Tag: #Hope

Finding small ways………

As you wake in the morning to greet a new day, what thoughts do you first have? Does the alarm clock wake you, or do you wake up on your own?

I look forward to the days when the birds begin to sing their songs as the sun starts to warm the day. The clouds and temperatures are not preventing the grass from growing or the flowers from beginning to bloom. The season is changing, the days are passing by, and the summer days are straight ahead.

This week I began with a final day of radiation treatments, but it did not end my days with continuing to recover from breast cancer. This week has been the hardest, and my doctor told me it would be. I did not want to believe it as I wanted to focus on the finish line.

I have high pain tolerance, but this week has been pretty difficult. If you or someone you know is dealing with cancer finding small ways to be encouraged is always the goal of every day.

Writing, reading, and sometimes painting is my favorite things to do each day. I love time with family and talking with friends. But the best times are when you can capture moments in nature that are so peaceful, beautiful, sometimes very small but so large in the space they fill in the beauty they create.

The pain can fade away for a few minutes when we can focus on something else, and I am always blessed with many relief opportunities.

Find small ways to enjoy the day. Find small ways to bring joy. Find small ways always to bring love to each day—many blessings.

You got this!

My best friend brought this to me this morning—one of the first things she said to me after my diagnosis. The date reflects the last radiation treatment for breast cancer! My diagnosis came on December 22, 2021. I am cancer-free today, but cancer will forever be a part of my life.

Facing fear is the first step. You gain courage, strength, and confidence with each experience. As you meet this journey with strength, faith, and support, you know as you continue, you will become strong. It would help if you were strong for others facing this same path, for family and friends who are unsure what to do to help. It is in the faces of those who serve and treat you who bare the most significant burden—rotating through so many patients in and out to provide them with all they can to make it the most comfortable for each one.

I received the best care from exceptional people! Always surround yourself with amazing people! On most days I checked in with Bobbie before heading to my locker to change.

My faith has always remained strong. In my life, I have faced many challenges, heartaches, illnesses, and deaths. God reminds us there is a season for everything. “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.” Psalm 46:1

My friend Valarie gave this to me, and I carried it each day. A beautiful reminder to me of my faith, hope, and strength.

Encouragement helps each of us daily. We need it to keep going. I am blessed to receive it from many sources. It is so important to lift others daily. A friend of mine has advised me always to show up! I did my very best to show up each day to write, no matter how I felt. It is essential to be there for others consistently.

My daughter, sister, best friend, and spiritual sister took time to take me to treatments, talk to me daily, and pray with me each day. We started today with breakfast and drinks!
I had time to speak with my doctor Daniel H Barnett, MD, PhD. He was paged when we were doing the bell ringing and pictures. I was unable to get a picture with him, but we will meet again in 12 weeks. I can’t thank him as well as all of the others on this journey. I will continue to share more as I see all of them in May!
Let’s Ring the Bell!
Radiate Hope and my Angel come from the department. I also received the certificate signed by all of them about my completion of treatments. A neighbor makes the angel of one of the technicians. Such a special place!

My best friend Jeanette gave me a card that I share with all of those facing cancer and any health issues.

Blessings to each one of you! I am so thankful for so many and feel very blessed in my life. I praise God daily and know the path I travel is meant to provide for others. If you have gained something from this journey story, I hope you can help others rise, rise yourself, and to know: You can do all things through Christ who strengthens you. Philippians 4:11–13 is a little video.

The Journey-Breast Cancer-Celebration Day

The arrow points to the cabinet that holds our different gowns, capes, and robes. Then in front of me are the containers to hold the dirty ones when we are completed. I will put my mask on and gather up my stuff to place in the lockers on the other side of this door.

The final day!

I took a picture in my dressing room. I call it my dressing room because I use the same room every day. It has become my room. I have a routine. I guess you put a mirror in every dressing room, but not sure we need one to see how we all look in these robes, gowns, and capes, I guess.

Then I always use locker #2. It is my locker. I like to stay in a pattern. I pick #2 because it is the number my grandson has used as his jersey number for hockey and baseball. It is easy for me to remember. Plus, the locker is on the top, and it is easier for me to get in and out of with my clothes.

I wanted to share some of the areas involved in the process. After placing all of my stuff in the locker, I turn left to the waiting area.

This is the area for women to wait for the technition to come to get them.

Then it is not a long walk down to the treatment area.

I have shared the picture of the treatment room. Treatments are given in the room all day long. I believe they are scheduled with no breaks as the technicians rotate to make sure everyone gets a break for lunch. I did not take a picture of the bank of monitors just before the treatment room because I did not want to take the chance of getting any medical data from other patients, including myself.

Celebration today at 11:45! We will have more pictures and the recording of the bell ringing if you miss it!. My daughter backed cupcakes for all of the staff. I am very thankful for each one and all of you! Making Monday Memories with family, friends, and finishing! Surviving Breast Cancer 2022!

Solution Weekly April 24-30, 2022

Is Culture more important than Vision?

As the leader of your organization, you have a great deal of responsibility. There is no more significant responsibility than taking care of those you serve. All of your team members need to know your vision, but most importantly, they need to know they can trust you.

The culture of your environment is critical. The vision you have can be incredible, but a toxic environment can destroy it before you begin to build. What can you do as a leader? Let’s ask hard questions, design plans, and develop habits, processes, and purpose together.

How to find common ground?

Let us therefore make every effort to do what leads to peace and to mutual edification. Romans 14:19

One of my family members talked about how she’d pointedly been asked by a co-worker which political party she belonged to. The aim in asking the question seemed to be to predict whether she could agree with her on any number of issues. In an effort to find common ground between them, she simply replied, “Since we’re both believers, I’d rather focus on our unity in Christ.”

Many issues continue to divide a country which we claim to be The United States of America. How can you find common ground? We can point one another to truths. Instead of passing judgements on one another, we can encourage to seek truth. Why are we living without asking questions, seeking to understand, and having the truth confirmed without any doubts? Are we independent thinkers or part of group thinkers?

When did a difference of opinion cause division between you and another individual?

Absent from learning

“The report Report, originally published by the Government Accountability Office last month but updated with new information this week, is part of the federal government’s ongoing efforts to understand how the pandemic affected the country’s public school system. The data was pulled from a nationally representative survey of public school teachers that the GAO contracted Gallup to conduct about their experiences during the 2020-21 school year.” -US News Education, “Nearly Half of Teachers Had Students Who Never Showed Up to Class Last Year: Report” By

Continuing to strive for success

Success is a goal for each of us. Many tools, resources, strategies, and ways to develop success are available. We have looked at many different things on our path to success, and we will continue to strive to look at more. Success is always a work in progress and something you have today but can lose tomorrow. Change brings many elements into the circle, and we have to be prepared to handle change each day.

Celebrate

April 25, 2022

Thank you for celebrating with me this week! I believe in life; we celebrate as often as possible when we have reached a goal, accomplished something, or enjoyed a beautiful day. Gratitude shared daily is a gift we can all share together. Thank you for sharing your time, thoughts, ideas, and space with me!