Wednesday, May 28, 2014


This week has been very emotional for me. I got home from New Zealand and with plane cancellations and missed flights
 it took me over 24 hours to get home.
I was literally not able to function from the jet lag. Thankfully,
I am feeling much more normal. A little rest and family time is all that I needed. 
Yesterday, Ty and I went to Huntsmen again. The first round of chemo was harsh on Ty. The treatment that they finally decided to do is called SALVAGE. Yes, we do not like this name. I was joking and thinking it should have been called something some positive like SUNSHINE. I know crazy right? Ty told me that in
the hospital he encountered a oncologist that was very discouraging and treated him that he was going to die at any moment. This is hard for any patient and I know that encouragement is so very important. It's vital to stay positive and that is the only
way we look and approach Ty's treatment.
He had to be readmitted to the hospital due to kidney issues after his last treatment. We realize each day can and is a challenge.  Right now, we are
dealing with low platelet counts so they probably will have to move the chemo treatments to 
three weeks apart. We were sad that both his sister and brother did not match. YESTERDAY... the GREAT NEWS was that they found a donor match for Tyler.
It was a 10/10 or 9/10 match. This is as PERFECT as it gets when it is not a sibling donor. 
They told us it was the next best thing to a family sibling match and to consider this to be very good news. 
It is more likely that after Ty's allogenic stem cell transplant he will likely have more rejection issues with
rejection and engrafting issues. 

It was again an emotional moments when we found that they had found the donor match for my husband. They did not give us any information as of yet as to who the donor is.
I am so thankful and I know so is my
husband. I cannot express who much I want to thank this person and every single person who has went to and registered to donate. This is the ULTIMATE gift to my husband and so many cancer patients. This is the only way to save these transplant patients life. I am overcome with thankfulness that this person choose to be tested. Wow... words are just not sufficient.

While I was teaching in New Zealand, I did a MAKE N TAKE at the crop on Friday night.
I wanted to share the visuals with you and you could recreate something similar.

You will need a MANILA office file folder for the book. 

The cover is using BAZZILL white card stock that has been embossed with the TC embosser machine (Craftwell) and the COLLAGE WORD TC embossing folder. The file folders and die cut words are all from my DAILY STORIES FILE FOLDER and Dimensional Butterfly.  I even cut the pennants from the bottom of the file folder. I added white seam binding ribbon and my pink flower. (TC liquid adhesive/Xyron).

I called this project THIS IS JUST  ME-
I think it's important to document YOU
and your life... who you are. 

This is the inside of the folder. I added photos and lift up photo flaps inside the SUNDAY- SATURDAY
large file folder.  

I am obsessed with things that LIFT UP and my PUNCHES. I used the STAR fishers punch on my mini file folder.
I am loving the NEGATIVE cut out design.

I embossed my HAUNTED HALLOWS- this is my glittered SILVER paper
from three years ago that I have KEPT aka hoarded. I loved running the 4x12 piece of paper through my WOODGRAIN COTTAGE EMBOSSING folder (TC Craftwell). 

I used my flip up page from the DAILY STORIES FILE FOLDERS (shoe photo). You can get six
photos on this lift up page this way.
I then used the WOODGRAIN on white Bazzill card stock and the HERRINGBONE (TC Craftwell)
embossing folders on my silver glittered paper.
I love adding the white doily to add a feminine touch.
ALL of the die cut sentiments come with my DAILY STORIES file folders.

If you want to recreate this project, here are all the products that you will need:

Manila File Folder
Silver Glitter Paper-  HAUNTED HALLOWS- Teresa Collins
Dimensional Butterflies: Daily Stories- Teresa Collins
Punches: Star, Tab, Corner Rounder-  Fiskars
Embossing folders: Herringbone, Word Collage, Woodgrain Cottage -Teresa Collins for Craftwell & TC Machine
Other: pink flower, white ribbon, white doily, gold label sticker.

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At May 28, 2014 at 6:54 PM , Blogger Claire Spielman said...

One day at a will get through this horrible chapter. Our best wishes for a complete recovery for Ty. Glad you are home safe and sound.

At May 28, 2014 at 7:01 PM , Blogger Jean said...

Thinking of you and your family!

At May 28, 2014 at 7:03 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't leave many comments on your blog and I know we don't know each other but I visit it every day, I love your blog. I am so happy to hear that a donor match has been found for your husband. I know you hear it all the time but it's so true, you are such an inspiration in so many ways, please don't let anyone ever make you think otherwise. Thank you for letting us in, sharing your story and keeping it real. I will continue to keep you all in my prayers. Much love from Canada.

