1/23/2012

Post-Cancer Surgery Recuperation

Hi, everybody.  Tomorrow will be two weeks after cancer surgery; am home now recuperating and Timothy, bless him, is home for the second time on leave to take care of me.  I can tell you, I didn't have a clue what I was in for with this slow recuperation.  If the blessed employees and patrons from Little Quilts had not rallied instantly to help me, it just could not have been done. My co-workers from school, Robbie and Ann, did the same: they called, they came over, they brought things, just like the Little Quilts family.  The school secretary came over and so did Valerie, 2nd in command at Educational Media from work.  They all brought supplies.  My neighbors, Cathy and her mom, said just let us know what we can do.  My longarmer friend, Cheri, who lives in a different area from LQ, visited, brought flowers, and brought homemade vegetable soup.  So many brought homemade food.  Muriel from LQ drove me many times to the hospital, she came to visit, she started a Care Calendar.  The last time she brought me to the doctor, I got a prescription for pain medicine that I can take, Muriel got it filled, and this has helped.  How true it is that quilters are the most wonderful group of people ever.  I want to thank everybody by name but my face is breaking out in sweat as I work on this.  I am so overwhelmed and so very, very thankful.  Thank you all for your enormous help, your time, and your good wishes.  


The book seems to selling well and I was so delighted when I saw it a few days ago.  I even got to sign some copies for the shop :-).  The quilt is hanging now at the shop.


Here are two scrap houses I made for the sew a long before going in for surgery.  Love you all.







  

43 comments:

Brenda said...

I sending warm wishes your way: wishes for a speedy recovery, and wishes for patience with yourself to take the time to get better.

Taryn said...

Karen, I had no idea you were having surgery. My thoughts and prayers are with you for speedy recovery. It sounds like you have some terrific friends helping you out. Continue to let them and give yourself the time you need to heal properly. I had my own little minor thing last week and I know sometimes the brain says "let's go" but the body says "not so fast." Let the body rule for now.

Libby said...

Keeping all the best thoughts for your speedy recovery. So glad to hear that Timmy has been able to take some leave to be with you. Congrats on the book sales - such wonderful news (well, why not - it's a wonderful quilt *s*)

Lori said...

I hope you continue to feel better and gain strength. I agree, quilters are the best!
Love your house blocks:)

Darlene said...

I missed that you were having surgery, Karen! I'm really glad that Tim is able to be with you to help.

Sending lots of healing thoughts and hugs!

KC Quilter said...

Karen, I didn't know that you were having surgery--would have wished you the best. So glad you have so many wonderful friends and Timmy to help you through this. Take care!

Quilt Enthusiast said...

Karen,
So glad you have your friends and family to rally around you. Rest and recuperate and the very best to you in
2012.
I like the houses.

Gail said...

I'm another who had no idea you were dealing with cancer and surgery. I'm glad there were folks around willing to help, and that Tim was able to get leave. contact me if I can be of help.

Colleen said...

Oh my! I wish you a speedy recovery and I am glad you have such wonderful friends to help you in your time of need. Take good care of yourself and I will say a prayer for you!

Meredith said...

Take care, go very slow. Yes having people around, in all types of ways is very important to healing. I wish you all the best on your road to recovery. glad that people have been able to help out.

Sharon said...

Take care and let those that can help you do so. It's so wonderful to know that you have so many friends to help you through this journey...blessings.

mereth said...

I too am praying that you will recover well and be back to perfect health soon.The blogging community might not be able to pop in and bring you a meal but our thoughts are with you and Timothy as you go through this and we wish you well.

cityquilter said...

adorable little houses...blessings as you recuperate.

Sew Create It - Jane said...

Hope you continue to heal! You certainly have a wonderful support system.

Love the little houses...I've just cut my first out today and read to sew tonight.

Kathie said...

Omg. Karen I wish the best and a very speedy recovery. So glad to hear everyone is stepping up and helping you. Quilters are the best

Susie said...

Wishing you a continued good recovery.

Mary said...

I had no idea of what you were going through. I'm not close enough to bring food or drive you or anything else physical but I can certainly pray for your recovery.

Karen said...

I had no idea you were having surgery. I wish you a quick recovery with the best results. I had wondered why you hadn't posted on your blog for a bit. It is good that you have so many friends to help you out and your son.
I am glad to hear that the book is selling well. I told you that it would.

