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Monday, May 15, 2017

Asking for help

is very difficult for some,
I know it is for me.
I made this piece of art in a four-step process
over the month of March.
It goes clockwise.
1.  Received my cancer diagnosis
2. Drowning
3. OK, coming up for air
4. I can do this.

I still go back and forth and around the circle.
I have surgery the first week of May, and
some days I am finding it hard to keep
my head above water.

I am saying the "c" word out loud more and more
and so far, the thing that has helped pull
me up the most is the support of other artists
in my small community.

I have decided to reach out and ask for
cards from my friends. I love to get cards
in the mail.  and I love to get artsy cards.
It will cheer me and give me strength.

If you are so inclined,
I would love to receive some words of support
at this challenging time of my life.

My snailmail address is:
101, 248 Sunterra Ridge Place
Cochrane, Alberta, Canada  T4C 2J6

I did it.
I asked.
Thanks, friends,
it's good just to say it out loud.



  1. Hi, you may not remember me (Sherry Pollack), but I used to do digital collages for the challenges. My art has moved in a different direction over the past couple of years. I don't know exactly how your latest blog posting popped up on my computer, but I'm glad it did. I am so very sorry to hear about your diagnosis. It's so good that you are asking for what you need from your friends. I'll check in from time to time on your blog (which looks fabulous, by the way), and who knows, you might receive a little something from me by snail mail at some point!:) Take care, Sherry

    1. Ohmygodness, Sherry, I was thinking about you the other day! (Notice your blog is one of my links-lol) Just this message from you here has made this worthwhile! Hugs and a big thank you to you for stopping by!

  2. I feel so sorry about your diagnostic and pray for you. Two of my friends have been the same and operated. Now they are healthy and happy. So, all will go well, believe it!
    Big hug xx

    1. Thank you Sirkkis, messages like yours lift my spirits and give me hope! hugs.

  3. Hello Patti. That is so not-fair. For some reason I just decided to pop over to see you again. Stand by your letter box (but not for a while as snails take some time to get to the States from here). Sending lots of love. Hang on in there.
    Just to make sure - is your postcode T4C 2J6?

  4. That is not much of a question as your comments just did the squiggly letters again! How about Tea For Christmas Two June Six, I now think that is it.

  5. Haha, I am going to change the font on that right now. If this comment doesn't do it, look up at the original post. Thanks my friend! T4C 2J6

  6. So sorry to hear about your diagnosis, Patti. It must be tough, it's certainly not fair, but try to stay positive, be strong and be brave - you CAN do this! Sending love and prayers your way. xx

  7. i'm so sorry to hear this and yet so glad you shared it. i love you and am sending big giant healing peals of love your way. and will also send snail mail. go ahead and feel all your feelings, the good and the bad. but take heart because you are deeply greatly loved and you can heal from this. xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoo

    1. Thank you Michele, I appreciate your kind words. Hugs.

    2. verifying: is your house number 101,248? i've never seen a house number like that. thanks. xo

  8. Ooooh dear Patti, I'm so sorry about this news.
    You are one of the most sweet and generous lady I know and you really don't deserve that.
    I think of Rian too...
    A lot of friend of mine had passed this kind of hard trial, and now they are healthy and fulfilling.
    So, be strong my dear friend, don't give up and stay yourself.
    I'm thinking of you every day from now on.
    I take you in my arms.

  9. I think you and I met through Rian, Sim, did we not?
    Thank you my dear friend.

  10. My dear Patti, I am sooo very sorry to hear this! Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers always and also know that I believe in you and your strength and will power to overcome this! Be strong and brave, and cry when you need to,but get right back up and fight for your life! The community is here for you,I am here, stretching out to give you hugs and love! Sending healing thoughts and prayers out into the universe that they may find and help you through! lots of love and huge hugs,Patti!

    1. Thanks you Jackie, I can feel the hugs. :-))

  11. I'm so sorry to hear of your cancer diagnosis... sounds positive though that you are able to have surgery. I cannot imagine what it is like to be told you have cancer... it must be devastating. I know it was to me when my daughter was diagnosed with cancer. she was so much stronger than everyone around her... sending you love xxx

    1. Thank you so much Mandy, I appreciate your kind words.

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  12. I am so sorry to hear that cancer has raised it's ugly head in you life. I pray the all will go well for you. Do what you need to, to get through this and know that we your friends are thinking of you and praying for your quick and complete recovery. Please let us know how you are coming along. Best wishes, Deann

    1. Thank you Deann, just knowing that I have friends who care make all the difference in the world. I will keep you posted. Likely through my art!


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