A very honest and wonderful story by a new friend, Rae, about her experiences with breast cancer. I hope you’ll stop by her blog!
I have thought long and hard about this. Should I? Shouldn’t I? But I am now 2 years clear of cancer and I feel it would be a good way to celebrate that.
So here goes…
When I was first diagnosed with an aggressive form of breast cancer 2 years ago (aged 47) I thought my number was up. I had lost my Mum (lung cancer), my Sister (oesophageal cancer), two Aunts (breast cancer), an Uncle (lung cancer) and my grandmother (breast cancer) throughout my life. So for me cancer has never had a “happy ending”. In fact on my medical notes it states “negative experience of cancer”. I honestly believed there was no other experience of cancer.
Whilst I am overjoyed that I am 2 years clear, I have run through the whole gamut of human emotion. Guilt because I “survived”, elation because it didn’t “get me”, fear because…
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I love Martha’s thoughts on being married!
Oh, those pesky vows. How they can interfere with one’s selfish pursuits.
Shortly before I married my husband, 22 years ago next month, one of my former co-workers stood in front of me. She was middle-aged and divorced. Giving me a smirky smile, she said, ‘Oh, you think he’s so perfect now. Check back in ten years when the magic’s worn off. Believe me, it disappears.’
Thanks for that, I replied. And I’m sorry your marriage didn’t last, but bestowing your bitterness on me didn’t work. I reflected on that exchange this week as I’ve been thinking about marriage. Commitment. Vows.
Jim and I met up with a couple from New York earlier this week. Sometimes we only see them once a year, but it’s always enjoyable. They’ve been married for longer then we have. They’re two pieces of a puzzle, they’re just both.
Then there’s the woman who, after…
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I was so excited the day I found out 50 people actually followed my blog that I wrote a post about it. Today I hit more than 500 followers and my feelings about you all are the same as back then.
Why can’t the real world be more like the blogging world? I have never met so many kind, generous, talented and truly nice people as I have here! Shots of Nyquil all around!! Salud, my friends…
Cause I’ve reached 50 followers of my blog today! Now, that may not seem like a lot to those of you who have thousands (or maybe it seems like a bunch if you’ve just started your blog) but I can’t tell you how much I appreciate each and every one of you who pushed that Follow button and joined me for lunch! Cheers!!
P.S. It’s 9 p.m. on 9/22/15 where I am, just in case you’re somewhere else and you’re thinkin’ I’m drinkin’ too early in the day!
Please take a moment to read my friend Serena’s lovely Father’s Day tribute to her dad as he selflessly cares for her mom who has Alzheimer’s. You can follow the links to check out her dad’s blog, as well and help her family, if you can…Thanks!
My family and I went to church this morning and I heard something that’s been sticking with me in the sermon. One of my best friends, who I have been friends with since I actually have memories of having friends, and who I could not even begin to imagine what my life would be like without her, was in a serious car accident. She has made great improvements and has finally been moved from the ICU. Our pastor said he was touched by the outpouring of love for her, and that we should treat every person as if they were her sibling, because every person deserves that much love.
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Some Monday Musings about the horrible tragedy in Orlando that I reblogged from a British friend’s site. I think he captured exactly how I’ve been feeling and I hope you’ll read the entire post…
Been back from holiday for two weeks now, the holiday high has worn off and we are back to reality. My sleep patterns are a bit weird, making mine the best in the house, my wife’s insomnia is causing concern and my son is exhausted. Then there’s the news which is full of fluff, football and fear mongering.
Then there’s Orlando. 50 shot and killed by one man and all you can see on social media is blame, posturing and politics. The fact they were gay is secondary to the fact they were people, innocent lives lost for no reason at all. The fact the shooter was muslim, is also secondary to the fact that he murdered over four dozen people and horrifically harmed many many more. This isn’t a case of white privilege, but an acknowledgement that maybe we shouldn’t be looking for the message or the ‘narrative’ of…
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