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bjmonroe

bjmonroe
Date Joined: February 17, 2012
Last Online: February 22, 2019
Birthday: February 14
Country: United States
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2/14 2019 The hits they just keep on coming. I am fresh out of the hospital as of last night. I had some kind of episode last week. Woke in middle of the night with horrible head ache, passed out and didn't know anything for 3 days. Was also blind. So hospital 5 days, home just in time for my birthday. Vision has returned with just a bit blurry in the center of wherever I am looking. Whoever heard of a blind crafter? That just should not happen. They are not sure what caused it but it was not a stroke or a seizure. Praying we don't do that again. I am still in good spirits but getting nervous.

2/2/2019

I have put off this update for several days because I needed to question myself to see how I was dealing with it all. So.....here goes. My news is grim. When I met with the doctor 1/30 he showed me the results of the recent PETscan. The original tumor has doubled in size. The cancer has spread to my spine and liver. At best he gave me 4 to 5 months. I felt like I had been slapped by King Kong. For a few seconds the earth stood still. And yes, this brave girl with the good attitude broke down and cried the rest of the day making myself sick. More chemo is out, radiation is out. I have started immunotherapy. Will do it twice a month for 2 months. With that the doctor hopes to give me another month or so. After that there is a clinical trial I might be a candidate for. It is in God's hands now. It always has been. I have been spending most of my time talking to friends and family. And I am crafting like crazy. It is my happy place and I am using all the good stuff I had been saving. If there is something that I make that you would like for a RAK please tell me. I want to share. I will continue to update here.

01/07/2019

Happy New Year all. We had a wonderful time visiting with family at Christmas. My DIL did her best to spoil me and I let her. Doctor gave me 2 months rest with no treatments to recover from the month in the hospital, As for treatment I have a PET scan on 1/09 and another scan on 1/24. after that we will know what the cancer has been doing these past couple of months.

11/14/2018

Sorry I haven't updated this in so long. I am still here. Still have cancer. It's been a real experience. I was in the hospital for a month. It started with an ear ache and ended up with me hallucinations for five days when they gave me way too much fentanyll, a shot and a patch. I couldn't talk, I didn't even know my own birthday. Fentaynal stays with you a long time.

.9/25/2018 In some parts of the country it is fall. Here in Florida it is 96 degrees. We have storms most every night, light show and amazing thunder. Wish I could share this with you.

I was back in the hospital 3 days last week. Again with heart problems, this time with rapid pulse of 130 beats per minute and a very low bp.I was released Saturday night and came straight home to my own bed and slept 12 hours. It was heaven. I saw a cardiologist yesterday and was told they were happy with all of the tests they did in the hospital. And the best thing was they told me that all the heart problems were a side effect of the chemo. When I finish chemo and my body recovers I should have no heart problems at all. Great news.

And more great news. I have only 5 more radiation treatments and next week is my final round of chemo.

Right now I am a very happy girl!

9/17/2018 Another month gone by without updating this. It has been a busy month. I got to experience new things, mostly things I could have skipped. The week after chemo is always a hard one. I have no energy. If cancer wasn't enough I spent 2 days in the hospital with Afib, Never had that before. So now I have added cardiologist to my list of doctors. 10 days ago I had a blood transfusion to help with my fatique. wow! I felt like a new person. I had a wonderful, feeling good week last week. This week not so much. Chemo was last week so this week I am suffering the side effects. I can handle it because I know what it is. I have one more round of chemo in 21 days. Then we scan again to see how we are doing. Prayers are welcome.

i 8/19/2018.. I have really gotten behind with this. One of the side effects from chemo is fatique. I was so tired. Day after day, I felt worse. Then we discovered that my white blood cells had fallen to near 0. So we stopped treatment for 2 weeks in order for my body to bring it back to a normal count. I am also losing my hair. It gets everywhere. I am on house arrest because of the white cells just be careful not to get an infection .So I wear a face mask and now I have to find a hat, and a wig. I am doing well in general and continue to stay positive

8/5/2018 I have no major side effects I am happy to report. My feet and ankles are swollen and I am tired. I feel like a slug. This week I have a PET scan on Tuesday. I see my chemo doctor on Friday. I have received so many nice cards, phone calls and gifts. Thank you all for supporting me along the way.

7/29/2018 I met with the doctors 2 days ago to go over my treatment plan. I will be doing both chemo and radiation and at the same time. Radiation is 5 days a week for 6 to 7 weeks. Chemo is 1 week on and 2 weeks off. Probably 2 months worth, They are taking a big swing at it because it is the most aggressive type called small cell lung cancer. Treatments start on August 1st. I am ready to start fighting back.

