Thursday, February 28, 2013

Dare to dream ....

I'll admit it.  I'm envious.  My friend Kathleen has the most vivid dreams. She can remember them from start to finish most nights. Me? Far and few in between.  It frustrates me.  She's given me pointers and has urged me to keep a pen and a pad of paper on the nightstand to jot things down.  With my chronic insomnia, I rarely make it to the R.E.M. state I need in order to meet Mr. Sandman.  Once in a great while, I'll remember a dream.  It's most likely of loved ones who have passed on to the other side. To me, those are the extremely important ones and I usually remember them in their entirety.
 
So, until I'm able to attain a normal sleep pattern, sans Prednisone, I'll continue to dream in pure daylight, for that is when I am most productive! 
 


Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

IT'S OFFICIAL!!!!

LIVING LA VIDA (LYMPHOMA) is now available on Amazon!  
 
CLICK HERE:
 
 
 

Listen....

Ever feel as if you are on a "hamster wheel?"  Finding yourself making the same mistakes over and over again?  Picking the wrong people in your life, be they lovers or friends?  Staying in the same job that you absolutely dread going to work for each and every day?  Well, I used to live that way.  Cancer changed all that!  Once I realized how fragile life can be, I gained the strength I needed to move on and change my life for the better. Sometimes it takes something earth shattering to occur that enables us to see the "big picture."  Like an invisible smack upside the head from the Universe that says, :"Listen, ya dummy!  Life doesn't have to be so hard"!  It IS what you make of it and nothing will change until YOU take that first step!"
See what needs to be changed in your life and go from there....life is too short!


Monday, February 25, 2013

DRUM ROLL PLEASE......!!!

OMG!!! I formatted my book onto Amazon.com and it is going through the final approval!!!  To say that I am beyond excited is putting it mildly!!! This has been a work-in-progress since my diagnosis in October, 2009!

The book will most likely launch within a week, so I will let you know A.S.A.P.! Thanks so much for your patience and continued support! The love is there...! XOXO



Sunday, February 24, 2013

Spiritual Sunday....



This is one of my favorite artists to meditate to.  On this beautiful Sunday, turn on the speakers, tune out all of the outside noises and close your eyes...let the music take you away...feel the love!!!

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Awwwww!

I saw this on-line and had to share it!  I am a sucker for dawgs!  Bless hims little heart!  HAVE A GREAT SATURDAY!!!


Friday, February 22, 2013

T-G-I-F!

It's FRIDAY!  As you go through your day today, do something kind for someone -  It may be a loved one.  A co-worker.  A neighbor.  A friend.  Fridays are a joyful day to begin with...why not make it an even better day by spreading your love? 
Then share your ideas below...
HAVE A FABULOUS FRIDAY!!!


Thursday, February 21, 2013

Yesterday....

Bask in the glory that today is a new day!  Why wish for a "do-over" when you can have a clean slate with each dawn? 
Back before I got my diagnosis when I was sick yet had no answers, that was a low point, for sure.  Even then, I decided that as bad as it was, there was always the hope for a brighter tomorrow and that is what kept me going on a daily basis.  Baby steps, Beloveds....the love is there....


Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

WHOO-HOO! Guess what????

Thanks to YOU, as of today, there have been over 5000 hits on this blog since August 31, 2012!  I'm sooooo excited and hope you will spread the word!  My mission has been to bring a little light, and love, and hope to you on a daily basis...
LOVE YAS!!!!
 

Use your Pain to LEARN from Life



I LOVED Leo Bascaglia!  What an awesome speaker!

Monday, February 18, 2013

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Remember this...

Going through each day with cancer can make you forget what is REAL.  You may get caught up in the struggle, but try to break free and remember that what is truly important is inside you.  You are NOT cancer.  You may have been diagnosed with cancer, but it is only a label.  You can either let it consume you or you can re-member to continue to be the person you were all along....


Friday, February 15, 2013

Ya Gotta Trust...

One of the biggest lessons I've learned is to lose control!  It was a big feat coming from someone who is uber-organized and was used to her "safe routine!"  As you well know, getting a cancer diagnosis pulls the rug right out from under you.  Suddenly, I scrambled to try to maintain the life and routine that I had prior to getting sick." HA-HA!,"  Life screamed back at me, "I'll show YOU how its gonna be!"
I tried to fight it but my fatigue and daily struggles got the better of me - I finally had to relinquish control and give it all up to a Higher Power.  It scared the hell outta me at first because I was so used to working hard and burning the candle at both ends and now I was lucky if I could even get up out of bed at times.  But, once I let go, I learned to trust that everything would be taken care of.  And guess what?  I found out that there were others out there like me who were on similar journeys and I allowed life to lead ME wherever I needed to be.  It's been hard, but learning to trust again has been so healing for me and now I try not to worry so much about where I am going...



Thursday, February 14, 2013

HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY!!!

Good Morning to all of my little Love Muffins on this glorious day of love and devotion!  I wanted to share a "blast from the past" from an old blog of mine that has been put "on-the-back-burner!"  It was a food blog and I featured my famous meat ball recipe as well as my BFF's Nanny's cheesecake "recipt"... ENJOY!

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Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Make Every Day The Best Day!

When you start to think of each day as the best day, the world will begin to unfold you!


Monday, February 11, 2013

I'm Not Finished Yet!

