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Giving My Mom Dignity as Her Fight Against Cancer Continues

13 Feb

My mom was diagnosed with stage four ovarian cancer in late 2009. She’s beaten the odds for a long time, really. She has never been one to give in, and she continues to fight.

She was admitted to the hospital over the weekend after experiencing severe abdominal pain. Eventually we learned that some of the tumors that had formed in her abdomen had created an obstruction to the point that she can no longer properly digest food. She underwent a procedure last night that would help to alleviate the pain and symptoms she had been experiencing. Prior to that, she had a nasogastric tube in that rendered her unable to speak.

My mom was able to speak today, finally. It was such a relief to hear her voice. She told me about her string of visitors and how she missed her dogs. She asked me if it was cold or snowy outside here in New York. She told me not to worry about her because she was being taken care of and a lot of family and friends had come to visit.

She always says that — not to worry about her. She’s always thinking about someone other than herself.

I fly out Friday morning. I try to keep distracted until then. My sister has been a constant presence at her side, as has one of our brothers, and our oldest brother is coming to visit this weekend. I’m so thankful for that.

I hope we can take her home this weekend. I hope we can give her the dignity and support she deserves. I hope we can convey how much she means to us and how blessed we are to have a mother who fought for herself and for us.


Designing for cuteness: My card collection

3 Aug

I spent this past weekend visiting my parents, sister and her daughter. It was a laid back weekend, with the exception of some horrid virus I’m trying to battle right now. It hit me out of nowhere yesterday.

Anyway, before I become completely bed-ridden, I wanted to share some designs I created over the weekend with the help of my very creative 10-year-old niece. Children really have a different way of looking at the world and when I got stuck on the bear design I made, she was right there to give me advice. She really seemed to enjoy watching me play with Photoshop. Maybe she’ll latch on and grow up to do graphic design 🙂

Anywho, without further ado, here are a series of cutesy graphics I made. I’m thinking they may work well as greeting cards. Your thoughts and advice are always appreciated. Enjoy.

Happy Panda

Monkey Face

Yum Cupcake

Happy Bearday