On Friday, we received a call from our dear friends whom we met about 20 years ago at a baby play-group with our first-borns. My husband answered the call and we were told that Ulla, who is 44, is attending undergoing a therapy in the hospital on how to deal with her pain. She was diagnosed with melanoma three years ago and was given no chance of recovery then. However she fought and still is fighting against the odds, although the tumor cells have metastasized to her lungs, brain and now her stomach or intestines. She has undergone chemo- and radiotherapy for each of the metastasis (is this what it's called?) but it keeps spreading. Now, her husband told us that she is self-administering morphine to ease the pain. Ulla is not hospitalized, she is home. I can't tell you how affected I have been by the news. I can't bear to think of what she is going through, what her family is going through. They have two children, both same ages as our own and the saddest part is her younger son does not remember the times when she was healthy.
My husband is presently away in Canada and the USA on business. We will drive to visit Ulla and her family when he returns on the weekend. I can't handle the situation by myself if I drove to visit them on my own. It will be too emotional for me. They live in Hamm, where we used to live before our relocation to Singapore in 1994.
Besides the work I am due to hand in to the galleries, I haven't really been able to concentrate; my mind keeps wondering. The metalworking is a good diversion, I can literally hammer my feelings out and yes, file half of my nails off too...
Perhaps this is why I made these two 'fun' beads, birds and my favorite creatures, white mice...
These two birds perch on a tree, holes run through the birds.
I had to show you the nice fat bottoms of the mice, isn't it fat and cute? Yes, the holes run through the mice like the birds. They look upwards or downwards when you place the bead upright.
I made this focal weeks ago, but forgot all about it
measures 40mm long and 34mm at its widest
27mm in diameter
Black motifs on white, with red heart which has been left slightly raised.
Reverse side of BECAUSE OF YOU