Keep On Keeping On!

Thank you for your patience these last few months.  I’m sorry for being so quiet along the way to “recovery”.  Doctor visits sure can become a full-time job!

I actually started a chemo regimen six weeks ago.  The scan last Monday showed that things are going successfully on standard chemo.  But, we have recent and better news.  Praise God!  After much searching, a mutation was found in my cancer cells that allows for a targeted chemo pill rather than standard chemo treatments.

That means, the new drug will go after and destroy only my cancer cells and not my healthy ones.  No sickness or horrible side effects from here on out!  For those of you who were praying for me, thank you, thank you, thank you!  I will remain on the same pill until my body resists it, which in most cases means years rather than months. We are hopeful and still prayerful about it all, and the horizon looks good.


Keep On Keeping On!

I feel life can return to somewhat normalcy again.  Not totally, though, because the Multiple Sclerosis symptoms are with me each day still.  I’m eating to support my body’s healing and taking supplements to mend my damaged nerves.  It appears both conditions (lung cancer and MS) will be with me the rest of my life and will require regular check-ups and managing through lifestyle changes.  God is good!

I’ve learned to pace myself and take things easier.

During the last two months, I took some time to delete old posts that aren’t sewing related.  That should reduce the loading time when accessing my site.  It was sad to part with such a huge chunk of my life from the past five years, but it needed to be done.

God has shown me how to leave the courses open.  So, Curtain Queen Creates will remain as a support site for the sewing courses.  I plan to keep on keeping on, publishing sewing posts occasionally to spur you on with sewing inspiration!  Since my energy isn’t completely back to normal, I can’t promise new projects anytime soon, but the want-to is there, which is a beginning.  Right?

I’m excited to get rolling again, along with writing for the Embrace This Season website.  You can read about recent changes there in this post, The Hardest Seasons.



49 thoughts on “Keep On Keeping On!

  1. Praise God! I’m so glad to read that you are doing better. I believe that God and attitude are a good medicinal combination, and your attitude is wonderful. Hang in there, and keep on keeping on!

  2. So glad for God’s Promises and His Abundant Grace that He has poured in you! Love Keepin On message because your living proof! All Gods Best!

  3. God is good! I’m so glad you don’t have to be on the “hard core” chemo. That stuff is so harsh. I watched my grandmother go through that with breast cancer with each breast in the late 70s. And also my mom’s friend went through the same thing. Twice as well. And back then they didn’t have the stuff you can take to help with he nausea.
    So onward you go……lookin up to the Lord for guidance. It’s the only way to go! 🙂

    • Chemo is easier to endure than it was “back in the day”, but still toxic enough. I’m so thankful for this chemo pill that kills only the cancer cells. God is gracious! 🙂

  4. Praising God for medical breakthroughs!! Please rest & pace yourself. Words I am learning myself too! Love you sweet gal😍❤️

    • This IS a new drug that’s working better than even others we’ve seen advertised on TV. So thankful God sees fit to further our medical field to explore new avenues for healing. Hugs! 🙂

  5. Kim,
    Welcome back, it’s wonderful that you’re here with us again. While the concept might be somewhat different, nevertheless it’s always a joy to have you share with us. Prayers that all will be well in your day to day….
    Blessings to you,
    Warm regards,

  6. You have a beautiiful faith in our wonderful Lord. It is so beautiful to share a faith in His awesome promises for each of individually. I will pray for this walk in life you are taking with our mighty God. Thank you for sharing your life and allowing your friends in Christ to be apart and lift you up in prayer.

  7. Yes God is good! Good to hear from you ! I will keep praying for your walk in life and glad you are off the harsh stuff.

