I am home after a GREAT one day event in Searcy Arkansas at The Scrapbook Attic. This is the last of three amazing workshops. Over 42 students took ALL three workshops in the one day. Many more girls just took one or two classes so we have a FULL and sold out day. It was so much fun and honestly, I love being in the South. As a Southern girl, I feel like I am home. These girls showered me with cards, gifts, love and friendship. I felt so uplifted from their hugs of support. Denise has a LARGE event every November. This is the coolest event. There was at least 400 people in attendance. They take classes or crop for three days. They even get to order lunch, take ala carte classes and more. I was loving watching everyone. My one day workshop was a BONUS- sign up if you want to class or day with me. I was blown away and we SOLD OUT!!!! (over sold out). THANK YOU girls for signing up. I have to thank my friend Teresa Wilkins who came and helped me the entire day and picked me up from the airport and took me back after the last class ended at 11pm at night. The workshops were so large that I could not have done it without her help. I am teaching with my favorite machines and tools- TC ebosser machine, TC chipboard punch, TC Stapler etc and I really appreciated her help. We did not even have time to stop!!!! ha- The girls who came were just so sweet to help us, bring us a little food and took care of me. THANK YOU! I love you cute girls. So I can officially tell you all now that YES... I am going back to visit Denise at The Scrapbook Attic. Mark the dates and sign up if you want to come JULY 18th and 19th 2014. All classes will be brand new collections. Join me in Searcy Arkansas!!!!!!!
Now I got home to be able to spend yesterday and today home with my family. Gentry came up for the day yesterday and we watched HALLMARK movies. My favorite and she loved it. Devan and Gentry have choosen not to have a TV so they can save the money. Such smart kids!!!!! Anyway, I loved just relaxing after a quick trip to Arkansas and being home. I wanted to share a little update on Tyler.
Tyler had surgery this past week to insert a triple lumen port into his chest. This port in under his skin and will be there for the next few months. This was necessary to harvest stem cells that he will be getting back during the transplant process.
Ty has been having to inject himself with a drug that stimulates stem cell production for the last week. Then on Friday night they had him come in and get a different shot (they said it was about $25,000 for the ONE shot) that would help him be ready to harvest the stem cells.
It caused severe bone and muscle pain. They started the harvesting process on Thursday and he is has now completed harvesting the stem cells that he will be receiving after the big chemo that will destroy all of his immune system. This was a really hard journey in the process and Ty is very weak and they had thought today he would need a blood transfusion and platelets.
Now that they have his stem cells (yes, thankfully he will be receiving back his own)-they will give these to him in the hospital in the bone marrow transplant unit. Ty has a bunch of tests to complete before he gets admitted to the hospital. We have so many appointments and things to do to get ready for his transplant. I just say... day by day and focus on the little wonderful things that surround us each day.
They believe he will be admitted a day or two before Thanksgiving for the transplant. This Thanksgiving I will be with my kids and we will most certainly be THANKFUL that due to this impending transplant we can the blessing of knowing it can save his life. We are focusing on this miracle and blessing of modern technology.
Most likely Tyler will be in the hospital for 4-5 weeks, but that can vary depending on the patients recovery. He will be losing his entire immune system. Therefore, he will not be having any visitors during his hospitalization. Honestly, I hesistate myself to go, but he wants me there and of course, I NEED to be able to be there for him. If everything goes okay, he will come home and be quarintined for 100 days.
THANK YOU all for your continued love and support. We are so appreciative for the dinners, the items in the LOVE BOX, the emails, the cards, we just can't thank EACH of you enough. I love you sweet friends and family so very much!!!!!