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Art and Circumstance

by marybeth , March 14, 2008—01:53 PM

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It all happened so fast. A diagnosis of Breast Cancer changes everything. Procedures, tests and office visits have eclipsed life as I know it. Phone calls, visits and mail come at me fast and furious as well as feeling overwhelmed and not keeping up. Studio time came to a halt and my ability to concentrate all but disappeared. Today, after a dozen appointments,a zillion pieces of information I am trying to make sense of, two surgeries and a lot of naps I feel as though I am emerging from a fog. Life throws a lot at you and the ability to adapt and adjust keeps creativity flowing. My life circumstances and environment have changed many times. When a small apartment and a corner for a studio were my surroundings it led to the creating of small books. When my drawing table was my only surface broadsides were the result. While caring for my parents in their home, I drew a lot more. I find that shifting perimeters challenge me in a way I wouldn't challenge myself. Now I must shift the course and find a way to use my time differently. The sketch book is back for passing time in waiting rooms and I have the time to read a book on DaVinci that I bought some time ago.(I refuse to take up knitting.) My chemotherapy will start on March 24th. Three to four hours of infusion time to put to use. I have an idea...




  Kelly M. ( homepage )

03/16/2008 * 00:56:29

Mary Beth --

During all this you took the time to send me a lovely note and the "Artful Blogging" magazine when I first joined ArtId. I am humbled at that thought. Thank you and I wish you star-filled dreams at night and sun-filled moments throughout the days ahead!

My best to you --


  Michael Mize ( homepage )

03/15/2008 * 17:11:07

I think you're demonstrating an amazing attitude in the face of such unexpected news. Trust that God doesn't give us more than we can handle, and doesn't expect us to go through difficulties alone. The work you produce during this time in your life could be incredibly theraputical for you and others who face similar struggles. I'll keep you in my prayers.

For more encouragement see: 2 Corinthians 4:17-18, Philippians 4:13



03/15/2008 * 08:13:39


You are a very unique and amazing person. I know you have the strength to pull yourself through this because of who you are. You do not have to do it alone, please call if you need anything...

Thoughts and prayers will surround you, because of who you are and the friendships you have made along the way.




03/14/2008 * 16:45:08

Hi, Just wanted to let you know that I had breast cancer in 1990. I was on radiation and chemo at one time. I came thru it all ok, and then I had breast cancaer in my other brest in 2002. It wasnt as bad as the first one. I am doing good now. I am back painting and married again after my first husband died. I want to wish you all the best. It was a hard road, but It is worth it. I will pray you will be fine. Millie


  Jamie Hall ( homepage )

03/14/2008 * 16:31:43

Mary Beth,
I love you tremendously and am in shock to say the least. Take some deep breaths and find some peace, and feel all the love behind you!!

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