At May 28, 2014 at 7:25 PM , Blogger Kathy said...

So happy they found a match for Ty. You know miracles happen every not let anyone rain on your parade! Love ya!

At May 28, 2014 at 8:09 PM , Blogger Gram Es said...

xoxo I'm glad you're home safe and that Ty has a match!

At May 28, 2014 at 9:08 PM , Blogger said...

Congratulations on finding a match for Ty!! So happy for you both! And happy you are home and can catch up again!

At May 28, 2014 at 10:17 PM , Blogger administrator said...

You are in our prayers

At May 28, 2014 at 10:48 PM , Blogger gela said...

I am so happy your husband has your positive energy to counteract that doctors negative attitude. I am so praying for your family. God Bless

At May 28, 2014 at 11:02 PM , Blogger Karen L K said...

Nice to hear your good news about a donor! Sending good thoughts your way. What a nice thing to come home to also.

At May 28, 2014 at 11:38 PM , Blogger Jodi Tomlin said...

This is the BEST post ever!!! How wonderful that a donor has been found - yippee... plenty of positive thoughts coming your way Ty AND Teresa and everyone else. Much luv, Jodi

At May 28, 2014 at 11:42 PM , Anonymous philippa said...

Hi Teresa honey, oh I'm so so happy you have a donor! Yes it will be a hard road ahead but the donor being found says HOPE in huge capital letters. My thoughts and love are with you all. I hope Jodi gave you a big hug from me, I asked her to. Love you sweetheart. xxxx

At May 29, 2014 at 12:01 AM , Blogger CA Scrapper said...

Wow, that is amazing and I'm so happy for you and your husband and your whole family. God bless all of you and I'll keep sending prayers your way.


At May 29, 2014 at 12:31 AM , Blogger BethW said...

Oh sweetie I am so happy for you and Ty in finding a donor. And incredulous at the insensitivity of the doctor-such behavior is appalling. I pray-in my own way-for the light at the end of the tunnel to get brighter every day for you and yours.Peace be with you all.

At May 29, 2014 at 6:58 AM , Blogger Cim Allen said...

I"m so glad they found a match .. I hope all goes well. Love the project !

At May 29, 2014 at 10:49 AM , Blogger Dondi Murdock said...

On the hardest days, just do five minutes at a time. Count the deer outside the windows at Huntsman. Rejoice about the green grass. How tenderly I feel towards you and Ty right now. I send you an email hug and more prayers. That doc probably thought he just needed to be realistic. Maybe his wife just left him...who knows? Hope is no necessary. Count on joy though. Always count on love and joy. They are more powerful than anything negative in the entire world.

At May 29, 2014 at 10:55 AM , Blogger scrapwordsmom said...

My thoughts and prayers are with you both. May God continue to hold you in the palm of his hand. xoxo

At May 29, 2014 at 11:10 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow that is such poitive news. So pleased you are home and sound with bags, but also with your family and especially your amazing hubby. Kia Kaha be strong ! from all of us in NZ. From Sam you supermarket chaffeur in her bright yellow bumble bee car.

At May 30, 2014 at 2:01 AM , Blogger hotpotato said...

Fantastic news on the donor front. Thinking of you in the next stages of Ty's treatment. xx

At May 30, 2014 at 8:03 PM , Blogger Scrapfaire said...

So happy to hear there is a donor match. Hugs and prayers with you and all of your family!

At May 31, 2014 at 9:37 AM , Blogger Terri Burson said...

Yay for the donor match. Wonderful news. We should all treasure every moment of every day....

At June 2, 2014 at 9:53 AM , Blogger on a good day said...

What a cool foldout! Urban Market is pretty cool too, and I would love to win it and the pink punches! I am so glad you found a donor and yes, some Dr's. could use a sensitivity, positive attitude course, but keep up the positive on your end! You and your family are in many peoples' thoughts and prayers.

At June 2, 2014 at 9:54 AM , Blogger Robin/ alarmrx2/ RMR said...

I adorre Cheri Piles design freebie on FB today. And I am beyond thrilled they found a match fo Ty. I pray it all works out :)

At June 2, 2014 at 1:57 PM , Blogger grammypat said...

God Bless and keep up your energy and positive position on your hubby's progress. Hope that all goes well

At June 3, 2014 at 1:22 AM , Blogger TracyM #6773 said...

FABULOUS book & pages too :)

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