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Married to Tony mother to 2 children Lucas 23, Gemma 26 & her boyfriend Sean. Carer for 2 crazy Jack Russells. I'm dyslexic so excuse any mistakes. The Stitching Room is where I spend my time playing with Clarice (my camera) and Bernie (my sewing machine). Come on in and see what I'm up to.

Monday, 31 May 2010

I've been absent for a while

Molly

I have been absent for a while - lots have happened in my life since Christmas.
I have been diagniosed with a rare lung disease, Lymphangioleiomyomatosis (LAM). It has been a bit of a roller coaster ride originally being diagnosed with emphysema, to say I was angry about that was an understatement as I have never smoked and really hate it. I am known amongst Lucas and Gemma's friends for my anti smoking talks/rants and for bringing really gross photos home from work to show any of them that smoke. Then the diagnosis became cystic lung disease and finally LAM. Thankfully my disease is mild.
My life has changed never take anything for granted - I am now going to the gym trying to get fitter and to my surprise I am enjoying it.
This is the reason I haven't been around in blogland as much, the time I spent sitting in front of the computer has been swamped for gym time.
I have also started a photo shop course and have been helping my friend in her quilt shop. I have also been sewing more - I love blogland but at times it takes away from the thing I started my blog for - sewing.

Enjoy my snaps of Moonta it is where I grew up.
It is about a 2 hour drive from Adelaide and was once a copper mining town.

Moonta Bay Jetty

Moonta Bay jetty

Hughes mine at Moonta Mines

Methodist church at Moonta Mines

I love this snap - notice the fly that ended up in front of the lens.

Moonta Mines

This fellow was on the road.

Brown snake

31 comments:

Isabel said...

Nice to hear you again, Congratulation for been better, Best wishes from spain

Leah said...

Good to see you're back, and I hope your diagnosis is manageable for you :) I've an online friend who can knit at the gym - maybe you can stitch?

Renee said...

It's good to see you back Leanne. The gym always makes me feel better too - it's amazing what those endorphins can do! Glad your diagnosis is settled now, it must have been so frustrating with it changing in the beginning. I hope it is manageable and gives you little trouble. Take care of yourself :)

Gillie said...

Thank goodness for initials, that is a mouthful! Best wishes and congratulations on your positive attitude, long may it last!

Kris said...

I think of you often you know. I think it's because of your photography. (And because you are an exceptional personality!) This morning as Brad and I drove home from our beachside walk I saw a woman grooming her horse by the River Torrens and thought of you. Nice to hear from you and glad to hear you are doing okay. I love the Moonta snaps. It is such a lovely place. (All except for the snake - yuk!) Brad and I visited there at the beginning of the year and had a lovely time.

Lorraine said...

Good to see you back.....it is hard to balance everything and fit everything in....I have gone back to the gym three mornings a week and often find by the time I get home from work I am too tired spend any time on the computer...glad you are stitching more...I haven't managed to fit any stitching in for a while...still trying to get the house sorted....take care of yourself.....hope you have the LAM under control.....I would have loved to have been a fly on the wall when you got the original (incorrect) diagnosis!! I am sure you had a bit to say! LOL

Cicero Sings said...

I'm sorry to hear you have this Lymphangioleiomyomatosis ... I've just been off o read about it. You had good reason to rant about smoking! My sister came down with cancer even though she thought she was doing every thing right so it seems indiscriminate who gets hit with whatever disease. I'm glad yours is manageable.

Gorgeous pictures.

Happy Stitching!

Oops-Lah said...

beautiful photos; just lovely. Look after yourself and think positive thoughts.

Shirley said...

Lovely photo's Leanne. That tower looks like the Cornish Tin Mine Shafts. Stay well and be positive.
With love
Shirley.x

Sue-Anne said...

Beautiful photos, except for the snake!

Sorry to hear about your troubles but you sound like you have a very positive attitude and I'm sure this will make it easier to cope with. Good luck with the gym sessions and wishing you all the best.

Cloth Doll Lover said...

