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Being alive

Saturday, January 21, 2012

God creates. People rearrange. ~Joseph Casey

Being alive is our invitation to act in fresh, inventive ways. All it takes is concentrating on our inner vision in combination with external reality. The components for accomplishing any task are at our fingertips, just awaiting our discovery.
Our burdens are lightened when we understand that all situations are resolvable...no mystery needs to leave us in the dark for long. Just as surely as we each exist, so exists every element we need to solve any problem or chart any new course necessary. Our purpose in life is to select those elements that will satisfy the need. We each have been blessed with this capability for proper selection.

Each day promises challenges and many choices. I can successfully handle all possibilities. During those times, I can't see or figure out the solution or course of action, I will pray and listen to God guiding me.

POSITIVES ALWAYS:
GOD
FAITH
HOPE
LOVE
FREEDOM
BLESSINGS AND ANSWERED PRAYERS
SMILES and HUGS
ACCEPTANCE
Thankful for each new day that I am given!!!
The choice and freedom to try...
Our armed forces and all who are protecting us and our freedom
Doing at least one special thing each day for others and myself
Too many positives and blessings to list them all here...Praise the Lord!!!



  
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    Great blog!

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MORTICIAADDAMS 1/22/2012 11:48AM

    i will also pray that God sift through my choices for me and lead me in the right direction.

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DESUE55 1/22/2012 11:14AM

    Thank you for sharing!

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I.M.MAGIC 1/22/2012 10:53AM

    We are always re-inventing ourselves... and you have just inspired us to do it better, rather than recreating the same mistakes!...
I think it was Einstein who said that insanity is doing the same things over and over and expecting different results... Doing it better is SUCH an improvement! LOL

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1CRAZYDOG 1/22/2012 9:50AM

    Yes . . . sometimes it IS better to shoot for BETTER vs. "fixing".

Great blog.

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BHOLMAN1005 1/22/2012 6:25AM

    Your blog is great very inspiring. Thanks for the motivation

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HICKOK-HALEY 1/22/2012 2:12AM

    Great blog!

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SLIMLILA 1/22/2012 1:12AM

    Wonderful read! Excellent ideas as usual too!!

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_LINDA 1/22/2012 12:48AM

    I have had to start over many a time and look for new alternatives often. This message is my life. May you always find another open door when one closes..
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DEE107 1/22/2012 12:19AM

    great blog thank you

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JILL313 1/21/2012 11:53PM

    You're such a positive role model for me and many others. Thank you for your wonderful outlook and God given talent for conveying messages that hit home.

Hugs,

Jill

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SUSIEPH1 1/21/2012 11:38PM

    You are so right !!
hugs my friend!!
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NELLIEC 1/21/2012 11:32PM

    I like the idea of starting over and creating something better!

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ROOTIHAUSMAN 1/21/2012 11:13PM

    Enjoyed your blog. Thank you for sharing.

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Great update on Dennis...Praise the Lord!!!

Friday, January 20, 2012

I have copied this and posting to update everyone on the great news that Dennis and Joe received at their recent trip to the Cancer Treatment Center of America in Philadelphia, PA. Praise the Lord for his wonderful blessings for my dear friends. With news like this, there is nothing I can add. Thank you, Lord!!!


Friday, January 20, 2012 8:05 AM, EST

Good morning everyone,

2 good CTCA appts in a row!! I feel like things are back on track. They didn't do any new scans or tests yesterday, just doctor appts. The big news is Den's surgical wound finally started healing on its own and they were able to take out the rest of the stitches with NO NEED OF FURTHER SURGERY!

He continues to get a bit stronger each day. Yes, we still have some "issues" but as I said in my earlier post... no new cancer.

We go back to see Dr. Willis right before our trip in February for normal check up scans. There are a couple "abnormalities" that they will be watching... that tiny spot in the brain and a couple "nodules" in the lungs that they believe are just post treatment changes but will always just keep an eye on. They started him on a new, forever, chemo pill yesterday as well. I have been nervous to be honest that he has not been on one since this whole craziness started in September or maybe it was October. They still say that the serious stomach pain and pancreatitis was caused by a drug interaction between the steroids he was on and the chemo pill Tarceva. When we discussed it last week with Dr. Willis & he agreed that it was not an option to go back on the Tarceva but he had to have a CHEMO pill to keep him cancer free. He found the one he wanted...SUTANT. He says this drug is used for other types of cancer but will work well on Den's lung CA as well. He is starting him off on a low dose and we will gradually increase. I talked to the pharmacist about it and thankfully we don't have to worry about timing the taking of this pill in regards to the timing of his other meds. Poor Den used to get up at 4 or 5 am to take his Tarceva so he could take the rest of his meds at 8 or 9.

