Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Update and share

My little share for today

Just to give you a little update - I went to the Oncologist yesterday and will start the first Chemo treatment on the 23rd of May. I have six sessions, once every three weeks. I must say the doctor put me right at ease and was very laid back about the whole process. Tomorrow I have an appointment with a nurse who will explain all the details to me for the preparation. He said that 90 percent of patients loose their hair... so praying that I may be in the 10 percent that doesn't, but will look at hair pieces as soon as I can. They are very forward here with wigs, and can make them look so natural. He also told me that the form of cancer I had could possibly react positively to a new drug that was discovered in 2005. They are checking it out in the laboratory in Montpeillier. If so, I will be receiving injections after the Radio therapy for even more protection for the future.

Its a whole new world actually. It's like having a Down Syndrome child - until you enter into that world, you are closed to it and have your preconceptions and opinions. When you have to enter into it - it opens you up to new blessings and a changed mindset - gives you compassion for handicapped people and prayer! Many forms of  suffering can be blessings in disguise! So too, with cancer - it is a world I would avoid, having a negative mindset about it, now I have to enter into this frame - it has softened me and opened my horizon to understand cancer in a new way. God is a good God, He doesn't send sickness but I have seen He can use it. On the other hand, God is the Healer, He can heal it too!  It fills me with so much love for the One who created us!!

May I ask your special prayers for the first three days after the 23rd May - I need the courage to not expect the worst and to get through it. I have been getting so much positive input from so many survivors that has relaxed me. Also the psychological effects, which I am quite sensitive in. Once again thank you for sharing this journey with me.

Ending with a little tag;

Bless you!


  1. Hello Jacqueline,

    I always find your blog inspiring and was sad to hear of your condition.
    It may help you to know that one of my colleagues had the same problem 15 years ago (when medication and treatment were not so advanced as they are today).
    She followed everything she was told to do and underwent the treatment. She did not lose her beautiful hair and she is still fit and well some 15 years on. Good luck to you.

  2. Hi Jacqueline, I am so glad you posted today as I struggled to sleep last night wondering how you were! Just know that I am thinking of you and although I may not kneel down to pray I am forever praying in my heart. You are a very special person! Thank you once again for sharing your beautiful work, I love the greens, so fresh! You will see that I was thinking of you yesterday as I received my Simple Frame stamp and made a card with it! All because of your inspiration! Have a blessed day!

  3. I am so impressed by you, Jacqueline. I don´t know how you can create such wonderful cards short while being under so much pressure. You a strong person. I love looking at your beautiful cards. Thanks for the inspiration.

  4. I'm glad you're keeping us updated, Jacqueline. You sound as though you're handling everything with grace and strength. You'll continue to be in my thoughts and prayers. I love your beautiful grid card and that gorgeous tag. Sending lots of love and hugs, once again. . .

  5. Thanks for the update, Jacqueline. It is wonderful that they are being so precise with your medication - testing it's effects in the lab specifically for your cancer - it all bodes so well. My mom went through breast cancer 10 years ago (with the surgery, chemo, radiation) and has been cancer free ever since. From everything you've said about your doctors and your care, the likelihood of a complete cure is huge. Yes, it might be a bit of a trial, but with your strength and your faith you will get through it. It's okay to feel bad, to feel hurt, it's all natural. I will be praying for you. Thanks for continuing to inspire us, in so very many ways!

  6. Hi Jacqueline...your artwork is always so inspiring and I have always been touched by your sweet spirit and steadfast faith. Today I am strengthened and encouraged by your deep wisdom. How blessed am I to know you.
    You are in my prayers and most certainly in God's loving hands!
    blessings to you~

  7. You will definitely be in my prayers during this time. May you find serenity and comfort and God's healing hand over you!

  8. Hello Jacqueline.
    The fear of the unknown!
    It is frightening, and anyone that says differently is not true to themselves,it is okay to be anxious about the Chemo; your positive outlook is wonderful as is your faith, but you are going to have some rough days during the treatment, it is at these times when you reach out, please share your feelings with us and we will support you in every way we can. Like your God we can sustain you, we have the written word too, and we can put a smile on your face.
    There is a high success rate today for this type of Cancer and it sounds as if you are receiving wonderful care.
    You will get through this Jacqueline, YOU WILL.

  9. If anyone can make it through all this ordeal I feel it is you. You have god on your side and when I see the beautiful art you make in such a time as this...there is no question about your will and we are all hoping and praying for you.
    Take care!

  10. Jacwueline; you are in my prayers and I can imagine that you are anxious about the chemo. It will be tough but and you will be in my thoughts too. There is not one single day that I'm not thinking of you. You are not alone....
    Reading your post I am convinced that the doctors are taking good care of you. But still; it's you who has to go through it all and it's difficult.
    But I know you CAN DO it. And beat the cancer!
    Love and hugs,

  11. Hello Jacqueline,
    I can imagine that you are afraid of what is coming up. We know, you don't have to do it on your own, HE, our God will be there. Every single minute. I hope and wish that you will feel that.

    May I have your address?
    Greetings from Judith

  12. God will give you the strength! Jacqueline, you are a very inspiring person, in your art, your faith and in your heart. You are in my thoughts.

  13. It sounds like you have a very compassionate doctor, Jacqueline! There are so many advancements in treatment for cancer now. I feel sure that with your strength and faith, God's grace will see you through this.

    Love your beautiful grid card and that tag is so pretty, too!

  14. Great card and tag Jacqueline. You are consistently in my prayers and I will pray for you to have the strength to stay positive. Blessing to your my friend

  15. I prayed for you on my walk last night and will continue to pray for comfort, strength and courage. (Your tag is quite beautiful)!

  16. Your faith will guide you through this ordeal, may I say something to your hair problem please? A friend of mine had to undergo chemo therapy, too, 2 years ago and she was able to keep all of her hair due to ice bags on her head during the treatment. This was not too comfortable, though, but she didn't lose a single hair, you might want to talk this through with your oncologist? You're constantly in my thoughts and prayers, I do so wish you well Jacqueline! Love your latest creation, it makes me happy to see that you're still able to create beauty!

  17. Although we have never "met", we are sisters in Christ and you will be in our prayers. We do serve a loving and gentle God. Blessings, Laura

  18. My gosh this is the first visit for me So I don't know the story of your cancer but my gosh how positive can a person be? wow, I will be praying for you when your chemo comes and your faith is inspiring thank you

    love Dawn xx

  19. Hi Jacqueline,
    I want you to know that you are in my thoughts. Take good care of yourself. Hugs, Petra

  20. So, so gorgeous, I really think you should frame the card! Would look perfect on your wall! I'm still thinking of you and sending you best wishes, always!

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  22. Praying for you! I had sat with my mother during her chemo sessions and I hope you have someone there with you. We will be there with you in prayers.

  23. I have a had a lot of problems leaving comments on your blog ... but finally it seems all is fixed ... so just to say I am thinking of you ... I adore your creations ... good luck with everything and I hope you'll soon be feeling much better ...

  24. Liebe Jaqueline,
    ich lese schon seit langer zeit Deinen Blog.
    Du machst so wunderschöne Karten, hast mich schon so oft inspiriert...
    Ich möchte mich bei Dir von Herzen bedanken für all die schönen Ideen.
    Und ich wünsche Dir alles Gute, ganz viel Kraft und Hoffnung.
    Es wird schon alles gut gehen, ich glaube fest daran.
    Sei umarmt von mir, auch wenn ich Dich nicht kenne.
    Ich bin mit meinen Gedanken oft bei Dir.
    Ganz liebe und herzliche Grüße von Sophie


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