Cajun Ten Commandments

“God gave you a gift of 86, 400 seconds today.  Have you used one to say ‘Thank you’”? (William Ward ) Lord, every single gift comes from You…“Lift my gaze to see life from Your perspective. Help me to understand-and treasure-every good thing You send…”(From James 1:7)   My running list of His One Thousand Gifts to me:
980. “When I was in the hospital after my cancer surgery, a friend came into my room and told me God was going to teach me great things through this trial. I wanted to take the IV out of my arm, stab it in hers, and tell her, ‘You get in the bed and learn great things from God, because I don’t want to learn this way’.

If you or someone you love has been diagnosed with cancer, I doubt you’re rejoicing over the possibilities of what you can learn from suffering. But I hope you are praying and believing that God can touch you. Wherever you are. Right where you are:
*Newly diagnosed and in shock, praying there’s been some mistake.
*Facing surgery, praying the doctor can get it all.
*Undergoing tests, praying for some good news finally.
*Dealing with a recurrence, praying it’s been found soon enough.
*At the end of medical hope, praying for a little more time.
*Holding the hand of a loved one, praying to be strong for them.”
–Lynn Eib in “When God and Cancer Meet”…o.x=10&Go.y=12

981. Romans 8:26-28

New Living Translation (NLT)

26 And the Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness. For example, we don’t know what God wants us to pray for. But the Holy Spirit prays for us with groanings that cannot be expressed in words. 27 And the Father who knows all hearts knows what the Spirit is saying, for the Spirit pleads for us believers in harmony with God’s own will. 28 And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.

Romans 8:28

The Message (MSG)

26-28 Meanwhile, the moment we get tired in the waiting, God’s Spirit is right alongside helping us along. If we don’t know how or what to pray, it doesn’t matter. He does our praying in and for us, making prayer out of our wordless sighs, our aching groans. He knows us far better than we know ourselves, knows our condition, and keeps us present before God. That’s why we can be so sure that every detail in our lives of love for God is worked into something good.

982. “My Last Days”: These poignant stories caused me to take pause and think through my bucket list and changes I want to make in my life.  As far as I know I’m doing terrific.  Cancer has a way of reminding me of the brevity and fragility of life.
983. “I have lived, laughed, loved and lost.
I have cried, mourned and grieved,
hoped, prayed, and healed.
I have found strength and true beauty.
I am a survivor.” (Unknown)

“Today we fight. Tomorrow we fight. The day after, we fight. And if this disease plans on whipping us, it better bring a lunch, ’cause it’s gonna have a long day doing it.”
— Jim Beaver, Life’s That Way: A Memoir
Christmas songs by Iband
Rejoicing in His goodness,

Collection of Cancer Quotes

These are some quotes that I’ve collected that relate to the breast cancer journey (I plan on adding additional ones from  time to time in the comments section for this thread).


“Being diagnosed of cancer comes with a lot of uncertainties. It comes with a baggage that is bound to test your very character. Cancer is not the end of your life; it actually marks a new beginning. You should not let this disease rule over your life. It has to be fought, not feared. It can be handled and it can be battled with. Many people have done it, many people have survived it, and so can you…you are not alone in this fight.”

—Unknown author

Pink Responsibility: We are aware. We need a cure.

“I will live a hope-filled life every day. I will handle my problems as opportunities in a different, more effective manner, based on the power of advanced mathematics; “You + God = Enough”
–Zig Ziglar
…even MORE than enough…


“I hate the term ‘cancer victim’. It somehow implies cancer is the victor. It wins; we lose… While we can do little to choose whether we get cancer, we can do a lot to choose whether we are it’s victims. I don’t just mean whether we live or die. I mean how cancer affects us in the deepest parts of who we are. I believe cancer cannot conquer our spirit unless we choose to become victims .”
From the excellent book, “When God and Cancer Meet” by Lynn Eib

“They told me I had Stage 4 breast cancer.
They told me there was little hope.
They clearly don’t know me.”
–Bridget Spense (who is still fighting 7 years later)
–From Oct 2012 Prevention Magazine

“Don’t tell God how big your cancer is instead tell your cancer how big your God is”

“Impossible is a big word thrown around by small men who find it easier to live in the world they’ve been given than to explore the power they have to change it. Impossible is an opinion, not a fact. Impossible isn’t a declaration, it’s a dare. Impossible is potential. Impossible is temporary. Impossible is nothing.”