  8. Oh my, yes praise God!!! Such delightful news to start anybodys day off. Yes, take care of yourself with the things God has given us to heal our bodies. I know you will be back soon with some amazing things to share. God Bless you Kim and your family… Blessings:)))

  9. I’ve been praying for and think of you often. I’m SO happy about the new drug…. I have wondered if you were eligible. I’m assuming this is some sort of immunotherapy? In any case, you are an inspiration and yes being sick can seem like a full-time occupation, as can dealing with insurance! Please keep us updated as you can, and THANK YOU for keeping this site open.

    • Thank you very much, Teresa, for your prayers! While I’m not a candidate for immunotherapy (because of the MS), this targeted pill adds hugely to my tool box in the future of fighting this disease. It was looking like standard chemo would be the only thing I could do, but God knew all along I had the cell mutation necessary for this drug to be effective. Praise the Lord, He led doctors in finding the mutation through biopsy tissue samples. I’m more motivated than ever to move forward with sewing projects, given all these sweet comments today! 🙂

  10. Kim, I was soo glad to see this post. So happy you are better.
    You are an inspiration. I am thanking God for taking care of you. Will continue to pray for you. I have thought of you often hoping you were ok. I am thrilled things are much better.

  11. I am so glad to hear such a positive report from you Kim, you are often in my thoughts and always in my prayers! I am thrilled about your progress and the new cancer targeting pill. Your faith is so strong and your attitude is incredible! We all miss your cheery and creative posts, thank you for letting us know what’s going on.
    Love and prayers ❤️

  12. Praise God from whom all blessings flow!! I so admire your faith. May He continue with miracles for you. In my thoughts and prayers.

  13. Hallelujah!!!!! Wow…you are really being put through the wringer, but just look at how good God is! And look at your incredible resolve in the face of such adversity! I’m so glad the pill form has come into play with fewer ugly side effects. That in and of itself will make life easier. The projects will come along again in due time. The focus of getting you good to go is what’s most important right now. (I need to practice what I preach!😁) Thank you for the uplifting update, and just keep getting better and better. You have much yet to do in this life!

    • Amen! Yes, God is good. It’s been an up and down attitude situation, but since the chemo pill news, my attitude has been up. Easier, for sure! I no longer will schedule my life around a week of sickness every three weeks. It truly made a huge difference in my outlook. I hope you are recovering well, too! We both have a lot yet to do, my friend. Love and hugs! 🙂

  14. Omigoodness, Kim, I had no idea you were going through so much. I’m so glad you are improving and you can be sure I will keep you in my thoughts. Hugs.

  15. So grateful for a treatment that will not be so severe!! You have really been down a tough road but God’s grace is so strong and sufficient for all if our needs. This wonderful news is answer to so many prayers. Now you keep on keeping on and don’t look back but only forward.

  16. Dear Kim,
    God is great, all the time! You will continue to be in my daily prayers. Please, don’t push yourself or you’ll be exhausted quickly.
    I spend most of my days bedridden due to advanced osteoporosis and Kidney failure but look forward to your posts when you are able. You have many prayer warriors! God Bless…

    • Thank you for praying for me, Peggy. I will pray for you, too! You are right. God is great all the time, and I am blessed with so many prayer warriors. I’m very thankful. Hugs!

  17. Kim, the week before this post appeared for some reason you were on my mind and in my heart a lot. I prayed extra hard because it had been awhile since we heard from you. It was such a joyous feeling to see your name pop up in my email. Praise God for your new therapy and that you are getting to your new normal.

    • God is so good! He knew we were needing encouragement that week, and He prompted you to pray. 🙂 Thank you, my faithful friend! He brought very good news after weeks of waiting and provided a new treatment that is better than my only option thus far – standard chemo (which isn’t enough for a long-term fight against a later stage of lung cancer). I was just as joyous when I saw your comment notice in my email this morning. I’ve been praying for you, as well. How is your recovery progressing? Excellent, I pray. Hugs!

  18. Wish you well Kim. My wife fought cancer two years ago. We went through the ‘natural’ route and through conventional detection, it is no longer there. She takes IP6+Inositol to keep the cancer away. You can look into it as a compliment to your conventional treatment.

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