So, things again are looking up, we have passed thru the storm. Thank the good Lord for staying by our side and leading us thru even when we were so low our faith was weak and we couldn't even see the positive!!Wow it is so amazing and so humbling, looking back. He was and is always there, willing to overlook our weakness and fear. He just keeps on loving and somehow making us put 1 foot in front of the other and keep moving.

Well, hope you all have a wonderful day. Ours will be, ha quiet but wonderful as seems these little trips to Philly tucker us out :-)

I do pray you are all able to see God and beautiful little miracles all around you as you go about your day.

Love,

Jo and Den










POSITIVES ALWAYS:
GOD
FAITH
HOPE
LOVE
FREEDOM
BLESSINGS AND ANSWERED PRAYERS
SMILES and HUGS
ACCEPTANCE
Thankful for each new day that I am given!!!
The choice and freedom to try...
Our armed forces and all who are protecting us and our freedom
Doing at least one special thing each day for others and myself
Too many positives and blessings to list them all here...Praise the Lord!!!

  
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FROSTY99 1/21/2012 6:52PM

    What can we say-God is Good!

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MORTICIAADDAMS 1/21/2012 1:38PM

    Wonderful news!! So glad to hear it!

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1CRAZYDOG 1/21/2012 11:58AM

    Fabulous news! Prayers are the power!!

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COLEENCOLE 1/21/2012 10:53AM

    So happy for the two of you.

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DESUE55 1/21/2012 9:22AM

    Thank you for sharing the wonderful news!!!

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GHOSTFLAMES 1/21/2012 6:47AM

    GREAT NEWS POOR DEN HAS BEEN THRU THE RINGER PRAYERS ALL CONTINUES TO GO WELL HUGS,CHAR

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OPALMOON 1/21/2012 1:52AM

    So glad to hear this wonderful news! Blessings to you all.

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DJ4HEALTH 1/21/2012 1:00AM

    That is so wonderful. God is good and holy.

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    Wonderful news indeed!
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DEE107 1/21/2012 12:43AM

    SO SO HAPPY thanks for sharing this and will continue to pray hugs

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SUSIEPH1 1/21/2012 12:37AM

    That is just wonderful new's Helen!! ..
Please pass on my love to Jo and Den!! .
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MSLZZY 1/20/2012 11:33PM

    That is fantastic news. The Lord has heard your prayers. HUGS!

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JUDYAMK 1/20/2012 11:13PM

    Praise & Glory to our Dear Lord. When your faith was low God gave you bread to eat ( his Word ) & it nourished your spirit emoticon
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Goals

Thursday, January 19, 2012

If an idea, I reasoned, were really a valuable one, here must be some way of realizing it. ~Elizabeth Blackwell

These words were written by the first woman who earned a medical degree. They're useful to anyone who fears that their most precious dreams are doomed to failure.
If our dreams are valuable ideas, they will be useful goals. If they're childish fantasies, they won't, although those can be fun. It's important to distinguish the ones we can achieve from the ones we can't. The first kind will nourish us, like bread; the others, like candy, won't.
We have a responsibility to those nourishing dreams because they come from what's best in us. Our responsibility is to live so that the dream might be realized. When dreams become goals, they have a way of calling us forth. Goals organize our lives, so that we may reach them.

Reaching my goal is never as important as the progress I make toward it. It is all about the journey and living my life each day to the fullest.







POSITIVES ALWAYS:
GOD
FAITH
HOPE
LOVE
FREEDOM
BLESSINGS AND ANSWERED PRAYERS
SMILES and HUGS
ACCEPTANCE
Thankful for each new day that I am given!!!
Appointment with nephrologists this morning
Getting results of CT scan of kidneys and blood work
The choice and freedom to try...
Our armed forces and all who are protecting us and our freedom
Doing at least one special thing each day for others and myself
Too many positives and blessings to list them all here...Praise the Lord!!!