David Beckham in Kris Carr’s Crazy, Sexy Cancer Tips

War Strategies That Can Apply to Fighting Cancer

1. “Wars are fought strategically. one battle at a time.
2 . Wars are fought on more than one front.
3. We must expect setbacks and defeats along the way.
4. When we lose a battle, we must get back on track immediately, so we don’t lose the war.
5. We will not win if we refuse to fight.”
——Carole Lewis

If you can’t fly, then run.
If you can’t run, then walk.
If you can’t walk, then crawl.
But no matter what, just keep moving forward.”

—Unknown Author

“Believe That Life Is Worth Living, And Your Belief Will Help Create The Fact” By William James

“Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars.”

“If one truly has lost hope, one would not be on hand to say so.”
– Eric Bentley

“When a thought of anxiety comes knocking on the door of your mind you must refuse it entrance. If you invite it in, it will have dinner with you, and if it has dinner with you it will quickly move in and want to spend the night.”

“My Cancer Journey Has Never Defined Who I am, It’s Just Another Chapter in My Story.”

“Live every day like its your last . . . one day you’ll be right.”

“That which does not kill us makes us stronger.”
– Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche

“Have you surrendered to despair because of your past or the inevitable situations in your life? Stop it! The greatest days of your life are before you. The past is over. Stop living life looking in the rear view mirror. Look forward. Press on! The best is yet to be, God never consults your past to determine your future.”–Hagee

“Cancer is a word, not a sentence.”

Women agonize over cancer; we take as a personal threat the lump in every friend’s breast. Martha Weinman Lear quotes

“You are not here merely to make a living. You are here in order to enable the world to live more amply, with greater vision, with a finer spirit of hope and achievement. You are here to enrich the world, and you impoverish yourself if you forget the errand”

Woodrow Wilson

“I learned that courage is not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear. ” Nelson Mandela

HOPE is the thing

with feathers,

That perches in the soul,

And sings the tune

Without the words,

And never stops at all.
~ Emily Dickenson ~

“A hero does not have to win. A hero does not have to be larger than life. A hero can be an ordinary person who overcomes extraordinary events with dignity and grace.”


Robert Holden


Sometimes we stare so long at our balloon in the sky we forget our ice cream is melting on our plate.

Enjoy your ice cream……………….

Dost thou love life?
Then do not squander time,
for that is the stuff life is made of.
–Benjamin Franklin


You don’t have a soul. You are a Soul. You have a body.
C. S. Lewis

I Cry But I Do Not Get Depressed” By S. Sambandam


” There is something beautiful about all scars of whatever nature. A scar means the hurt is over, the wound is closed and healed, done with.”
Harry Crews

The greatest discovery of my generation is that a human being can alter his life by altering his attitude.
William James

I have learned from experience that
the greater part of our happiness or misery
depends on our dispositions
and not on our circumstances.
Martha Washington

“The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen.” Elizabeth Kubler Ross



“Take care of your body. It’s the only place you have to live.” ~Jim Rohn


Roger Bannister Broke The Four-minute Mile Record
On May 6, 1954. It Had Been Deemed An Impossible Feat.

The Record Was Broken Again On June 21, 1954 And Upon Knowing That It Was No Longer Impossible, 3 Years Later, 16 Other Runners Also Cracked The Four-
Minute Mile.


ee cummings

“Beware what you read in medical books, you might die of a misprint…”

“Cancer Is So Limited, It Cannot Corrode Faith, It Cannot Shatter Hope, It Cannot Kill Friendships, It Cannot Cripple Love, It Cannot Destroy Peace, It Cannot Silence Courage, It Cannot Suppress Memories, It Cannot Conquer The Spirit” By Unknown Author

“When you get to the end of all the light you know and it’s time to step into the darkness of the unknown, FAITH is knowing that one of two things shall happen:
Either you will be given something solid to stand on, or You will be taught how to fly”

“Once you choose hope, anything’s possible. ” ~Christopher Reeve

Some days there won’t be a song in your heart. Sing anyway. ~Emory Austin

Here’s a thought from Andi’s sig line that I like and have quoted as a part of my running-list arsenal of “Cancer Fightin’ Words” in my blog


