Welcome to The Presents of Presence
On New Year’s Eve of 2001, I was diagnosed with breast cancer and my life changed in an instant as life often does. My life has evolved since then as I’ve endured 10+ surgeries, embarking on a journey that has been challenging and yet fulfilling as time goes by. I began this blog in March of 2010, not knowing where blogging would take me, but I knew that I was on a lifelong Journey of Discovery.
I started out wanting to tell my story, to help other women who are enduring breast cancer and to inspire myself and others to reach out beyond our comfort zones. I’m not just a breast cancer blogger anymore ~ I hope that perhaps you’ll find a tidbit here and there to take with you, to make you smile and to help you to keep taking baby steps on life’s path. I’m a great listener and I’m good at holding hands. So if you find you need a friend, here I am. ♥
As Alice Morse Earle wrote, “”The clock is running. Make the most of today. Time waits for no man. Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift. That’s why it is called the present,” which is how my blog’s name has evolved to The Presents of Presence. I hope you enjoy your visit here ~ I enjoy connecting with you so please feel free to comment! I am blessed to say that it’s been such a priceless gift as I’ve met so many wonderful people and my life has opened up in such amazing ways.
Let me begin by telling you my story…
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I am so glad that you found MY blog, because that allowed me to find YOURS! We are kindred spirits, I can tell. I love your writing, and look forward to following your blog and your inspirational words.
Loved reading your blog as well…one click on a post you had written on someone else’s blog and there you were…it was meant to be! Happy Saturday! Glad we’ve connected! 🙂
What a gorgeous and joyful blog – like a healing balm for the soul. You are a real treasure!
Love yours as well ~ Viva Gratitude! ❤
Glad I found you. We all need sunshine and a positive approach. Look forward to hearing from you on The Good Times (www.thegoodtimes.info), the site for positive news!
So happy to have connected with you as well!
Love your site ~ we all need to share The Good Times! 🙂
You have a wonderful blog!! Thank you for inspiring us all!
And thanks to you for your amazing photographic talents! ❤
Hi – thank you for the follow! Looking forward to reading your blog more 🙂
I love that we’ve found each other! ❤
I agree! 🙂
What a wonderful blog you have here…your courage and strength and determination shine through every word. Truly you are an inspiration.
Thank you ~ your amazing photographs bring me such peace! Thanks for sharing your talents! xo
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I’m really enjoying your blog and wanted to share it with the people that follow me. I’ve nominated you for the 7 Things About Me Award. ( http://magnoliabeginnings.org/2012/08/07/seven-things-about-me-award/) Please feel free to participate or not, just wanted to take the opportunity to let others read you. Keep writing.
I am so honored. Thank you so very much! I love your blog as well! You just made my day! xo
You are more than welcome. Thanks for sharing your thoughts. I’m really enjoying your blog.
Thank you! ❤
You have a beautiful blog. As I battle breast cancer this summer, I am inspired by your victory.
Thank you for your kind words. I look forward to doing a victory dance with you soon as well! ❤
Thank you for reading my blog and for the courage and hope you give to each of us who read your posts.
Thanks for your kind words ~ and for reading my blog!
As a breast cancer survivor myself, I am glad to have found your blog and I look forward to reading more. Enjoy THIS day:) Judy
Thank you for reading my blog! Stay healthy my friend and keep smiling!
I have nominated your for the Super Sweet Blogging award – go to: http://thoughtsfromanamericanwoman.wordpress.com/2012/09/19/super-sweet-blogging-award/
And I am not sure if I told you but congratulations on being an 11 yr Breast Cancer survivor, I am a 12 yr survivor!
Although our struggles have not been the same, I suspect we speak some of the same language. Hugs to you!
I agree! Hugs to you as well!
nice to meet you!! my mother-in-law is an over 30 year survivor of breast cancer. but I’ve lost people to that awful disease as well. one just recently. I didn’t know her very well but she was a good friend of a friend. she fought for ten years and lost her fierce battle a couple of weeks ago 😦 we must find a cure!!
