Friday, October 8, 2010

WIP, Update And Cat Box

I finished my little play piece the other night and was happy how she turned out.  She was going to go on Etsy, but someone saw her before that she will be travelling Stateside shortly.

This is Pumpkin.

A number of us have cats and/or dogs, I mean, life would not be complete without our little furry family members.  Both have their own unique, special and often funny, quirks and characteristics.  

Those of you who have kitties will enjoy this...

Check out YouTube for more of Simon's Cat vids.

Thank you to everyone for their thoughts and prayers for Nicole.  Yesterday she had her appointment at Princess Margaret Hospital.  Due to miscommunication or misunderstanding, this was not for the surgery but a preliminary consultation with the oncologist /surgeon.

The following is part of an email that I sent to a friend outlining some of what we found out (yes, I'm lazy when it comes to rewriting something)

Sometime in mid November (the surgeon is going on holidays for 3 weeks towards the end of this month),
 Nicole will go in early in the morning and will have general anesthetic.  They will
take a chunk out of her arm, send the tissue off to the lab and they will also do sentinel
lymph node biopsies which will also go to the lab.  The doc drew a pic on her arm of how big it
would be -  it was approx. the size of a tennis ball in diameter and could go as deep as
the muscle layer.  She will then have a flap-over procedure
done rather than skin graft if possible.  In the meantime she has to meet with the anesthesiologist.
with her records from her diabetic doctor and also get more blood work done.
The day before her surgery she has to go in and have some dye injected to map the sentinel node locations.
Depending on what they find during the surgery, she may have to go on a protocol of Interferon.  (this stuff is nasty and I'm so hoping it isn't needed)

The name given to what she has is Superficial Spreading Melanoma and her mole is
classed (due to its size and thickness) as Stage 4.  The stages go up to stage 5, so
4 is obviously not optimal, and while it can inticate the chance of spread, it does not
indicate the stage of cancer.

So that is basically where we are now - I'm sure I forgot some stuff however that
is the jest of it.
As I said earlier - please keep us in your thoughts and prayers over the next month or so.



sassypackrat said...

Keeping your daughter in my prayers.

Roxanne said...

Oh Sue the doll is gorgeous! The video had me all smiles. :)
I will definitely keep you and your daughter in my prayers.
Big Hugs,

Healing Woman said...

I'm thinking of daughter has cancer and we have battled for 5 years. I'm so happy to say that we are and your daughter will too! I just feel it.

Crowing Moon said...

Pumpkin is gorgeous :)
The cat video was cute. I can relate.
Best wishes to your daughter

michelleK said...

Oh Sue you are so definitely in my thoughts. I had stage 3 removed from my cervix a few years ago at only 26. While it wasn't cancer it certainly would have been in time. I will send my positive thoughts and hope that everything is okay and you have caught it in time.

As to the cat video. That made me laugh. He has captured a cats nature perfectly. We left a box last night all taped up ready to mail interstate on the floor. I got up this morning and the corner is missing and some tape has been pulled off haha (growls at kitty)

<3 Michelle

Dianie said...

Oh Sue,

I nearly passed out when I read this post.. Somewhere during my long absence from reading all the blogs, I had missed the previous post about your daughter.
Sending positive thoughts and prayers to Nicole,You and your family.

Hugs to you,


I love your doll!

yoborobo said...

Aw, Sue, I am sending all good thought and prayers to your Nicole. xoxo!! Pam

Lynn Stevens said...

Oh gosh Sue, I think the hardest part is waiting and not knowing, You are both in my prayers!
much Love Lynn

Vicki/Jake said...

OooOOo...lucky stateside person who gets the awesome *Pumpkin*, she's adorable....

Cat is a hoot :)

Battles are overcome daily. I know you and the girls will be able to win this one too.

Talking to God......

Unknown said...

Hello Lovely Lady! Of course Pumpkin would be snatched up quickly! She is wonderful.

I know this seems scary but know that everyone is concerned for your family. We will all pray and send wonderful thoughts out. Just let us know how we can help you! HUGS!!!

julie campbell said...

you and your lovely daughter are in my prayers Sue.
Loved the cat video,just like my Pepsi LOL and your pumpkin doll is gorgeous :0) not surprised she was snapped up so quickly !
julie xxx

Evelyn's Wonderland said...

Pumpkin is really beautiful and so perfect for the holiday! I smiled when I say the video, it's very cute!
Keeping you and your Nicole in my prayers.
Hugs, Evelyn

Anonymous said...

First and foremost I'm keeping your daughter in my prayers and heart.
I think I told you my niece had this and she's been living free for many years...

I can see how someone would snatch up Pumpkin!!! She's adorable!

And then thank you for that cute cat video... I have a cat usually have more than one... and it fits so perfectly with how cats behave! Thank you for that ... It's my first smile for the day~: )

Love and healing thoughts~Pattee

Dorthe said...

Sweet Sue, I just love your darling pumpkin,- her face is so wonderfully made- dear.

pinkglitterfae said...

you and Nicole are still in my prayers. May you find the strength to stay strong, and have faith.
If she hasn't done so already, this may be a good time to change her diet to a healing diet (raw, organic) and to look into heavy vit D supplementation. This way she can increase her immune system, and help her body out.


Ingrid Mida said...

Hi Sue,
I was hoping that Thursday would bring some answers for you. I'll continue to hope for the best. Happy Thanksgiving!

Kerin said...

First off I will definitely keep you both in my thoughts and prayers. Starting right now!

And I'm in love again!!!! Pumpkin is so so sweet and the little pumpkins in her hair are just perfect. This is an amazing piece Sue. Bravo!!!


Unknown said...

Hey Sue,
just want you to know that you and Nicole are in my thoughts and I hope for the best outcome.

of course your pumpkin girl sold so quick she is adorable.

Leslie said...

I love how pumpkin turned out! I will keep your daughter in my thoughts and prayers. I believe that faith and a positive attitude play a big role in healing!

Pearl said...

Your Daughter is always in my prayers sweet lady. Pumpkin is the cutest thing ever. Hugs, Pearl

chopoli said...

The pumpkin girl is soooooo amazing cute!!!!!!
Best wishes to your daughter,
warmest regards,and hugs,Tatjana

Catherine said...

HI Sue :)
Your Pumpkin Girl is so adorable... and I am praying for your daughter, I hope things are better soon
Thank you for commenting on my baby :)
ps. love the comic too
Blessings, Cat

Colleen - the AmAzINg Mrs. B said...

Prayers..and hugs.

pumpkin is precious! Love her sly sweet look ;-D

Simon is one of my favorites..thanks for sharing!

Shashi Nayagam said...

What a lovely little doll.
Strong healing thoughts coming your way for your daughter.

Anonymous said...

I love Pumpkin and what you've done with her.
Happy belated Canada Day and thinking of you :)

Mette said...

Pumpkin is beyond adorable, I love her :)

I`m so sorry about your daughter. Cancer is such a horrible thing. I`m sending you all loads of warm and healing thougths *big hug*