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thoughts on growing old....

Monday, February 11, 2013

I really enjoy sharing and being creative on these Blogs but today is a down day for me!

First my special NC sister's husband died 3 weeks ago and she needs me so much! We can't talk on the phone because she is crying so hard! And I can't go.

And about an hour ago my oncologist called because he is scheduling an emergency appointment following a CT scan for tomorrow when all had been going so well!

Momma said there would be days like this but now I wonder...

Right now I feel so much! And so much is ugly! I question why and wonder why I am so weak and why I can't be in two places at once...I want to be whole but wonder if that will ever happen again...and I want to blame something and there is nothing there.

It will be a long 24 hours until the clinic and I learned a long time go about a 1200 mile separation. But tomorrow when the air clears the way, I will be able to stop and think and when something is known, I know that I can handle it... that it is just the not being there and it is the not knowing!

But in the meantime why can't we stop it...

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PATRICIA441 2/12/2013 9:09PM

  This too shall pass. May God give you the courage and strength to get through this hard bump in the road of life. Keeping you and your sister in prayer. Sending healing hugs. Pat

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AWESOMECHELZ 2/12/2013 8:39AM

    Sometimes when we are in hell, all we can do is hang in there and rely heavily on our spiritual resources, whatever they may be. You have a lot on your plate and I hope you have a spiritual gift to help you ride out this tough time. May you be blessed and your sister and family during this time. emoticon Love, Chelsea

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Sunday, February 10, 2013

When I feel too much or question too much, I turn to a book called “Laughing All the Way” by Steve Goodier that makes me laugh at myself. Thought this morning that I would share the two that have I have picked for this week to help me maintain my fitness goals! Maybe they will mean something to you too!!

Laugh About It!

I recently read of a motorist who was caught in an automated speed trap. His speed was measured by a radar machine and his car was automatically photographed. In a few days he received a ticket for $40 in the mail along with a picture of his automobile. As payment, he sent the police department a snapshot of $40. Several days later, he received a letter from the police. It contained another picture – of handcuffs!

Humor is an important part of a healthy life. Though often under-used, humor is also an essential problem-solving tool, particularly in conflict. It goes a long way toward building bridges over divisive waters. What might happen if you use humor to get at that aggravating problem you are facing today? (From One Minute Can Change A Life)

Joy In The Journey

If you have ever been discouraged because of failure, please read on. For often, achieving what you set out to do is not the important thing. Let me explain.

Two brothers decided to dig a deep hole behind their house. As they were working, a couple of older boys stopped by to watch.

“What are you doing?” asked one of the visitors.

“We plan to dig a hole all the way through the earth!” one of the brothers volunteered excitedly.

The older boys began to laugh, telling the younger ones that digging a hole all the way through the earth was impossible. After a long silence, one of the diggers picked up a jar full of spiders, worms and a wide assortment of insects. He removed the lid and showed the wonderful contents to the scoffing visitors. Then he said quietly and confidently, “Even if we don’t dig all the way through the earth, look what we found along the way!”

Their goal was far too ambitious, but it did cause them to dig. And that is what a goal is for – to cause us to move in the direction we have chosen. In other words, to set us to digging!

But not every goal will be fully achieved. Not every job will end successfully. Not every relationship will endure. Not every hope will come to pass. Not every love will last. Not every endeavor will be completed. Not every dream will be realized. But when you fall short of your aim, perhaps you can say, “Yes, but look at what I found along the way! Look at the wonderful things which have come into my life because I tried to do something!”

It is in the digging that life is lived. And I believe it is joy in the journey, in the end, that truly matters. (From Riches Of The Heart)

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MANDYLOVE_76 2/10/2013 7:58PM

    Fun blog.

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I AM. . .

Saturday, February 09, 2013

Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated. 

I am, a daughter, a sister, a grand-daughter, a niece, a cousin and a friend. A partner and a student. A young girl and a grown woman.

I am confident and scared, terrified and excited.

I am loving and caring and thoughtful and hopeful.

I am sick and tired.

I I am shy and friendly and careful and careless.

I am broken and whole.

I am misunderstood, misguided and mislead.

I am hardworking and determined, but a little scared on the inside.

I wish on stars and dream my dreams.

I pray to God and cry my tears.

I smile on the outside while I’m hurting on the inside.

I listen to others who won't listen to me.

I walk on eggshells and I walk on fire.

I believe in passion and true love.

I am everything and nothing all at once.

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    emoticon blog. Faith

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My Friends and My Inspiration

Friday, February 08, 2013

Inspiration that show me how to be the friend I want to be!

The Invitation
By Oriah Mountain Dreamer

It doesn't interest me what you do for a living.
I want to know what you ache for,
And if you dare to dream of meeting 
Your heart's longing.