I agree…nice to meet you too…and yes, a cure for BC would be such a relief! xo
Thank you for stopping by Dear Ms. Migraine and liking my blog. I look forward to getting to know you better.
Thank you as well Lori! I love connecting with others! 🙂
Just nominated you for the Blog of the Year 2012 award. I know you have a lot going on right now, so please don’t feel any obligation. Just hoping it sends a bit of traffic your way for your cards. 🙂
Why thank you!!! You are so special…make sure you check out today’s post b/c I mentioned you! Great minds think alike! xo
I nominated you for the sisterhood of the world bloggers award: http://deepandwonderfulthoughts.wordpress.com/2012/12/02/sisterhood-of-the-world-bloggers-award/
my mother had breast cancer too. she survived for a long time. It never came back and I remember she took a small pill each day to help it stay a way. one day out of the blue at the age of 62 she died from an annurism. we were all so shocked, it wasn’t the cancer that took her in the end. love your background colors on your blog. uplifting and Pink!!!
So sorry about your Mom Terry…hugs to you. I do love your background as well ~ did you take that shot? Is it your home? Just wondering…
it is around here, yes, I love to take photos. mom has been gone 12 years now and dad 5. It is just my brother and me left
Oh Terry, I’m sorry. I am glad you have your brother. Hugs
Adding to your award collection! Today you are the recipient of the Super Sweet Blogging Award! (http://abundelic.wordpress.com/2013/01/18/super-sweet-blogging-award/) Thanks for your inspiration!
Thank you Vicki! I so appreciate you!
Denise, I just decided to host a little morning gathering…coffee’s on, come on over!
Oh, my, this is embarrassing! I guess my morning coffee had kicked in and I was juggling too many things! Yvonne, I am not sure how I came up with Denise. Please accept my apologies! Hope you’ll come on over anyway! 🙂
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Hope you are keeping well! Just wanted to let you know that I have linked you in my post for the Super Sweet Blogger Award. And I’ve just realised that you are already Super sweet so I hope you are happy to accept another 🙂
Thank you Carolyn! You make my heart sing! I think you’re sweet too! Hugs to you!
It is my honor to have nominated you for the Liebster Award – you can find the award by going to: http://thoughtsfromanamericanwoman.wordpress.com/2013/02/13/liebster-award/
I am so honored! Thank you!! xoxo
Thank you for the beautiful birthday Valentine’s card! You are so thoughtful and giving.
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I’m looking for your email address so I can send you my address. Since I can’t find it, wanna email me at email@example.com?
Congratulations on your nomination for The Very Inspiring Blogger Award! Go to http://oursoulspurpose.com/2013/03/07/very-inspiring-blogger-award/
Thank you so very much! I am so grateful for your nomination! xo
Thanks for visiting my page. I look forward to reading your posts here.
I love your blog, sweetie! Keep on keeping on. You are doing fine! You are an inspiration to so many people who have Life hit them in the face. And thanks so much for stopping by my blog. I appreciate the recognition that some is pleased.
Blessings to you for all you do…M
Thank you! I am so happy we’ve connected! Hugs to you! xo
Thanks for stopping by my blog and liking some of my posts. Looks like you have a great blog here. Facing death and you are still here. Nothing like it to focus us on the here and now.
Thanks for visiting my blog ~ welcome! I think we need to enjoy every moment because that’s all we have for certain! Hugs to you.
Hi, I noticed you signed up to follow Searching for the Happiness. Thanks so much. Unfortunately you signed up at the old site (no longer active). If you would like to stay up to date on all of the current articles, please subscribe to http://searchingforthehappiness.com We are no longer a wordpress.com. Thanks.
I would like to nominate you for the Liebster award which is given to up and coming bloggers to encourage them to continue their work. What is a Liebster? The meaning: Liebster is German and means sweetest, kindest, nicest, dearest, beloved, lovely, kind, pleasant, valued, cute, endearing, and welcome. http://simplymejustbe.wordpress.com/2013/04/03/feeling-the-l-o-v-e-twice-as-nice/
You are so sweet! Thank you for your kind nomination! I appreciate you! Big hugs!
