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I've Got a Secret

I'm going to be brave today. In public photos I seldom wear glasses, I never show my full body, and I never show that I use oxygen. Our first challenge for the Design Team this month was to do a layout about ourselves. I decided to scrapbook the biggest thing that is going on in my life right now. I finally, after many years of dismissing it, decided this past summer to pursue weight loss surgery (gastric bypass).  For the past few months, I have been going through the preliminaries - appointments with the dietitian, psychologist, surgeon, cardiologist, as well as getting clearances from my regular physician, my pulmonologist and my hematologist (Whew!) I've had to have an echocardiogram, a stress test and a trans-esophogeal echocardiogram. I'm finally at the point where I have been cleared by everyone and I have my appointment this coming Tuesday with the surgeon to set the date. While part of me is scared to death, part of me is very hopeful about the future. I'm hoping that a major weight loss will help me breathe better, move better and with less pain. I don't want to get my hopes too high, but I am hoping that I have a whole new life ahead of me. Watch out world - if my energy level skyrockets, who knows what I can accomplish?!  

I started out with a concept of the two pictures, and then having the grid taper down at the sides, like I hope that my body will taper! In looking for a patterned paper to use, I found this Color Me butterfly paper from Hot Off the Press - I liked the symbolism of the butterfly and my change. I cut the paper down to 11 1/8" to fit the 10 squares of the grid. And I colored the paper blue to match my eyes!  But then - dilemma!  How to make this a mosaic piece! So I decided to use a second piece of navy grid paper on top. 

I cut this second piece down to 8 squares wide and then tapered the bottom squares of the grid just a tad. I used a craft knife to cut around the butterflies so that they could remain on top of the design and I lifted the bottom butterfly up with foam tape. By the way, the butterflies are colored with colored pencil and gamsol to blend.


Finally, for my journaling, I thought about the Special K commercial when they say "What will you gain when you lose?" and made a list of some of the things I hope to get rid of and some of the things I hope to gain. I then added a few rhinestones and Stickles on the butterflies for a little bling (gotta have bling!) And I added one of the laser-cut 2013 pieces available from Snap N Crop to finish the layout.


Shared by Nancy Sanders on January 5, 2013 | Memory Date: January 5, 2013
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Nancy, I love the paper, the photos, how you colored and cut the butterflies, and how you imbedded the mosaic paper into the entire page! Please DO get your hopes up for good health. You do your part, let the doctors do their part and you will be on your way to a whole new life. I am hoping for a healthier YOU! Hugs to you.
Posted By: Billi Glenn  |  January 13, 2013 at 6:53 am   
This page is beautiful! I love it. And, I am so glad you are taking steps to get healthy. Good luck!
Posted By: Candy Spiegel  |  January 11, 2013 at 1:46 pm   
OMG I love this page. The butterflies are a wonderful touch.
Posted By: Tonnya Sayah  |  January 9, 2013 at 2:44 am   
Nancy, there's one thing to remember about the pain -- it passes. It's not the worst pain you'll ever experience because you can rest in the confidence that it passes. Your greatest strength is reflected in the beauty of your page. Keep positive and you'll be fine. Your page is a work of art as are you.
Posted By: Diane Cook  |  January 9, 2013 at 12:20 am   
I LOVE everything about ths page! Your story is inspiring and I hope all goes well with your surgery. In a year from now you'll have to do another page about you and tell us all about how your life has improved! Best wishes and great job!
Posted By: Heather Cartland  |  January 7, 2013 at 11:31 pm   
Beautiful page and VERY creative!! I love the colors, paper and the theme of a new you with the butterfly! Best of luck and looking forward to getting to know you...both old and new! Hugs!
Posted By: Lori Hanson  |  January 7, 2013 at 7:37 pm   
Thank you for the encouragement, Julie! I'm impressed with this group - they even have a person who is dedicated to just working with people while they are in the hospital, getting used to all the things that are new. They have a support group that meets monthly and they encourage us to attend even before we have had the surgery. They have a dietitian and psychologist on staff so everything is right there in the same office - and they even have big chairs in the waiting room and patient exam rooms. They really get it - unlike the cardiologist across the hall who doesn't even have gowns to fit bariatric patients! You would think if they are taking patients from across the hall, they would invest in a few paper gowns for larger folks! :)
Posted By: Nancy Sanders  |  January 6, 2013 at 8:02 pm   
A brand new look for your Mosaic Moments pages seems fitting for the subject - a brand new you! I hope the surgery goes well and you have a fast recovery and it will bring all that you hope for your health and your life. :)
Posted By: Tami Potter  |  January 6, 2013 at 5:06 pm   
Congrats in advance!!! And a big thank you for being brave and sharing with all of us. Beautiful page! Like the new way to use mosaics. Great idea with the butterfly paper and your upcoming metamorphasis. I work in preop in surgery and we do these bariatric surgeries every week. I get to see the before and after effect for employees that have has this done, and for patients that come back for endoscopies post op. It truely is amazing! The preop year prior to surgery is time consuming! I'm sure the staff will take good care of you. Good luck and you have your own personal cheer group on your side :)
Posted By: Julie Oconnor  |  January 6, 2013 at 5:02 pm   
Nancy, this is by far one of my favorite pages that you have done! I love how you have layered the butterfly paper on top of a grid, followed by another custom cut grid. The coloring of the "color me" paper is so soothing. I know I said this last time, but I really do have to try those papers some time! Fancy cutting the butterflies to overlay the grid is very clever! A totally new look for our Mosaic Moments grids!!! The story you have told us is very revealing, thanks for trusting us with this moment in your life. I'm sure you will look back and be glad that you did it! I really like the dag you made with the date too! It's sooooo pretty!
Posted By: Andrea Fisher  |  January 6, 2013 at 1:48 am   

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