Saturday, March 15, 2014
I've been "muddling" through my days. I know I said I would be back Sparking, but I haven't been doing that. I know I am in a funk....normal/natural under the circumstances, but I don't like where I am at. I was so used to being "in control" and now my emotions have taken over (not all of the time). Been reading articles/books on grieving, looking for some guidance. This is helping. Tried to get back into my scheduled lifestyle....found that my/our schedule is not the way to go....Got to find a new schedule for me... will be working on that. Actually started today we will see where this leads me. Over all I am doing OK. (I think) eating so-so, water intake so-so exercise lacking but doing some most days. I am a survivor of many things throughout my life that I know there will be a light at the end of this tunnel.
Thank you for all of your ongoing support, especially those who "pop" in every week to add a little sunshine to my day. ((HUGS)) B
Sunday, February 09, 2014
As some of you know, on Jan. 7 my beloved DH was diagnosed with stage 4 lung/liver cancer. Our God had/has a plan and He received Chet back into His heavenly fold on Jan. 18. I feel Chet's presence everyday. He will always be my Special Angel.
This has been a difficult journey, but I know if I continue to take one day at a time with the grace of God, I will have the strength and courage to continue.
On my Spark page I have a part of the Serenity prayer. I would like to share the whole prayer with you as I feel comfort in reading it in its entirety.
God, grant me the Serenity to accept the things I cannot change, Courage to change the things I can and the Wisdom to know the difference.
Living one day at a time; enjoying one moment at a time; accepting hardship as a pathway to peach. Taking as He did, this sinful world as it is, not as I would have it. Trusting that He will make all things right if I surrender to His Will; that I may be reasonably happy in this life and supremely happy with Him forever in the next. Amen
A Spark friend sent me the "Foot prints in the Sand" poem. Looking back on these past days, I can only say He has carried me more than me walking alone.
I want to thank all who have continued their support. I can feel the love in each written word. I am trying to get some daily structure in my life, so I will be Sparking again. Working on staying healthy and finding a positive attitude along the way. (HUGS) Barb
For those of you following my niece's battle with ovarian cancer: her scans and blood work continue to look good. Your prayers and good thoughts are truly helping with this...
Monday, December 09, 2013
Laurie had her third chemo treatment this past week and like too many before her, she shaved her head wearing this as a badge of courage and hope. She has good days and better days, but through it all she is staying strong in her convictions and believes; courageous and so inspiring.
The fund raiser brought out hundreds of supporters. There were two venues going on that day. $6100 was raised at one and still don't know the total from the second one.
Needless to say it was an emotional day. We were all so moved by the great support system in place for Laurie. One event I have to mention: people signed up to raise money to shave their heads. Laurie's DH, Bob, who I might add is one of those men, along with some of his friends, always took great pride in their hair. Someone put up $300 for Bob to shave his head and of course he did....proudly showing his loving support. Another handful of his friends did the same...supporting both Laurie and Bob.
One of the gals at the event signed up to raise $1000 to shave her beautiful blond hair. I'm not sure if she thought that raising that kind of money was possible....but we did it. Tears flowed all around, but Dawn let Laurie shave her locks off.....just awesome!
As for DH and me.... we are doing well. Now that this event is done we can concentrate on staying healthy (so we can continue visiting with Laurie) and oh yes, Christmas is just around the corner so we better finish up our decos and shopping and wrapping and get some cookies baked and well you get the picture.....so much to do, but what gets done gets done....to top it off our son from Portland will be in town at the end of the month. He is standing up for his oldest friend's wedding on Jan. 3rd.
We hope to see him for a day or two.
I want to thank all of you for your on going support with comments and goodies. Truly keeps me going knowing just how much my extended family cares. I love you all.
Well, I need to shovel some more snow from last night so thanks for stopping by. Have a healthy day. Hug the ones you love. ((HUGS)) from me.
Sunday, November 17, 2013
I posted this on a AAU team thread and realized my many friends on other teams would like an update too...so
For those who don't know the story, here is a short recap. During a routine gall bladder surgery, Laurie was diagnosed with a rare ovarian type cancer. Since than she has had surgery to remove abdominal cancer cells along with a small section of her small intestine.
She needed to wait approximately 28 days (to let her small intestine heal a bit) before starting chemo. This Thursday she will be starting her chemo regiment. The stats for this type of cancer is a 50% for 5 years. We know she can beat these odds.....God willing. Please keep Laurie in your prayers for a successful recovery.
Thanks for stopping by. Have a wonderful Sunday and hug the ones you love.
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