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May 24, 2015

My Design As It Unfolds . . . . . . .

It was a very different experience when I created Ron's cancer design.  
I was on the outside looking in.
Not this time.

I am a woman of faith in good times and bad.  The scriptures are a source of strength and encouragement to me.  I knew one of them would become the very center of my life while I went through my surgery and treatment.

I will admit that there is nothing about having surgery that appeals to me on any level.  
In fact I find it all a bit terrifying.  

On the day I went in to the hospital I had written this verse on a small slip of paper and rolled it up in my hand and held it there.  Close to the time for the surgery, the anesthesiologist came in to talk to me as they do.  I asked him if he would keep the paper with the verse in my hand during surgery and he vowed he would.  

Once I woke in recovery, the first thing I said was, I'm thirsty and where is my paper!  The paper was held tightly in my left hand, badly wrinkled but with me.  

I remember kissing it and feeling relief that the words written on it made that journey with me.

This is Isaiah 41:10 as it unfolds...............


I took my first stitches two days after surgery.


Progress in the first week.  


All is well......my recovery is taking time but that's ok.  
I feel I have a lot of it going forward.

Diane

77 comments:

  1. Fear not... we hear that repeated in Scripture for a reason. Praying for you and waiting expectantly to see your design finished. ❤️

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    1. Thank you! I have a good bit more finished now. Just waiting to release it in sections for all to see.

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  2. On June 10, I will be 22 years from diagnosis. One of your many cross-stitch fans. Saying a prayer. Can't wait to see the design.

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    1. Good for you! I hope you like the design as it unfolds.

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  3. I do not know you personally, I know from this what you write that you are strong and have a strong faith... As a lover of your designs I know this design your creating will help you heal and aid you in many ways, I look forward to seeing your design. I wish you well and a speedy recovery... I just wish I could say or do more for you.

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    1. Thank you so much. You have done plenty!

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  4. Here I sit at work on my break crying... And my coworker comes in. It touched me when you told me before, it touches me no less today. I love you, you got this!!

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    1. Only happy tears Vonna. :) Hugs!

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  5. You are a strong woman....love you. You strengthen me!

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    1. Thanks so much Ann. I have felt a bit weak off and on throughout these past weeks. It makes me feel better knowing that somehow I strengthen you!

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  6. This passage has comforted me many times. Praying for a complete and quick recovery for you.

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    1. Kindred hearts. Thank you!

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  7. We are all here for you .. Strength in numbers!

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  8. As each new day moves forward may you feel strength and know God is with you.
    You are in my thoughts and prayers. What a beautiful scripture to comfort you.

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    1. Thank you Sandi. I know He is!

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  9. So very inspiring. Thank you for sharing.

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    1. I'm glad you felt inspired Gracie!

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  10. Dearest Diane, We pray for you daily. You are so special to me in so many ways, and a true inspiration. You fill our lives with such beauty and healing. Your healing design is so very lovely, and I'm sure will be a blessing for you and for so many countless people who need so many kinds of healing. Peace, health, love, and joy to you now and always, with love, Shari

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    1. Shari thank you from the bottom of my heart. I have been hoping that cancer would manifest in positive ways for myself and others!

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  11. That was the perfect scripture to carry into surgery and throughout your journey. I have faith that the Lord will give you the strength you need. For this I will continue to pray for you and your family.

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    1. Yes it was Minnie..........there are so many I could have taken with me but this one spoke the loudest. I hope the design will be a blessing to others as well. Thank you!

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  12. That is an awesome story Diane. God bless you. I am praying.

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    1. Thank you Vickie. God Bless you too!

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  13. We're praying for you every single day!

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  14. What a wonderful testimony of faith! blessings, marlene

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  15. What a beautiful passage to help you through your healing journey.........you are an inspiration to all of us and I continue to pray that all will be well with you and Ron:)

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  16. Wishing you continued strength and recovery, and will be waiting for your design to unfold...

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  17. Praying for you Diane. I hope you continue to find strength in that verse and in your stitching.

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  18. Anonymous3:17 PM

    You stay strong you have so many people praying for you so
    stay strong you'll get through this
    Darlene North

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    1. I sure will get through it Darlene. Thank you!

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  19. wishing you all the very best and loads of strength.

