Someone Give Me a Hand



Whoa I almost forgot. I promised to post good news today. Good timing as usual, to get active and inspired as the holidays encroach. I don’t do a lot for the season of shopping, yet it seems the general craziness out there affects me regardless. Holidays aside I do have a lot to do! Let me get to the point.

I have been on chemo  and a trial drug since October 25th. On November.  19th I had accidentally premature scans. Technically my fault but no one on the other end caught it so…all my fault? I think not. However the good news may be even better as it is such a short time. The scans showed no growth in my tumors, and no new tumors. They also showed improvement in my liver. Did you hear that, IMPROVEMENT. I don’t know how many scans I’ve had in the past year, but I do know none of them showed improvement or even stability. It was always more cancer. Now there is the possibility of less.

It took me a few days to actually believe this news. I still feel unsure, however it also got me feeling ready to take some chances again. To get back to living. Part of that means re-framing this website and my other one. I need a new look to go with new intentions. I need to decide where my focus lies, and in how many places. This is where I need a hand. What do you want to see in this blog?

  • Information about my cancer experience and what I do about it.
  • My random thoughts and ideas.
  • How I process the emotions I experience with cancer and how art can help.
  • All of this, or something else.

What do you see as an appropriate look for this blog? I threw this together quickly and in the style of art I had been doing. I see something more graphic and clean.

What about art? Should I keep a separate site or make a page here. Should I still sell my old work online or only focus on new work?  HELP!

I have plenty of opinions of course, and I really want to know what YOU think too. No suggestion is dumb. I promise. For me and my liver, give me a hand!

From the Heart,

29 Responses to Someone Give Me a Hand
  1. Mirella
    December 17, 2012 | 10:51 pm

    Re visit our book project?

  2. Patty (pgrace)
    December 17, 2012 | 11:11 pm

    Gwyn- Hooray for the good news ! So much progress in such a very short amount of time ! An answer to many, many prayers.

    What would I like to see on your blog ? All of the above- Whatever you feel like writing. I mostly want you to enjoy the experience with no constraints of what needs to fit in and no pressure to produce a specific type of story. It’s supposed to be uplifting for you right ? :-)

    I wouldn’t worry yourself about the look and style of the blog or your art. Put it out there whether it’s new or old and just let it be enjoyed.

    Our days do need some type of structure though or we all have a tendency to look back on our day and say how did it get to be 9:00 at night. Where did my day go….

    Two hands raised high and applauding the great news.

  3. Mary Lee
    December 17, 2012 | 11:39 pm

    Hello Gwyn,

    I’m all for what your spirit and your heart want to put out there. I really like your art. I like how you look at the world.

    I think that the experiences of life can steer our work. Feed yourself with your work. Share what you want with us. It’s amazing, brave, and life affirming to hear from you. I hope that it can be life giving to you to share it with us.

    Our time of this beautiful planet to so very short. I battle every day to make choices to do actions that make a difference in people lives. I’d like more of my choices to be about art. It’s one of my most challenging things: to sweep away the distractions to get to my art.

    I’m going after my art to share it with others. I invite that from you too.

    Sending love,
    Mary Lee

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  4. Kim
    December 18, 2012 | 12:24 am

    Gywn, I just want to dance on the table with this news! What a wonderful boost in all the gloom. Here’s to the day light returning and Hope with a capital “H”!

  5. Romy Limson
    December 18, 2012 | 12:37 am

    Awesome news Gwyn!! So happy for your strength and courage. Please write all about your…Art….Hope…and Truth…love to see it all in an easy click away. Thanks for the news! Love you!!

    Romy and Laura

  6. Sarah
    December 18, 2012 | 12:49 am

    Fantastic news!

    I second everything Patty said above. Write what you want, when you want, about what you want. Free yourself from any rules.
    Sell old and new art. I guess I would say keep your art where it is since you have the shopping cart all set up there, right?


  7. Eleanor
    December 18, 2012 | 2:08 am

    Continue doing what you are doing Gwyn. You ROCK! I am soooooo HAPPY about your scan results!!! Yahoooooo:-)

  8. Emma
    December 18, 2012 | 2:33 am

    Yay for the good news!

  9. Cindy Greb
    December 18, 2012 | 2:34 am

    SOOOOOOOOOOOOOO happy for you!!!!!!
    That is so very wonderful, Gwyn!!!!!

    I’m not ready to offer advice yet. (So uncharacteristic of me!) I just want to relish this good news for you.

    Much love and continued healing!!!!!

  10. Sharon Merkel
    December 18, 2012 | 2:40 am

    This is AWESOME news!!!!!!!!!!

  11. debe
    December 18, 2012 | 9:27 am

    Great news. It was time (even if it was premature testing) I have done that before myself. TIME for positive news!

    I would love to see your art featured more on this site, as it falls within your personal quest for healing, and do not fret over the ‘details’ – as you are moving forward and feel some of the worry being lifted a clean look is renewal.. isn’t that how you feel with RENEWED HOPE?

    Shed some of the worry, HOPE is good and clean and unfettered

    Sending healing vibes.

  12. Erica
    December 18, 2012 | 4:14 pm

    Don’t take votes. Do what you want to do, what feels right at the moment, without categories, reasons, or trying to meet anyone else’s needs/wants/requests/votes/opinions. Focus on what YOU need and want to say, how and when you want to say it. Your voice is enough. Period.

  13. Lindy Ratcliffe
    December 18, 2012 | 4:50 pm

    Good news, Gwyn! I’d like to see the blog and your art combined, and absolutely continue to sell your old art! I still want a couple of those prints. For the blog, you should write whatever it is you feel compelled to write about: hopes, fears, feelings, joys, art…but I sure would like to hear more continued good news! As you are compelled, it is compelling reading.

    Always in my prayers,


  14. Merryanne
    December 18, 2012 | 9:19 pm

    I would recommend consolidating your online presence into one website. There are great free mindmapping tools out there that you can use to work through how best to do that. And definitely sell your art from the website!

    I see you currently have a WordPress site. They must have ecommerce tools that you can use.

    Good luck! Always nice to hear your “voice.”

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