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And So It Ends

All this time spent battling this, battling that.. being strong, crying in my solitude.. giving that stiff upper lip that seems so popular.. can I drop all this now and just be me?

Final surgery done.. the pain.. well.. comes with the territory doesn’t it.. the stiffness.. just have to work through it..

A year and half has passed since the words “cancer” and “you have” have been linked and I believe I’m so much different now. Some of my harder edges are gone.. I cry at the drop of a hat (or the mention of the work CANCER).. I get cold easier.. and hot. Pain has been a constant companion and I have learned that aspirins are my friends (along with a number of other drugs) and bed.. oh bed.. that wonderful mattress that just grabs me and pulls me in.. holds and protects me… I LOVE MY MATTRESS!!

My art waits patiently in the corner – as it always has – waiting for that first touch.. that first stroke..

Just to let you know I’m home.. not all that functional yet but working on it.. and thanks for all those prayers and well wishes.. I know they helped..

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Living with the changes that cancer brings.

I love what I do and I do what I love.. been drawing for over 60 years now – I hope I’ve got it right.

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    BLYTHARTover 4 years ago

    You have certainly suffered. Let’s hope and pray you can now put all that behind you, slowly recover your strength and then resume doing those delightful paintings.

  • I can’t wait!! and thanks for caring..

    – BarbBarcikKeith

  • jesika
    jesikaover 4 years ago

    Welcome back. Our thoughts remain with you, we are delighted to hear from you.
    J,J Girlies & Silky

  • I’m delighted to be able too!!

    – BarbBarcikKeith

  • Manolya  F.
    Manolya F.over 4 years ago

    Welcome back dear. I hope you get better and recover yourself so quickly.
    with love

  • I’m going slow this time.. don’t want any MORE problems.

    – BarbBarcikKeith

  • Marlene Piccolin
    Marlene Piccolinover 4 years ago

    No one should have expected you to ‘be’ any certain way BUT yourself. This was a major life event, and everyone responds to and works through it differently. I am very glad to hear your knife events seem to be at an end. May you stay well, and regain a zest for life and art. Hopefully, this is just another low point, and the old adage ‘and this too shall pass’ will be true for you.

  • total agreement!!

    – BarbBarcikKeith

  • Kathy Newton
    Kathy Newtonover 4 years ago

    It is so good to hear from you, now it is getting well time !!!! :) Your artwork, when you can do those brush strokes again, will be such a healing :) It won’t be far off, you are on your way to good again !!!! :) God Bless,

  • Thanks so much

    – BarbBarcikKeith

  • Shanna J. S. Dunlap
    Shanna J. S. D...over 4 years ago

    God Bless You. You are in my prayers. : )

  • apparently they work!! Thanks..

    – BarbBarcikKeith

  • Macky
    Mackyover 4 years ago

    So happy to hear that the hill is no more, wonderful Barb!! I got good news today too, daughter’s blood tests came back perfectly normal to the big C has taken leave :-) Scan and mamo next week just to be sure. Thank God for you, for her!!

  • You made me tear up.. that’s such good news.. if I could jump I would!! – for Joy, that is.. and thank God for people like you too.. without all of you.. don’t know if I’d have had the strength..

    – BarbBarcikKeith

  • Leslie Gustafson
    Leslie Gustafsonover 4 years ago

    Wonderful!! Continued healing and restoration to you!:-)

  • and thanks so much..

    – BarbBarcikKeith

  • Laura Grogan
    Laura Groganover 4 years ago

    My goodness, you are an amazing woman. Thank you for sharing such a difficult part of your life with us. Hope you continue getting better. Thinking of you. :)

  • Jean Hildebrant
    Jean Hildebrantover 4 years ago

    Glad you are home, Barbara and I know you will be painting like you always have! It takes time. You’ve been so strong! I pray that you will be free of pain and able to live life to the fullest!

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