Friday, March 20, 2015

Health Update

Dear Friends and Fellow Artists,

If you've been following me for a while you'll know that I've been living with a terminal cancer diagnosis since November of 2013. After attempting 6 types of therapy including chemo, we have exhausted the possibilities for traditional medical treatments. We have now begun the process of working with hospice in our home so that I may stay comfortably here. What an amazing organization and a tremendous group of compassionate people to be working with.

As you see from my blog, I've not been able to paint for quite some time, in fact I think it's been since early June. There are lots of my paintings still available and luckily my dear and gracious friend Carol Marine continues to post some of them on my blog each week. We are still managing to ship paintings out, so if you see something you like, please feel free to use the PayPal button and with a bit of patience on your part, we'll get the painting out to you.

It's been quite a ride hasn't it? And one I wouldn't change a bit of. Thank you from the depth of my heart for your interest in my art, for your support, and for allowing me to place myself beside and among such fine artists as yourselves. It has been an honor.
Peace,
Bren

15 comments:

Monica Burnette said...

Love and hugs, Bren. The honor is ours.

Mary Sheehan Winn said...

Oh Brenda.
your words are eloquent and beautiful. Courageous.
This is crushing news..
My love to you and yours…

Maywyn Studio said...

You are in my prayers. It is a pleasure to read your blog, see your art, and know you are surrounded with such an abundance of loving people. You will always be in my artists heart.

Janell said...

Dear Brenda, I have been following your blog and enjoying your beautiful paintings for some time. You have such a wonderful gift. I am so sorry to hear the seriousness of your illness. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Dottie T Leatherwood said...

Your blog was one of the first ones I ever subscribed to when I began painting several years ago. You have never ceased to inspire me with your beautiful art and wonderful thoughts. The world is a much better place because you've been here and the beauty you have spread upon it. That's what we all hope for. Much love and peace to you Brenda.

Lorri Hall said...

I guess I was burying my head in the sand. I was so surprised to hear your cancer was terminal. But I never asked. Maybe selfishly I didn't want to know. We had quite a ride together at MCI Bren and memories that will never go away. So many things in my everyday bring thoughts of you. My mom sent me a note the other day using one of your notecards - it made me smile. I've followed your blog and when they came every day I started my day with thoughts of you. When your beautiful friend Carol started posting for you it became more of a reality of your situation. You've had a great ride Bren. I love you my forever friend. Hugs and kisses to you and Doug. Lorri

Kris Mangene Reid said...

My very best to you in your journey. Pieces of you are scattered in homes everywhere as art. Some of my favorites are the two you did for Bruce's birthday. The saws and the planes. They are placed in a central place and I think of you every time I gaze at them. Your positive attitude and loving family are an inspiration to us.
Kris

Bruce Bingham said...

Dear Bren,

You are such a ray of sunshine and delight to everyone who has ever had the pleasure of meeting you and seeing your colorful paintings, in person or online. My heart goes out to you, your family and friends during this difficult transition. I wish you peace, comfort and love. I want to thank you for the joy you've generously given to me and countless others through your art. Love, Bruce

suzanneberry said...

I love you my dear friend.

Jennie Wilson said...

Dear Brenda,
Please know that I have loved looking at your inspirational artwork and your love of nature that I too, share with you shines through your paintings. Your inspirations have travelled far, across the sea to me in Australia.
May your journey be kind and loving,
Jennie Wilson, Australia.

Marcela Strasdas said...

I have loved to see your art Bren and have often wondered about your health. I was very sorry to read this post, hugs and love to you. All my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Sheila said...

Peace be with you Brenda. Thanks for sharing your work with us, and making the world a brighter place.

Mary Anne Cary said...

Peace be with you and your family, your spirit soars among us!!!

Anonymous said...

Sam and I just think the world of you, Brenda. Your paintings brighten our home and we don't go a single day without admiring your beautiful works. Thank you for inspiring us both with your art and with your amazing spirit. Stay strong and know that our thoughts are with you and your family.

Kelley Carey MacDonald said...

Just heard of your passing Brenda - I have always been a fan of your art and enjoyed your wonderful personality that came through your posts and your paintings. Fly free, sweet girl, you will be ever missed.