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  20. I'm crying and praising along with you. I love the verse in Ps 57 that says "Be merciful unto me, O Lord, be merciful, for my soul trusteth in thee. In the shadow of Thy wings will I make my refuge until these calamities be overpast." Keep trusting and nestle into the shadow of His wings. They may block the sunshine for awhile, but it is a safe and comforting place to rest. You are in my prayers! {{Gentle Hugs}} and hopes for a quick and complete recovery. ~ Tricia

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    1. Tricia......thank you for writing out that Scripture. It too is a perfect place to find comfort and rest.

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  21. Blessings to you on your journey!

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  22. I think you found the perfect scripture. Continued prayers to you and Ron.

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  23. Isaiah 41:10
    You are such a strong lady, praying for you and Ron in holy city Jerusalem

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    1. Hoping I know the experience of walking and praying in the holy city! Thank you so much!

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  24. Isaiah 41:10
    You are such a strong lady, praying for you and Ron in holy city Jerusalem

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  25. Diane, You are so strong and inspiring! I am praying and thinking of you!

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  26. Praying God will give you both strength and comfort at this time,

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    1. Thank you Donna. :) He has!

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  27. Praying God will give you both strength and comfort at this time,

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  28. I think that is one of the things that attracts me to your designs... There are often scriptures in them! And I am very inclined to stitch and share scripture!! It looks great so far, can't wait to see more! Hugs!

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    1. That's wonderful to read. Thank you so much!

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  29. I think that is AWESOME that you did that with the paper and you are graphing it out. I look forward to seeing the final product! Keep the faith....NO MATTER WHAT.....God will always be there for you....in good times and bad!

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    1. Yes, it's so true Brenda. I had the chart designed, kitted and in the Q-snap before I went in for surgery. It made it so easy to get started on day two when I came home. :)

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  30. Dear Diane - it is so evident how very much you are loved and how precious you are to all of us. You have shared so much love and beauty and talent with us and now we will thank you with our prayers and blessings and strength to help you and Ron through this.

    I walk the Susan G. komen 3-Day, 60-Mile Walk every year (The3day.org) which is a 3-Day walk that brings awareness and raises funds in the fight against breast cancer. This year will mark my 10th walk and this year I will walk proudly in your honor.

    May you find the strength, prayers, blessings and love sent especially to you and to your family.

    xo - Barb

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    1. Barb I cannot thank you enough. What an honor!

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  31. Diane dear ~ You are such an inspiration.......Cannot think of any circumstance in which
    Isaiah 41:10 would not be a spiritual blessing. Wishing you His healing mercies and strength.

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  32. You let us see beautiful scriptures.

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  33. The most comforting passage. I send you best wishs, it looks like you have so much love and support behind you ... Sending a prayer for a successful recovery.

    Karen in VA

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  34. I will be praying for you. I've been where you are. My husband had colon cancer and surgery, then chemo in 2003. He is doing well and cancer has not returned. I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2013 followed by radiation. This past April I am 2 years cancer free. Your cross stitch design is one I would like to stitch...love the scripture reference. God bless you and your family. Phyllis

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    1. I will be publishing it Phyllis but not for a while yet. :)

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  35. What you did with the paper was beautiful and biblical. It is Isaiah 26:3 lived out -- thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee, because he trusteth in thee. Your mind was stayed on the Lord and He brought you peace. He loves you and more than anything, He wants you to trust Him more than ever and grow immensely through this trial. Love to you and your family......you have blessed all of us and continue to do so!

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    1. Thank you for your encouragement Holly!

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  36. What a lovely verse.... . It gives one hope, strength and peace.

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  37. Fear Not!! Such true words, easier said than done but so very true! God is with you every step on this journey and I will continue to pray daily for you my friend! Love you!!!

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  38. God Bless you and your family....."During your times of trial and suffering, when you saw only one set of footprints....I carried you". Let God carry you. Lisa K

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  39. Anonymous4:36 AM

    Keeping you in prayer during your recovery. Donna Pheneger

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  40. Diane you encourage me with your faith. If we didn't have that where would we be. We will be holding you up in prayer like we Ron and let God do His work. God bless you and be with you as you walk down this path.

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  41. Diane you encourage me with your faith. If we didn't have that where would we be. We will be holding you up in prayer like we Ron and let God do His work. God bless you and be with you as you walk down this path.

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  42. Diane you encourage me with your faith. If we didn't have that where would we be. We will be holding you up in prayer like we Ron and let God do His work. God bless you and be with you as you walk down this path.

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  43. I think that is AWESOME that you did that with the paper and you are graphing it out.

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Thank you so much for taking time from your day to drop me a line or two!

Diane