Life throws a curve ball

Hello my sewing friends. I have sewing makes I haven’t shared yet, but life has thrown me a major curve ball.

I posted on my Instagram but wanted to share here for those that do not follow Instagram. I found out about 3 weeks ago that I have a large brain tumor. It is sad, shocking, scary news. I had no clue and feel totally blindsided by this. Yes, I have chronic health issues and migraines, but I really was not expecting to hear tumor.

My thoughts and emotions are all over the place. A week before the tumor news we were pre-approved to find a new house. We were so excited to be house hunting. Two days after the tumor news I missed the last 2 stairs and broke my foot, AND THEN 3 days later found out I still have C. Diff. I feel like I just cannot win! I have been having much more painful headaches and my right side of my face feels like a horse kicked it since about August. I actually had to argue with my doc to send me over to my neurologist. I have been having blurred vision in the R eye for about a year or so now and weird episodes they think are silent seizures. I’ve cried a lot. I am angry, I have asked why, how, WHY. I wonder how much shit one person can be given to deal with in life. And then I cry again.

All I want to do is sew and craft and enjoy a nice, long, boring life.

The last 3 weeks have been almost constant appointments and meetings with surgeons and tests. We live within 2 hours or Rochester Mayo, but driving there every other day is exhausting. My whole family is just exhausted, shocked, and stressed.

Because the tumor is large, and long I have to have a full craniotomy. It is around my eye nerve, pushing into my sinus and nose and also around my carotid artery. Yes, it definitely sounds super scary. I am utterly terrified. I have to have 4 surgeons because of all the parts the tumor wraps around and pushes against. My main surgeon says 8-12 hours surgery; 5-10 days in hospital; and about 3 months recovery.

I wanted to let you all know and say that I probably won’t be posting for about 4 months. I hope to recover well and get right back to sewing but I have zero idea how any of this surgery and recovery will play out. Everyone recovers differently I’m told. Please offer prayers if you are religious, and good thoughts if you aren’t. I appreciate it and I appreciate all of you!

Thanks and happy sewing.



  1. I am so saddened for you. I am offering prayers and warm cyber hugs. Know that your sewing friends, wherever we may be, are sending all the best for you and your family.


  2. I know everyone reading your post is probably feeling as I am – overwhelmed with what to say! Anything said just seems so SMALL in the face of what YOU are facing. Just be assured our hearts are with you as you steer into this storm ahead and all our wishes for a speedy, peaceful and uneventful recovery are keenly set in your direction. Visualizing yourself months from now happily in your sewing space may indeed sustain you through these next few months.


  3. I’ve read your blog for ages but have never commented, but I just have to send many healing thoughts your way. What a crap load you have to deal with. I hope that all your treatments/surgeries go well and that you are well on the road to recovery when next we hear from you. Good luck and best wishes.


  4. I love reading your blog and was actually worried that something might be wrong. Though I only know you through these pages, you can be sure that I will keep you, your doctors and surgeons and your family in my prayers! One day at a time and one hour at a time and you will make it through.


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