I love following your blog! I nominated you for the Very Inspiring BLogger Award!! http://aclairavoyantjourney.wordpress.com/2013/04/06/very-inspiring-blogger-award/
Thank you! xo
Hi ! I have nominated you for a new award!! Follow this link to see it!
Thank you for all you do!
I’m sorry you battled cancer but glad that you beat it! Thank you visiting my blog 🙂
I’m glad we’ve connected ~ hugs to you. Take baby steps until things turn around for you. I’m thinking of you.
I am too and thank you I will! xo
Great blog, very original! Keep up the good work!
FIND YOURSELF HERE LTD.
Why thank you so much! You are so kind! 🙂
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Thank you for visiting my blog. I look forward to reading more here.sounds like you found some treasure in a difficult journey. I found treasure in my jouney as well. Blessings to you-
I think that’s the secret ~ to find the treasures in our journeys (I love how you put it!) I am glad we’ve connected. Hugs to you! ♥
It gives me great pleasure to tell you that I have linked you in my latest post as a part of my WordPress Family:
I hope you have a great day!
Thanks for the Like! Your blog made me think of a saying: “Today is God’s gift to you. What you do with it is your gift to him!” Have a great day!
Thanks for sharing ~ Sharechair’s blog is how I got to you ~ love the gravatar and your blog! 🙂 So nice to connect with you! ♥
Thanks for the follow. You’re a strong person at heart 🙂 Looking forward to more posts! 🙂
Happy that we’ve connected! 🙂
Found you through the lovely, sweet, Laurie’s Notes – wonderful NOW and NOW and NOW! shanti….kai
So happy that we’ve connected! Laurie is lovely, isn’t she? Thanks for stopping by! ♥
Add another award to your amazing collection! I just nominated you for the Very Inspiring Blogger award – thanks for sharing of yourself and bringing light into my days!
You are so kind! Thank you xoxo
I love your blog! I want you to know just how much I love it…. so I nominated you for the Super Sweet Blog award! I see you have already received it! Well you can’t have too many sweets, can you?
As usual there are rules…follow the link below to read them! Congratulations! I hope you are as excited as I was to be nominated! You deserve it! http://oursoulspurpose.com/2013/08/15/super-sweet-blog-award/
Thank you!! You are so sweet ~ I am very honored that you nominated me and so grateful that you love my blog! Thank you! ♥♥♥
I do! And you’re welcome!
You have a great blog 🙂
I am glad to know that you are a great survivor 🙂
And thanks for visiting my blog 🙂 It means a lot to me.
Thanks again 🙂 🙂 x
Nice to connect with you Ankush! I liked your blog as well! 🙂
Nice to meet another brave cancer survivor 🙂 Thanks for liking my post.
You have a lovely blog! Keep shining! ♥
Well done for kicking cancer’s butt.
Thank you!!! 🙂
You’re living in the place where miracles happen, the gift of now. Loved reading what you wrote. So happy to meet you. You’re an inspiration. Paulette
Why thank you Paulette ~ so happy we’ve connected! I will keep voting for your shelter! May you win!
That would mean a lot of wagging tails in forever homes. That thought alone keeps me going! Love, Paulette BTW: my area of practice is women’s health. I work with a lot of breast cancer patients and survivors. Makes this a special connection.
I feel like I am going to learn a lot from you. 🙂
And vice versa ~ I was just enjoying your blog now! 🙂
I hust discovered you on Gede Prama blog and I am happy to read your log.You are great.All the best,
Madi, so happy we have connected! ♥
So happy to have found you. Just wanted to tell you today that I think you are awesome!!!
You made my day! xoxo You are awesome too Beth Ann! I love your blog!
Happy that you conquer the disease. May Allah bless you
Thank you so very much! Blessings to you as well.