Sorry to hear things have not been so great...hears hopeing things will improve vastly...love your photo's I thought the fly was a UFO (hehe). yep I agree with Sue-Anne the snake is yuck.

Sewing Hugs
Amanda
XX

Jodie said...

Hey Leanne,
Sorry to hear your news but glad that you are getting healthy- there is a lot of sewing to be done you know !

Sue said...

Hi Leanne, Have been missing your posts ... it has been ages since we caught up. Sorry to hear you have been unwell and I hope that you are able to manage your LAM Ok. I hadnt caught up with that news from our mutual friend ... mind you I havent seen her for ages either!!!! Well done on going to the gym, I have been on a bit of a health kick myself with dieting and walking and must admit have been really enjoying the walking bit. Great photos of Moonta. Take care and hopefully see you soon.
Cheers S

Jill said...

Hi Leanne, I've really missed your posts (thought you might be hiding amongst the yummy fabric in Hetties new room). So sorry to hear about your illness. Good on you for going to the gym - it really is good for the body and head. Hope you have brighter days ahead.
Love the pic of your doggy - I still miss my Niki nearly two years on - I think a new puppy is coming to live with us at the end of this year. Jill x

Karen said...

Pleeeeze tell me that snake is not a recent photo. I'm hoping all the snakes are asleep for winter now I'm out on the trails.

Maree: said...

Have Missed you ..so Glad to see you back..Sorry to hear of your News...being Positive is the Best Medicine..know what you mean about the computer..Glad to hear too that you have been Stitching...
Take Care
cheers

nicolette said...

Good to see you’re back Leanne.

Sorry to hear about your illness. Good for you to go to the gymn, it helped me a lot to feel better too!
Sending positive thoughts your way!

Levin said...

hey lorraine,
hope all is well - i gather it must have been a shock but it sounds like you are on the right path. and yes, you are right, never take life foregranted.....
how nice to have been working in a quilt shop. is it the one we all know and love or another?
l
x

Sarah said...

Leanne,

Thank you for sharing that with us. What a journey.

I cannot find the right words to say what I am thinking to say... but I am sure you know.

Sarah

Anita said...

Sorry to hear that you have not been well but glad that you have a diagnosis and an action plan!
Missed seeing your lovely photography!
Take care.

Annie said...

Hi Leanne, sorry to hear your news today but glad it is mild and you never know what is around the next corner. Happy sewing.

Chookyblue...... said...

take care of yourself number one...........love your photos as usual.........maybe you will have to go walking for fitness and your weighs can be the camera bag.......

Lucy Locket-Pocket said...

I'm so sorry to hear about the diagnosis Leanne - but I'm very relieved to hear that it is a mild version! Take care of yourself and enjoy the gym! (Can't believe I'm putting "enjoy" and "the gym" in the same sentence!!!!!)

Lots of love Lucy xxx

Meggie said...

I do hope the Gym helps with your condition, and you can get treatment. Good luck with your sewing adventures.

Jenny said...

Sorry to hear you've been unwell and it sounds like you've got the right attitude and action for improvement. Sew on and enjoy:)Take Care

Jenny said...

PS Love your Moonta photos-even the snake:)

Sue SA said...

Beautiful photos once again Leeane. Sorry to hear about your illness, but I am glad you at least now know what it is and that it is mild, therefore hopefully does not drastically effect your quality of life. I hope that Adelaides mild winter helps and if not that you can get away to somewhere sunny and warm, so to keep your lungs in tip top condition. Happy quilting, Sue SA.

Teresa said...

Great great pictures - thanks for sharing. I am so sorry about your condition, but happy that you are feeling better and being proactive in your health. I need to do the same.

quiltygal said...

BUGGA!!!! XXXXX

periwinkle said...

sorry to hear about your diagnosis but I suppose the good thing is that you can do something about it - I'm waiting for some test results back too , any waiting is just awful. Love your pics as always , especially the first one with the sun bouncing off the ocean

Catherine said...

I am just catching up with my Blogging friends and have just read your news. Hope you are well, sounds like you are being very positive and doing what you love... i used to love the gym too.... Keep Happy and Healthy, Cathyx