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I Can Take the Next Thing That Comes Along…

You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience

in which you really stop to look fear in the face.

You are able to say to yourself, “I have lived through this horror.

I can take the next thing that comes along.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

Today I visit my oncologist to have one of my frequent check ups…and even though I’ve been dealing with my cancer diagnosis and treatments for 10 years now, I still get a bit woozy thinking of having my blood drawn ~ and quite honestly, I still tremble a bit with wonder of what the tests will reveal this time…what will my tumor markers be?  I wonder, will they be up? Down? Staying the same ~ within normal limits…

It’s something that I think we all share when we’ve been diagnosed with an illness which continues to be monitored for the rest of our lives.  I don’t know if I’ll ever shake that feeling tinged with the unknown fear that a re-occurrence could be in my future.  I’d love to tell you that after all that I’ve endured, I’m not worried about my tumor markers, however, I will tell you I toast good news every time I hear it ~ and I”m planning on good news this month as well!

I loved this card because it’s true for me.  I have lived through the horror of breast cancer and I know that I can take on the next thing that comes along ~ but the caveat is that I’d just as soon prefer not to…I’ve been there, done that…and I’m so over it! LOL

But for those of you who have endured horror, this is a reminder…you can take on the next thing that comes along…because you have courage…you endure!

I am proud of you for what you’ve lived through already…

You are an inspiration to many

Keep on…keeping on…

I’ll keep walking with you

You know, I walk for two…


Hope, Give Up or Fight Like Hell!

If children have the ability to ignore all odds and percentages,

then maybe we can all learn from them.

When you think about it, what other choice is there but to hope?

We have two options, medically and emotionally: give up, or fight like hell. -Lance Armstrong

Fight like Hell…I like that one…HOPE…like that one too…or Give Up.  Which would you do?

I was just talking with my husband the other day because I am one of the wimpiest women you’ll ever know…truly!  I know it’s laughable, but quite honestly, a papercut makes me cry and I faint at the sight of a needle which doesn’t bode well when you’re given the diagnosis of breast cancer and then find out that not only will you have surgeries, but you’ll have shots, chemotherapy and radiation!  Which in layman’s terms means an excess of needles, knives etc!  YIKES!

After the shock of diagnosis wore off and reality set in…my family was concerned because of my delicateness and wondered aloud amongst themselves how would I ever survive what was ahead.  Of course, back then, nobody said a word to me about it, but quite frankly, the thought had crossed my mind as well ~ LOL.

It was my husband, Bob, who gave me a miracle the first day the doctor explained all that I was to endure.  Once we left the doctor’s office, we had some quiet time to ourselves and I distinctly remember asking him how in the world I would do this ~ with tears in my eyes, I looked to him pleading for an answer…

“You can do this…I believe in you,” was his answer and it was the mantra that I held in my mind and heart every time I was afraid or alone…and I still do.

You can do this…I believe in you.

Such magical words, so simple and yet so empowering.  Coming from a loving place in his heart to mine ~ and the reason I tell you this story is because I want you to know that it was all that I needed to know in order to survive, to endure, to deal with so many surgeries, needles, sadness, isolation, pain and fear.

He believed in me.  What a gift ~ a blessing ~ to know that someone else believes in you and ‘knows’ you can do this…even when you’re not sure you can.

So now imagine if you could hear those words in your heart and head out for the day…what miracles could YOU accomplish?  What couldn’t you do?

Well, this is for all of you from my heart…

You can do this…I believe in you.