17 May 2013 Leave a Comment
in Extended Family, For Children, For Families, For Friends, For Medical Staff, For Parent, For Spouse/Partner, For Survivor, Thoughts, my own and others Tags: cancer wellness, treat yourself. stress free
11 May 2013 Leave a Comment
I wish for you a mother’s day full of
colorful envelopes in the mail,
chocolate (if you like it),
and fragrant flowers
to honor you.
08 May 2013 Leave a Comment
Picture this tonight
as you lie awake,
unable to fall asleep
weigh you down.
Vibrant pink blossoms, as large as carnations, explode together as the tree limbs bend, heavy in full flower display. Pink petals have fallen beneath, in full diameter of the tree, resembling pink snow. Spring blows her gentle whistle in the wind, sending thousands of fragrant pink petals off the tree, to dance in the air, in a bright pink delicious flurry. The annual spring blossom contest has begun. It is magical and fleeting but best of all… it is free.
28 Apr 2013 Leave a Comment
I signed up my family for our first cancer walk.
I will be honest, I was hesitant.
I am not a “look at me, I am a survivor” person.
So much effort went into everything, by so many wonderful people.
Everyone was happy and upbeat.
There was a band, balloons, memorials, picnics, families, food, etc.
People wore funny hats and had team names.
All survivors wore different colored leis
for how long you had survived.
Yet I felt on the verge of tears the entire time I was there.
They called all the cancer survivors up to the front
and the band played “We are the Champions.”
I didn’t know anyone there except my family and a few other walkers.
All of the survivors held on to each other, including me.
I held on to total strangers. Yet we were brothers and sisters in adversity.
Tears streamed from my eyes as we all sang in front of the crowd.
For me, it was completely emotional.
It is hard to explain…unless you have gone through…”it.”
It was worth it!
Yet, I still felt strange.
There was this part of me, as I went through the motions,
wishing that I did not have to be counted
as one of those people.
I am grateful to be alive!
I am grateful for life with all of its ups and downs.
I am grateful for such a supportive family.
But sometimes, I wish…
24 Apr 2013 Leave a Comment
in Extended Family, For Children, For Families, For Friends, For Medical Staff, For Parent, For Spouse/Partner, For Survivor, Thoughts, my own and others Tags: humor, laughing, Laughter is good medicine, release, wellness
hahahaha-hahahaha-ha (hold stomach)
HAHAHAHAHA! (PUT HEAD BACK!)
hahahahahahahahahahahahahaha! (wipe happy tears!)
HAHAHAHAHAHAhaha!” ‘Oh my gosh’ (sigh)
Run to the potty!
pause smile and shake head!
It’s so simple! I DO feel better!
Later on in the day…
ha ha ha!
That was really funny!
16 Apr 2013 Leave a Comment
I shake my head–
my stomach keeps churning and churning!
The News noise rehashes over and over and over and over and over…
I feel violated…again!
I feel that word I hate…
This blog’s name is “Cancer TOGETHER” and shares light-hearted living
for people and their families who are facing or have faced a dark adversity.
We understand what it feels like to live in fear and darkness and dread.
But we understand the power of not dwelling there!
There is power in holding to GOOD!
To hold to my God,
to those I love,
to the Positive,
to the Light,
to the Power in each of Us,
to this Nation of Freedom,
to my Values,
and to my Neighbors
which stretch from coast to coast.
An elderly Cherokee Native American was teaching his grandchildren about life…He said to them,
“A fight is going on inside me, it is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves.
One wolf is evil—he is fear, anger, envy, sorrow, regret greed, arrogance, self pity, guilt, jealousy, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, competition, superiority, and ego.
The other is good—he is joy, peace, love, hope, sharing, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, friendship, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion and faith.
This same fight is going on inside of you, and inside every other person, too.”
They thought about if for a minute and then one child asked his grandfather,
“Which wolf will win?”
The old Cherokee simply replied,
“The one you feed.”
We have today!
We understand to hug our loved ones a little tighter.
We understand the importance of forgetting passed grudges
and to say you are sorry.
We understand to put our pride aside.
We understand what it means to be grateful for our blessings and we thank God.
We know that the most joy comes from time spent with our families.
We try to continue to Love and Live, most of the time with a smile on our face!
We have today!
Fear is not who I chose to feed!
What about you?