28 February 2009

The Crappy Post

..... deep sigh ..... So, for those of you who have been reading this blog for awhile, you already know all the gruesome little details of my health. For those of you that have not, I have had melanoma twice and am currently in treatment. Contrary to much popular belief, while melanoma is skin cancer which many people can have taken off in its early stages in an afternoon, it can also be super scary crazy cancer which enjoys spending it's time growing and spreading to your internal bits. I only mention this to try to get you to have that mole looked at before it becomes something you really have to worry about! Don't get into my situation.

Every Wednesday I fly to Virginia for injections which hopefully act as a sort of cancer vaccine. Well, last Sunday I found a small lump beneath my skin on my back. It's located very close to where my previous surgeries have been. On Wednesday I brought it to the attention of my dream team of doctor's and researchers who thought we should probably do a needle biopsy just to rule out anything we'd need to worry about. A half an hour later we found out that we're entering round three. There were melanoma cells in the tissue.

We flew home that night and the last few days have been pretty chaotic. I had an MRI and CT scan yesterday. Tomorrow we'll be driving down to Virginia so that I can have a PET scan Monday. Hopefully all of these tests will show that this is a small, isolated node and that this thing hasn't gone nuts and decided to travel elsewhere. I should be able to have surgery Tuesday morning, get back into my normal treatment routine and head back home mid-week. I had scans just over a month ago and nothing showed up, so we were pretty shocked by this but we're also very hopeful that we've once again caught this early and will be able to get back to normal quickly.

We'll be closed Sun-Wed while we figure this all out. Feel free to email me anytime. I have every intention of keeping things as close to "business as usual" as possible. My hope is that this won't impact any orders, but should I take an extra day to get back to you please don't think I'm ignoring you. All orders we've already taken are going to ship on time ... no need to panic. We've made all necessary arrangements to ensure that!

Thanks for every one's support throughout this entire ordeal! It's meant a lot to both Dade and I. We're trying not to stress out about this because in the end, there isn't much we can do about it and worrying certainly doesn't help. I've kept busy this morning getting some new images online of a few straight off the press invite orders (you didn't think I'd leave you without eye candy did you?) I'll be updating the blog as we get more info. Now go make an appointment with your dermatologist!


new square damask letterpress insert cards
gold and petal thermographed Mantilla invitations

magenta and cocoa thermographed Charleston invitations with chartreuse envelopes


A Young Conservative's Fiance said...

Hi Rebecca,

Even though we have never met, you have been apart of my life for the past 9 months as I prepare for the most exciting time in my life.

I'm praying for you and hope God heals you 100%!

God has blessed you with such a gift and I hope that through the challenges such as this you see how much you are treasured!


perfect bound said...

Rebecca! Best wishes and endless hugs. I echo the previous comment when I send my prayers and healing hopes for a safe recovery.

cHill Weddings, LLC said...

Hi Rebecca, I was just thinking of you over the weekend. I was showing one of my clients the letterpress you did for our wedding. I'm sorry to hear about your health, but I truly admire your optimism and wonderful attitude. I wish you and Dade all the best, and we'll keep praying for you.

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