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I am honored! Thank you! ♥
Thank you friends for sharing the article is quite interesting, hopefully we all get that true happiness rays began to warm our hearts and make the heart glad, when we can share with each other sincerely. Lots of love from Gede Prama 🙂 🙂
Love back to you ~ heartfelt gratitude for visiting here. 🙂
IAM certainly enjoying my presence on your blog…. and I hope we can both enjoy each others journey into the unknown and creating our hearts desire….. Thankyou so much for coming to my blog… Barbara x
I found your reason for your blog name inspirational, As well as your strength. Thank you so much for visiting my blog today and bringing me here 🙂
I’m happy we’ve connected. Thanks for visiting me as well! 🙂
You’re so very welcome 🙂
I have just nominated your blog for the “Field of Flowers Award”. It is an opportunity for bloggers to make themselves & their blogs better known to the blogging community.
You can find out more & read my nominations here …
Please feel free to decline if you are too busy or awards are just not your thing. People accept or decline for many reasons & the decision is entirely personal. I will, of course, be very happy if you accept:)
Thank you!!! ♥♥♥ I’m honored! 🙂
My pleasure 🙂
Hello … I clicked into your blog this morning after reading your comments to David over at “Lead.Learn.Live ” and was glad that I did. I have read through a couple of your posts now, and will plan on being back soon so I can search more of your historical posts and follow your inspiring journey. My next goal for my day is to click the follow button for your blog. Thanks for sharing!
Thank you for stopping by and visiting! Please feel welcomed here always! ♥
Thank you for dropping into my site! Do come again. There is another more active http://www.involution-odyssey.com about books and other things.
Terrific! Thank you for telling me! I’ll be over tomorrow! 🙂
What a great blog, thanks for coming to mine. I am enjoying the PINK and the cancer awareness bless you
Bless you too! Thanks for stopping by and for connecting with me!
Thank you for visiting my blogs. It is a pleasure to meet you. I look forward to learning more about you as our blogging walks unfold. May God richly bless your day!!! Skye
Thank you Skye for stopping by ~ I’m happy we’ve connected! I look forward to reading your blogs more as I like them a lot! 🙂
Thank you!! 🙂
I have nominated you for the Semper Fidelis Award! When I think of people who I feel supported by….you are one person that comes to mind! Thank you! Follow this link to read the rules!
I’m just amazed by your GENEROSITY – words are not enough to thank you. I’m sure all you kind and positive words have helped and will help people all around the world. Your blog is wonderful, it is a spring of of HOPE and LOVE and TRUTH. You’re simply blessed. Merci, merci 1000 fois, du fond du coeur!
Merci beaucoup Frederic! I am grateful that you have stopped by to see my blog! I am off to visit yours maintenant!
You’re welcome! I am grateful too 🙂 xxo
Thanks for finding my blog, and thus allowing me to find yours, and enjoy the sunshine in it.
I feel the same way ~ I’m happy we’ve connected! ♥
Hi Misifusa! Thank you so much for your caring comments on my blog. I am a little inactive lately as my dad is in the hospital, but hope to resume writing more soon. ♥
Just wanted you to know that I’m here ♥ Hope your Dad heals. xo
Hi Misifusa. I’m so glad to have come across your blog. You have such a great outlook on life, and a gift for imparting that outlook on others. I look forward to further reading. I was directed here from Frederic’s Poem’s & Poemes.
I am so happy to meet you ~ Frederic is amazing, isn’t he? I love connecting with others so I am off to visit your blog now as well! My heartfelt thanks for visiting me. I look forward to connecting with you! ♥
I am so honored to discover that you are following my blog. What an uplifting testimony you share. You are truly an inspiration to so many! I look forward to reading many more of your blogs and I hope you enjoy commenting as much as I do. It’s so much fun to learn about my followers and create friends from all over the world! Blessings,
Patty sent me over through her blog and I was hooked! I found so many posts that helped me to nurture my body as well as my spirit. I enjoy learning from you! I’m so happy we’ve connected! ♥
Oh Patty B is one of the most inspirational women I know. As military wives and world travelers we had so much in common. (now we have many friends in common, 🙂 ) My heart broke for her when I heard of the loss of her sweet husband – it’s so easy to feel close to her. How fortunate I am to have you both as friends now. Blessings,
What wondrous connections we make in this life! I am grateful for you both! ♥
Your positive outlook is truly refreshing to this soul!…I’m glad to have come across your blog!
