Friday, July 2, 2010

dear friends...

a million thanks for your comments & emails. we sincerely appreciate each of them.

my brother has been diagnosed with a lymphoma. he is so sick & miserable...it breaks my heart. chemotherapy will hopefully start late next week, once the final pathology reports are in.

I will do my best to start showing my new stamps & to finally reveal art parts. they have been in the works for months & I'm really excited for all the possibilities they offer. fun stuff... I've been @ the hospital most of the time, but I hope to have some time this weekend to post the real deals...without any more teasing.

stay tuned...

have a fun weekend...
and as always...
make art
Wendy

42 comments:

Helen said...

Oh, Wendy, so sorry to hear this news, hope your brother responds to treatment. We understand and will wait patiently to hear from you when you can.

Lillian Child said...

I lost my brother to cancer when he was 21 back in the early 1970's ... they have come so very far since then, although watching a loved one go through chemo is a challenge. My heart goes out to him, to you and your family. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers. HUGS

Linda Elbourne said...

Take all the time you need Wendy ... sending big hugs from across the pond XXX

Jennie said...

Hugs to you Hun, my thoughts are with you
xxx

Elaine A said...

Wendy -

Sending good thoughts and prayers for your brother. Don't worry about us sweetie - you take care of what you need to.

Elaine Allen

Sharon said...

Keeping you and yours in my prayers. As a side note....acupuncture helps people with the side effects from the chemotherapy...and since he's now at a major hospital(at least you talked about him getting transferred) there are probably good acupuncturists in the area. The hospital may even have someone that they recommend. I'm sure that as a former nurse you know how to find out about the effectiveness of any suggested treatment. Some treatments are very defined for the particular cancer, some not so much. But they keep adding so much new stuff. I know Loma Linda in California is doing stuff with proton therapy, but I don't know whether or not it would be applicable here(they don't mention lymphoma in their TV ads), but I would certainly check them out, along with other institutions. Wishing your brother well and that he finds his healing path. Just remember that not all doctors tell you all of the options or the various side effects. If a doctor only has a saw, they may not tell you that someone with a hammer would be more effective. Your brother probably could use all of the advocates he can get right now. When you are seriously ill, it's really hard to even think straight...so don't be shy. I really don't think that you will be...just reminding you of your strengths. God bless.

Lori said...

Crikey. Sorry to hear that. My heart goes out to you and your family, all I can say is, been there, done that, not that that is much comfort for you. Hope they can get the pain under control, and here's praying for good news on the pathology report...

scotlacey said...

my condolences and warm loving, and healing hugs

michelle said...

I am so sorry to hear this. . . hugs and prayers coming your way!

georgina said...

My hopes and prayers with your brother and all of you Wendy, keep the faith, luv Georginaxx

Hels Sheridan said...

Wendy hunny, I am so sad to hear your news and will keep everything crossed that treatment will work and make your brother better again... in the meantime...sending a HUGE hug... and thinking of you all xxx

Chirpin Is Fun said...

Wendy, my heart goes out to you! My prayers for you and your family!

Julie said...

Hugs to you and your family. Please take care of yourself right now. What you're doing right now is so much more important than work. Thank you for updating us. I had wondered how things were going.

Joanne Leddy said...

Family first, we'll always wait for you ... my prayers are with you and your loved ones.

Julie said...

I hear reports all the time of people healed from all types of cancer. Nothing is impossible with God.

Anonymous said...

So very sorry to hear of your brother's illness. I'm sure it's a great comfort having you nearby as he battles this disease. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Marijane

Kathy Eddy said...

So sorry to hear this news Wendy and please know that your brother and your family will be in my prayers. It will be tough to go through but together you can do it. He is lucky to have you and Rick on his support team.

Val said...

My thoughts are with you and your family.

Take care
Valx

scrapcraft said...

You and your family are in my prayers!

Darla said...

Rick & Wendy,
Continue to give, take and share hugs! Take the time you need for you...I care.
Darla

SusanK said...

Keeping you and yours in my thoughts. At times like these art takes a back seat but it's always there when you're ready.

