Just checking to say that I am feeling grateful each day to be in graduate school for art therapy and counseling...it's been a long road but I'm finally here :).

I also was able to teach a children's art class at the hospital where I was treated to children in the hospital. It was a great group and I even got to see an old friend's family (even though it wasn't for a good reason).

I was asked to donate a couple of art pieces to an art therapy benefit and auction. It was a fabulous event and I was glad to be a part of it!

Another speaking engagement (locally) went well in August and I was just as inspired by the audience I met afterward!

Today, I am grateful for: God, new friends, old friends, family, hope, grad school, amazing people in my life that have helped me and continue to help me...and so much more!



Dennis Pyritz, RN said...

Great Blog! You are a credit to the cancer blogging community. I have added you to my blogroll, “Cancer Blogs” with over 1000 other personal cancer blogs at www.beingcancer.net, a cancer networking site featuring a cancer book club, guest blogs, cancer resources, reviews and more.
If you have not visited before or recently, please stop by. If you agree that the site is a worthwhile resource for those affected by cancer, please consider adding Being Cancer Network to your own blogroll.
Now that you are listed, you can expect to gain a wider audience for your thoughts and experiences. Being Cancer Network is a place to share and communicate.
And like bloggers everywhere, I love receiving your comments and ideas.

Take care, Dennis (beingcancer@att.net)

Anonymous said...

Hi Rachel,

Your story is so inspiring and gives hope. My stepson was diagnosed with Ewing's Sarcoma of the left pelvic last summer at age 16. He went through intense chemo and then radiation. He's been cancer free until his latest scans Oct. 11; chest CT revealed metastasis to the lungs. They caught it extremely early and are assuring us it is treatable. He's going through chemo again but it's not as harsh as the 1st time. We were told you have to be in remission for the autogolus stem cell harvest. Is that what you experienced? Again, I'm so grateful for people like you who are willing to share their story and spread hope.

God Bless,

Obsessedwithlife said...

Thanks, Dennis. I appreciate the inclusion of my blog on your site!

Obsessedwithlife said...

Thanks for your kind words. I will keep your stepson in my prayers. As far as the auto SCT, yes, they put me into remission again with heavy chemo, then took out stem cells from me and then did the transplant soon after.

If you have any more questions, feel free to ask!


Lisa said...

Rachel, thank you for your postcard! I think this international postcard exchange will be really fun :D I am so glad you included your website so I could look you up and find out how fantastically inspirational you are! I've only just skimmed a little but was compeled to write to you immediately. I will definitely be spending some serious time reading more in depth and look forward to following your blog. Blessings, Lisa

Obsessedwithlife said...

Thanks, Lisa, for your kind words!

Chris Ulvin said...

Hi Rachel,
I've been revisiting my nephew's (Nick Raitt) blogspot and recognized what a Godsend you were to him starting back in 2007. Thank you for your praying spirit.
As Nick battles rhabdo a third time, I can boldly ask God to heal Nick because of your faithful testimony. May God bless you and continue to use your willing spirit to encourage others. Amen.
Sincerely, Nick's aunt Chris

Chris Ulvin said...

Good Morning Rachel,
I wanted to share Nick Raitt's miracle news - his xrays showed no signs of tumors in his abdomen. Praise God! Psalm 139:14 I too join you in being thankful for old friends and hope. May God bless you and Nick and future friends with His miracles. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.
Love, Nick's aunt Chris

Obsessedwithlife said...

Chris-that's fabulous! I had just read that but haven't had a chance to send a message. Thanks for letting me know!!