With much love
Oh Zara, your sweet comment makes my heart sing. Thank you! xoxo
You’re such an inspiration and a very strong person, I’m glad I found your blog, and looking forward for more posts. God bless ❤
I am glad we have connected ~ I love your blog too. Big heartfelt hugs to you! God Bless You! ♥
Thank you so much for your time and interest in my blog articles. Your kindness and support have touched my heart. I am so glad and so blessed to have met up with you here. You are an inspiration. God bless you, my new friend. You are in my thoughts and in my prayers. Love and Light ♥
So wonderful to have connected with you! You have such a lovely blog! I am happy we are getting to know each other through our blogs! ♥ Your kind comments make my heart sing!
“Today is a gift. That’s why it is called the present,” Beautiful quote. I just love it. Thank you for sharing your journey. Peace & Love, Lorlinda
Thank you for stopping by Lorlinda! xo
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Hopping over from Inspired2Ignite. Glad to have you participating in our blog-hop! I know you’ll enjoy meeting a few new bloggers.
Blessings to you, Misifusa!
Thank you Joe! Nice to meet you!
Good morning. Thank you for visiting my blog. Cee is wonderful, isn’t she? And she has wonderful friends like you. You are an inspiring person. I enjoy reading your blog. I think everyone needs a dose of inspiration nowadays. Thank you! Helen
Thanks for visiting me Helen! So happy to meet you and I’m grateful to Cee for leading me to you! ♥
I am grateful to Cee, too. I am so glad that you are doing well!!! Helen
I just wanted to catch up and say “thank you. I appreciate your ‘follow’, knowing how many interesting and entertaining blogs out there.
Blogging since June 2013, my aim is to deliver an eclectic offering of posts, from my ‘point n shoot’ attempts at basic photography, to the sharing of my travel adventures over the decades, as well as day to day happenings here on our fruit farm in southern Turkey. I also add my observations on life and lighter-hearted stuff thrown in for good measure.
The blog has grown to some 1150 posts now; so if you are at a loose end one day, you’d be most welcomed to stay a while and have a trawl through. There are plenty of drop-down categories within the menu to help in said digging process. Saying that, if you have any comments, suggestions or concerns, feel free to let me know.
As for cancer; well that beast has, lime many others, invaded my life circle too many times. Praying that one day a cure will be found xx
Anyway, thanks again and hope you have a great day…
So happy to connect with you. I enjoy your blog and I admire your enthusiasm with the amount of posts you’ve written! Woo Hoo to you! I am sorry cancer has reared its ugly head in your life circle as well. It is a beast I would love slayed one day as well. I look forward to reading more of your posts on your blog. You are welcome here anytime as well! ♥
Thank you, I shall pop over for a visit soon. Olive picking all day, every day, but rain due soon, so your blog is at the top of my list 🙂
Yvonne, even though I have been reading your blog for awhile now, I would have had no idea you went through this, you have transcended your past and have truly become a inspiration to all! I am blessed to have met you in the blogging world! Heart to Heart Robyn
Heart to Heart Robyn ~ as an Earth Angel you know that we all have lives which help us to connect with others. I’m honored that you are here with me. ♥
I understand Yvonne how you must have felt, Cancer is a word that can promote great fear. I had suspected breast Cancer, the Doctor felt it was very advanced and she booked me into have the Mammogram and Ultra Sound on the Friday.
It was almost a week to wait and having just lost my Sister Julie because of Bowel Cancer, I was a mess but on the Thursday I said to God; if this is how my life is going to end on earth than I’m ready to come to be with You and I than experienced the most wonderful Peace, I no longer felt frightened.
