Sunday, November 29, 2015

Tibetan Healing Sounds - Tibetan bowls for meditation, relaxation



On this blessed Sunday, set aside some time for mediation, prayer and quiet contemplation while listening to these soothing Tibetan singing bowls.

Peace & Love to YOU!
Jodi

Friday, November 27, 2015

A Living La Vida Lymphoma Flashback!

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Love Your Body...

This whole cancer thing threw me for a loop.  Not only was I dealing with the "normal" day-to-day illness, feelings, worries that accompany it, I saw the toll the cancer meds had taken on my body.  I used to think I was kinda cute-ish!  Suddenly, I didn't recognize the person staring back at me in the mirror.  My body betrayed me.  I experienced a true identity crisis.  Add my divorce after 24 years of marriage to the mix and I was really at a low point.  My broken heart matched my exterior.  I avoided cameras and used to get mad at Kathleen for insisting on taking my pictures during holidays.  They only confirmed how I felt inside.

 
Then, as I started to wean off of one of my treatment meds, I slowly began to see glimpses of the "old me."  A few months ago, I went to lunch with my photographer friend, Jackie.  Halfway through the meal, she excused herself and returned to the table with her camera and lenses.  She saw a "light" in me that I could not see.  She snapped photo after photo and I loosened up and allowed myself to pose ... to be funny ... to try to re-discover myself.  Jackie gave me such a wonderful gift and I am forever grateful for her love and friendship.  My profile picture on this blog was done on that day and she is going to take my picture again for the "Author" page on my book.  Thank you so much, Jackie for helping me to love and embrace myself again!  (And, thanks to Kathleen for documenting the yucky pictures that I can now add to my book!)
 
Please go to Jackie's website to see her works of art ...http:/jackiekramerphotography.com/
She is one amazing woman!

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!
Wishing you and yours a happy day.  
Take time to count your blessings - I am counting mine!
 
 

Friday, November 20, 2015

A Living La Vida Lymphoma Flashback!

Saturday, September 15, 2012


A GREAT website, & an even GREATER woman!

When I began research on SPTCL, I came across a website that was AMAZING! Trisha Torrey was misdiagnosed with SPTCL in 2004. This spurred her on to become not only a patient health advocate, she is an author, writer and speaker and I want to be like her when I grow up! Check out her site and you'll be inspired ... thanks so much, Trisha for all that you do! 

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Throwback Thursday - Can There Be Love After A Diagnosis?



Friday, April 5, 2013


Can There Be Love After A Diagnosis?


As many of you know by now, I was divorced after twenty four years of marriage - a little over a month after my diagnosis.  I honestly thought my chances of finding love again after Lymphoma was impossible.  Would someone want to take a chance on me?  I miss being in love.  Being alone is suddenly not an option for me.  I am the last of the great romantics.  I want to find someone who will sweep me off my feet and who will make our first date become our happy ending.  Kathleen has nicknamed me Pollyanna, but I am hopeful!

Just recently, I saw the following article in the Huffington Post.  It is a heart-warming story and makes me wonder if there IS someone out there for me???

Have any of you found love after your diagnosis?  If so, I'd love to hear all about it!  Please leave your comments below...give us all some hope for the future!

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Friday, November 13, 2015

A Living La Vida Lymphoma Flashback!


Sunday, September 23, 2012

There's No Place Like Home ...

I have to admit, I am one strong woman! Diagnosed with lymphoma the end of October 2009, I filed for divorce seven days later, divorced the first week in December and then I made the move to my little pink cottage in July of 2010. I brought the bare minimum with me. Simplified my life. I'm a full-fledged Writer. And I've NEVER been happier! The old me would've never had the nerve to throw caution to the wind and do this. Cancer put everything into perspective. Although I have the urge to travel, finances prevent me from doing so right now. But, I also love my cottage (my landlord's cottage!), my freedom and my new life. There's nothing like curling up with a good book on the chaise in my sunporch. Or sitting at my desk, working on this blog and my manuscripts with the sunlight streaming through the lacy curtains. Or cuddling in bed with Rose. There IS no place like home ...
Here's Rose - sunning herself on the chaise like the Diva that she is!