7/24/2018 update...…..Just a week ago I spent a great day with my husband. Pedicure, haircuts and then out for pizza for dinner. Less than 12 hours later I was gasping for air and had severe chest pain. The ambulance came and away we went.

You would think heart attack but no, not that. I spent 3 days in the hospital and came home with an oxygen tank because I have lung cancer.

There will be a treatment plan in a few days. I see several doctors 7/27 and will learn what we are going to do. I heard radiation and chemo but not what goes first or if they are going to do them at the same time. I will update here when I have more info.

I'm going public with this because I can't keep a secret. No really. It is a much needed outlet for me and looking ahead to the future someone reading this will be facing the same thing. I hope by sharing I might help them.

And finally for today I am Bonnie. I have cancer but I am not cancer. Still doing art, household chores, cuddling with the dog and cat and trying to keep it all in order with my husband.

Profile updated 10/6/201Many thanks to all the talented artists I have had the privilege to swap with these past five years. I have loved meeting people from around the world and treasure the wonderful friendships that have resulted.

I first found Swap-bot as a place to trade ATCs. I had been making notecards for years and was so excited to try making my art smaller. From there my art exploded into collage, mixed media, doll making and more.

I am currently hooked on Mail Art but love finding anything art related in my mailbox. If you send it, I will probably like it.

I am retired, originally from the Chicago area. I now live in SW Florida with my DH, our dog Pearl and The cat Lucy. If you have a cat you already know you don't "own" them.

We live on a salt water canal and love to boat ride and fish. We have ducks and iguanas on a daily basis. We sometimes have manatees, turtles and sea otters. It's a beautiful place to live. I love plants and am trying to learn what I can keep alive here in Florida.

I love thrift stores, garage sales and of course craft stores. My family shops for me from my Amazon wish list. They keep the art supplies coming.

I do not flake and I strive to keep my high rating. I rate fairly each swap I receive. Extras are not required to earn a heart. in fact I do not need any. Don't think you have to send me an extra to get a heart. If you are going to be late with a swap please communicate with me. Likewise, if something I send is lost in the mail or running late, please contact me before rating down.

Favorite Crafts

I am very good at some things but dabble in many. I am always curious and searching for new projects.

I am a potter and own my own wheel and kiln although it is currently in storage :)

Mail Art, especially hand made postcards

Painting, all mediums

Mixed media and collage

I love my Gelli plate

Sewing small projects

Making art dolls

Crochet

Jewelry making

Favorite Movies

My all time favorite is Avatar (in 3D of course). Also Benny and Joon, My Cousin Vinny, Mama Mia, Saving Private Ryan, Steel Magnolias. I am a big Johnny Depp fan, so any of the "Pirates" and now Dark Shadows. I like Kevin Klein, Tom Hanks, Colin Firth (he is the Mr. Darby to me) and Jodie Foster.

Favorite Television

Most programs on HGTV, Vikings, Criminal Minds, The Voice, Designated Survivor, NCIS, Bull, and my guilty pleasure Live PD. I am also a sports fan, Nascar (go #11, Denny Hamlin), football and boxing (not mma or cage)

Favorite Books

When I read my nose is mostly stuck in a magazine such as Cloth, Papers, Scissors; Card Maker, Soft Doll or any jewelry making magazine. I can also be found at the library sitting on the floor looking at books in the Arts/Crafts section.

LIKES

I love bright colors, tropical colors. I used to not like orange but over the last year I like it more and more and even find myself wearing it. I prefer jewel tones over pastels. I like floral and spice scents, also vanilla and of course lavender. . Things I like in general are

Our Creator, nature, Mother Earth, wind, sun, water, all things great and small. Being at the beach is a favorite. So is camping in the mountains..

OK, I also love to spend hours on Pinterest or YouTube. I love new ideas and seeing what others are doing and how they are doing it.

Animals of all kinds, especially dogs and cats.

Hearts and being in love. Warm fuzzies and hugs. I am blessed with a wonderful husband.

Surprises

Snail mail

Bling and more bling

gel pens, glitter pens

Hummingbirds, butterflies and dragonflies

Sea shells

Flowers

Wind chimes

My Cricut

Lace, yarn, ribbon, fibers

embossing powder

Buttons and beads

embellishments, bits of paper and fabric

craft magazines

Romantic and Victorian goodies

Hand made cards, tags, ATCs, Mail Art and etc.

