Another Bullet Dodged

I’m happy to report my surgery went well and there was no spread of cancer. I did have a whole lot of critters in my abdomen and on certain organs that had to be cut out (over 30!) and the ovary, but aside from my belly button moving to a new spot (again) nothing else major happened. I’m really hoping the things don’t grow back — I can’t get cut open anymore — but I’ll have to be monitored. It seems my body likes to make cysts and other strange masses. I’m more than a little annoyed I was almost sent on my merry way and this wasn’t caught. I knew something was wrong and it still took a nudge to get proper imaging done. So for this round I’m comfortable saying that I caught this, not a doctor for once.

The big issue of why my last surgeon didn’t take care of this in 2014 was because OH NOES MENOPAUSE. Because I’m 38. Well guess what? I’m fine. More than fine. No symptoms at all, and even when I tried that hormone patch I was prescribed, I had to stop it within days because those side effects were worse than any hot flash or mood swing could possibly be. So I’ll be going the supplement and soy route to control things, rather than a drug that makes me feel awful — and causes breast cancer.

The issue of having my leg worked on once more will be dealt with in about 2 years or more. I just can’t get cut open again. It’s bad for so many reasons and I need a break. I’m lucky because I have the choice. A woman in the intake room with me had 12 surgeries in one year, and that is horrible just what it does to your immune system, but she was dying so she has no choice.

Anyway, thanks for all of your messages and emails! On my first day back to work for my one job, I returned 27 phone calls and still had time to somehow put together a last-minute grant application. And then I made some paintings for my show.

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“Regent” 16×16″ oil on panel.

By the way, I’m moving in a new direction, and although I will be doing portrait commissions I won’t be doing figurative work for a while. So go check out some pieces if you feel like you have wanted something for a while. Big and tiny.

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2 Responses to “Another Bullet Dodged”


  1. 1 treena 09/08/2016 at 11:32 pm

    Well, the cancer HALT is a relief. Glad (and not surprised πŸ™‚
    that you were in touch enough with your bod to alert the docs to the fact that they weren’t done yet. Although annoyed (WTF?!? This is their JOB for chrisesakes.)
    Anyway, very happy you’re licking this although shocked about your hubby.
    Swear to G*d, at some point you guys are going to be ‘predisastered’ and should be just golden forever.
    Take care…don’t forget (if you’re up for it by then…) that Firefish is the 19th, in Lorain. Food! Booze! Art! Shit Getting Torched!
    (Also ‘Talk Like A Pirate Day’, if you’re feeling silly. πŸ™‚
    Might be a nice break…xoxo

  2. 2 rosemyworld 09/14/2016 at 2:26 pm

    Glad you are doing well, LOVE THIS PAINTING!


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