It has been about a week since I wrote my last blog post. Lots of things have been going on here. The biggest thing that happened was my dad got his PT scan results today to determine how he was doing with his treatment for his lung cancer. It has now been 7 months since his initial diagnosis of stage IV lung cancer. Since then he has gone through 6 rounds of chemo and 2 hospital stays. As of 6 weeks ago he started a pill treatment which is something he has taken every day but we wouldn't find out the results til today.
So I went with my parents today to the doctor to see what was gone on. Short of a miracle of the cancer totally leaving my dad's body, we got the best news we could have gotten. The total volume of my dad's tumor has shrunk by close to 85%. After we heard the results, I heard a collective sigh of relief in the doctor's office. My dad is by no means out of the woods but he can now at least see some light.
Throughout this diagnosis with my dad, I sometimes wonder when the other shoe will drop. I have seen 2 friends in the same period lose their parents to cancer so why is it that my dad is doing so well? I don't have the answer to that. I am just going to learn to be thankful and have faith that this is the time my parents can enjoy themselves a bit. I already convinced them to take a trip this summer to see my dad's family. The tix are booked and my parents are super excited (even if they don't admit it to me).
In the meantime, I spoke to the doctor and my dad will have a bone scan so that we can see more clearly how the other hot spots of cancer are doing in his body. As I told the doctor I would rather we know now than later if there is an issue we need to address.
In the meantime, my dad has been joking around with the kids - here he is with baby girl (she is trying to escape) .
I have also been busy planning my boy's 5th birthday party. Seeing as he is an angry birds fan, we decided he will have an angry birds party. So I have been busy sewing all of these guys:
And we were busy working on his birthday invitation - to keep it simple I decided I will use some ideas I have seen floating around of a "Save the Date" idea by putting the info on his party in a frame and taking his photo with it:
I have been making these angry birds like crazy using a tutorial I found here. I do want to try to make all the angry birds for the boy in time for his Birthday as part of my present to him. But we will see as he also requested a pinata and for that I will have to come up with something.
And finally I have a new zipper trim tutorial up to make these:
And sign ups started last week for Artistic Journey 2011, we are almost sold out for the event! So excited I know it will be amazing.
I have also been working hard on our mid-release. All the details should be out by the end of the month with lots of fun new goodies from Maya Road you will definitely want to have. Can't wait to share it with you all.