It doesn't interest me how old you are.
I want to know if you will risk looking like a fool
For love, for your dream, 
For the adventure of being alive.

It doesn't interest me what planets are squaring your moon.
I want to know if you have touched the center of your own sorrow,
If you have been opened by life's betrayals,
Or have become shriveled and closed from fear of further pain.

I want to know if you can sit with pain, 
Mine or your own,
Without moving 
To hide it or fade it or fix it.

I want to know if you can be with joy, 
Mine or your own,
If you can dance with wildness 
and let the ecstasy fill you to the tips of your fingers and toes 
Without cautioning us to be careful, be realistic, 
or to remember the limitations of being human.

It doesn't interest me if the story you are telling me is true.
I want to know if you can disappoint another to be true to yourself,
If you can bear the accusation of betrayal and not betray your own soul. 
I want to know if you can be faithless and therefore be trustworthy.
I want to know if you can see beauty 
Even when it is not pretty every day,
And if you can source your life 
From its presence.

I want to know if you can live with failure, 
Yours and mine,
And still stand on the edge of a lake and shout to the silver of the full moon, 

It doesn't interest me to know where you live or how much money you have.
I want to know if you can get up after the night of grief and despair,
Weary and bruised to the bone, 
And do what needs to be done for the children.

It doesn't interest me who you are, how you came to be here.
I want to know if you will stand 
In the center of the fire with me 
And not shrink back.

It doesn't interest me where or what or with whom you have studied.
I want to know what sustains you 
From the inside 
When all else falls away.

I want to know if you can be alone 
With yourself,
And if you truly like the company you keep 
In the empty moments.

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SLACHETKA103145 2/8/2013 2:06PM

    TIME2BLOOM4ME you can count on it!

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The things we take for granted!!!!

Thursday, February 07, 2013

Lung cancer is the most deadly cause of cancer death and the second most common form of cancer in both men and women.  Yet despite this, the federal response to lung cancer research and funding has not yet matched the urgent need presented by the disease.

Lung cancer research is of paramount importance, not only because of the number of Americans it affects, but also because it is still difficult to detect in its early stages. 

Presently, only 15 percent of lung cancers are diagnosed in an early stage.  By the time symptoms are recognized, the cancer has often progressed.  For that and for other reasons, the lung cancer five-year survival rate (15.6 percent) is lower than many if not most other leading cancers. 

One would believe that with the above stats Lung Cancer would be one of the foremost researched and followed cancers. However nothing is further from the truth! Try finding stats, whether in the US or UK. You have to go back to 2010 to find any credible lung cancer stats including both early diagnosed or survival rates. If you have lung cancer it is scary enough without wondering why you do not count. In 2010 Lung cancer was the leading cancer killer in the U.S, killing almost 160,000 people every year. Lung cancer has one of the highest incidence rates and one of the lowest survival rates.

Yes, smoking is the biggest cause of this disease, but exposure to second-hand smoke, air pollution, radon, asbestos, and other occupational hazards also cause this dread disease.

In 2010 there were 219,000 new cases diagnosed but tragically only 16 percent of lung cancers are diagnosed at an early stage – making most diagnoses a death sentence.

Advances in cancer prevention and treatment research have increased breast and colorectal cancer survival rates to 89 and 65 percent respectively, whereas lung cancer survival rates remain at a low 15 percent.

More must be done to increase lung cancer survivorship. Each of us has a role and we can reach out to those who we know are survivors, we can talk to our friends and maybe help with early detection or call attention to the need, and if the occasion arises we can talk to congressional folks or in public forums as a reminder. The things we take for granted may save someone's life and Increased national attention to lung cancer is long overdue!

At SP we have a team called Lung Cancer, Blessing or Curse drop by sometime.

This blog is not intended to be more than an awareness to a critical issue, “call for action of sorts”. And I think that I really needed to talk about this!

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SLACHETKA103145 2/7/2013 11:20AM

    Thanks MIATIA1. My dad died in 1969 from cancer and my grandfather in 1959. So I know how you feel! But the survival rate is almost as low as when my dad died. The difference is that quality of life is prolonged (which I am not going to complain about!)

Hope you will stop by again!


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MIATIA1 2/7/2013 10:12AM

    My father died of lung cancer thirty years ago. They have come along way with treatment of cancer as my mother is a three time survivor, but they still have so far to go for any death from cancer is one to many... Thanks for caring enough to bring it to attention. emoticon

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SLACHETKA103145 2/7/2013 9:55AM

    You are welcome LOSE4LIFE47

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    You are welcome! CMROBERTS0617

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CMROBERTS0617 2/7/2013 9:42AM

    thank you

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