Friday, June 8, 2012

Celebration


One of the really great things about being an adult and an adult with no children at home who need you as a role model is that you can choose to have cake as your main course for dinner.  Which is what I did last nite. Specifically, it was a Chocolate Explosion Cake served with Ben and Jerry's Heath Bar Crunch ice cream. Truly decadent. It was a little party to celebrate my last day of chemo. Four cycles, four candles. End of the hardest part of my journey. A celebration that in three weeks I'll be back to 'normal.'

I haven't been around over the last few weeks. I've missed you all. The last cycle of chemo didn't go as well as I'd hoped. There was the incident with a spider bite and the infection that followed. Then there was the infection in the infusion vein. Lots of antibiotics, lots of time down for healing. I don't know what to expect this time around. But I do know that it will all pass. Put into the context of my life time it is only a small moment. A significant moment but only a short one.

I'll be back to the studio soon. I'll be back here soon. I'll be back to my life soon. Your generous out pouring and healing thoughts over the last months have made a difference in my life. I am grateful.

Now the only thing I really need is for someone to come by and clean that window behind that cake :-)

30 comments:

Cynthia said...

Sorry to hear it's been a rough ride, but glad you are seeing the light at the end of the tunnel (it's those 4 candles!) Best wishes that you're back to "normal" soon!!

sharon said...

Oh LeAnn! I am so happy to se you and that you are rallying! You are amazing, strong, and beautiful! I continue to send my prayers.
Cake for dinner sounds just right to me!
Hugs!

Therese's Treasures said...

Hi LeAnn,
Yay! So glad to hear that all is going well and that you will be back to normal soon. That cake looks great. Did you have it for breakfast too? I would have!
Hugs
Therese

Mellisa said...

Congratulations on completing your 4th round! It's good to hear from you and see that your spirits are high. Lots of virtual hugs sent your way :) Give yourself plenty of time to ease back and permission to be tired, you've been through the wringer!

lunedreams said...

That cake looks truly decadent! So glad for you that you're just about done with this. Hope this last stretch passes uneventfully, and quickly, so you can get back to what you love. Congratulations to you for weathering the storm with strength and grace! You are an inspiration to me, to always look for the gifts in everything.

stacilouise said...

So happy to hear from you. You deserve every bite of that cake!!!! Thinking of you often.

Babs said...

Yay! You deserve a celebration and I can't think of a better way then chocolate cake!

Spirited Earth said...

it's soo good to hear from you..you been on my mind this week..hope everything will be looking brighter soon

windrock studio said...

Oh, I would be happy to come and help you with that gorgeous cake! but I don't do windows! I hope you know how wonderful it is to hear from you and that so many are cheering you on and so proud of you and your graceful way of being in this world ~ keep healing,
and keep eating cake!

somethingunique said...

so nice to see a posst from you Miss LeAnn...sorry you have been having a rough go of things but happy to celebrate your last round of chemo and what better way than cake...my kind of dinner>>last night i had a bucket of pink and blue cotton candy for dinner...yummy stuff...washed down with a nice cold pepsi...:p look forward to some crations soon but take your time and heal...hugs xox

Lori Bowring Michaud said...

Such a positive outlook LeAnn! I'm glad to read that you can see the light at the end of the tunnel. I wish you the very best and hope you back to full health in short order.

Patti Van said...

So happy that you have posted and I, too, am sorry you had such a hard time with the last round....your positive outlook is infectious! I wish you health and happiness....and lots of cake! My prayers for you are continuous. PS. ...isn't there a new grandbaby in your future?! That, too, calls for more cake!

Mary Newton Designs said...

I've been thinking about you-glad you feel good enough to eat cake and ice cream!

stregata said...

Truly a reason to celebrate! So happy to hear from you. Although I hate cleaning windows (actually, cleaning period) I would come over in a heartbeat to help, if that dang puddle wasn't so big...
You are always in my thoughts and prayers.

Lori @ Studio Waterstone said...

Hi LeAnn. I'm so sorry you've had a rough few weeks but I'm loving your attitude. Been thinking lots about you. Hang in there sweet lady.

Zoe Nelson said...

I'm so happy to hear that things are looking up for you! That cake looks delicious. If I lived closer I'd be there in a heartbeat to take care of that window for you. Keep healing!

Laura Twiford said...

WooHoo! Glad to hear you are at the end of the chemo! You have been on my mind a lot of late so it is so good to hear from you! Forget the window, in the grand scheme of things it's not important, you are. Spend your time eating cake and being creative! Can't wait for you to find your "normal" again! Big Hugs!

momster said...

i check back on your blog regularly and was so happy to see news from you! i miss you when you're gone :) <3

Colleen said...

So good to hear from you!! Congrats on that last chemo!! Sorry that you had a rough patch there. Prayers & positive energy continue your way! Love that you celebrated with chocolate & candles! Please continue to be gentle with yourself & take time to let your body heal. Big hugs!!!

Lesley said...

Sorry to hear you've had some problems to contend with LeAnne but so happy to hear you've fnished your chemo and are looking forward to normality again. I wish you the very best of everything...And as for that cake...oh my word, I could do that for breakfast. lunch and dinner! Take care.x

DeborahRead.com said...

Cant wait for you to be back posting
Desert for Dinner - now thats my kind indulgences

Maplegirl said...

I have been thinking of you. Wishing you strength to conquer.
Andrea

sasha + max studio said...

LeAnn, that is good news on the chemo, and after all that you have been through, that cake is so well deserved! Good to hear that you are on the road to wellness, wishing you a speedy recovery. Vicki xx

Gunilla said...

You deserved to have cake for dinner, but I hope you saved some for breakfast! I'm glad you are on your way back to normal. Take care of yourself. Lots of hugs!

Barb Fernald said...

You sure were missed! I'm happy to see the cake and to hear your chemo is done. I hope you keep feeling stronger and better every day. It sounds like a rough ride. I've been thinking of you a lot, and I sure was glad to see this post! xoxo

Cynthia@Ornamental Style said...

"Life's uncertain. Eat dessert first." That's my motto and words to live by. Congratulations on making it through the chemo rounds. Big wishes for continued healing.

Joan Tucker said...

How smart of you to celebrate especially after such a rough patch; hope all goes swimmingly well and you are back to your studio feeling wonderful. You must be a very brave and intelligent woman to handle of of this with such positive determination.
Best wishes and hugs, I would wash your window if I were closer. Doing chores for someone you care about is one way of saying I wish I could make it all better soon. Hugs, Joan T

Marsha of Marsha Neal Studio said...

Oh - I think we share the same love of desserts (in amongst other things!). I am relieved that you are finally finished your chemo. Scary about the spider bite and infection. It is amazing that when you are trying to kill off any cancer in your body with Chemo, that every little possible trite thing (trite when you are your normal healthy self) can come in and really work a number on your system.

I sure hope that your body finds the normal balance of health, strength, and being able to fight off all those "normal trite" things. And that you avoid anything else that may trip you up along this journey.

Healing thoughts coming your way as always LeAnn {{{Hugs!}}}

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LLYYNN - Lynn Davis said...

Eating dessert first is always a good plan! I've been thinking about you a lot and wishing you the best. Having been through it with my hubby, I know that each day seems to last forever, but I'm confident you'll get through and get past. I'll keep sending you my best wishes!