Friday 2 April 2010

Time to 'fess up!

Didn't know whether to go public with my news, but then I thought, 'why not', it may just help someone.

Noticed  that I haven't posted much lately? There's a good reason my lovely blogging friends.
Last Thursday, I underwent surgery for breast cancer.

When I got a recall letter from my latest mammogram, I wasn't too concerned as I had been recalled before, with nothing coming of it. That didn't happen this time. Funnily enough, I was half expecting it. Dunno why, just did.

Within two weeks I'd been seen by the surgeon and the Macmillam breast care nurses, told my options and waited for Thursday 25th March. I came home on Saturday and was strapped up and trussed up. (Still am for now). Alan, my hubby has looked after me brilliantly bless him.

This week wasn't the best I'd ever had, but it was nowhere near as bad as my imagination thought it was going to be. I have to sleep propped up on my back for now, but that's about the only inconvenience I have, apart from not being able to drive yet. (Even managed to take Harvey for a short walk with alan keeping guard in case it got too much. I was fine. I'm sore, but can put up with the painful 'bits'  for now. It will pass, so no need to dwell on it.

I'm lucky. I went for my mammograms. Please go when it's your turn. It's so much easier to deal with and the prognosis is really good. 

So there you have it. The reason for my lack of posts. I haven't, obviously, been able to play for a while, but today I feel good and wanted to get into my craftroom and make a card. It's taken me nearly all day, but I did it. I saw this image over at the wonderful 'Whimsie Doodles' blog and had to buy her. The papers are from Pink Petticoat.

Some of you already know what's been happening and I have been overwhelmed with the wonderful kindness and support, cards flowers and gifts from my fabulous friends both home and abroad. You are second to none!

I shall leave it there now that I've explained. Don't want to depress everyone, do I! Ha Ha.
At least you know why I haven't been visiting lately too and if you want to talk, please don't hesitate to get in touch.

Thanks for calling by
Viv xxx


Love crafts forever said...

Hi Viv. So sorry what hapened to you, i wish you luck, and helth. Hugs. Love Nataliya.

eiyiyi said...

Hi Viv, My thoughts, prayers, and reiki are with you. hugs to you, eileen

Anonymous said...

Hi Viv...
Sending you lots of love & best wishes...
Get plenty of rest..
Thinking of you lots of love for a speedy recovery :)xxx

coldwaters2 said...

I am sorry to hear your news Viv but I do admire your strength and positivity it is great that you have an obviously wonderful hubby and his and your family and friends support will make a difference. I pray that all goes well and I really wish you all the best.

It is wonderful that you got to make a card and a real beauty it is.
Lorraine x

Jackie said...

Good morning my lovely friend. I am so looking forward to seeing you on Monday. I can breathe a sigh of relief now knowing I won't be inadvertantly letting the cat out of the bag.
You already know what I think about your brilliant card and I hope to see it for real on Monday :o)
Love and hugs
Jackie xx

Donnas Den said...

Great to see you up and about, Viv.

Speak soon,

Donna xx

KathyJ Peachy Keen Stamps said...

First of all, Viv.. You are worth every friendship in the world to us at Peachy Keen and to me personally! We absolutely adore you and SO HAPPY that you are doing well now. Your CARD is adorable!! I love it! and the sentiment is PERFECT! I think you fight like a BIG girl though! :)Lots of Love and Get well hugs! Your friend, Kathy

Handcrafted With Love said...

Well done Viv .... You're doing so well in such a short time since your op .... Well done luvvi and we'll all look after you on Monday instead of you looking after us!

Take Care,
Love Pam xx

Lisa B said...

Oh are such a beautiful person inside and out. I am so sorry that you had to endure this pain but hopefully you will be back to 100% of yourself soon. You are a true inspiration both in your work and in your life. I am so happy to have met you in "blogland" and I am honored to call you a friend.

I love to see all of your cards and this one is adorable! I think it's a wonderful thing that you told your story. Maybe you will kick some of us into gear!

Hugs from your "over the ponder" friend!

Pretty-In-Ink said...

Viv, I'm so very sorry to hear what you've been through. I really admire your positive attitude and wish you a very speedy recovery.
Take good care of yourself.
Sending lots of love and big hugs.
Nicola xxx

Unknown said...