When the woman was doing the tests the next day, she was taking so long I asked what was wrong, she had a diagram from my Doctor showing where the lump was but she said she couldn’t find it.
That was over 5 years ago and all my Mammograms have been clear since and I have had no more lumps and just like the other life threatening conditions I have been healed from, it never returned but I still suffer some pain and use God’s Balm with prayer for relief and if needed tablets and I thank God for both these, all good things come from God not bad.
Christian Love Always – Anne.
Anne, how wonderful!! Thank you for sharing your story. ♥ I’m so sorry to hear about Julie. My heartfelt sympathy to you. Keep your faith strong, stay healthy, keep sharing your story and shine your heartlight for all to see. You are an inspiration! ♥
Im so gload you found my blog http://endlesslightandlove.com and decided to follow, I’m glad you did because I am now connected to another wonderful person, thank you for being there and fo helping people along your life’s journey
Namaste with love
I love when we make connections in the blogosphere! Blessings to you as well Mark! ♥
Thank you for stopping by! I can’t wait to go visit your blog!
I enjoy your blog and have awarded you the Real Neat Blog and Premio Dardos Adwards. Details on my post “2 More Awards” on my blog https://ddominikwicklesromance.wordpress.com/ Keep up the good work!
I’m really glad that you started blogging, and even more glad (is that correct English?) that you a cancer survivor and have so much to tell
I am glad that we have connected. I am off to read more of your blog this week.
Thank you very much, sadly it originally start as feel good blog with great anticipation for the future…but things took turn for the worse
Hi Misifusa I’m sorry that I lost contact with you which has happened with others, I have had a lot of Computer and Internet Provider problems but hopefully most are resolved now.
Like you I value friendship greatly as I do honesty, God never intended us to fly alone of course Jesus is my closest friend but I Love all my friends just as they are and yes they are all unique. friendship always involves two not just one, we give and receive , thank you for taking an interest in my Blog and for reminding me you care.
Blessings – Anne.
I am glad we have reconnected Anne! Your blog is beautiful, just like you. ♥ I hope you have a wonderful week ahead filled with connections of lovely proportions!
Thank you for visiting and following my blog. Will do the same. Keep up your important and inspiring work!
Thank you for your visit here. I enjoyed reading your posts on your blog as well as they are informative, easy to understand and for me, because I think the mind/body connection is strong, it’s refreshing to read from a physician’s point of view. You make easy to understand suggestions in your blog for others to make simple changes in their diet, their routines and in their minds. I’m glad we’ve connected. I guess I need to thank Danny’s blog! 🙂
Thank you to follow Moral Value Story website in its budding phase. May I know what do you expect to benefit from this blog?
For me, blogging has benefited me in numerous ways and my goal is to help others through the ups and downs of life’s experiences. Thru blogging, I believe we increase peace, kindness and connectivity with others which allows positivity, inspiration and optimism to shine in our world.
Me too. I need time to read others’ blog too
Hi I want to thank you so much for stopping by my Blog and for decide to follow! I jam happy to discover your beautiful Blog and connecting with you! I hope that you enjoy my Art and find happiness while browsing around my pages. I am looking forward to get to know you lets stay connected…:-)
Sounds wonderful to me. Your blog is lovely and I am glad we connected! ♥
Thank you I am glad too 🙂
I stopped by here because of a comment you left at Dream Big Dream Often, and because i liked your tagline. Then when i read your About, i was startled to see some similarities to my situation. I was diagnosed with breast cancer nearly two years ago, and due to many complications have only recently completed treatment. Somewhere in between, i started a blog – but not about that.
Anyway, glad to come across your site – thank you for writing.
Katherine, I’m happy to connect with you. Sorry to hear about the BC diagnosis. If I can help you, please let me know as I’ve been there and I understand how hard it can be at times. ♥
Thank you so much, Misifusa! It has been a rough couple of years, but i think the worst is behind me for now. Great to connect with you as well… 🙂
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Thanks for stopping by! I will go visit you!
you are a warrior!!