Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Please take a few minutes to write a note to put a smile on the face of someone going through cancer treatments. That's all it takes: just a card and a few minutes to wish someone a good day.
What I'm grateful for today: This great weather!
The prodigal son returns in: 39 days
Monday, March 29, 2010
Sunday, March 28, 2010
What I'm grateful for today: Frances and Kent for their 'previously enjoyed' dresser which has found a new home in my guest room. It's amazing what happens when you speak up and say you are looking for something!
The prodigal son returns in: 42 days
Saturday, March 27, 2010
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The chairs and paddles are on display until Sunday March 28 @ 5:00pm at the Spring Cottage Life Show
All proceeds from the eBay auction will support Cottage Dreams, an organization that donates cottage time to people recovering from cancer treatments.
Saturday, March 20, 2010
Thursday, March 18, 2010
A quote. Search on the internet to find a quote that you think is cheerful and uplifting. E.g. When you face the sun, the shadows always fall behind you. – Helen Keller
A picture of your pet. Children would probably love to get a special message from Fluffy, Rover, or even Igor the Iguana. Take a cute picture of your pet and include it in your card.
Children’s drawings. If you have children or grandchildren, have them draw a picture on or in the card. A bright picture drawn by a child will hopefully put a smile on anyone’s face.
A simple message. Eg. I hope you are having a good day and that knowing someone cares brings a smile to your face.
A personal message. Eg. I know that having cancer is a challenge, because I’m also a cancer survivor. It’s a club that no one wants to join, but as ‘members’ we can support one another and take each day as it comes.
A poem. Here are 2 examples:
What is life?
Life is a gift, accept it. Life is an adventure, dare it.
Life is a mystery, unfold it. Life is a game, play it.
Life is a struggle, face it. Life is beauty, praise it.
Life is a puzzle, solve it. Life is opportunity, take it.
Life is sorrowful, experience it. Life is a song, sing it.
Life is a goal, achieve it. Life is a mission, fulfill it.
Look to this day, for it is life, the very life of life.
In its brief course lie all the realities
and truths of existence, the joy of growth,
the splendor of action, the glory of power.
For yesterday is but a memory and tomorrow is only a vision.
But today well-lived makes yesterday
a memory of happiness and every tomorrow
a vision of hope. Look well, therefore, to this day!
I prefer humor to serious poems, but you can find something that is meaningful to you, either funny or serious.
Just remember to keep it uplifting and non-religious. (Hey, I'd write "FUCK CANCER" on the cards, but that's probably not such a good idea...!).
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
Saturday, March 13, 2010
What I’m grateful for today: $20 massages at Everest College. Even better: free massages from Margot, my friend with the golden fingers.
Dog blog alert: Read about Katey’s experience at Nak North
The prodigal son returns in: 57 days
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
The prodigal son returns in: 60days
Sunday, March 7, 2010
I had to look it up to see exactly where Estonia is.
What I'm grateful for today: That, even though he is far away, Adam takes the time to email, call or send me a text message to stay connected.
The prodigal son returns in: 63 days
To read about other women who are living full and meaningful lives after a cancer diagnosis, click on the label Thriver profiles below or on Cancer Heroes under labels on the right.
You can read my full rant, but if that’s too much information, just beware. The product sucks and response from Canadian Tire and the manufacturer’s customer service has been non-existence.
The short: DO NOT BUY A SHARK VACUUM FROM CANADIAN TIRE -- unless you want a headache (and dirty floors).
Friday, March 5, 2010
Dianne took this great shot of Jean & I lying in the snow.This is what we saw from our position. And this is what we saw when Dianne's head wasn't in the way. The workshop was offered by the Ammas for Grammas and taught by Jo-Anne, Musician on Skis. Her photo for March 4th is of the group that attended.
What I’m grateful for today: Free coffee at McDonald's until the 14th.
The prodigal son returns in: 65 days
Wednesday, March 3, 2010
I would have liked to hear that the remaining spot (tumor? parasite lesion?) is gone, but I am happy that things are stable and nothing new has popped up. That means I go ahead with my Faslodex injection tomorrow morning as planned.
I was going to go to An Evening in Research at the cancer clinic tomorrow night but decided that the whole cancer thing can be such a bore. So I'm going to the Photography on Skis course put on by the Ammas for Grammas instead. We’re going to get instruction and then head out on our cross-country skis at dusk to take pictures.
What I’m grateful for today: That the annoying cough I’ve had for 2 months is just an annoying cough.
The prodigal son returns in: 67 days
Tuesday, March 2, 2010
Type of Cancer: I can’t remember that long ago – or maybe I never even knew.
Treatment – Lumpectomy and 30 sessions of radiation.
Before I had cancer, my opinion of myself was that I was rather a mouse. I had a significant “No, I can’t” attitude’. After diagnosis and treatment, my attitude became “Yes, I can” and I started trying to live my life accordingly. I’m still a work in progress.
What motivation do I have for others?
I can only say what motivates me, and if it works for you too, great! Here are three ideals that I try to follow.
1. My Mom always said that it was my responsibility to use and develop whatever skills, abilities, gifts and talents I was given, making a contribution whenever possible. I try to direct my focus toward that goal, and find that it gives me positive energy and attitude. Also, it keeps me really busy!
2. Walk through doors that open and present opportunities. I find that great surprises happen when my heart and mind are open to new experiences. I also love to learn new things – art, technology, ski instructing … whatever crosses my horizon. With learning, often new challenges arise, and, when I face and succeed at something that I didn’t think I could do, I feel empowered and alive.
3. I seek to be alone and quiet for a few minutes every day. I want to let my soul listen to the music and the messages that are there.
When I stay focused on these ideals, there isn’t much time in my heart or mind to go to the ‘ Crazy Cancer Fear Place ’, also known as ‘The Dark Side’. Instead, I find myself surrounded with positive people, positive attitudes and a peaceful soul.
What I’m grateful for today: An unexpected ‘chat’ via Facebook with Adam this afternoon. We were both logged on at the same time so we texted back & forth about everything from Canada’s Olympic hockey win to tomorrow’s appointment.
Monday, March 1, 2010
A friend once joked that we're a dime a dozen. It made us laugh but it's sad just the same. Because unfortunately it's true.
What I’m grateful for today: That I know so many breast cancer thrivers who are doing well and living full, messy, adventurous, ordinary, interesting, bold and active lives.
The prodigal son returns in: 69 days