Stamps, rubber,clear and postage

Paints and inks, spray inks and dyes

turquoise blue glass figurines-especially birds or other animals

Owls and birds in general

Big, chunky jewelry. Rings, necklaces, pierced ear rings, bracelets, to rings and anklets. Silver, gold, copper and pewter tones. I do prefer silver and love moonstones. Doesn't have to be real. I can have more if it's not "fine" jewelry.

Thrift stores and treasure hunting (bargain hunting) Garage sales if I can get up early enough.

Dreams and new ideas

Anything handmade by you

I like exploring old graveyards but more for the history of them than scarry stuff. Not going there at night.

I like Civil War history and have walked the battlefield at Vicksburg, following the progress of the battle from both sides.

People who create and people who share. Kind people, people who have an open mind and do not judge. I have met so many great people here. Yippee.

Chocolate, coffee not tea. Must have Hazelnut creamer.

DISLIKES

I don't really care for this category but I do understand the reasons for it. So here goes: I don't like cold weather or cold people, narrow minded people and people who judge. Please don't talk about religion or politics to me. So much ugly in the world and I am a believer in The Golden Rule.

Now that I have been swapping I do see the reason for this category although I know that some don't read our profiles.

Please no baby, kid's childish, wedding, Disney, cute-sie, religious and advertising items. No Kawaii. No Hello Kitty please.

Flakers

@nosboh99 for Non Winning Lotter Ticket ATC. She was also the host.

Private swaps

I am happy to do private swaps and would welcome any suggestions as to what you would like to swap with me. I am especially happy to swap Mail Art and spirit/goddess dolls. I also make button fairies. Anyone who would like Florida postcards, I can get those for you.

