"Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the whole staircase"

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

My Christmas Thank You

{Some how I don’t think Christmas cards are going to make it out in time so I wanted to put this note on the Blog}

It's Christmas time and with that we think of gift giving, but I want to tell you about a special gift I have received. Cancer ... As you know, in November of 2008 I was diagnosed with stage four gastric cancer, at best maybe 3 to 6 months to live. So, you might think, this is a gift…yes. Cancer a gift, a life change for not only me but my four children as well. Cancer has given us an entire different perspective on life.
Many people don’t take the chance to reflect over the years with such appreciation; to sincerely embrace each precious moment with dear family and friends; and to truly know the power of prayer, the impact of love and support.
The difference one person can make in someone’s life, the difference you all have made in my life. I can’t thank you enough for all the thoughts and prayers, the support during my benefit, the visits, gifts, cards and food. I am here today because of you, and honestly the grace of God.
I am truly blessed and hope to have many years in the future to enjoy family and friends, and give back in return for all I have been given.

From the bottom of my heart…
Merry Christmas and the Best to you in 2011!
Love you all,

“Celebrate the happiness that friends are always giving, make every day a holiday and celebrate just living” – Amanda Bradley


  1. Thank you, and your family, as well. The card was lovely, and the little spring was a nice touch! The cookies were wonderful!

    Kerry, The Beatles said it best in: "The Long and Winding Road," and, "All You Need is Love." If you want to get biblical, there is a good quote from 2 Timothy 7:4; "I have fought the good fight. I have finished my course. I have kept the faith."

    Whatever the future may hold for both of us, we have conquered cancer, which only a few years ago, would have beaten us. In a way, it is a gift to know how much others care about us, and to learn what our life really means to those around us. From the very beginning, I decided that I was going to win, no matter what it took. A large part of the battle is how one fights it. You had a positive attitude, and that does make the difference.

    Now, that I've been off chemo almost a year, I've devised my own vitamin regimen of vitamin A, which was used as one of the primary components in treating my leukemia. It sounds as though you are doing the same thing. Keep looking for a maintenance drug. Devise your own post-chemo "chemo." Whatever drugs they uesd to treat you, have a natural non-toxic "analog" to use the old chemical terminology. Seek them out! All chemo is made from something which has a naturally occuring base component.

    Our lives have been returned to us. In a way, I feel like Michael Rennie did when Gort brought him back to life in: "The Day the Earth Stood Still." Then, Patrica Neal asks how long he will live, to which Klaatu replies: "That, no one can tell. That is up to the Almighty Creator." Not to make any long-winded speeches; but Patricia Neal, herself, survived a double-stroke in the mid-nineteen sixties, and she only died a few months ago - in her '90s! Better times and treatments are coming. We just need to hang on. In the end, all we have is hope and prayer. We were robbed of what we should have had. But now, we've gotten it back. So, you're right. We should enjoy every day, we've certainly paid our dues. And, yes, our survival is a miracle!

    When I was a little kid, I had a book about a couple that takes an airline flight. It ends with words you never hear these days; but they seem to fit, so I'll do so anyway...

    Many Happy Landings!...and a Merry Christmas!


    W., D. and B.t.B.

  2. W, D and BtB! :) You are so sweet, Thank you for sharing this! We did read in back in December but I thought I would comment back finally :)


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