Sunday, December 15, 2013

Crafty Weekend Making Pillows!


This year, I have not quite exactly been in the Christmas spirit. I haven't even gone Christmas shopping for my one and only 3 year old daughter. I honestly have no idea what to get her. It seems like she has it all, and even at that she rarely plays with her toys. So I decided that this year, most of the gifts that I would be giving this year would be hand made. I come from a very large family and close knit family, which means that there are plenty of babysitters to go around when needed. So I thought that if I made these super cool pillowcases then maybe, it might be a comfort item when staying the night in a new or different place.

I found a great tutorial on how to make pillowcases that are neat and professional looking without little effort.   The Crafty Gemini . After watching the video several times, I finally figured out how to pin and arrange my fabric in the correct way. This tutorial was SUPER EASY, that after I had made my first pillow case, I made a second one without having to watch the video.  The sewing time only took about 5 minutes, however all the prep-work (cutting fabric, pinning, ironing)  took about an hour. I highly recommend this tutorial and its great for beginners like me!

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

The "C" word!

Due to certain circumstances, I decided that it was best for me to have my IUD mirena removed. During the procedure my physician went ahead and performed a pap-smear. Doctor said everything looked normal, have a nice day. Approximately a week later, I received a phone call from my family doctor saying that the pap smear had came back abnormal and that it showed that I had precancerous or cancerous cells within my cervix. I was told that I was being referred to a gynecologist who could perform a biopsy on my cervix to determine how severe 'things' were. 

The biopsy for the cervix was much like having a pap-smear performed. Only exceptions is it involves dying the cervix with a vinegar solution and numbing it to snip off a piece of tissue for the biopsy. I felt some minor cramping when it happened but it went away shortly after a few seconds. Then this concoction of a mixture was applied to the area that was biopsied  to expedite the healing process. I was told no sex for at least 24 hours. 

About 4 days later, my doctor called so I wouldn't have to stress over Thanksgiving about my test results. He had told me that I was one level away from it becoming a superficial cancer and that I would also have to have a procedure done to remove the precancerous areas of my cervix. And that would be performed the next time I went into the office. There was also some bad news. He said that it had spread to the glands of my cervix which meant that it could also spread faster to the surrounding areas. When I go in to have the procedure done for my cervix, I will also be having a biopsy done in the uterine area to make sure it has not spread to that area. Worst case scenario, I may be having a hysterectomy. 

At the age of 24 most people my age rarely think of the possibility of developing cancer and diseases. But from my experience it can happen! So ladies please! I urge to please get your pap-smears done at least once a year even every 6 months. Cervical cancer is the number one preventive cancer, and can be cured with surgery if caught in time.