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Through the Eyes of Gratitude💕

 

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What a fabulous way to start my day! Upon checking my Facebook page this morning I was struck by this saved memory, “What a Difference a Year Makes” thank you post to friends and family for all their love and support on the one year anniversary of my cancer diagnosis in 2015.  

Emotions hit me and I started to cry as the never ending blessings of God washed over me. 

 

 

August 29, 2016: 

“What a difference a year makes! All your love, support, and prayers continue to mean so much. Every day I give praise for having made it to the other side of my cancer journey by the grace and favor of God.  Love you all.” 💞💞

August 29, 2015:

“I am so blessed to have such an incredible circle of love and support. My life’s journey has taken another path and although I don’t know what’s on the other side, my faith and determination will see me through. I cherish and love you all.”

And, here I am today, giving more testimony on God’s amazing love and how he has continued to favor me with unexpected joys and walks with me every step of the way. 

 

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August 29, 2017:

Experiencing cancer has been a tremendous blessing in my life. As I celebrate 2 years cancer free, I also celebrate being named an Advocate for the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network. God has blessed me to be able to use my voice to speak for those without and fight for cancer research funding and eventually an end to a most heinous disease that has taken so much from so many.

A dear friend reached out to ask that today be deemed “Gratitude Tuesday” and I’m totally on board that train! The more we share and live a life of gratitude, the more blessed our lives become.

 

 

I believe we have to wake up each morning and create the day we want it to be. Learn to believe that we have the power to take the miracles of God and breathe them into life. Our attitude of gratitude and faith afford us the opportunity to share our life as a miracle and be a living testimony to the grace and favor of the Lord.

 

 

Cherish the Blessings of Today!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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ACS CAN 2017 Lights of Hope✨✨✨

2017 Lights of Hope Ceremony

I am so honored to have been named an Ambassador for the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network and representing Charlotte, North Carolina this September in Washington, D.C. for the Lobby Days Summit and Lights of Hope Ceremony. As an Ambassador I will be shining a light on the need for access to quality health care for all and Congress’ responsibility to do everything they can and more in the fight against cancer.

On September 12th, more than 24,000 Lights of HOPE luminaries will line the steps in front of the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool. For some, this ceremony is a celebration of survivorship. But, for far too many, it’s a remembrance of someone who was lost to this dreaded disease.

Each Light of HOPE luminary costs just $10 and will be personalized with the name of the person you’re honoring and placed in front of the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool as part of this beautifully moving ceremony.

Purchase your luminary here:

http://action.acscan.org/site/TR/Events/GeneralACSCAN?px=3999158&pg=personal&fr_id=1150

When diagnosed with both colon and breast cancer in 2015, my world was turned upside down as I fought to survive the beast that cancer can be. I am a fighter and a survivor and knew that if I made it through I would volunteer and dedicate my efforts towards finding a cure for cancer and being a voice for fellow cancer patients.

 

I give testimony to the fact that you never know when cancer may strike. Just recently, my heart was broken when I lost my dear, sweet Nurse Navigator, Pat McKinney, whose love and spirit helped ease the anxiety my husband and I felt when I was first diagnosed. She set appointments, answered our questions and eased my journey with her calm and gentle voice. Not only did I lose this beautiful angel, but I lost her to cancer.

 

When we first met she was on her way to the Lobby Days Summit and Lights of Hope Ceremony in Washington, D.C. She imparted to me her belief that I would be there one day fighting for a cure with all the passion in my heart. I will be lighting a special candle for my dear angel and friend. Her spirit will be there along with my mom whom I know watches over me.

Pat McKinney, Me

The Lights of Hope event is a beautifully moving ceremony with the glow of lights from thousands of luminarias lining the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in dedication to the survivors and in remembrance of those we’ve lost to the nightmare of cancer.  

Please join me in this fight against cancer while celebrating the lives of survivors, friends, and loved ones.

Click this link to donate to the American Cancer Society and purchase your luminary for this very special and moving event.

