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Join Me and Salute The Veterans


The military has always been a small part of my life.  My Dad was a Navy man.  He and my Mom met at an Army/Navy game.  All three of my Mom’s brothers served as U.S. Marines and one in the Army.  Multiple cousins and extended family have served in the military as well.  I have friends who are veterans and others who are in active duty.  Now the next generation has arrived and I pray for the friends of my sons who have chosen to be a part of the military branches.  I now have ties to Air Force Rangers, Navy Seals, Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard.

I remember wearing a POW (Prisoner of War) bracelet as a young girl.  I asked my Dad for one as he wore one and had explained to me why he wore his.  I wanted to show my support for the man who was missing and his family.  I still have it somewhere and now that I’m older, I need to find out if he was ever found.

Today I salute all those who are a part of our military and their families.  From my heart, I thank you for your service and I don’t take lightly what you have sacrificed for all of us.  The unimaginable atrocities that you have witnessed and experienced sadden me.  I can’t begin to imagine the unfathomable knowledge that you may keep inside and yet you are still here.  I admire your unbreakable spirit and commitment.  I know that what you have gone through may have changed you in ways we civilians cannot even begin to understand.  I have witnessed how the human spirit can be broken irrevocably and my heart goes out to you.

Years ago, I attended many military functions due to invites via work.  I met so many amazing men and women who were in the military and I was always honored when they shared their stories with me.  I never forgot to thank them for their service to our country.  Their calling to be a part of the military was evident and even though I have never felt that calling, I admire their willingness to be a part of it, to proudly stand for what they believe in and to sacrifice themselves for our country’s freedom.

In my heart, mind and soul, I wish we had no need for militia and that peace would reign throughout our planet Earth.  But that doesn’t seem possible in my lifetime, nor in the lifetime of my children unless we all commit to unconditional love prevailing.  Oh what a miracle that would be, don’t you think?

Today, please take a moment to say a prayer for all of the Veterans, those in active duty and those who have lost lives and spirits.  We appreciate you and your families.  We honor your commitments and we hold you tenderly in our hearts.  May God Bless Us All.

Shine On!


The Healing Powers of Sacrifice…

The important thing is this:

To be able at any moment to sacrifice what we are

for what we could become.

Today marks the 10th anniversary of my double mastectomy.  Normally I don’t begin the month of February thinking this way, but at 4am, when I awoke with my mind churning, it’s what popped into my head…and so I went for it…I’ll tell you that today, 10 years ago, I took my first step into taking care of ME.

I was scheduled to have a single mastectomy (breast removed for those unfamiliar with the term) but in my heart of hearts, I knew that I wanted both removed so that I wouldn’t  have to worry about the calcification in the real breast that remained.

It was against my doctors’ advice and quite frankly, my husband wasn’t keen on it as well because of the added pain involved in removing both…but I decided for myself and like the little stubborn mule I can sometimes be (smile here), I endured the surgery I needed and had it completed as I wanted.

And it’s been the BEST decision I’ve made as it eliminated all worry about the cancer returning to the other breast.

Of course, it’s left me with 2 reconstructed ones which aren’t even close to the natural ~ a permanent change I’ve grown to accept as it’s given me health for the past 10 years and afforded me millions of beautiful memories with my family.

Ahh…the sacrifices we make…

But it is because of the breast cancer experience that I’ve endured that I am the person I am today.  It is because of what I’ve seen, experienced and had to accept that I am a different person.  And I honestly wouldn’t go back to the person I was before ~ although I would like my boobs back.

I was always spiritual, but only superficially.  I didn’t understand life and death as I do now.  Having spent hours alone thinking about death has given me a new perspective on life, love, friends, family and the day to day conundrums of the living.

I appreciate life more ~ appreciate my family ~ I have learned about so much ~ I now listen with my heart and not just my ears ~ I can see now ~ really see what I need to in that spiritual way (a la “I see you” in the movie Avatar.)

For those of you going through changes in your life, fear not…yes, there are sacrifices we make, choices as well…but sometimes in order to become the butterfly we are meant to be we have to endure some sacrifices.  We are meant to be butterflies…

Rest assured, in the end, it’s all worth it.

Fly High My Butterflies!