Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Myeloma Update and ICAD 2015

Myeloma update: Last Thursday I developed a pain in my ribs on my left hand side, on my back. It was a steady pain then it would get worse and then there would be shooting pain. Anyhow I went to the hospital on Saturday afternoon after spending Friday night on the recliner as I was more comfortable there than in bed. The doctor sorted out my pain medication and I went home on Sunday afternoon. I did have an x-ray taken, they are looking for a lesion - where the cancer has 'eaten' away at the bone - causing bone pain but have found nothing and I may need a CT scan. I have been pain free since Tuesday lunchtime but this morning my rash has returned. :(

This is me on April 1st before I began treatment and on July 1st - the moon face is from the steroids I take.

Index Card A Day 2015 Update:
Day 28
I really liked this page from an old book that I had brayered paint onto especially the title "What Every Woman Knows". Then I found this quote - "Time has a wonderful way of showing us what really matters". How true.

Index Card A Day 2015 - the aim is to create a little piece of art on an index card, everyday for 61 days.  Here are my first 30 days/cards.

Day 29 and 30

Days 19 - 27

Days 9 - 18

Hope everything is going well with you in your life.

Friday, 26 June 2015

Beautiful Faces

Here are some of the beautiful faces I have created in Jane Davenport's Beautiful Faces class.

Here are some other faces I have created:

Monday, 22 June 2015

Meet Gertie - Big Big Hat Girl

Gertie was created when I gave myself permission to create whatever I liked in my new art journal. I bought some watercolour paper - 300gsm, hot pressed, smooth, Fabriano - and created an art journal.  Then I decided to create a big, big hat girl using the full length of the paper as opposed to a page.

Watercolour Art Journal,  38cm x 56cm
Mixed Media - watercolour paints, watersoluble crayons, pencils, pens, acrylic paints, gelli prints.

I chose the name Gertie after someone mentioned Dr Suess!

Gertie was awesome fun to create and I have so many more ideas for big, big hat girls that involve feathers, birds, nests, leaves and flowers.....

Have a great day!

Wednesday, 10 June 2015

Myeloma Update and ICAD 2015

Great news - the chemo is working - my paraprotein (a protein found in the blood only as a result of cancer or other disease) levels are down from 24 to 2 with 0 being the goal! I have started Cycle 3 and have an appointment with a specialist re a Stem Cell Transplant.  My hair is thinning and now and again I'm doing the drunk old lady wobbly walk but apart from that I'm doing ok.

Day 9 ICAD 2015

I am also participating in ICAD 2015 - Index Card A Day 2015 - a challenge to create artwork on an index card every day for two months in June and July organised by Tammy Garcia from Daisy Yellow Art.  Each day has and optional theme - day 9 was carrot and lemon so I used the colour scheme or orange and yellow to create my artwork with an inspiring quote.

Here are some previous days index cards:

                                              Days 1-8 ICAD 2015 and front cover.

Hope everything is going well for you, take care, love and hugs, Michelle.  xxx

Sunday, 24 May 2015

Mixed Media Flip Tags with Vanessa Priestly

I have created these mixed media flip tags with direction from Vanessa Priestly in one of the arty FB groups I belong to.

The challenge was to create 12 months of inspiration and encouragement to remind ourselves each month about how wonderful and special we are.

Due to my ill health I used what collage pieces etc that I had, no rushing to the shops to buy anything due to my medication, but this was all part of the fun.  I used manilla folders for my tags and sprayed them with inks.  Then found some serivettes/napkins and gelli prints to collage on as well as lace and other happy mail ephemera I have received.  Yes, I created more than 12 as 16 was how many the folders turned  Ribbon threaded through the top hole looks great too.

In a similiar vein I'm going to try to do ICAD 2015 - Index Card A Day 2105 - in June and July - with Daisy Lemon.  Last year I used index cards to clean my brayer whilst gelli printing and I gelli printed onto some of them and collaged so I would have some backgrounds started for this years challenge...this should be fun as I'll be using what I've got and I've never done it before.

Have a great weekend....

Wednesday, 20 May 2015

National Myeloma Day 2015

Today is National Myeloma Day where we make people aware of what Myeloma is - also known as multiple myeloma it is cancer of the plasma cells. I have 'Magic' Myeloma because I know it's going to disappear!  :D

I found out I had Myeloma through a blood test which showed I had high paraprotein levels.  After seeing a Haemotologist and more tests I had a CT Scan which showed lesions on bones in my chest are and lower spine which were causing a lot of pain.  Many older people find out they have Myeloma when they break a bone and x-rays show lesions.

The doctors are looking  for the common symptoms of multiple myeloma which are CRAB: C = Calcium (elevated), R = Renal failure, A = Anemia, B = Bone pain/lesions. And I had the bone lesions and pain.

I started cycle 2 of my chemo yesterday, it was delayed a week due to a high temp and infection and the Dr put me on antibiotics.  I'm feeling ok, I'm walking nice and straight, not wobbly as I was a few weeks ago like a drunk old lady. I still have my hair but more is falling out than usual but I have been blessed with thick who knows....

Hope all is well in your world, take care, Mxxx