I know that God has worked overtime on me since my diagnosis and all of your prayers have helped immensely. But at the end of the day, so much of it depends on me. Having cancer and getting through it is a huge endeavor.
- A friend who decided to quit smoking back in November. I had written in one of the blogs about what people with cancer want you to know. One of those things is that we don’t want anyone else to go through this. My friend decided her actions were selfish to her loved ones and every time she wants to smoke, she thinks about that post. She also said the following, “People like to say everything happens for a reason. I don’t think so. Bad things just happen and it’s how you deal with it. You are dealing like a boss.” I say, “I agree and thanks! To recognize your habit is dangerous to your health and to have the courage to quit, you are awesome. Keep up the amazing work!”
- I’m all about not sweating the small stuff. (And it’s all small stuff if you have your health!) So many people have told me that they’ve really tried to live by that more now.
- A few readers who now look at life in a new way.
- It’s gotten people through difficult moments in their life.
- Helped people to understand a cancer patients point of view and know how to better relate to them.
- When having a bad day or feeling sorry for themselves, they look at my blog. Some do it as a reminder. Others do it because it makes them smile. (This one I find a little funny only because basically they’re like, “when I’m feeling sorry for myself, I look at everything you’ve been through and realize I’m being dumb.”) And to that I say, as much as I’ve been through, there’s always someone out there who has it worst. So I do the same thing you do. If I start feeling sorry for myself, I remember how blessed I am to still be alive. And I pray for those who are still battling or who have lost their fight.
- New mommies donating their babies cord blood. Remember…they didn’t find a donor match for me so they had to use cord blood. Thank God for that Mommy who saved my life.
- People signing up to become donors to possibly save a life one day with Be The Match.
- Touched lives greatly with strength and courage and determination and perspective.
These are all true and have not been fabricated by me in any way! How could this not make me want to do everything I can in my power to beat this thing? So when I say that my readers give me strength, you now see first hand. You think I’ve done so much with my words. When it’s you that helps me find those words and have helped me get through the worst thing I’ve ever encountered. I am forever grateful.
|Daytona Beach Shores.|
|Photoshoot time. I’m channeling Audrey Hepburn. Loving the vintage look!|
|Me, Scott, & Shawn. Bubby spinning me around. (Better take advantage now
while I’m still thin with little muscle, lol!) Mom & I doing tai chi.