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

The Best Things In Life

Often times when you're stressed to your very core, tied up in your cancer journey - 
a never ending schedule of doctor's appointments, lab tests, scans, and your "new reality" of facing this challenge, you must try to remember how to 
L-I-V-E!

You were put on this planet for a reason.
You're that one-of-a-kind special someone who others love and cherish and are praying for that same miracle of perfect health that YOU are! Never let go of your dreams, Beloved! Your dreams are what will catapult you back into health.

There will be brighter days ahead and you will one day look back on the struggle and be able to see the strength and courage that you may have never thought you had!
YOU ARE LOVED!!!
XOXOXOX
Jodi



Monday, November 9, 2015

Here's an interesting article....

I am not a medical professional, but when I read of new breakthroughs, I like to pass them on to my followers. SPTCL is an incurable form of Lymphoma and there are hundreds of sub-types,  so the fact that immunotherapy may be the key to finding a cure really piqued my interest....this would be such a blessing if, indeed, it works!



Just Let It Go, Baby!


Friday, November 6, 2015

A Living La Vida Lymphoma Flashback!

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Hang In There!

When you feel like giving up, remember why you held on for so long in the first place. ~

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Throwback Thursday - An Excerpt From Living La Vida Lymphoma

Friday, October 15

Life's Rollercoaster

"Faith is the daring of the soul to go farther than it can see." -- William Newton Clarke

Whew! What a month! Many challenges with my health and, at one point, one of my new doctors told me that I may have Lupus Paniculitis rather than what I was originally diagnosed with. I was sent for another battery of tests. I can laugh about it now, but I sat there, my mind computing, "Lupus VS Lymphoma" and thinking that Lupus was the far better diagnosis, but, as luck would have it, all the tests were negative and the Lymphoma is here to stay. Darn! So, now the plan is to stay on my current drug treatment and they have typed my blood to get a possible donor match in the National Bone Marrow Registry, should a transplant become necessary. Hopefully it won't get to that point.
    
I am back to living my life in the most positive manner as possible. What else can I do, right?


Affirmation:  I am strong.

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Dating After Cancer - Highly Evolved Human - The Date

The topic of how to get back into the dating scene apres cancer is one that I find hard to deal with. I recently connected with someone on a dating website, we talked on the phone off and on for about a week, set a date and then when I re-checked his profile I discovered that he had added a P.S. that read, "If you have a crazy ex or have mental or  serious health issues, then I am not the one." WTF??? I had never discussed anything about my past relationships, let alone told him about my cancer challenge. So, if things weren't awkward BEFORE our first date with me worrying about when it would be the "proper time" to discuss the topic, like Nick Ross and millions of other cancer survivors, things got REAL fast!

He called me the day before our date and I said that there wouldn't be a date, and mentioned how I noticed the new "clause" that he had added to his profile...told him I was a cancer survivor and he said, "Oh, that's okay," to which I replied, "I'm afraid it's not. If you truly feel so strongly about this, then I totally understand and I don't hold anything against you. It was great getting to know you and I wish you the best in finding your Ms. Right."

Was I hurt? Did those old feelings of not being able to find someone who would love me unconditionally resurface? YUP! For a whole week, I truly felt "normal" and "wanted" again. But, the icing on the cake of my day? He blurted out, "Ya know what? I think they have dating websites for people who have serious health issues." 
Seriously?! 

I guess I'll just wait patiently for my Prince to come...someone who will be blown away by my strength and courage and inner beauty. Someone who is willing to take a "risk," after all, no one knows when it's their time to go. One major thing I learned on my journey is that life is so precious and each and every day is a blessing. 
I know that Mr. Right is out there. 
Just not on one of those dating sites...

If any of my followers would like to voice their opinions or share personal stories of dating after cancer, please leave a comment - I would love to hear your thoughts! Thanks!

P.S.- Thank you so much, Nick Ross for sharing your dating experiences with those of us who are in the same boat! ☺