Thursday, December 31, 2015

A Look Back...

Monday, December 31, 2012

A Look Back....


      As 2012 comes to a close, it is a time for reflection.  As a cancer patient, you may be riddled with thoughts of the past few months or years and wonder what the future holds.  I've spoken with many survivors who suffer from "anniversary" post traumatic stress syndrome. I am one of them.  When certain months roll around, my mind plays tricks on me and "reminds" me of what took place during those times.  It is stressful, but it helps to know I'm not alone - misery loves company!
As you will read in my book, there were other events that took place around the time of my diagnosis.  When I look back, I honestly don't know how I survived those troubling times.  They say, "Time heals all wounds" and, in a way, it has.  Do I still have the monkey brain thoughts and emotions play out?  Yes, sometimes I do.  But.....
We are all survivors on our own paths with the commonality of cancer.  It won't be an easy road, but we have to keep forging ahead.  Hopefully someday we'll be able to look back and say, "WOW!  I've come a loooong way and look at me now!"  That is my wish for us all in 2013!
Sending you lots of love,  peace, strength and light!

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

A Tribute To Dr. Wayne Dyer...

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

LOVE this!

Dr. Wayne Dyer is my favorite motivator / friend in my head, and this is one of my favorite quotes from him.  As you know, he was diagnosed with Leukemia a few years ago but he has maintained his philosophy and positive outlook on life.  He holds true to his beliefs and it has gotten him through. 
 That is what I have chosen to do, too!

Friday, December 25, 2015

What Do I Wish?

My wish for you is a day filled with love and happiness!
Jodi & Rose ♥

Friday, December 18, 2015

Flashback Friday!

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

What an AWESOME Site!

Whenever I stumble upon a website that awes me, I have to share it with you! Take Them A Meal offers a plethora of ideas for how to help others and this link in particular really inspired me...ever wonder what to do for others in need? These ideas will assist you as a caregiver, neighbor or friend to those who may need it the most...please pass this on to others!


Friday, December 11, 2015

Flashback Friday!

Friday, October 19, 2012

It's In Your Hands ...

When dealing with a cancer diagnosis, you know first-hand that every day is like a poker game.  One day you may wake up feeling like you should fold, and the next day you want to up the ante.  So it goes with "normal" life as well, but, coupled with being ill, everything is magnified.

When I saw this saying, I knew it to be true.  Sure, we got a raw deal with cancer, but it is up to US to choose how we want to play our cards.  I've had plenty of solo pity parties on this journey, but I try my best to keep the faith and remain an active player.  (An active player in a poker game is someone who has not yet folded his / her hand.) If you intend to remain active in the hand, be sure to protect your cards.  In the end, you will come out a winner, too!

Friday, December 4, 2015

Flashback Friday!

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Strength and Support -

Where does one gather the strength they need to deal with a cancer diagnosis? After the initial shock, I did extensive internet research. I wanted to see what treatment options I had. I made calls to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society as well as the American Cancer Society - they were so helpful. To this day, I've said that when I win the lottery, I'm going to give both organizations a BIG gift. If you need any assistance, please check out their websites, as well as the others that I've listed on the right side of this blog under the heading, Fav Sites. It's better to be well-informed, than floundering like a helpless soul. You have to become your own health advocate ... no one else will do it for you. And, if I can offer a few words of advice (that I learned the hard way) let go of being proud. When friends or family offer to drive you to doctor's visits, etc., take them up on their offers. I struggled for the first few months on my own because I was too proud to accept their support. I thought that I could do it all on my own. It wasn't until I was truly run down that I began to let others help me. What I discovered is this - not only are YOU struggling to stay alive, your friends are struggling to deal with seeing their friend suffer. If they offer to help, let them! You'll feel the love that they have to give, and they'll know that they are assisting you. Life is a balance of give and take. You'll soon discover that sometimes it's good to be on the receiving end.

Wednesday, December 2, 2015