A Hell of a Year

I don’t know how many people that read this know the in’s and out’s of Liz. As readers may have noticed this blog’s been idol since February, and I apologize for this. To fill you in on the last 8 months requires me to fill you in on the months leading up to the creation of this blog.

In May of ’09 my little sister was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. After 12 treatments of chemo, buzzing her head on Father’s Day, and watching her tackle this card she was dealt with such grace she got a clean bill of health late November ’09. We as a family made it through the holidays with a different outlook on life, as most of you know cancer effects everyone. After the holidays and the year we had with my sister I wanted to turn over a new leaf and become more productive.

I should mention that my sister, while on Chemotherapy, started her own t shirt  “company” which was lovingly called Baldies. She spray painted her hairless self on shirts and sold them to friends and family members to keep herself busy and help bring in some extra bucks.

Baldie Poster

After watching all of this I had to think what’s stopping me? Seriously? On Chemo my sister accomplished more than I had in years. So I started this blog to help keep me on track and get serious about doing more with my life.

So why the stop I’m sure you are asking yourself around now? Well. It turns out that while my sister had been getting better, my mother was getting worse. Late February of 2010 my mother was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. Her tumor “popped” at almost the exact location as my sisters, the side of her neck. We sent her results over to my sister’s doctor and waited. Within hours the doctor was calling asking what the hell was going on? Mom said “I dunno Doc, you tell me… you said it doesn’t run in families and isn’t environmental”. Needless to say we had another 12 rounds of chemo. We all rallied around my mom. It was all very deja-vue-ish. Mom got her all clean in early September.

Now, not all heartbreaking “that poor family” happened. As they say “it’s always darkest before the dawn”. August 29, 2010 after my mother finished her chemo treatments my boyfriend of 5 years, and my very best friend on this Earth, proposed. That’s right. Officially engaged. And he really outdid himself. More on that to come in future posts. 24 hours after our engagement we signed a lease on our first apartment. So From September until now we’ve been packing our lives, attempting to unpack, getting settled, and learning to adjust to all the extra “stuff” we have to do now. It’s all so exciting and I have SO much to share. Giving an Interior Designer her first place is a dangerous thing. Trust me. Thanks for sticking around and as they say “the best is yet to come”.


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