  
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SRHALLIN 1/20/2012 8:24PM

    Again, you provide us with such powerful insights and positive opportunities for self-improvement and personal growth. Thank you!

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COLEENCOLE 1/20/2012 7:27PM

    Especially love the quote about the scar.

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DIDMIS 1/20/2012 1:20AM

    I loved your blog. You are good at posting things.
May all go well with you.
Irene

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JILL313 1/20/2012 1:02AM

    Love your blog and how much you enjoy life. You are so right as I only need to focus on Goals that are doable in my stage of life. . .don't want to skydive now like I did at 20. God Bless.

Love,

Jill

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MORTICIAADDAMS 1/19/2012 10:05PM

    I also want to live each day to the fullest.

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DEE107 1/19/2012 1:36PM

    thanks for sharing HUGS

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I.M.MAGIC 1/19/2012 11:54AM

    OMG, girl. You remind me of something I wrote YEARS ago... back in '05.

I hunted it down, and posted it on my blog... we are so much alike in so many ways, m'dear! That same gift of creating word images... humbling, and kind of scary! LOL

LOVE this--love YOU!

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ALMMOM 1/19/2012 10:54AM

    I love the "scar" quote. You are healed and move on!!!

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 1/19/2012 10:53AM

    Wow, Helen! Is all this wisdom pouring out from your mind, or what? I'm impressed! emoticon

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MSLZZY 1/19/2012 9:58AM

    You have such insight! Thanks for sharing! HUGS!

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1CRAZYDOG 1/19/2012 9:23AM

    What a beautiful blog! I esp. like the saying that I can't brag about my love for God, because I fail Him daily, but I can brag about His love for me, because He never fails me! Soooooo true. Thank goodness His love never fails.

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DESUE55 1/19/2012 8:49AM

    Absolutely beautiful. Thanks for sharing!

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POETICBLONDE 1/19/2012 2:42AM

    Wow. This is an inspiring and beautiful post. I hope things go well at your appointments as well. Good luck.

Peace & Prayers

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SUSIEPH1 1/19/2012 2:20AM

    Hi darling !! Good luck with your appointments hope all is good !! ..
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Personal Choice

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

One is happy as the result of one's own efforts. ~George Sand

Our attitude about our circumstances or our hopes determines the mood of a moment, eventually of the whole day.
No attitude, no feeling or emotion, is foisted upon us. We have always made the choice. Perhaps our passivity regarding choices has all too often eased us into situations detrimental to our emotional, and maybe even our physical, health. Nevertheless, responsibility for the pain that accompanies poor choice is always our own. On the other hand, the joy that is ushered in by certain other choices is also our responsibility.
Personal power commands our lives, and the fruits are as bountiful as are our choices, selectively made. We will be as happy as our choices make us, and as we decide to be.

Today is all mine, and whatever I make of it is by my personal choice.








POSITIVES ALWAYS:
GOD
FAITH
HOPE
LOVE
FREEDOM
BLESSINGS AND ANSWERED PRAYERS
SMILES and HUGS
ACCEPTANCE
Thankful for each new day that I am given!!!
Appointment with nephrologists Thursday
Getting results of CT scan of kidneys and blood work
The choice and freedom to try...
Our armed forces and all who are protecting us and our freedom
Doing at least one special thing each day for others and myself
Too many positives and blessings to list them all here...Praise the Lord!!!

  
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SRHALLIN 1/20/2012 8:14PM

    I could not agree with what you have said more if I'd said it all myself! We are as accountable for our bad decisions as we are for our good decisions. And the decision to do nothing about our lives is one of those things that we are also accountable to. At any time, each of us has the ability to simply change our minds.

That is such a powerful and important message; because it reminds each of us that we are empowered to improve our lives EVERY MOMENT of EVERY DAY! Love it!

Congrats on the improvements to your health and the positivity and self-empowerment I see moving through your spirit! Best wishes to you, Ken, Denny and Jo!

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GHOSTFLAMES 1/20/2012 3:52AM

    GO HELEN GO HELEN~!

