Today was one of the most beautiful sunny days ever. What a treat it was to feel the warmth of the sun on my face. My granddaughter Angie and I grabbed a blanket and headed outside. We found bugs, looked at the clouds, listened to the birds and made a whole lot of special wishes, while blowing on wishers. ( dandelions ) I was grateful for the weather, my family and to be healthy enough to enjoy all of it today. Tonight as I was looking up a quote or something about Sunshine, I found this blog http://bcchfdrm.wordpress.com/ it is a blog of a cancer survivor named Paige. It is her story about cancer and how it has effected her life. I was so impressed at such a young age how wise she was. I don't know anything about her current condition, I couldn't find that ...but I will leave with you tonight her sweet spirit that comes shining through in her words. She was an inspiration to me tonight and I thought I would just pass that along!
"The world is as many times new as there are children in our lives." ~Robert Brault,
My fight with childhood cancer has proven to be quite a journey so far. With my present so dramatically changed, it also sent a ripple effect into my future. There is a great deal of uncertainty I have to face, but don’t we all! I just have a few extra cards stacked against me. The game’s not over yet.
I have learned a lot in the past couple of years. I have endured even more. Though I have sustained some physical and emotional damage, I would like to think that in many ways I emerged as a stronger, more aware individual. My plans for the future changed along with everything else. I had different career goals in mind as well as personal goals I wanted to achieve. I learned that cancer can touch any one of us at any time. No one is immune, no one is exempt. Cancer isn’t picky.
Through my journey with cancer, I learned to fight the fight, stay positive, never give up hope, and never lose faith. I choose to see the beauty in everything, and see each day as a precious gift, never to be taken for granted. Life can change in the blink of an eye. I don’t want to miss a thing. I want no regrets.
It is for these reasons that I made a promise to myself that I would do my part in the fight to find the cure. I would continue to do my fundraising, raise awareness, and hopefully bring hope to families going through a similar ordeal. I am hoping that my story will help enlighten others of what it is like for children struggling through a life threatening illness. I wanted other children to know and take comfort in the knowledge that they are not alone. It is my wish that my story will raise even a little awareness of the incredibly brave child warriors in our midst.
"While we try to teach our children all about life,
Our children teach us what life is all about."
"Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference." ~Winston Churchill
"The most important thing in illness is never to lose heart." ~Nikolai Lenin