Sunday, March 19, 2006
It has been a very hard 10 months and I am getting very tired. I am planning on taking off anywhere from a few days to a few weeks, it depends on how long it takes me to get some energy back.
It is necessary for me to be available to take my husband to chemo and radiation treatments and run all of the errands that he used to run or that we ran together.
I finally admit, it is getting harder and harder to do all that I have to do everyday then spend all my evenings, most times into the wee hours of the morning, - painting, listing and doing everything I have to do on ebay.
So, for my own health and well being, I will take some time to re-energize before I start painting and listing again. Hopefully it won't take too long.
Michael Best has been with the ZOA group for a year, however he is just recently listing on the group's newcreationz site on eBay.
Because of the health problems with Patrick E. and the time spent by group members helping him through these tough treatments, we are no longer listing on separate sites. All ZOA group members are now listing on one site.
We are happy to see Michael back at his art and doing some very exciting paintings.
We want to introduce another Zatloukal Original Artist, Wendy Zatloukal Adams. She is the eldest daughter of Patrick E. and Charlene Zatloukal. Besides working full time she is married, with three children, so she can only paint as time permits.
She has sold her first painting, 'The Last Dance', on eBay very recently.
Look for further paintings in the near future.
Saturday, March 04, 2006
This is my husband, Patrick E. Zatloukal. We have been married for thirty plus years and they have been the best years of my life. We learned last May that he has bladder cancer, then it was lung cancer, then a couple of heart attacks and now it is bone cancer. It is getting harder and harder to "keep the faith" but we are trying.
Last fall he underwent chemo and radiation for the lung cancer, which was also supposed to help the bladder cancer. Now he is back on twice weekly chemo and daily radiation for the bladder cancer. We just learned of the bone cancer so we don't yet know what treatments, if any, he will have to undergo for that.
For obvious reasons, he isn't painting anything new.
I know that I need to try to keep painting, just to make myself stay positive during this difficult time, I'm just not sure that I feel up to it. I guess we will both just try to take it "day by day" and see what each new day brings.