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DEE797 1/19/2012 4:33PM

    Terrific blog, thanks for sharing it with us.

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Great blog!!

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    I love the wisdom that you put out there.Keep it coming, Keep it coming. emoticon

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HICKOK-HALEY 1/19/2012 2:42AM

    I believe in the "you never know if you don't try" Liked your blog!

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CHERIRIDDELL 1/19/2012 1:23AM

    Lovely attitude!

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    thanks for sharing great blog

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_LINDA 1/18/2012 10:22PM

    I have always loved your upbeat attitude in the facing of all things.
Praying for good results for your appointment tomorrow!
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MSLZZY 1/18/2012 10:01PM

    I choose for myself and will live with the consequences. It is no one
else's choice for me but mine alone. Thank you!

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MILLISMA 1/18/2012 9:51PM

    Always keep you in my prayers! Sending extra emoticon. Love your faith and your fantastic attitude.

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  Great positive attitudes.

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Struggles

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

No man is an island entire of itself. Each is a piece of the continent, a part of the main. ~John Donne

Our problems seem so singular that we often feel alone with our struggles. It's true that each of us must come to our own terms with whatever situation faces us. But no struggle facing us is free from the influence of other people and their struggles. We have a shared destiny which is accompanied by individual perceptions and both singular and mutual responses to the ebb and flow enfolding us all.
Knowing that we share this journey offers comfort when we need it in our daily struggles. We are not alone, forgotten, unimportant to the destiny of others. Nor are others without meaning in the experiences we're gifted with. Our existences are mutual--we are interdependent contributors to the total life cycle.
What each of us learns eases the struggles of another. All experiences are meant for the good of us all.

Today I may feel alone, but I'm not. My life is fully in concert with those around me, and all is as it should be.

POSITIVES ALWAYS:
GOD
FAITH
HOPE
LOVE
FREEDOM
BLESSINGS AND ANSWERED PRAYERS
SMILES and HUGS
ACCEPTANCE
Thankful for each new day that I am given!!!
Our armed forces and all who are protecting us and our freedom
Doing at least one special thing each day for others and myself
Too many positives and blessings to list them all here...Praise the Lord!!!












  
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SUGARSMOM2 1/20/2012 1:12PM

  i needed a push in the right direction . thank you dear. words to think about .

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COLEENCOLE 1/18/2012 8:23PM

    Again a great and inciteful blog.

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FROSTY99 1/18/2012 3:52PM

    Thanks Helen for reminding me there is always Someone who is sharing the trials with us-most of the time I think He is truly carrying us when we are so low but we don't realize it at the time, only later. Truly a wonderful blog.

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MORTICIAADDAMS 1/18/2012 10:05AM

    Great blog and great truths. We are interconnected. We need each other.

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1CRAZYDOG 1/18/2012 9:30AM

    That's right!! Sharing a journey makes it a little easier.

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GHOSTFLAMES 1/18/2012 4:34AM

    THANKS FOR SHARING AND YOU KNOW WE ARE ALWAYS HERE FOR EACH OTHER, HUGS,CHAR

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OPALMOON 1/18/2012 2:25AM

    Heart-warming blog, Helen!

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_LINDA 1/18/2012 1:32AM

    Sorry you are feeling the blues.. Your Spark friends are always here should you want a good vent. You are such a positive person you never let us see any sadness, difficulties or emotional troubles you may be going through. But once in awhile, maybe accept a shoulder to lean on. You don't always have to be the strong, upbeat role model. You are allowed to be human and show weaknesses too. Though I doubt you have hardly any it seems like..
Take care of yourself too,
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DEE107 1/18/2012 12:18AM

    thank you so much great blog

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NORASPAT 1/18/2012 12:03AM

    THANKS HELEN, I needed that today.

Pat in Maine.

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SLIMLILA 1/17/2012 11:53PM

    Loved reading your blog, so well said... emoticon

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ALMMOM 1/17/2012 10:45PM

    Its true - what we do and feel affects many others!!

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SUSIEPH1 1/17/2012 10:06PM

    Thanks for sharing Helen!.
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MILLISMA 1/17/2012 10:02PM

    Very well said and so true. Thanks for sharing.

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NELLIEC 1/17/2012 9:54PM

    I like the one with the kitty holding on!

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