Thursday, May 27

inhale, exhale...

breathe in...

coming back to the surface,

I just want to say

your messages have shown me

that doubt is unnecessary,
but may surface in times of extremity

so friends appear
to reassure,
encourage, and support.

My fever has lifted, and pain is receding.

Later today I have my first mammogram since surgery
and I should get blood work results -
there is a chance I won't be able to continue chemo,
as my liver is showing signs of strain.

However, if I get the okay, Friday will be round 7
with only one more round of chemo to go.

I cannot express enough
just how much the messages you've left me,
or sent to me personally, have meant.

They are all taken heartfully, are appreciated deeply,
and truly do help carry me forward.
thank you.

(click on images for closer view)
breathe out...


  1. You are more than welcome, dear Karin!

    I'm sending you my best thoughts and wishes, that your liver is okay. And that the results of your tests show that you are getting stronger and healthier.

    Keep saying, keep making these beautiful collages and whatever else takes your fancy. Just keep on being you, because we love you xx

  2. karin, i will be holding you in my thoughts and prayers, in healing light and love.

  3. I hope that everything goes well for you Karin. I will be thinking of you. Best of wishes to you. x

  4. You ...have done something so raw and beautiful here ... archetypal ... Isn't collage an amazing, always emergent process ...

    There's *always* a flow somewhere, even in your "dark night" creations -- the ones you've composed when you've been in constant, awful pain ...

    I'm falling asleep as I type so must go for now ... will write more soon :-)

    Huge love!!

  5. Dear Karin, you'll be on my mind today and I'll be keeping my fingers crossed today.

    Big Hug,


  6. your words are touching me, follow your blog is a luck in life, i just hold you from far away.

  7. fingers and toes crossed for you! xxoo lyle

  8. My thoughts are with you Karin!!

  9. Be gentle with yourself Karin. Always. Penny x

  10. karin, isn't it amazing how love can travel and help heal? i am now glad to be a member of your loving healers....

    and thank you for the thank you.

    if i weren't heading to work, i would be here lingering at and inside this collage. it is super! and i thought you were just beginning your collaging career. :)

    love to you via blue balloons overhead. look up!


  11. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Your collage is beautiful..You can do anything.
    Love and peace.

  12. We get carry each love, and that is why we are here.
    Thinking of you with big Fat LOvE, Beautiful One.

  13. I read your post and realized I was holding my breath for you. I hope the news is encouraging and I will breathe out and send white light your way. xox Corrine

  14. all is well always.... just holding that thought for you now and always... and knowing that this too shall pass and you will be returned to perfect health! sending you love and hugs, and thanks for sharing these wonderful mixed media pieces, I love the heart and tea bag, just brilliant!

  15. Although I do not know you personally and this is my first visit to "Beyond Words", my thoughts and prayers are with you for the very best outcome!

  16. Hi again. I just had to come back and say your art in compelling and beautiful.

    The nature photographs below are mind blowing gorgeous!

    I'm going to go back through some of your older posts and enjoy the beauty.

  17. {air kisses and gentle hugs}

  18. Love and Light - Love and Light - Love and Light to you Karin. Your art is as inspiring and beautiful as ever. My prayers are with you as they have been every day.
    Blessings, Sandra in AZ

  19. Your collage is beautiful, Karin, like your soul. Remember, with all of us sending healing prayers and love to enfold you, you can conquer anything.

  20. Karin,
    I think of you. I will pray for you.

  21. Wow, your art work is amazing. I love this set of collages. I'm adding you to my blog roll and to be followed...I'm not asking you to, but wanted you to know how impressed and emotionally impactful your art is to me.

  22. sending you love and healing are an amazing, courageous woman...I am so grateful to have met you here inspire me more than you will ever know. I'm sorry I haven't stopped by in a while, I've been a bit self/family absorbed. I so appreciate all the comments you have left for me.

    gentle steps dear soul

  23. what a beautiful blog! found you at svasti's house....:)

  24. Art to Clear the Mind and Time to Exhale. I'm exhaling with you Karin. Again and again.

  25. So glad that you feel all the support...because there is a lot of it out there for you!

  26. What a beautiful, life-affirming collage. Thank you, dearest Karin.


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