Saturday Catch-Up


I know I have posted this in couple of other places, such as MQR and Face Book, but for those that only read my blog, I will share an update about my Mom.  I may just start putting all my updates here, so that those I interact with in other online forums don’t have to see the same info over and over.  Mom’s diagnosis was not a good one.  She has  Mantle Cell Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma. (MCL)  It is one of the rare forms, more aggressive, more difficult to treat, but it is treatable if caught early. We won’t know how advanced it is until after the blood test results are in, and the PET scan is done. I take her Tues for the PET scan. Chemo starts Friday. My Mom is 73 years YOUNG…she is a feisty little go-getter…not a whiner…good attitude. I know she is scared of the chemo…but she is keeping a strong attitude, and thinking positive. I’m scared to death for her, (and for me) but I’m going to mirror her and be strong for her. I will be glad when we know more about what we are facing, on Tuesday. It’s going to be a rough ride, for sure.

It’s been a rough last few days.  We got the diagnosis on Thursday.  I was in a conference in Amarillo Thursday and Friday, which helped keep me occupied and probably helped me not fall apart.  I didn’t get home til 7:30 last night, and was mentally, emotionally and physically exhausted.  I did get to stop by Mom’s on the way home, and visit with her for about thirty minutes.  She is in good spirits, and I know that I have to be strong and positive for her.  It took me awhile to “get going” today.  I stayed in bed til 9:00 am, and just piddled around at things til pretty late this afternoon.  I spent quite a bit of time on phone calls, to Mom and with friends that called to check on me.  I had a customer quilt to get started on, and I was just really dreading it.  I just didn’t have the heart for it.  But, once I made myself load it up, I got started on the stitching, I perked up and really started feeling better…I think it was good for me.  It’s a cheerful little baby quilt.  Now, I’m looking forward to working on it, and getting it finished and back to it’s maker.  Here is a little peek:

11 thoughts on “Saturday Catch-Up

  1. Randi,

    I am so sorry about your mom’s prognosis. I hope and pray that she can beat it!

    Quilting can help you through this. So quilt, my good friend, and I hope that it will at least distract you somewhat.

    I hate what your mom is going through. Big hugs.

  2. well that does stink for sure. i’m glad of the positive attitudes both you and your mom have. i believe it will help. sending prayers and good juju.

  3. What a sweet baby quilt! Please know that we are all here and thinking of you. When you need just a bit more strength, you will feel us.
    Hugs, my friend …

  4. Randi, you and your mom will be on my mind and in my prayers. Quilt, nap, garden, rant – whatever it takes to get you through your days. And know that you have your MQR family to lean on too. ((((Hugs))))

  5. Randi,
    Lately the phrase ‘Thank God for quilting’ seems to apply. It does get us through some difficult times. Sounds like you just did that with the baby quilt. It’ll pull you and your Mom through this– and I hope all goes toward the positive.

  6. I am so sad to hear that your Mom has leukemia. I am keeping your Mom and your family in my prayers. I know this is a tough time for everyone. I’m glad you were able to take a little bit of time to do some quilting. It is healing to step back for a few moments and think of other things. It gives the mind a chance to regroup and prepare.

  7. I am so sorry to hear about your Mom. I am currently going to through the same thing with my Dad. I found out while I was at MQX. If you need to talk, I am available. Praying for your Mom, you and the whole family.

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