Here I sit, at quarter to eleven in the morning, in my pajamas with absolutely no intention of getting a shower. To be quite honest, I'm actually afraid of the shower and how I am going to feel afterward. Anyone who has experienced chronic pain and the accompanying fatigue will understand...the shower is just a … Continue reading It’s a purple butterfly zebra kind of life
There is nothing so humbling in this world than receiving the news that the body harbors a potentially deadly disease. The range of emotions is intense as the mind desperately tries to process this new reality. I can remember sitting in that dark room in the emergency department, trying to maintain a grasp on reality … Continue reading Out of weakness comes incredible strength
Social media is a wonderful thing. It allows us to keep in touch with friends and family that, in today's mobile society, are spread out across the country. It allows us to make new friends with people in different countries that we would not have otherwise had the privilege of meeting. It also allows us … Continue reading Social media to the rescue?
"I can't believe that! said Alice. "Can't you?" the Queen said in a pitying tone. "Try again: draw a long breath, and shut your eyes." Alice laughed. "There's no use in trying," she said: "one can't believe in impossible things." ~Lewis Carroll, Through the Looking Glass Yes, in today's rational society it has become almost impossible, as … Continue reading Believing in the impossible
"Who are You?" said the Caterpillar. "I-I hardly know, Sir, just at present- at least I know who I was when I got up this morning, but I think I must have been changed several times since then." ~Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland I can really relate to this sentiment, especially after the diagnosis of … Continue reading A brief trip through Wonderland
Sometimes things are better left unsaid. Some aspects of life are better kept in secret, not to be pondered in public places or discussed in polite company. Seriously, when it comes to bathroom habits, many of us take on the morals of the Victorians and blush in a most uncomfortable fashion.
"He called a little child to him, and placed the child among them. And he said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven." ~Matthew 18.2-3, New International Version There is the one aspect of having cancer in which I was honestly not … Continue reading Oh! To have the faith of a child
"And laugh they did, and eat, and drink, often and heartedly, being fond of simple jests at all times, and of six meals a day (when they could get them)." ~JRR Tolkien, Concerning Hobbits I have to say that my absolute favorite scene from the Lord of the Rings movies was the utter shock Pippin … Continue reading What about second breakfast and other such tragedies…
"...there was given me a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me. Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. But he said to me, 'My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.' Therefore I will boast all the more … Continue reading Paul’s thorn and the wounded warrior
"Come on Mr. Frodo...I can't carry it for you, but I can carry you and it as well. So up you get! come on, Mr. Frodo dear! Sam will give you a ride. Just tell him where to go, and he'll go". ~Sam to Frodo on the slopes of Mt. Doom "I take thee to … Continue reading Everyone needs a Sam