I have always had a love of miniatures! As a child my grandmother would take me to a library in Scottsdale, Arizona that had the most exquisite dollhouse miniature display. I have no idea how large it was in actuality...in my memory it was enormous. I would spend hours looking at it, imagining my life inside of it.
Years passed and I had few thoughts of those days or miniatures. In May of 2020, at 45 years old, I found a lump in my breast. Long story short it was invasive ductal carcinoma stage 2 AB metastatic "breast cancer". My only experience with cancer at this point was watching my father pass away 4 months after being diagnosed with liver cancer at age 59. I thought I was dying quickly (we are all dying it's just a matter of how quickly). The first day I went to MD Anderson Cancer Center I met with 11 people...they had a plan and I had hope of not leaving the life I loved so quickly.
My husband had a plan too...we owned a small sandwich shop that I ran, he thought we should sell it, right away. Between the challenges Covid presented and now cancer I thought he was probably right. Having no idea what was in front of me I agreed; although I was giving up my baby I had poured my heart and soul into for 2 years. I started cancer treatment (chemo, surgery, more chemo, more surgery, radiation). So now I was sick, without a job which I equated to purpose, and wondering what I should do with myself. My daughter was very sweet and reminded me that my "purpose" was to be her mom and so I focused on being a mom and a wife and all of the household chores. I think my husband was concerned, as I always did these things but not to this extent. He suggested I put together a Real Good Toys Beachside Bungalow we had purchased a Hobby Lobby years ago.
And so my love of miniatures was reignited! It was a fantastic escape from cancer! Please enjoy checking out what I have made during my cancer journey :)