Dianal said...

My thoughts are with you and your family. I know that all your blogging friends are saying prays to help your family through this.
Take care Wendy!

Jessica said...

Praying for you and your family. God Bless!

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Elisabeth said...

my heart goes out to you and your family in this trying time.

Kathy said...

We will wait. Please take whatever time you need. My prayers are with you and your family.

Tami B. said...

I'm so sorry for your brother's diagnosis and the loss of your dear cousin. Sending lots of hugs and wishes for peace in the days ahead.

Colleen - the AmAzINg Mrs. B said...

I know what you are going through..We lost our dear brother in January..but I wanted to tell you, we spent some the of most precious time together during his illness..saying all the things we wanted to..remembering all the great times..and he never, NEVER gave up..and either did we. Don't give up..let him decide if he wants to talk and listen, listen, listen - my prayers are with you both.

nonnie said...

my thoughts are with you and your family - everyone is right - that should be your focus right now....take whatever time you need...guess what...we will all still be here even if it is months from now...we can live without sneak peaks and teases...we can even make art with the great Wendy stamps that we already have -we will all be thrilled with the new ones! Think of it this way - you will not be torturing us with peaks of things we cannot get for 30, 45 or even 60 days - so we will have more time to make art right now today - which I think would be a good way to send postive energy your way! Hang in there and take care of yourself too - you will need a lot of strength in the months to come...

Linda R said...

Wendy, I hope you really take this to heart and hear me LOUD AND CLEAR.

NOTHING is more important than you spending time with your brother - take ALLLLLL the time you need.

Believe me when I say we will ALL be here whenever you and your stamps get here - we are not going anywhere.

And peeks - it really doesn't matter when you get down to it - we already know we want the stamps. You could sell them sight unseen so no worries.

There is a LOT of praying going on, which pleases Him who watches over your brother. Take YOUR time, it's the only thing money can't buy.

I'm sending angels that you can't see, but they are there ;-)

paperqueen said...

Add my thoughts and prayers to those being sent by all your art friends. Having you close by will make what comes next much easier for your brother to bear.
We'll all still be here whenever you're ready to share some art with us!
Eileen in NYC

Bethan said...

Dearest Wendy...your priority must be your brother..sod the stamps, we can see them again! you go do what you have to do, remember we'll all be here when you get back, whenever that may be. hugs and best wishes for a complete and rapid recovery for your brother.

Vicki in MD said...

Wendy, as all the others have said - family comes first (always) but especially when family needs you. And your's definitly needs you now. You can not turn back the hands of time and you will never regret the time you spend with your brother when he clearly needs you more than we do. Good thoughts and prayers are sent to you!

Dorothy said...

I will be praying but y ou need to get rest.

Nancy said...

Dearest Wendy (yes, Peter Pan is my hero) ... please do not give one moment of thought or energy to sharing peeks with us or whatever else you think you "should" do for us. We are here now to support you and your family - it's our time to give back to you.
I will continue to keep you, your brother, your family in my thoughts & prayers. *Hugs*, dear Wendy.

Melody (lacyquilter) said...

Hugs & prayers are with you, Wendy.

Tona said...

I'm so sorry to hear about your brother. Sending hugs your way.

Rachel Greig said...

Hi Wendy, I'm so sorry to hear about your brother :( Sending some big hugs your way!
xxxxx

KAT said...

Wendy - what can I say to provide you with some comfort? I hope that all goes well with your brother's treatments and that you can find some peace and joy!

Wanda H said...

Wendy, I am so sorry. Do you just have one brother? I know you have deadlines and things to do but it's important to be there for your family and take care of yourself. We love you!!!

pixiedust61 said...

Wendy, I am sorry to hear this news. I will think many healing thoughts and sending positive energy your brother's way. I will wish for successful treatment. Sending you and your family lots of love.
Carol

Sherry Goodloe said...

The art parts and stamps and any of that other stuff will be here . . .take the time needed to spend with your brother sweet lady.

x's and o's from the west coast.