Ratings

OrganizedHere rated for February's Sender's Choice on Feb 21, 2019
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Comment: You are so good at mixed media. I never knew we could send square postcards like the one you made. It was creative!
Response: Thank you for the heart rating. Glad you liked what I made for you. One of the reasons I like mail art and mixed media is because I feel free to experiment and let my muse take over. She has been very busy. Hope we can be partners again soon,
PeliKat rated for HMPC: Put a pig on it on Feb 10, 2019
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Comment: Bonnie, I received your postcard and I love it! The background is fantastic and I love that you recycled the inside of printed envelopes for your hearts and flowers. Very, very cool! Thank you and happy swapping!
Response: Thank you for the great rating. I had so much fun with that one. Thank you for the heart
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Comment: Wow, Bonnie - thanks for such a great swap. So many of the postcards are just right for me and the cards you made are really lovely. Happy Swapping to you!
Response: Thanks for the heart. I am so glad you liked what I sent.
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Comment: Oh my gosh Bonnie! What a wonderful surprise your package was!! I was so puzzled by the big package as I knew we discussed the swap. My daughter always wants to open my swap packages and I usually let her but this time, I wanted to open it. Lo and behold, the bulk of it was for her anyway! LOL! You absolutely made her day!! You are so generous!! We both thank you from the bottom of our hearts! The Valentine cards are wonderful too!! Thank you again!!
Response: You are so welcome my friend. It is my joy to share whenever I can. I hope she continues her love of paper and letters. You have a beautiful daughter,
Tigerlilyknotwise rated for HMPC: Put a cat on it! on Feb 4, 2019
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Comment: Thanks for the fun postcard! :)
Response: I am just doing a very few swaps right now so I can look forward to what I am getting in the mail. I am glad you were my partner. Thanks for rating and the heart
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Comment: Hey Bonnie. Thanks for the great postcard. I totally agree that this was way harder than I expected! Both finding a word and then figuring out how to depict it. I found the word clag. Look it up. Anyway, you did really well. Happy new year and stuff!
Response: So glad that you liked the postcard. Once it was finally done I was happy I pushed myself to do it. And I am so lucky to have a book on Chicago's past. So happy to be your partner. Thanks for the heart rating.
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Comment: Hi Bonnie :-) . . . . I received your postcard yesterday, and since you didn't say what swap it was for I didn't have a clue. But today I figured it out when I got a "Rating Reminder" email for the October Sender's Choice PC swap. When I looked at it then I saw that you were my sending partner. . . . . . I think your character drawing is really cute. Does she have a story to tell? You could draw single panel or multiple panel comic-style drawings for her, sorta like Maxine. . . . . . . I hope your recovery continues and you feel better and better every day.
Response: Thank you for rating and the heart. I really like some of the ideas you suggested. So far I never do the same character twice. I'm going to give this some serious thought
GinaVisione rated for CC: September Sender's Choice PC on Sep 27, 2018
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Comment: BJ! What a fun bunch of friends to receive in the mail from you. They all look healthy and happy and seemed to have enjoyed their trip to CA. :D
Response: Glad you like my friends. I love drawing them. Thanks for the 5 rating and the heart
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Comment: Thank you so much! I hope that everything is going well for you and I will be keeping you in my thoughts
Response: Thank you for rating and the heart,
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Comment: Great postcard! I love the background and the mushrooms are so cute :)
Response: Awe, you make me blush. Thank you for your rating and for the heart
luleemik rated for Spirit Dolls on Aug 5, 2018
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Comment: Oh, Bonnie---she is just perfect! I live in the "Valley of the Sun" so the theme you used is so appropriate! Thank you for sharing your art with me and sending an outstanding doll!!
Response: I am so happy you like her. She is a bright and happy doll. Thank you for rating so quickly and for the heart.
wolfeagle rated for Animorph Creations on Aug 3, 2018
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Comment: Thank you s much for your fun animal creation.
Response: You are welcome. Thanks for the quick rate and the heart,
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Comment: Great PC! Thanks!!
Response: You are welcome. Thanks for rating and the heart
kclicquot rated for Black and White Mail Art on Jul 24, 2018
5
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Comment: That's a great picture!!!! Thank you!!!!!
Response: Thank you! I am so happy that you like it. Thank you for the fast rating and for the heart.
georgiafae rated for CC: July Sender's Choice Postcard on Jul 21, 2018
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Comment: I love this postcard! This is my favorite style of making cart so I love this group too! Such fun color combination-love the teal of course. And a kitty and a puppy-just makes you want to smile or dance like the cute little girl in the yellow raincoat is doing! Thanks for sharing and it was great to swap with you again!
Response: I think you just made my day. So glad you liked it. Me too of course. Also one of my favorite ways to make art. I like the anything goes kind of art, no wrong, no right, just lots of fun and bright colors. If you would ever like to do some private swaps let me know. Thanks for the rating and the heart
shinyserra rated for Make Something Artsy/Craftsy on Jul 20, 2018
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Comment: This is so beautiful! The necklace and the canvas are so awesome. I love the "I believe in angels" theme. Thank you so much.
Response: I am so happy that you like the canvas. It was not what I had thought to make but with your recent loss I knew what I should do. Thank you for your kind words, the rating and the heart.
Arhel rated for HMPC: Sender's Choice Postcard-July on Jul 18, 2018
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Comment: Thank you for the lovely card! :)
Response: You are welcome, thank you for rating so quickly and for the heart.
Dasha rated for HMPC: Put a "Flower" on it on Jul 9, 2018
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Comment: Thank you for a PC. It arrived a bit torn at one edge, probably because it doesn't have straight edges, I think making more perfect rectangle may help next time to prevent any machine damages. And the pc would look prettier that way also.
Response: Thank you for rating
rmrascal rated for WIYM July stocking stuffer USA on Jul 5, 2018
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Comment: Just received yourstocking stuffer. thank you so much
SusanSpooky rated for Bird Mini Lucky Parcel on Jul 5, 2018
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Comment: Thank you so much for the lovely bird LP. I am so sorry I rated late- I ended up moving out of state on a whim and I have not gotten on swap-bot in many weeks.

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Comments

lou on Feb 17, 2019:

Happy Birthday Month from WIYM group!

CurlyTea on Feb 15, 2019:


Happy Birthday!

luckycharms on Feb 14, 2019:

Happy Birthday

angelgram on Feb 13, 2019:

12:01 am EST HAPPY❤ BIRTHDAY 12:01 am EST

♩♫♪♬ ► HAPPY ❤ BIRTHDAY◄ 02/14/2019 ♩♫♪♬

12:01 am EST HAPPY❤BIRTHDAY 12:01 am EST

MCGalaxy on Feb 6, 2019:

Praying for you and I just sent you a card but dont know I remembered to put my screen name so if no then I'm Melissa Conklin.

BennysMumma on Feb 5, 2019:

hugs

kiddomerriweather on Feb 5, 2019:

Sending you lots and lots of love. <3

debbiespoms on Feb 5, 2019:

Sending you all my prayers every day. Blessings!

luckycharms on Feb 4, 2019:

Hug

yvonne401 on Feb 4, 2019:

Sending much love and prayers your way!

Blessings,

Yvonne

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