Heirlooms by Ashton House said...

Wishing you a smooth recovery, Karen! I am so enjoying your new book.

Betty (picture circa 1951) said...

Karen...I'm glad you're back! Recovering just takes time. It's winter now anyway and a good time to stay indoors. When the weather warms up you'll be feeling a whole lot better! Give yourself time and don't overdue it. I'm glad Timothy could be there and that you had lots of help!

Sew Unique Creations said...

I hope you start to feel better very soon! ((((HUG))))

La MaƱosa said...

I am so glad to hear that you have had so many wonderful people supporting you--you deserve it. I will be thinking of you and wishing you good health.

I love house blocks! They are one of my favorites. Yours are very sweet.

andsewon said...

I am so happy to hear you have folks who care about you there to support you an help out and Tim could be home with you as well. Wishing for you a speedy recovery!
Not surprised at all that your book is selling so well!!
Take care now.
Hugs,
Lola

Sue said...

I am sorry that I did not know you were having surgery, but I do pray that your recovery will be quick.

I am so happy that your book is doing well and I know that I am happy to have it.

Your little scrap blocks that you worked on are just lovely as is everything that comes out of your blog! You are a very talented lady and we are blessed in blogland to enjoy your work.

With thoughts of your healing,
Sue

Sheila said...

I did wonder where you were. All the best for a speedy recovery. Listen to your body, if it says "rest" do so.

Jeanne said...

I pray for a speedy and complete recovery for you. Take it easy and don't over do. How fortunate that you have so many willing and helpful friends to assist when you need them. Sending hugs.

Sue said...

Do accept all the help everyone offers , stay positive and hope you are feeling better soon.

You book looks like one I should have for my book shelf.

Handmade by Joan said...

Praying for you. Hope you will feel much better soon.

luv2quilt2 said...

What a blessing to have so many wonderful friends to support you through your recovery. My best wishes and prayers.

Lynn Dykstra said...

thoughts for strength and healing

Melanie said...

That's a great kid you have-- I just know you'll be getting stronger every day. Way too much quilting out there that needs to be done. You're in my prayers...I so admire your spirits...

Valerie Z said...

Karen, I wish you well, time to recover and prayers as you heal. I've followed you throughout the Civil War project and had no idea you were scheduled for surgery...you've been in inspiration week after week and have incredible talent. Sending good thoughts your way and many prayers my friend! Valerie (aka Morgan Girl)

Aunt 'Reen said...

Sending you prayers and well wishes for a speedy recovery! What a blessing to have such support from family & friends - be sure to rest & take care of yourself!

julieQ said...

I sure hope you heal up soon sweet Karen. Many blessings!!

Barb said...

I was just passing by and love your houses but I enjoyed reading about all the help you have gotten during your recoup....I hope things go well for you and that you will be back in the swing of things before tooo long.

Barb said...

Wishing you warm get well wishes - nurture yourself! Quilters are the best friends I know.
Your house blocks are adorable - it's so fun see these around blog land.

Gretchen said...

Karen-- I didn't know about your surgery. I am so thankful that you have had wonderful people to help you out and that Timmy has come home to take care of you. Bless your heart. I hope this will take care of everything and you are on the mend and back to sewing soon. Sending hugs from all of us G

MARCIE said...

So happy you are mending to the point where you can blog a little. Take it easy and heal. It is so good that your friends are rallying, and Timmy is home for a while! Your new book is going to hit the moon. I can't wait to see it!

Tazzie said...

Oh my goodness Karen hon, I had no idea this was happening in your life. I'm so thankful that you have so many wonderful people to watch over you. I'll have you in my prayers hon.
Big love and hugs
Tazzie
:-)

Jeanne said...

It's wonderful that you have so many willing helpers (including Timmy). Take care and hope you are good as new very soon.

anne bebbington said...

Karen - so sorry to hear that life has thrown you this curved ball - am sending cyber hugs and lots of positive thoughts from across the pond x x x

Pat / Silver Thimble Quilt Co. said...

Get well friend! You will be writing another book before you know it.

Julie said...

Karen,
I am thinking about you today, and so wandered over to your blog. My prayers are with you, and I know that your son and Rembrandt are taking good care of you. I am sending "feel good" vibrations your way.