2017 is just 14 days old but already it has thrown me a curved ball. I started the year with high hopes but in a short space of time my world was turned upside down and it has taken a little while to get my head round it. Now I would like to share my problem with you as I have always found my blog land friends and family very supportive and I know I will be needing that support as the year progresses. On 3rd January I woke up with pain in my right breast, it was swollen and I could feel a lump. I have suffered mastitis before and so decided that I would take pain killers, go to work and if it wasn't resolving the next day I would see my doctor. So the next morning I phoned my GP and as I couldn't see a doctor until the end of this week I went to the urgent care centre at our local hospital. By the end of the day I had been scanned, had a mammogram and a biopsy. On Wednesday of this week I was told I have breast cancer and they went through the treatment plan with me. I have tests booked for next week to check for spread elsewhere and to ensure I am fit for chemotherapy. I meet my oncologist on the 31st and treatment will start immediately after that. The tumour is small and I have been told the outcome should be fine but it's news you hope you will never be given.
Being me I will be trying to carry on as normal as far as I am able to do so. John has told me I will be taking extra care of myself and I'm sure he will be very bossy if he thinks I'm doing too much and tiring myself. I love him dearly and he has been so supportive, being there to talk when needed but also allowing me space to process it on my own. Our children whilst stressed witless have also been treasures during this last week.
The good news is that sewing, knitting and other crafts have always been my means of relaxing and dealing with stress. Over the Christmas holidays I had organised my projects and also set up new ones so I have a variety of things I can get on with and enjoy. John bought me the fabric for the mariner's compass quilt for Christmas but this has now taken on the name of Rescue quilt and I plan on working on this over the year.
I've been reading through the pattern and following all the steps will help keep my mind occupied. Earlier this week I made a start by clearly identifying which fabric was for which area. I'd switched some of the fabrics around from the pattern and I needed to make sure I got it right. All the fabric is now carefully labelled and I've since made a start on the cutting.
Also good news is that our flooring for our living room, dining room and hall has been delivered and we can start to lay the floor. We're using solid bamboo flooring and I'm so excited as it's going to look fabulous. It's currently in boxes in the hallway but we need to move it to where it will be laid so it can acclimatise.The hallway has still to be decorated but there's time for that.
This evening I've been knitting whilst watching the last part of the hobbit. All the fighting has quite worn me out and I think a cup of tea and a chocolate biscuit is in order. I've been working on John's jumper and I'm almost up to the arm holes. The wool is thick and it grows very quickly. Tomorrow is a sewing day as I haven't yet started on the quilting for my dog quilt. Hopefully I can get some of it done in the morning. I'm also hoping it stays dry so we can take Scamp for a long walk. With the weather being cold and wet, plus my health problem he's missed out on his walks this past week.
Take care and I'll be back tomorrow with some slow stitching.