Friday, 23 January 2015

The Difference A Year Makes...

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It has been a bit of a hectic week
 filled with lots of summer shenanigans and a little light lobster painting
 after a few weeks of crabs, prawns and now a lobster 
 I am thinking it is time to rest the crustaceans
 though I am totally coming back to revisit them at some stage
after all I have fond memories of Phants and the whole lobster in the pool incident
which has me thinking of how I could paint a grasshopper/ lobster hybrid thing
amazing how long ago that was now
but that got me thinking about where I was this time last year



It is the one year anniversary of the last dose out of 16 rounds of chemo
and about this time I was feeling pretty fed up and over it all I have to say
not to mention I was dealing with the planning for upcoming radiation
which meant three planning sessions and getting fifty squillion little dot tattoos
and having the last remaining people in the country get to handle lefty
and generally it was all round pretty bloody awful
necessary and I will be forever grateful for such fabulous results... 
but looking back it amazes me sometimes just how full on and all consuming it all was


A year down the track I am healthier than I have been in many years
I have hair, and eyelashes, and I think the last bit of eyebrow is finally coming in
I have so much more energy and I remain cancer free which is a huge gift 
life is beyond amazing I have to say
I am surrounded by extraordinary friends
an incredible online tribe of fellow artists and creatives that mean the world to me
Phants and Sinus, and Mushu remain the centre of my world
and I wake up every single day so thrilled to be in survivor mode
and have the chance to be painting, and writing and spending time doing what I love
not to mention doing work for companies like GoodnessMe Box
which has been a great challenge and inspiration


If you had of told me this time last year that I would be sitting here feeling so good
I possibly would have whipped the scarf off my head and tried to shove it up your nose
but here I am and it is glorious 
The difference a year makes is quite something... happy painting all...xx

36 comments:

Linda Kunsman said...

YOU dear Tracey are quite something!! I cannot tell you how often I have thought of you and the incredible courageous journey you have been on, and so selflessly shared it all with us. You are an amazing example of hope, honesty, and integrity along with a GENEROUS splash of humor to boot! I cannot tell you how happy I am for you , for your tremendous recovery. Oh, and of course, your fabulous art!! XO

JoyCorcoran said...

I'm glad you never shoved a scarf up anyone's nose. And also that your paintings are so full of color and life and that you share them with us all. And that you make us laugh. Life is precious. Your life is particularly so.

sue said...

Congrats on a one year celebration of life! What a journey of expansion, appreciation and perspective. Hurray to you, the art you share, the humor that keeps us all smiling, and gratitude for each moment!

Jennifer McLean said...

I think it's just unfair for you to draw a delicious lobster and FORGET to draw up the melted butter for dipping! Just cruel Trace, totally cruel. You know C-granny and I couldn't be happier that you're healthy and happy. That's what we always hope for our favorite people. :o)

JackieP Neal said...

Congratulations on your one year anniversary! You ,my friend, are what life is all about! Your art, humor , strength and courage, as well as the love you have and share- you are simply put...wonderful, and I am blessed to know you through this computer! xo

Rita said...

Love the lobster...and you made me reach for the Puffs. I am so glad it is so different a year later. :):):) Say hi to Phoebs! I finally finished the tote so life can get back to normal around here--ROFL! Which means letters! ;)

Valerie-Jael said...

Glad you are feeling so well again, I know how hard it is after cancer. Stay positive and creative. Valerie

Neesie said...

I couldn't be more happy to hear you're feeling so good Trace... all my positive good wishes seem to have come true for you. You have had quite a ride for sure and shared it all which will help so many others I'm sure. You deserve nothing less because you are one special lady. I'm happy to have met you and so priviledged to call you friend.
Love the lobster... he looks good enough to eat!
Take care and carry on giving us brilliant art work accompanied with great tales and side splitting giggles along the way.
xoxo

Giggles said...

Oh dear lady this is so wonderful to hear. Although we never truly heard the pain in your writing voice as your humour disguised it quite well, we knew it was bad. Thankfully this is all behind you and great things are the future forecast! Love hearing the joy in your voice!! Happy Anniversary my friend wishing you great health and loads of creative joy!

Big hugs Giggles

WrightStuff said...

Huge hug!!

cjsrq said...

You are such an inspiration! Congrats on the one year mark! Celebrate, celebrate!

Nic McLean said...

What a fabulous post Tracey. I can't believe it is a year ago already and I couldn't be happier that you are now feeling better than ever before and I couldn't be happier that I can call you a friend (virtual or otherwise) - I just can't wait for the day when that lotto wins comes in so we can get that trip over to Oz to finally meet you in the flesh and give Mushu a good old cuddle!

sheila 77 said...

