Monday, May 10, 2010

A Brief Introduction

Putting my writing career on hold just seemed the thing to do at the time. I wrote freelance for a monthly magazine published locally in my town. After nine years of articles, interviews, and research projects, I was ready for a break. It was about that time I was bitten by the quilting bug.

I have done needlework of some kind since I was ten years old - off and on. Crochet, counted cross stitch, embroidery, sewing. As passing interests would capture my attention, needlework would come and go. But I see this quilting thing being the be all/end all of my needles and thread obsession. I love it and am enjoying it more and having more fun than anything I've done in a long long time.

Now, Dear Reader, hang on as I totally switch gears and try to explain the title of my blog. On March 12, 2010, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. Invasive ductal carcinoma. In later blogs I will go into more detail about the early part of this journey. To put the details in a nutshell for this introductory posting, I had a lumpectomy on March 29. The decision was made to proceed through chemotherapy and later radiation. Today, the lifeport was put in for the chemo to begin within the next two weeks.

For the Quiet Times - I have a strong faith in God. Jesus Christ is my Lord and Savior. Everything I am, have, or will be is due to Him. The devotion in my daily book for this morning stated, "Do not resist or run from the difficulties in your life, These problems are not random mistakes; they are hand-tailored blessings designed for your benefit and growth. Embrace all the circumstances that I allow in your life, trusting Me to bring good out of them. View problems as opportunities to rely more fully on Me." This from a wonderful book by Sharon Young, writing as if Jesus were talking directly to me. Those words kept me very focused this morning as I was in the hospital. As I apply all my circumstances to these words - well, God is doing a good work in me. Even in the midst of cancer. So I shall continue to praise Him - always. Blessed Be the Name of the Lord.

And this is my introduction post. I may not write every day, but through this blog I will keep you, my family and friends posted on all updates of chemo treatments, progress on quilts, and spiritual growth from my Lord.


  1. Rhonda- I think this will help you get through this tough time. Expressing your feelings is very important. I look forward to reading your blog posts! I will be praying for you!! Marilyn

  2. Rhonda,

    I love you and admire your strength and your Faith in God. I sang, "An Eagle When She Flies" yesterday at Church and you definitely fit the description of this song. God Bless

  3. I am so glad that you have this -- a great way to communicate when you want to -- and we can know how to pray and help you better.

  4. Beautiful reminder that God is in control, whether we feel like He is or not. I'm praying for you on your journey. Happy quilting. :-)

  5. Rhonda,

    This is wonderful! A great outlet for you and a great way to keep us all updated too! You are such an inspiration!

    Continued prayers my friend.

    God Bless you ♥

  6. i feel so blessed to call you friend!

  7. A wonderful outlet and a positive start to a hellish journey. Your family and friends, who love you, will be with you every step of the way - holding your hand as you lead, follow, or walk beside.