Wednesday, September 12, 2018


I want to thank each and everyone for your kind, heartfelt and supportive comments and in taking the time to send them to me. I had intended to reply individually, but I have been trying to keep busy and spend time with my  daughters as this has been a bit of a shock for all of us. Yesterday I attended the oncology unit at the Women's Hospital where they updated what they know diagnostically and what the plan is from here. So there is kind of good news, if there can be good news if you have cancer, and that is that the cancer is  early and is confined to one area , so no spreading- so that is a relief. Given this, a hysterectomy will take place and I am on the wait list for that. Radiotherapy will in all likelihood occur- it depends a little on what is found at the time of the operation, and if what they find is the way it looks on the MRI I may not need  chemo therapy- but again it depends. This will all happen at the Women's Hospital, so I feel I am in good hands.

One thing I did want to say is please don't ignore when your body speaks to you. The type of cancer I have is most unlikely to be picked up with a pap smear in the early stages, unlike the more common cervical cancer. I displayed only one symptom and otherwise have felt well. However the one symptom started to worry me and so I went to my gp, well a gp as I am doctor phobic. If you have any concerns about something different happening to your body please don't wait to have it checked out.

 So meanwhile life goes on, and I have been trying to keep as busy.

On Sunday and Monday I gave Tal Fitzpatrick who is one of the co-ordinators of the UDHR Project ( United Declaration of Human Rights) a hand piecing  the quilts together. Last year a call was put out for embroiderers to embroider each article of the Declaration to be put together as a quilt as a kind of protest about the continued abuse of human rights around the world. I worked on article 6 last year. All in all they received 120 contributions from around the world - enough to make four quilts  and they had to close the call for embroideries after three days. It was special to spend some time with some of these pieces and help put them together.  I felt reassured that here were 120 people, who all delivered their promised pieces, from around the world who felt as strongly as I do about human rights, and  I am sure there are many more people who feel the same. Somehow these embroideries , all so individual but strong and full of emotion, and handling them to put them together in a larger piece was very rewarding. There will be a public outcome for these quilts but for the time being the organisers cannot divulge exactly what. If anyone with a long arm has any spare time to quilt these quilts at all (nothing too complicated) please let me know and I will pass it on to Tal.

We ( my daughters and I) have also been cooking, seems at this time we feel the need for home and hearth kind of  things. I have also done a little stitching on  little phrases to focus my thoughts. I am not sure what I will do with them, maybe I will just put them all in a basket or  some kind of bag. I am also compiling a  list of books for reading as I recover from the hysterectomy and am pleased I had nothing much planned for the last months of this year so I can concentrate on healing, and doing some stitching once I work out what I want to do.

I will be teaching at the Misty Mountain Getaway from 5-11 October (I have double checked with the hospital that my surgery will not take place before or during this time) up at Dorrigo and really looking forward to it. The class for linocutting and embellishing is full but there are still some spaces for the Tifaifai class and the machine embroidery working with solufix class , in which you will work with one of your photos and create a machine embroidery. There is more information on the linked website.


Olga Norris said...

I wish you the strength to approach each day with interest, and to look forward with hope. It's good that you will be surrounded by folks interested in your generous teaching to give you positive feedback before your operation.

Anne said...

You’ll get through this Dijanne - you already are just continuing to do what you love and putting cancer in its place. And you’ve had reassurance about it being still in situ which is always a relief. It’s a tough journey - I’ve done it twice now, the last time nearly 20 years ago. One day at a time and when it’s over, strangely enough I felt incredibly proud of myself. Keep your dates posted for Hospital - Ian & I might be in Melbourne in October. xxx

libby said...

Thanks for the update, Dijanne, I have been wondering how your consult went yesterday. I do hope they get you in for the op sooner rather than later, regardless of teaching schedule! Love your little messages to encsourage yourself. Keep hugging those girls and forging onwards 💓🌷

Yvonne Wright said...

In the scheme of things it is good news that you have caught it early, I wish you the very best of luck as you go through this ordeal, I am confident you will beat it.��

Ester said...

Lieve dijanne wat een ellendig nieuws ik brand hier een kaarsje voor je en stuur je al mijn positiviteit en wens je heel veel sterkte
Liefs Ester

Dentellebleue said...

bonjour Dijanne, je suis heureuse pour toi d'apprendre que cette sale maladie a été détectée très tôt, ce qui te donnes le maximum de chance pour combattre ce cancer non invasif. Tu montres un grand courage et beaucoup de positivité, et je vous qu'avec tes filles vous avez su resserrer les liens pour vous liguer ensemble contre la maladie. Dans cette épreuve, je suis de tout coeur avec toi et penses à toi tous les jours. Tu as bien raison de te projeter dans tes projets textiles manuels qui vont te "vider" la tête et t'apporter de la joie dans tes créations toujours aussi magnifiques. Je t'embrasse très fort. Ginette

Penny Sheaffe said...

Dear Dijanne I wish you all the very best for your operation and recovery. And I wish you a wonderful future filled with art, textiles and teaching. We love your work and your way of sharing and inspiring. Cheers Penny S.