Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Work in Progress Wednesday #47 - Remission From Cancer

Written by Laura Chaney, daughter

Today's post is one of not only work in progress, but also of celebration!

Mom and I didn't talk about it on the blog, but it's been a tough spring and summer for our family as my Dad's lymphoma came back and he went through an 18-week session of chemotherapy.

Sparkle the Snowman
Sparkle was eager to help however he could.

We are now delighted to share that he is IN REMISSION! He'll have to go in every two months for an IV medical treatment, but it's not the chemo and shouldn't have any of the side effects.

Bill Chaney

He's done amazingly well throughout, but it has definitely been hard for our family. When I went home this spring for Quilt Market, it was mostly to help my parents and be supportive as treatment got under way. Things were going well enough that Mom and I were able to sneak away to Minneapolis (just six hours away by car) for a few days.

I'm hoping Mom might write a longer post on how she's kept her sanity during this stressful time, but one thing that has helped is taking English Paper-Piecing projects with her as she kept my dad company during his treatments. EPP projects are perfect to tuck into a little bag and take with you wherever you go!

Prairie Sewn Studios Work in Progress

Today (first non-chemo follow-up treatment) she was working on a project that's part of our upcoming Countdown to Christmas crafting series! Details to come next week, but you'll need our book (Contain It! English Paper-Pieced Style Accessories) for some of the projects, so be sure to get one now!

Prairie Sewn Studios Work in Progress

Thanks for reading along this far, and for letting us share this good news on our blog. Mom and I (and the rest of the family, too) are very appreciative of all of our friends, both off-line and on-line, who have been so supportive over the last several months.

Bill Chaney Linda Chaney Laura Chaney
The three of us from my trip home this Spring.
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  1. Being in Remission is such wonderful news! I will keep your Dad and family in my thoughts and prayers. I hope that he continues to feel better and gain his strength back now that the chemo treatments are over. My Mother inlaw is now cancer free for 5 years.

  2. Congrats on your dad's remission! I'm so happy for him and your whole family!

  3. Congratulations to your dad on his remission! It's tough on the patient, but also I think equally tough for loved ones. Best wishes to him.

  4. So happy for your dad, and all of you. I do love looking a English Paper Piecing. I haven't tried it - YET. I will someday.

  5. Such great news, Laura! Many good wishes for a long-lasting remission. And such a good idea about bringing a project to chemo treatment. I've been eyeing up the adult coloring book and rotating stock of art projects in our waiting room. ;-)

  6. Excellent news! I'm so happy for you all!

  7. What good news! I'm all about counting down to Christmas so I look forward to your projects.

  8. That is happy news indeed Laura and Linda! Thank God! I hope this is the end of the super stressful months and that he gets healthier and healthier.
    EPP is a great take along for long waiting periods. It's peaceful to do the repetitive stitching too. can't wait to see what you two have dreamed up! And yup - I have your book!