December 12, 2008

I am an Angel...

Not Really! Here is a photo of my watercolor... Peace and Faith with 2 birds. I know the photo sucks, but here is what it's all about...

A while back I wrote a post on Chemo Angels, but when I went back to look through my old posts, it wasn't there anymore. I'm not sure what happened to it, but none the less, I'll tell you about it again.

Chemo angels is an organization that supports patients going through the cancer treatment process. Anyone can sign up to be a Chemo Angel. Your comittment will be to send a weekly letter a long with some little trinket, art, poem, or whatever you feel so inclined, to the person that is assigned to you. You will receive the person's name, a little bit about them, their family, and their interests through an email once you have signed up. It is your job to make sure that you lift them up and provide encouragement as they go through this difficult process.

My person is Ted, and he has stage 3 pancreatic cancer. He is having a tough time of it. He has a wife and 2 boys that are dealing with his illness too. I am leaving out the personal information to keep this confidential, but you will recieve the patients full name, address and any other relevant information that you might need in order to begin your angel journey.

The watercolor that I did last night for Ted is in the mail today. I ususally write a typed 1 page letter to send with my gift and I almost always include a prayer in closing. So far I have sent, 3 pieces of art, some mardi-gras beads, a jamaican woven bracelet, a small book of encouraging thoughts and prayers, some Halloween candy for the 2 boys, a Virginia is for Lovers bumper sticker, 3 Christmas get the idea. Each week I write about something different...things happening in my life with a focus on the positive.

I will not hear from Ted or his family unless they so choose, as it is not a requirement for the families when they sign up ( Can you imagine all that they are going through?). I do get emails from Chemo Angels and they give me updates on Ted's progress and sometimes notes are included in the email from his wife expressing her gratitude and appreciation to the angels and all they are doing to add joy to her life. I began this process in May and continue to send my weekly package.

So, if being an Angel is something you would like to do than just click the link in this post or on my side bar for Chemo Angels. You can be an angel too! It's a wonderful way to help someone feel good and it makes you feel good too!

Here is the 1st piece I did for Ted!

Thanks for signing up if you do! Help spread love and joy throughout the World!


bindu said...

Hi Leslie, this is such a wonderful thing to do! I'm sure Ted's family appreciates it and it distracts them from what they are going through. Thanks for stopping by my blog. I'll check back again soon!

Pam Warden Art said...

One of my paintings that I donate that I sell and donate is titled, The Angel of Chemotherapy. Wow. My little sister is fighting cancer right now.
Thanks for spreading the word. I will email them and see if I can help with my print.
Merry Christmas,

Mad Bush Farm Crew said...

Leslie the picture of the Angels doesn't suck. Its beautiful and reflects the person that created it. An Angel in disguise bringing light to people who are fighting cancer. I have a friend who is dying of cancer. I've seen it several times and lost close friends to it. What you're doing is beautiful and wonderful. I love the other piece you did as well. I might just sign up too. No-on deserves to have cancer.

Love to you and your lovely family

PS I love Bob Marley as well.

Anonymous said...

This is such a loving thing to do! I'm afraid to make this commitment myself, as I'm having a hard time keeping up with the commitments I already have... BUT, I will post about this to my blog so that at least I can do my part in getting the word out. Thanks for following my blog! I'm also adding you to my blog list, now. Serena

aliceinparis said...

What a wonderful idea. My dad died of pancreatic cancer and I shepherded a good friend through the entire chemo radiation process right to the end. There were just the two us in the room when she died. Cancer is a horrible foe and anything people can do do bring some light and joy into the lives of those battling is a blessing.
xo Shelagh

Sandi said...

What a wonderful you are doing for Ted. I'm sure it lifts his spirit when he opens one of your parcels every week.

Mary said...

Ciao Leslie :-)
grazie pr aver lasciato un commento nel blog :-))
comolimenti per il blog ,
kiss mary

LADY ROOTS said...

Sistren Leslie,
This is just another of the countless ways you add love to our I-niverse. You ARE an angel and you live Jah's love daily.
Bless Up,
Lady Roots

Belle said...

Beautiful Leslie!

Ronnie said...

Beautiful, Leslie.
Congrats for winning Shelagh's print today. As they always say, what goes around comes around!
Have a very happy day.

aliceinparis said...

Hi Leslie, You won:))) Pop over to my shops and pick a print or photo:))
Cheers, Shelagh

Kimberly said...

Beautiful painting!!! Such a wonderful thing that you are doing!!! I'm going to look into this and see if I can help in anyway.


aliceinparis said...

Leslie, It's the Gaelic version of Sheila. Take all the time you eed to choose, there is not rush:)

teastudio said...

What a beautiful heart you have, Leslie ~ and it is reflected in your art too.
Have a joyous & blessed Christmas!
Diane :)

merci33 said...

This is such a lovely idea. Having worked as a hospice volunteer and being near to those who are so to depart I know first hand how deeply helpful this action is for the families...I've placed you on my favorite blog list and hope to help send thismessage out in my own little way.

Cinzia said...

Hello, I arrive from Tamale Art Studio, but I see we know the same italian people!!! Marinella and Mary, are my friends!!!
Your blog is very nice! I'll go always here!
Bye bye from Italy!

Alberta and Ava said...

The watercolor you painted Ted is beautiful, and you are a a is a beautiful person. I'm the wife of a cancer survivor, so you have a special place in my heart. Because I know that prayer is what healed my husband, and I will keep Ted in mine.


miracle said...

wow!!! what beautiful flowers, I love your blog has mediated flowers!

Leslie said...

I am Leslie,too. I just want you to know I have filled out a form to become a "card angel" I make my own cards and I can't wait until I get a patient. Thanks, for sharing.

Renie Burghardt said...

Hi Leslie,

What a blessings you are! I will be going over to Chemo Angels as soon as I am finished reading your wonderful posts.

Hugs and blessings,


Lakeland Jo said...

I have signed up and I am inspired. Thanks so much for bringing this to my attention. I have posted about this site today on my blog. I enjoyed checking in with you.
All the very best