 

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Acts of Kindness ✌💞

 

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I was reading this wonderful, “Acts of Kindness” article on Upworthy, a website for viral content started in March 2012 by Eli Pariser, the former executive director of MoveOn, and Peter Koechley, the former managing editor of The Onion and thought what a great philosophy of life and a wonderful opportunity to give back.

 

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Here are 5 acts of kindness you can do to spread the love and make the world a kinder place:

 

1. Spend a couple hours volunteering at a local nonprofit organization. (connect at this link)

2. Donate goods to a local shelter.

3. Call a friend and tell them how much they mean to you.

4. Send kind words to someone getting a lot of hate on social media.

5. Send groceries to a friend who is busy and/or going through a difficult time. (links to sites for local online grocery shopping)

 

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We all have the power to change a life, to change the world with a simple act of kindness. Let’s uplift the world and ourselves by reaching out, lending a hand or sharing a smile.

 

The Beatles – “I Am The Walrus”

                          

What Kind of World Will You Leave Behind?

 

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The purpose and mission of this blog are to uplift my audience and give testimony to my belief in the power of faith and positive energy in one’s life.

As a survivor of both colon and breast cancer, I’ve been both humbled and blessed with God’s grace and favor.

 

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My heart has been so heavy with grief, anger, and outrage with the attempt by the Republican Party to take it upon themselves and behind closed doors mind you, to craft an incredibly inhumane piece of legislation with the express purpose of stripping away health care from 22 million of its fellow citizens in order to give billions of dollars in tax cuts to the wealthiest in this country, because God knows they need it. 

 

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Life is a precious and fleeting gift we are given and it’s up to us to decide what we want to do with that gift by asking ourselves – “Who do we want to be, and what kind of world do we want to live in?”

The great equalizer of us all is the fact that one day we are going to die. I’d like to ask Republicans when you look back on your life, what kind of legacy will you have left behind? Did you try to help those less fortunate than you, or did you deliberately plunder and disregard the lives of the least of us. 

 

What kind of person are you and what kind of world will you leave behind?

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Let us all take this moment to pray for compassion and the future of our humanity.

 

Joyful Thanks!

“It’s a Beautiful Day!”

From the first time I heard this song and still now, I feel joyful and appreciative for the blessing of waking up to a beautiful day! And my intention reminds me – make the most of it!

Since I’m a word girl and lyrics get butchered all the time,😄 I picked this video which showcases the impactful words of “Beautiful Day.” 

 

 

It sounds like such a simple thing to do but so easy to forget. Each day, each moment is a gift. I know for me, next time I question what’s up with time, I’ll have to reflect on my own sense of appreciation.

 

 

Don’t Give Up on Your Faith 💜

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Love can ofttimes appear to be an elusive concept. Despite being provided water, food, shelter, and the air with which to breath, without love or humanity, our lives become hollow.

Inspired by a wonderful friend who’s been feeling the grip of loneliness, I heard this Celine Dion song the other day, which I hadn’t heard in a long while and thought sharing this video would be a big hug and a splendid tribute to love, faith, and friendship.

 

Keep the faith!

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God has a Plan for You✨

 

 

It was a year ago this month, March 22, 2016, to be exact, that I finished Chemotherapy and concluded a major chapter in my cancer saga. At my Birthday/Chemotherapy Over Celebration Party a dear friend from college whispered in my ear “God has a plan for you.” Bill is a beautiful and spiritual man and his observation fascinated me and fired up my faith that this “second” life had just begun. His tender and heartfelt words have stayed with me ever since.

 

 

Bill’s prediction has come true, God did have a plan for me as I was able to share my Affordable Care Act aka Obamacare Story with thousands of people in an article written by Karen Garloch in my local paper, the Charlotte Observer. I feel honored to have the opportunity to tell how my life was saved by having access to affordable health insurance because of President Obama’s signature bill to make health insurance available to EVERY American citizen.

 

 

In the rest of the civilized world, healthcare is a right for all of its people. The Affordable Care Act isn’t perfect, but let’s fix what’s lacking and take the stand that a life of health and happiness is a RIGHT and not just only for the rich.

 

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