Tuesday, April 8, 2003    


How scrapbooking changed my life

By:Holly H

Time goes by so fast and anything can happen at anytime. Sometimes things happen for a reason and there is no explaination why things happen the way they do.

Life was going really well for me and my family. My husband is in the military and he sends me pictures of all the places that he has gone to. I was making a scrapbook for him so that he could always look at it from time to time to see his past experiences. While my husband was away I was rushed to the hospital and had emergency surgery. It turns out that I was pregnant and that I had lost a child.

At the time I did not know that I was pregnant. I had a DNC done and they said that they wanted to take some samples and have them tested. A few days had passed and the doctor called me to let me know of the results. The test revealed that I had cancer.

I could not beleave what was happening to me. At the time my son was 10 years old and I was thinking about that I would not be around to see him grow up. The doctors told me that I would have to have and
operation and that I would undergo chemo.

Well, the surgery went well and chemo was about to start. The nurse told me that during my chemo that I should bring something to do. So I decided to do a scrapbook for my family. The morning of the first chemo I got all my pictures,stickers, pens, pencils, punches and all the extras.

So, that day I started a scrapbook of my family. I was writting journals and putting many things with my pictures-where there was a space something went in the space. I've worked and worked on the book as the weeks went on. Doing the scrapbook lifted my spirits and made me realize what a great family that I have and how special my family and friends are to me.

As I was working on my scrapbook people around me at the hospital was wondering what I was doing. They liked what I was doing and some even want me to show them how to get started. So, as the weeks went on and it came to my last day for chemo-I got 15 people making their own scrapbook of dreams.

It has been 6 years now and the cancer has not come back. And I'm doing great-and the scrapbooking is going stronger than ever. I look at that very scrapbook that I was making while I was going through a hard time alot. And I thank God for all the people in my life and how blessed I am. Doing the scrapbook made me a stronger person and helped me to reach down inside and write down things that I thought I could never do. I enjoy shareing and helping people with scrapbooking because it makes you realize how precious life really is.

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Tomorrow at dMarie Daily: Scrapbooking - Preserving Precious Memories, by jeannine s.

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