Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Full Circle

So on Sunday, I had a celebration of the end of my chemo treatments. Believe me, I could not be happier to be DONE! I invited friends to join me at a restaurant and we had this cake with icing that was the same blue as the chemo I had.

I wanted to give special gifts to my friends Lisa & Lance for all their help. Lance drove me to all my chemo treatments so I wouldn't have to deal with the stress of driving and Lisa went with me to hold my hand, keep me company and kick the nurses' butts when necessary. (And believe me, there were times when it was!) They both were there when I needed them, sometimes even before I could ask and I really appreciated it.

Maria Lamb painted these watercolour portraits of their puppy Dexter for me to give to them and I think she did a wonderful job capturing his likeness.

I think they were both surprised and delighted. See? Lance is smiling!

These are the party favours I made. I got new pill bottles from my pharmacy and filled them with blue jelly beans. I printed some vintage medicine labels from my collection and stuck them on.

Later in the evening, it dawned on me that we had all these pill bottles sitting on the table and to anyone looking at that, we probably looked like a bunch of junkies or a suicide cult or something. We had a good laugh about that.

It was great to see friends I haven't seen in awhile. We've kept in touch via email, but it felt good to get together and talk and laugh and hug them.

I didn't know I was going to, but I got pressies!


And see that bag in front of Lisa & Penn? Well it held a very special gift, from the hands and hearts of my close circle of friends, organized by Penn. I was so surprised and humbled by their gift.

This is the beautiful book they made for me, filled with art, words of encouragement and charms. You can take a peek at the pages below.

I have always said I have the best friends in the world. They are exceptional human beings and I am very blessed to have them in my life.

May the circle be unbroken.


halowrites said...

what a gorgeous, gorgeous gift. I'm so glad you're surrounded by so much love. :) <3

HappyDayArt! said...

Mwah! I saw your youtube video and came here to give you a virtual kiss. Love you!

Catherine Witherell

sherry ♥ lee said...

I'm so happy for you that the chemo is over...and it is something so very much to the cake, love the portraits you had done of Dexter (wonderful gift!) and the pill bottles cracked me up (what a great idea!!!). And pressies for you? But of course!!! Friends and family often take us by surprise, in many ways...and I love how you ended your post. May the circle always remain unbroken.

Diva Kreszl said...

Continuing to hold you in my prayers!

Sharrin said...

Congratulations! What a wonderful celebration filled with love! It is a blessing indeed to have so many people in your corner.

With best wishes always,


Joan Tucker said...

We add out best wishes to you collection; happy chemo freedom. Joan T and lana W

bettyann said...

Take care..what great and funny the pill idea..looks like you had fun at the old spagetti factory..

Lisa said...

congrats on the end of chemo...been on a bit of blogging break due to work...summer and was glad to see this post. Wishing you well.