditional methods of combating the disease. Surgery was completely ruled out due to his age. He qualified for Georgetown's Cyber-Knife Radiation and found the very best doctors, care and expertise he could receive. We will and have recommended this to other men. Ed completed treatment October 23rd and will continue to have blood tests for the next year, but his oncologist says he is cancer free.

I thank all of you dear friends who have known about all of this and have kept us in prayer. It truly means a lot to us. Where would any of us be without the love and prayers of family and friends. God has been our steadfast friend and strength.

I will try to get back to visiting all of your blogs and will add posts to mine as I am able.

Blessings!

16 comments:

sarahw said...

Barb, what a beautiful card. Thank you for your post today, you have helped in more ways then you could know. Hugs, Sarah

Chris Olsen, Glowbug said...

Oh Barb....you have been missed!! I am so sorry to hear about all you have gone through but thank God that your husband is cancer free. Praise God!! Thanks for this post so I can continue to pray for you.

Your card is beautiful!! You did a beautiful job with the alcohol inks!!
hugs and blessings,
Chris

Teresa Kline aka va.sunshine said...

Barb,

It is so good to here from you, I had been wondering. It will be wonderful to see your creations again, but you know family does come first. I will be praying for you and dh, many blessings!


{{{hugs}}] *~*

Janet said...

Hey Barb - I am so happy to hear the great news about Ed and you know I have been keeping you in my prayers and will continue to do so. You take care of yourself and Ed - create when you get the chance and I'll talk to you soon.

Love

Janet

LINDA said...

OH Barb, It is so wonderful to see you.. I have Missed you!!!Im sorry I did not know about all of this.. I was just telling Landon last night, That I was really worryed about you.. IM SO THANKFUL THAT OUR DEAR HEAVENLY FATHER has blessed your hubby, To be cancer free..I know first hand what a worry this can be..You Take care of you too.Bless you both!!!
Beautiful card..
Hugs, Linda

Jackie said...

Hi Barb!
You've been missed my dear & I'm so glad to hear that your DH is doing well. I'm sorry that you both had to deal with so much though!!!

Love your card btw & that background is awesome! Welcome back my friend!!!
Hugs,
Jackie

Loretta Rodger said...

Big hugs Barb, My husband has a current case of shingles, he has so much pain on one side (we call it band oh pain) you can't even touch him. Just getting dressed causes him pain. So we can so relate. You'll be in our prayers.

Your card is beautiful!

Monica said...

Barb,
I'm glad to see you getting away from it all and making something to take your mind off of things if only for a little while. It's a wonderful card. Take good card of you.

Lorie said...

Wow, Barb...that is a lot of stuff to be working through. I'm so glad you took the time to concentrate on what is important...you and your husband. HUGS!

Ann said...

SO glad you're back, Barb! Sorry to hear about your family struggles...my prayers are with you!

Your card is beautiful, btw! Hope to see more of you soon! :D

Suzanne said...

I am so happy that your husband is doing well. I wish you and your family the BEST of all holiday seasons...you have a lot to celebrate and be happy about.

Kelly said...

Congratulations! I just wanted you to know that your project will appear on the Yahoo Group Late Night Stamper’s blog finds of the day for Nov. 16. Want to receive your own copy of the blog finds of the day? Join us at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/stampinuplnstampers/

Carey said...

Thanks for sharing and welcome back. I am here because of the Late Night Stamper's (LNS).

Carey
aka Roscoe's mommy

Ceal said...

I love that background! Beautiful card

Chrissy D said...

Gorgeous Card Barb. Everything okay? I notice you aren't blogging as much!

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