When I composed my last post on April 7, 2016, little did I know what lie ahead…hubby had just had surgery and was mending well, and together we hoped the remainder of the year would be smooth sailing. For a couple of months it was…
On June 24th that all changed; walking out of a business my foot slipped and as my friend reached out to stabilize me, my right upper arm broke. The next two weeks were somewhat a blur; as soon as I’d see one doctor, I would be referred to another. Each saying the same; the x-rays were showing something in the bone where the break occurred. Finally, I was referred to a bone & joint oncologist who said a biopsy was necessary. The results were far from what hubby and I anticipated; a tumor and a rare type of cancer at that. In an effort to save the arm, chemo was recommended as radiation was not an option.
The first type of chemo was so strong that it had to be given in hospital under close supervision. Of course, I had a reaction and the chemo was stopped about 3/4 of the way through. I went home and before I knew it, I was back in the hospital with more side effects that required another weeks stay. The next chemo was much easier; however, the results were disappointing. Before I was told, I knew from the pain and swelling that the tumor had started to grow again. So back to the surgeon I went. After a review of the tests, he gave me my one and only option…amputation of the right arm. That was the only way to hopefully stop the spread of the cancer. For several weeks I had agonized over making the decision; this time was different as I had peace in my heart and mind and knew whatever happened, God was with me.
On October 4, 2016, the surgery took place. Since then I’ve been recuperating and thinking of getting that sewing machine going again. With a heavy heart I made the decision to sell my mid-arm quilt machine. Quilting larger quilts was a thing of the past. After that sold, my Baby Lock Sewing/Embroidery machine was next. Working one-handed with the embroidery frames was not my cup of tea! In their place, I purchased a new sewing machine, one with the longer arm. That way hopefully I could quilt some smaller quilt projects. As you can tell, I am determined to quilt again!