Archive | January 2016

Chemotherapy – Only Four More to Go!

Just finished my 8th chemo treatment yesterday so that means only 4 more to go. Man am I excited!

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My cancer journey has been such a positive experience and I feel so blessed to realize, appreciate and more fully understand the importance of family and friends in my life. God has walked every step with me. I actually see him in my mind’s eye and we are joined hand in hand and our smiles are beaming.

When I first found out about my Colon and subsequentially Breast Cancer I followed the teachings of my guru Don Miguel Ruiz, the author of The Four Agreements. I wrote an earlier post about his philosophy of life and the Four Agreements we should follow to make our lives better.

1. Be Impeccable With Your Word

2. Don’t Take Anything Personally

3. Don’t Make Assumptions

4. Always Do Your Best

The agreement that impacted my cancer journey the most was number 3, “Don’t Make Assumptions”. Following this agreement took away the fear and apprehension of finding out about my cancers. I didn’t assume that this would be a horrible journey, I put all my trust in God and spoke out to the universe that I wouldn’t have any major side effects. Not having them, period! 

I believe that by letting go and letting God do his work, my journey has been remarkable. No major side effects, just some fatigue, and cold sensitivity. I’ve come this far and I’m that much closer to the end.

Feeling blessed and favored. Praise God!

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Adventure Time!

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Great question! My answer would be to head to Tuscany and then Florence, Italy. A dream destination for years ever since I watched a fascinating documentary on the Medici Family and became a little obsessed with all things Medici and the Italian Renaissance period. I plan to make this trip happen after my chemo treatment is over. (Only 5 more to go!) Great wine, beautiful scenery. Ah, can’t wait to be living the dream.

A bigger question could be why aren’t we living our dreams and instead, waiting for that magical chance to happen instead of planning and reaching our goals.

We can come up with all kinds of excuses. Can’t take time off from work. Don’t have the money. What’s the point of trying, it won’t ever happen? How sad, no dreams, no vision, no chance. What a horrible way to go through life. Not believing in the possibilities and making no effort to even try.

What do you think? If you could take off right now, where would you go? Are you up for making and living your dream?

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In Memory of Glenn Frey 🎼🎸

This is why Living in the Moment is so important. You never know what the next day holds.

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Hearing about the loss of Glenn Frey (co-founder of The Eagles) my first reaction was, this has been an incredible week. First David Bowie, then Alan Rickman (Severus Snape – Harry Potter) and now Frey. My husband said we’re at that age and I said for what, everybody dropping dead?

But, commiserating with my best girlfriend I reflected on what I say all the time:

 

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Glenn Frey (November 6, 1948 – January 18, 2016)

Ch-ch-changes🎤🎸

Cool, Innovative, Influential, Superstar. David Bowie.

David Robert Jones (January 8, 1947 – January 10, 2016)

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“Turn and face the strange/ Ch-ch-changes/ Oh, look out now you rock and rollers/ Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes/ Turn and face the strange/
Ch-ch-changes/ Pretty soon now you’re gonna get older. Time may change me
But I can’t trace time.”  “Changes” 1971 – Album – Hunky Dorey

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David Bowie has been a soundtrack in my life since 1972 with the album The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars. His energy, theatricality, his music period always moved me. You never knew what Bowie would do next. He was the master of transforming his persona in ways one couldn’t image. Bowie’s music embraced and changed the concept of Rock n Roll with his reinvention, musical innovation and visual presentation.

I loved everything Bowie created and the song “Changes” particularly resonated with me since I believe it was a song about youth, growing older and understanding.

“And these children that you spit on
As they try to change their worlds
Are immune to your consultations
They’re quite aware of what they’re goin’ through”

Bowie had just released his 25th studio album, “Blackstar,” last Friday. It has already received strong reviews. The song “Lazarus” was a poignant parting gift for his fans and reflects his feelings about death.

Another soul lost to cancer. Now singing in the heavenly choir.

R.I.P. David Robert Jones (January 8, 1947 – January 10, 2016)

 

 

 

 

No Fear🚫

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Recently I took a fun new year’s quiz from my girlfriend. One of the questions was – “What Do You Fear?” My response was nothing. I thought about my answer and yes, I have no fear because I have faith.

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I believe having faith is not about walking around blind. I strive to live a conscious life with purpose. With my cancer journey, I researched to arm myself with knowledge and the ability to participate in my treatment and not just accept whatever the doctors said. When I went for a second opinion I asked questions and requested the numbers and facts. The doctors were surprised and responded that I was unusual because most patients don’t want to know. Not me, I am engaged and responsible for my life and health. I choose to participate with faith, not fear.

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Having faith frees us to live our lives to the fullest. One of my favorite quotes and questions are, “What Would You Do if You Weren’t Afraid?”

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Food for thought.

 

 

 

 

Let Go…🙏

 

A friend of mine shared this video and it sums up perfectly how I’m living my life today. I used to stress and worry but through my cancer journey, I’ve learned to just “Let go, let God.”

 

Whatever your journey may be, the peace that comes with letting go is priceless.