Two freaking months?

Really, it’s been that long?

Wow.

Apologies if this is news you’ve heard, either from Facebook or through the grapevine, but hey, my blog.
I have been a busy little bee these days, though not of my own design. In January of this year I was diagnosed with breast cancer, and in February I was told that it had spread a bit. Later that month I started chemo and have been dealing with that lovely thing every three weeks, along with working and family and a brief bit of travel last weekend. I have been very lucky in the side-effects department; most of the nasties like pain and nausea are handled by additional medication and I’ve only had to deal with a recurring cold (along with the standard hair loss and the exhaustion and what have you). After a while it all becomes a bit routine and I’m looking forward to the beginning of June, which means the likely end of my chemo (must be confirmed with MRI) and the beginning of the next phase, which is surgery and radiation. My cancer is responding quite well to the chemo and that is a good thing.

Early on I was obsessed with the knitting, and made it through probably 80% of Morning Glories. (And I reknit the mesh section of the second half because I’d swapped the purse stitch for Turkish stitch, not faggoting like I’d thought.) I’ve kinda given up on knitting these days, though – my mental state of late could predominantly be described as “I can’t even” and I mostly sit around and mess with my phone or listen to an audiobook when I have free time. I did manage about an inch of sock (still the Cryptic Notes toe-ups) on the plane last weekend but that was about it.

A couple of nights ago I got out the honeymoon quilt and have started working on that – it requires almost no thought at all so it’s easy to just sit there and stitch along. I still have the boys’ “Christmas” quilts to do, too – Bubba’s train top and backing are finished, but Smacky’s Batman top still needs the bat symbol and I need to piece the backing. The fact is that I never have enough time to get them out when the boys are either gone or asleep, before I crash myself.

I have plans for sweaters and socks and wraps and things later on, but right now I’m just relaxing.

About pacalaga

Wife, mother, cat-tolerator, dog-lover. Knitter, quilter, occasional spinner, random weaver. Reader, writer, eater, runner. Other assorted roles as necessary.
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8 Responses to Two freaking months?

  1. Marilyn says:

    Oh sweetie! I didn't know. I'll say prayers for your healthy recovery.
    xoxo

  2. zeneedle says:

    There is no need for apologizes. Your number one priority is to take care of you. Keep your body strong and ready for the next step. You have a great support system in your family and your friends. Whatever you need, just ask. Sending you healthy, healing vibes!

  3. Joan says:

    You are doing so well and the next few weeks should fly by. I hope that you continue to "mess with your phone" if that includes texting me, I love that you are fast, funny and challenge me to think!

  4. Big Alice says:

    Hugs and love. Anything I can help with? Chocolate? Killer rabbits? Audiobook suggestions?

  5. Cheryl says:

    Fingers crossed for a great report in June!

  6. Gwen says:

    Glad to hear of the good response to the treatment. Hope June brings you even more fantastic news.

  7. LynnM says:

    If you need mindless knitting projects, look no further! For the next few weeks you're knitting in MY world. Poncho –mindless (TWO freakin' rows to remember! Excellent but big.) And simple cat toys? With nifty Noro silk scraps it made an impressive and hiilarious moving present for the neighbour I cat sat for who will be getting a new kitten once settled in her new house. I plan to do more for the local animal rescue charity. Teeny, portable, easy, not like uh, A THREE SISTER'S scarf. (I still suffer envy from THAT one! Some things are hard to get past.)

    I thought of you when I read that Broadchurch will be back for a second season. Hope you enjoy the first when it comes your way.

    Following on Big Alice's audiobook suggestion, I recommend Bill Bryson's "The Lost Continent" or for joint listening with/T. "Notes from a Small Island". HILARIOUS and there's no confusing plot, just laughs.

    Glad you're relaxing. You've been through a lot.

  8. Sarah says:

    I'm keeping you and yours in thought and prayer always. I'm just so sorry. Here's to more continued good outcomes of treatment.

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