Tuesday, December 22, 2015

All I want for Christmas

Dearest readers,

It's been some time since I did a proper post. I think I'm just having difficulty finding the words.  My best friend and creative cohort, Amber, has finally been diagnosed with a rare cancer called pseudomyxoma peritonei.   She will have to seek treatment on the west coast, as there is only one specialist that knows how to treat it on this side of  the United States.  She has amazed me with her strength and assertiveness during her long journey towards a diagnosis.  This experience reminds me that medicine is an art.  We need to be in tune with our bodies and when a doctor tells you "We'll wait and see" but your gut tells you something else,  ALWAYS follow your gut.  We will continue to produce the most amazing framing we can muster
and we'll keep you updated on our life's journey.

So, as you can see,  I didn't get what I wanted for Christmas.  I remain very, very, hopeful that Santa will see fit to bring it in the new year.

Thank you all for your endless love and support.
Jill

I've pulled some photos out of the "hasn't been posted" file to show off this week. (Which is soon to be renamed the "just can't remember if I posted it" file.) Enjoy.

























21 comments:

KsMaryLou said...

As always your framing is beautiful and perfect for the piece.

Amber rare cancer is awful as it seems to present additional challenges for treatment. I continue to pray for quick and complete healing.

Stitching Cat said...

Jill and Amber, so sorry to hear this news but hopefully the doctor will have a miracle cure. Prays for for a quick and speedy recovery.

Beautiful framing, as always.

Best wishes for a better new year.

Glenna said...

Much love and strength to you both.

Stef said...

Sending prayers you way for Ambers speedy recovery and that she will be back with you soon!

Lynn said...

I am hoping that now that Amber has the correct diagnosis and the right doctor she will be on her way back to good health. I'll be thinking of her and sending prayers. Thanks for letting us know Jill, I'll be thinking of you too.

Christina said...

Good thoughts and prayers going to Amber.

Such beautiful work as usual.

Sandra said...

I am very sorry to hear about Amber, let's all hope that she gets the treatment she needs and makes a full recovery. I think we may have already seen some of the pictures but it is always a pleasure to see such wonderful framing that I could look at them every day and not get bored. Happy Christmas from Ireland.

Ginger said...

I will keep Amber in my prayers. Hopefully this time next year she will be feeling like herself.

Annie said...

I'm so sorry to hear such sad news.
I'll keep Amber in my thoughts and prayers. I hope you're both able to enjoy the Holidays, and hopefully next year will bring good health to all.

Iris said...

I am so sorry to hear the news regarding Amber. I am sending good thoughts and gentle hugs.

Your framing is just spectacular.

Alice said...

You are both in my prayers.

Vickie said...

Gorgeous work!
I am praying.

Terri said...

Hugs and prayers!

Anonymous said...

I will pray for Amber to achieve good health in the new year. Blessings to you all at Christmas.
Kindly,
Denise

Jennifer said...

Good thoughts and prayers going to Amber... All my heart is with you.
Thank you for the lovely pictures
Merry christmas anyway..

RC said...

So sorry to hear about Amber's diagnosis. Praying for her and you as she gets treatment. Hugs.

woolwoman said...

prayers for Amber and hugs for you ! Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and continued success in the new year. Also health and happiness most of all. Oh and the framing is always stunning as usual. Cheers ! Mel

Anonymous said...

So sorry to hear of Amber's health challenge and the added stress of needing to leave home to get treatment. Hoping the new year brings her renewed health. If the west coast location is near San Jose, let me know if I can be of help.
As always, your work is stunning. The fence post snowmen make me laugh.
Best wishes and blessings...Kathy

Anonymous said...

I am praying for Amber...please let her know that there is support and information available. I was diagnosed with appendix cancer in 2012....I was very lucky in that while mine was high-grade signet ring, it had not escaped the appendix - I went through 2 surgeries and 6 months of chemo. I belong to 2 PMP Appendix cancer support groups and 1 for signet ring cell type on Facebook. Information is critical in fighting this cancer - it is critical that she is treated by an appendix cancer specialist - many of the members of our group have undergone HIPEC (an internal heated chemotherapy surgery along with debulking of organs and removal of the jelly-like substance). If Amber has any questions or is interested in joining a closed support group - please e-mail me and I will send her the links to the groups. We have many long-time survivors in the group - some active members are doing well 5, 8, 10 years from diagnosis. I am doing well, currently NED from appendix cancer - I am back to stitching now and I have a normal life even with a new breast cancer diagnosis earlier this year (I received an all clear from the breast cancer this fall after another major surgery). Alex - mjb08@msn.com

http://www.essaymojo.com/ said...

I am so sorry about Amber's disease! I wish her to be strong and recover soon. I really love your Christmas framed creations!

MysteryKnitter said...

Oh boy! That doesn't sound any good! I hope A gets a good doctor and even she may have a rough path ahead of her, I hope she will make it. All the best to you and A.