Thursday Thoughts: Play/Pause


  • Had some very bad news a few weeks ago
  • that has put me into an
  • internal tailspin
  • a dear friend
  • let me know she has cancer.
  • it's stage 3
  • and she's scared
  • we all are
  • 43 years old
  • Mom of 3
  • Wife
  • Daughter
  • Sister
  • Aunt
  • Cousin
  • Friend
  • has cancer
  • you may not know her
  • but unfortunately because of the
  • viciousness of this disease
  • no matter what kind of cancer it is
  • you all do know her.
  • I have always wanted this blog 
  • and my podcast
  • to be about my life
  • mainly about what I'm making
  • but also about my family
  • my thoughts on various things
  • I come across in the day-to-day
  • and how I try to add a little creativity
  • to my life
  • here and there.
  • I complain
  • too much sometimes
  • about the little things
  • the "1st World Problems"
  • we all have
  • and we muddle through
  • laugh at ourselves
  • and our foolishness
  • but every once in awhile
  • we are slapped in the face
  • with someone else's problems
  • and it makes us stop
  • and think
  • and reassess 
  • what really matters
  • for me this means I have
  • been walking into my studio
  • and just standing there
  • staring at nothing
  • doing nothing
  • thinking of her
  • feeling selfish because
  • I think of me too
  • my husband
  • my kids
  • my art
  • my life
  • on pause inside
  • on play outside


  1. So sorry about your friend, Tanesha. I sent you an e-mail.

  2. So sorry - our family faced this over the last 20 months and it is so difficult. I will be thinking of you and your friend.

  3. You are not alone. My stepmother has stage 3 - some kind of cancer. I don't know, don't remember, it doesn't matter. She is being treated aggressively and the tumors have stopped growing. There is no guarantee and I am not sure the last 5 months have been pleasant, but she is alive and can look at the view and hear the birds, so that is something. You are not alone. We have all had to go through it in some way. It is how you react that counts. Take food, stop by after work and say hi. Talk about her if she goes on to her next adventure. My FIL is brought up in conversation all the time. He is not with us physically, but it means he lives on in our hearts. xx

  4. I am sorry, I applaud your courage to mention it. My brother is stage 4, little hope. He is younger than me. I have shared with few. It does make you stop and pause and look at your own life. Your friend is blessed to have you in her life. Caring, loving, helping and even crying with her as I am sure if it hasn't happened yet it will.

  5. I am sorry Tanesha. We, too, at this time are facing "the tiger". My mum has liver cancer and although her life can be made easier, there is no cure. We all must deal with this ogre at some time and more often than not multiple times. Keep up your courage and let your friend know that she is loved no matter what.

  6. I am so sorry or hear about your friend Tanesha. It's a painful journey but staying close to her aids in the journey. That is what friends are there for and best at doing. Mary Ann

  7. So sorry Tanesha. Such sad news. I'm sure you will be a good friend to her in her time of need.

  8. Thank you for sharing your thoughts, your heartache. I think of that a lot, how quilting really doesn't matter, but it sure makes life better. :)

    I appreciate your podcast and blog more than you know. You are my favorite.

  9. Praying....not much more to say! So difficult!!!

  10. Oh I am so sorry! That is such tragic news. I will send positive thoughts and hope for miracles.

    Just a thought...it isn't selfish to be grateful for your life and all of the joy that you have. We all have our challenges and they come in their own time.

    Sending you and your friend peaceful thoughts.

  11. I'm so sorry to hear the news about your friend. I'll keep her in my prayers. I do have good new that I hope will help her and you. My best friend was diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer last February. It wasn an aggressive cancer and she was treated with strong chemo immediately. She had 6 treatments and is now in remission. I thank God every day. She doesn't have to do any radiation or surgery right now. I pray your friend comes thru the same way. I didn't think I could do much to help my friend, but she said I let her talk about whatever she wanted, whenever she wanted. She could cry one minute and laugh the next and never worry how I would take it. So, I guess I was able to help. So, my advice to you ... be there for her. Check on her when you can and just let her know you're there.

  12. Praying, Tanesha, for you and her.


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