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“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.

 

This is my story

 

 

 

This One Act Saved My Life!

 

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With the devastating prospect of repealing The Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), I couldn’t keep silent about its affect on me.

In one word, Obamacare has meant for me – Life! In 2015 I was diagnosed with both Colon and Breast Cancer. After a job loss because of the Recession in 2008, my husband and I were without healthcare. When President Obama made possible a right I believe every American citizen should have, Healthcare, we could afford a plan with the help of the subsidies.

If not for Obamacare, we would have faced the daunting challenge of fighting Cancer without insurance and the possibility of not receiving the necessary treatment to save my life.

 

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It is unspeakable to me how anyone feels they have the right to deny their fellow citizens access to proper healthcare and quality of life especially while enjoying their own. If the Republican Party gets their way, nearly 30 million people will lose their health care coverage.

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That’s 30 million people who could be placed in a position where they’re made to choose between getting the preventative care they need or be forced to go to the emergency room when it’s already too late.

 

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One of those 30 million people could be your cousin, your neighbor, your coworker, or a parent whose child sits next to yours in school every day. One of them could be you.

The fight for affordable care is bigger than politics. It’s a fight to say that we won’t turn our backs on each other when someone needs us the most. It’s a fight about our humanity.

 

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For me, Cancer came out of left field and obviously nothing I would wish on my worst enemy. We never know what tomorrow holds, so be careful about looking at Obamacare from an “It’s not helping me” position, and think about how it benefits those who may have died because of not having access to health insurance.

 

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“This is my doctrine: Give every other human being every right you claim for yourself.”
Robert G. Ingersoll, The Liberty of Man, Woman, and Child 

So, let’s work together to make the necessary improvements needed to make The Affordable Care Act work for everyone and continue to bring dignity and hope to millions of Americans.

Looking Back and Giving Thanks 🙏🏽💗

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2016 has been quite the year; filled with challenges but most of all blessings. I couldn’t have done it alone so I’d like to thank everyone for all your love and support as I negotiated the Cancer landscape.

I’m showcasing this post as my Year in Review feature because it captured my emotions, resolve, and gratitude for the trials I believe God placed in my path to help grow my Faith and Spirit. 

 

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This piece is very powerful for me and from the feedback, has touched many. So, with Love and Gratitude, I now present from March 2016: “Defying Gravity”.

 

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I’ve now reached my 11th out of 12 chemotherapy treatments. I’m filled with so many emotions but the primary one is thank you, God, for your grace and favor while physically jumping up and down with joy!

I created this video as an expression of my feelings and experiences with fighting cancer. The song “Defying Gravity” from the Broadway play “Wicked” perfectly describes what I’ve taken away from my cancer journey. 

 

Shedding fears, my unwavering faith and belief that God is always with me and that I can accomplish anything I set my mind to is such a freeing and powerful realization I’ve been blessed to receive. 

 

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My message and desire for everyone is to embrace your faith and shed your fear. We only get one life, let’s enjoy it!

 

 

 

And He Shall Reign Forever!

 

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“The Messiah”

 

When I was in Middle School I was a member of the Choir and every year at Christmas time school choirs from across the metropolitan area would come together to perform Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus from the Messiah. To this day, I still feel the passion and exuberation I experienced those many years ago whenever I hear my favorite choral piece.

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The Messiah is an English-language oratorio composed in 1741 by George Frideric Handel, with a scriptural text compiled by Charles Jennens from the King James Bible, and from the version of the Psalms included with the Book of Common Prayer. It was first performed in Dublin on April 13, 1742, and received its London premiere nearly a year later. After an initially modest public reception, the oratorio gained in popularity, eventually becoming one of the best-known and most frequently performed choral works in Western music.

 

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This Christmas performance by our choir was, for me, the highlight of the season! This was the early sixties and integration was an ever present topic and the city-wide chorus was an opportunity to bring all schools, black and white, together to celebrate the birth of Christ and to also bring together children who otherwise might never have met to learn and understand that we have more commonalities than differences.

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So, in honor of the season and the celebration of Christ’s birth, I present from Handel’s Messiah the Hallelujah Chorus.

 

PEACE AND LOVE THIS HOLIDAY SEASON!

Live to Learn, Learn to Grow🤔

 

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Every time a profile asks me to describe myself, I always respond, “lifelong learner”. This description really reverberated after I told my mother-in-law that I was updating my web design skills. Her response was, you’re 60 years old and learning a new vocation? Yes! Challenges stimulate and energize me; unlocking the answer to a puzzle others might not ever attempt to try.

 

 

The age of the internet has opened so many doors and opportunities to learn and evolve into whomever we wish to be. Work life balance is an essential component of happiness, so being able to take online classes reveals a universe of possibilities. Continuing education sparks the imagination, keeping the brain sharp and firing on all cylinders.  

 

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I’ve added Italian to my language repertoire in preparation for my springtime trip to Italy. Total novice, but at least I can remember the word for woman is la donna. Awww, named for me? You shouldn’t have.😊

 

 

So, whatever you do, don’t stop learning. Open yourself up to new adventures and challenges. It’ll keep you young!

 

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