It's been almost a year and half since I last posted in my blog. Life has a way of getting in the way with plans you have no control over. In this case it was a return of my ALL Leukemia. Everything in my life came to a halt. A deja vu like feeling came over me as I was returned to the hospital for tests, procedures and more tests.
My symptoms began in December of 2014. Recognizing the sudden decrease in energy, I chose to ignore the symptoms and instead took a trip to Rhode Island to visit family, attended an art opening in Los Angeles where I had some work on display. Take my advice, don't ignore your symptoms! LISTEN when your body tells you that something is wrong.
I dealt with my Leukemia from March of 2015 to March of 2016. I learned that my desire to survive was very strong. I learned that great health insurance is a necessary luxury, (fortunate for me, a tragedy for those without) when dealing with such an insidious disease. I learned that my love of life, of my family and friends is a powerful motivator to push forward through an assortment of difficult procedures in order to reach remission again.
My husband Gary was an integral part of my treatment who provided me with the support and love I needed to endure. My familia was so supportive: my children Mario and Gaby, daughter in law Adela, sis Diane and Mom, my Fusco famiglia plus my familia of friends on Facebook and beyond and before!
Well I'm back. Please read below for more info on my past year. I'm also doing open studios to show off some of the paintings I've done during my search for remission. If you're in the San Francisco Bay Area, stop by and have a look!