I was pretty good before I read this but now I am even happier.
Thanks for a great uplifting thankful positive blogpost.

dkatiepowellart.me said...

I met you a bit before your last chemo or maybe just after and am so glad you are on the planet making me laugh at least twice a week. 16 rounds crapity crap crap but thank fully it took. Such a big hugg from me (and Mitchell) to you . . .
BTW I crack up every time I have to prove I am not a robot by checking the box. If I was a really smart robot I might have been programmed to lie.

Corrine at sparkledaysstudio.com said...

I feel like all your painting lately has just been joy. I adore your crustaceans and that lobstah (slang in Maine)as we say up here could go in my pot any day. xox

Gloria J Zucaro said...

I am so glad that year is over. I am looking forward to the classes with Community Thrive, although I may miss some because of family health issues. Have a wonderful week.

Geckostone said...

Wow,congrats on your celebration of being cancer free!!! You are an inspiration to all of us to be grateful every moment for our precious, precious lives.Your illustration of the healthy foods reminds me to take better care of myself,lol.Big hugs, Deb

TwinkleToes2day said...

OMGoodness, I cannot believe it has been a year 'already'! How time flies when life keeps us occupied. Sending a passle of understanding, humungous hugs and love for the next zillion years.
:o)) xox

Krisha said...

BRAVO Tracey!!! SO HAPPY to hear that you are feeling so much better and cancer FREE is the very best part.

GlorV1 said...

Hi Tracey. So happy to read your words of feeling good once again. I admire you for who you are, your ART of course and for how you always make me and everyone else happy with your heartfelt posts. You gotta love that lobster. Great work.

minnemie said...

DO share your secret: how do you get the red lobster to glow so deliciously?? Celebrating with you the the uphill miles traveled last year that brought you to this place of looking forward to fresh and freeing miles to come!

Laurie McKnight said...

oh my gosh what a joy to read, you made my day, I worried about you so much, I'm so glad its in the past and you are strong healthy and happy!

Lynn Richards said...

Ahhh...such a joyful post!!! Glad you didn't have to use the scarf up someone's nose.
xoxo

Beverley Baird said...

Time to celebrate the joy of this year and all that you have been through! Your art shines with joy as well. A lovely post.

kwgardenia said...

Happy Anniversary! May you have decades more! I don't remember when I first saw your paintings, but I do know I fell in love! I then found your blog and discovered we had two more things in common.
The same name and we are both breast cancer
survivors. You were going through chemo and your art never suffered. I so admired you for your strength and attitude. Keep it up! You bring so much joy!

Tammie Dickerson said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE your post!! SO happy you are feeling great and in survivor mode! It is all smooth sailing from here :)

Helen Campbell said...

You are amazing, Tracey! That is all, and that is enough. Great lobsters, by the way. :)

Arnoldo L. Romero, MLA said...

Congratulations on your cancer free anniversary! You are truly blessed, my dear friend. It fills me with joy to hear your uplifting voice coming through your words, as well as to see your beautiful artwork too.

Katherine Jeanne Wood said...

Yay!! What an anniversary to celebrate!! I'm so glad you're back to feeling healthy again. I can't imagine what you've gone through. xo

Studio Kaufmann said...

WHOOP! So thrilled for you that you are healthy and happy. The lobsters are so vivid and luscious. Happy PPF

Cindy D. said...

Congratulations and wow, so uplifting! Best wishes to you that this year is a great one and you keep posting your amazing art!

Carol said...

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY! It may not be the traditional anniversary but CANCER FREE is a big one!!! Love your art so much and now I feel I must go out for lobster soon :)

Terrie Purkey said...

And we are all SO glad you're here, cancer free and delighting us with your wit and your art. You were so brave to share your journey, to share the nastiness (at least part of it), the joys when it was over, the way you were able to find a bit of humor now and then.....you're an inspiration not only artistically but as a woman and cancer survivor. Viva la Tracey! :)

Sandra Busby said...

It's amazing how life can change so dramatically... When things seem as awful as they could possibly get, it seems impossible to imagine life being great again... But without the lows we can't appreciate the highs which is one of life's harder lessons to swallow. I know since posting this you have been dished another serving of awfulness with Mushu passing away.... But you are here and healthy and that is just so wonderful and amazing! It seems so long ago now doesn't it? Thinking of you all right now xxx

Michellem said...

WHOO HOO!!
My SIL is having radiation and chemotheraphy right now and I'm sure that next year will be better!

Trece said...

I am so very glad that you are a SURVIVOR!! My world would be poorer without you.