I always joke around that I am never going to die because I have too much left to accomplish in this life!!!  And I mean it!  As long as I stay busy and keep my mind focused on the positives, I forget all about the negatives! HAPPY MONDAY!

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Surround Yourself -

 
One of the things I've learned since my diagnosis is this - I let go of people and things in my life that brought toxicity and drama and chaos and moved on. Things began to change.  I grew stronger than I ever thought possible and now I surround myself with those who love me unconditionally and I've learned to cherish ME! 
LIFE IS GOOD!

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Your Core ...

I LOVE Rumi and this is a good reminder that what is on the inside is what REALLY counts!  Have a great day, Beloveds and know you are precious and have so much to give!


Friday, February 8, 2013

All Along Our Paths -

Ever had times when you meet someone at just the right moment?  All along my journey, there have been so many uncanny "meetings."  I call these people my Angels on earth. 

One morning on my way to work, and just before I ended up being hospitalized, I was sitting at a red light with my window down. Exhausted emotionally and physically.  All of a sudden, I heard a man who was sitting in the car next to me say, "Smile!" When I did, he said, "There ya go! You are beautiful!  Have a wonderful day!"  My spirit was uplifted when I needed uplifting the most.  That's all it takes ... a few kind words to change a person's day!  When you become more aware of these "chance meetings," you will find the miracles in everyday life!


Thursday, February 7, 2013

An Authentic Life...

When you wake up in the morning, do you like who is reflected back at you while you are gazing into the bathroom mirror?  Aside from all of the wrinkles and blemishes and other faults you may find with your egoist-self, do you like who you see?
If we chose to live the authentic life that we came to this planet to live, then the answer should be a resounding, "YES!"  Is your job one that is rewarding and satisfying, or do you dread going to work every day?  Is your relationship with your significant other a loving one?  Do you get to do the things that allow you to create and build and experience aside from your regular duties? 
 
In my soon-to-be-published book, Living La Vida (Lymphoma), I go into depth in regards to the benefits of living an authentic life.  One that is nurturing and inspires you to greet each day with joy and promise.  Once I made that connection to Source, or my inner Spirit, things began to change for the better.  Writing is my passion.  I have a knack for helping others with their businesses and ideas.  I go with the flow and opportunities arise out of nowhere effortlessly.  That, I've found, is the key to living authenically.  If it is a "struggle," then it is not what is meant to be. 
A very good friend of mine embarked on a new journey and a new career choice.  After only two weeks, he discovered it was NOT how he imagined it to be and he decided to "quit" the training program.  He felt defeated. He struggled with the "whys and the shoulda-woulda-couldas."  I let him continue with his self-imposed guilt trip and then I commended him for realizing that this career path, this choice, was not for him!  He grew silent. I told him that it was a "gift" to discover early on that this job was NOT the one for him!  He had listened to Spirit, trusted his gut instincts and knew he could not continue with that training program!  BRAVO! 
We get stuck in our lives when we do not listen to what our hearts and instincts are telling us.  If it is a struggle.  If we don't feel safe.  If we dwell on the "right" thing that society puts upon us, then we are not living an authentic life.
My friend learned a valuable lesson.  Always know that we have choices in life!  That career wasn't meant for him.  Something better will come along that is more conducive to his wants and needs, maybe not in an instant, but when his thoughts align with the work he puts into finding what IS right for him.  So, dear ones, take baby steps to finding your bliss!  The love is there...
 
                                     

Lymphoma Cancer Survivors STRONGER Slideshow



The Lymphoma Club ROCKS!!!  Congrats to all of the Survivors in this video and here's to hope for a cure for all those who watch this!  Check out their website at:


Wednesday, February 6, 2013

HAPPY HUMP DAY, LOVIES!

ONE HUMP OR TWO?

 
Dr. Frederick Frankenstein: You know, I'm a rather brilliant surgeon. Perhaps I can help you with that hump. 

 Igor: What hump?
 
Young Frankenstein is one of my all-time favorite movies!  Igor did not see his hump as a flaw.  The side effects I've had from my treatments took a toll on me.  I no longer saw the "real me" any more when I looked in the mirror.  It took me a long time to get over my bodily flaws.  When I finally did accept the changes, I decided to be thankful for the drugs that were helping me, and I am now on a journey of re-discovering my "old body" once again...humps and all!


Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Guess what????

I'm heading out for my photo shoot with photographer, Jackie Kramer! She is taking pictures for my About The Author page in Living La Vida (Lymphoma)!  Soooo excited and cannot wait to get this book published!!!  Check out Jackie's site:

 
 
Fingers crossed!!!!
 


Note To Self...

You DO matter!!!! Have a great day and feel the love I am sending to you today...my faithful followers and warriors!


Monday, February 4, 2013

Something you may be interested in!

I have participated in several teleconferences / webinars that are presented by the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Patient Education series.  They are always informative and I HIGHLY suggest you register for this one, which will be held on February 26th! Click on the link and check it out ... stay informed!!!


 
 

Sunday, February 3, 2013

L-I-F-E....

Life may be like a roller coaster, but the outcome depends on how you handle each twist and turn!

Saturday, February 2, 2013

I learned this lesson when I was diagnosed ... we can't control our destiny, but we can allow life to surprise us in it's own way.



Friday, February 1, 2013

JUST DANCE!

TURN UP THE SPEAKERS AND SHAKE YOUR GROOVE THING!!!! IT'S FRIDAY!!!! ENJOY!!!