Wishing you well Viv and sending you loadsa hugs. You are an inspiration and such a strong lady. This card is beautiful and sums you up perfectly!

Take care

icelady said...

Viv keep up the good work, sorry I cant be with you monday, but I will be thinking of you all enjoying the day

Carol B said...

Hi Viv ... So sorry to hear about your recent 'upset'. I know exactly what you've been through and what's likely to come as I had something very similar in 1995. I was kept a close eye on for 8 years and then ... the year I was to be discharged as all clear, I went for my routine mammogram and they found more ... in the other breast this time.

But now, happily, I've finally been discharged after 15 years or so. Hopefully you'll be clear in much less than 15 years, but in the meantime remember that my thoughts and prayers are with you. Be strong, and be brave ... you have everything going for you.

With love ... and thanks for some fantastic crafting!

Carol B xx

Anonymous said...

Yikes girl- you should have let us know so we could keep you in our thoughts and prayers for the surgery!! Well I LOVE this stamp and your card is fabulous- I hope things keep going smoothly for ya!

terriavidreader (IN-USA) said...

Oh Viv! Thanks for sharing. I too have recently had to deal with that issue. My surgery was March 8 and so far so good! I had the mammosite radiation and it's over with too! Hang in there, Sister!

Janice W. said...

I love your card Viv! So glad you shared. Love and hugs to you!
:) Janice

My Creative Time said...

Hi Sweet Viv, It's so good to see you creating! I just LOVE your card! It's so fitting for what's happening w/you! You are loved by sooo many people & we want you to take care of "YOU"!
Sending BIG get well & Easter hugs to you & your family:)

Brenda said...

Hi Viv,
Glad you decided to tell everyone, I'm due for a mammogram myself! I don't yet know if I can get away from work on Monday but hope to see you!

Nannieflash said...

Hi Viv, Im so glad you are so positive, you really are a credit to others for your determination not to allow this awful decease take over your life. Well done love, Keep You Hands up and keep fighting. With love and huge hugs Shirleyxxxxxxx
I always go for my mammograms, and I have very deep tissue so its even more important that I have them.

Big Mamma~ a.k.a. Mary S said...

I am so glad you told.. it really is something that needs to shared .. if the message just gets to one person then its so worth sharing. Viv if you loosing something to sta alive and spend the rest of your life with your family then fine.. they are nothing compared to being here for your family. A leg, a arm, or our woman things are not what makes up.. It's what is inside and just from being a follower I can tell there is quite a great person inthere.
Hugs and prayers to you.

Silke Ledlow said...

OMG Viv!!! I'm sending you lots of hugs and kisses!!! Please know that I'll be thinking of you and pray for a super quick recovery!!! I'm so glad you went to your regular check up!!! Early detection is everything!!! I'm due soon...and I will never ever miss an appointment!!! Hang in there sweetie!!!

Big cyber hugs ~S~

Silke Ledlow said...

Hi it's me again :) I forgot to tell you how much I love your sweet card!!! The image is awesome and it's for a fabulous cause!!! Hugs ~S~

Jodi Collins said...

Oh Viv! I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers! So glad to hear that you are feeling ok! Big hugs!!

Lesley S said...

Love and Kisses to you. Love your card and what a positive and butt kicking sentiment. You go girl.

Marisa said...

Thanks for sharing, Viv, so we can send you hugs via e-mail (((hugs)))) -- make sure you hubby gives you mine in person for me, okay :D
May your recovery be quick!! Your card is fabulous and I love the sentiment :D Thoughts and prayers will be with you.

Lorie said...

Viv, I admire your courage to share you story in the hope to help someone else. Your card is beautiful, just like YOU!! You know that you are in my thoughts and prayers for a complete recovery!

I love ya,

thread-bare said...

Hi Hun

Good to hear you have had your op & are now coming out the other side of it. I hope it is not too long before you are fully recovered from it & that the results are in your favour. Take care & I will speak to you soon xx Clare x said...

You're such an inspiration Viv!
You show 'em !!!

Beth Norman said...

Viv, I am so sorry you had to go through this surgery. Sending you tons of get well hugs.

Beth xoxo

Lindiloo said...

Viv, So sorry to hear of your troubles. My thoughts are with you at this very difficult time.
Love Lindiloo. xx

Unknown said...

Oh my gosh Viv! I just read this! Oh Hope you are feeling better!