Nothing is a mistake. Well the docs’ prognoses were — ill-informed. I chose to survive, despite the dismal stats.
To dance with predetermination. To alter my outcome.
And you can quote me on this… –Andi

“You can choose to lift up your eyes to the heavens, pour out your tears, grief and anger and say “God, I have no clue what this is all about or where it is leading, but I resolve to trust You and praise You with all of my heart, unconditionally. (David Jerimiah)

“And acceptance is the answer to all my problems. When I am disturbed, it is because I find some person, place, thing, or situation-some fact of my life unacceptable to me and I can find no serenity until I accept that person, place, thing, or situation as being exactly the way it is supposed to be at this moment. Nothing, absolutely nothing happens in God’s world by mistake.”

“Some things are so important to God that they are worth interrupting the circumstances and health of His children in order to accomplish them.”

“Don’t look back. You’re not going that way”

“Sometimes on the Rock I tremble
Weak of heart and faint of knee,
But the Steadfast Rock of Ages
Never trembles under me.”

“My response is my responsibility”.
“…It’s like a universal phrase covering a multitude of situations
and relationships, don’t you agree? I see it easily be applied to traffic and road-rage. I see it fitting parent/child interactions. I see it applying to rude people’s comments in grocery stores, being cut off in line….
Lately, I find myself thinking of it when I am faced with a defiant
child’s attitude. I think of it when I have been up all night and do
not “feel” like being a gracious wife or mother, do not feel like
cooking a warm breakfast. I think of it when I come home to a messy house and I’m tired and I just want to go to bed. I think of it in respect to family situations. It doesn’t matter if I have asked one of the kids to be quiet twelve times when their younger siblings are napping… It doesn’t matter if I feel loaded with housework and childcare and my spouse is chilling
on the couch…. Whatever the situation, my response is my

By Charles Swindoll

“The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of
attitude on life. Attitude, to me, is more important
than facts. It is more important than the past, than
education, than money, than circumstances, than
failures, than successes, than what other people think
or say or do. It is more important than appearance,
giftedness, or skill. It will make or break a
company… a church… a home. The remarkable thing is
we have a choice every day regarding the attitude we
will embrace for that day. We cannot change our
past… we cannot change the fact that people will act
in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable.
The only thing we can do is play on the string we have,
and that is our attitude… I am convinced that life is
10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it. And
so it is with you… we are in charge of our Attitudes.”


Photo taken at a Relay For Life event by a friend of mine.


“Breast cancer is a CALL TO ACTION. Once a woman learns she has cancer, she needs to assemble a team to help her forage her way through the journey ahead. It can help to think of this as an expedition that requires a team of experts and a team of travel companions.”–By Sally Knox M.D. in “The Breast Cancer Care” BookEvery pilot needs a co-pilot and let me tell you, it is awful nice to have someone sitting there beside you, especially when you hit some bumpy air. Eric Wald“Prayers are instantly noticed in heaven. Wherever there’s a heart big with sorrow. Or a lip quivering with agony. Or a deep groan of sadness, the heart of God is open.” Charles Spurgeon

“Pink ribbon culture has been successful in convincing the public to “celebrate breast cancer awareness” to such a degree that the celebration has taken on a life of its own. A person can shop for the cure, laugh for the cure, drink pinktinis for the cure, listen to music for the cure, test-drive a BMW for the cure, watch a porn site for the cure. While all of these activities may leave consumers feeling as though they’ve done something meaningful, such campaigns lack transparency and consumers are usually giving only pennies on the dollar to breast cancer initiatives and in some unscrupulous cases, none at all. Conversely, there are those that feel “any money is good money” and are indifferent to money being donated by companies that may have dubious ties to breast cancer risk factors or that exploit women and sexualize a serious disease.” —– Gayle Sulik…comment-146335
“Cancer has a nasty habit of taking things away from people–things like hair and strength and jobs and time. Sometimes it takes them away for a short time and sometimes it takes them away permanently. Cancer may have already taken something from you. But this is not a story about what cancer takes. It’s aboout what it can give back….” — Lynn Eib in “When God and Cancer Meet: True Stories of Hope and Healing” I love this author. Her books have been a tremendous blessing to me this year. The only one I haven’t read yet is “50 Days of Hope” which I’m asking my husband for for Christmas. If you are interested in reading her books, here is a good resource for new and used books that are available (hit the compare price button):…o.x=10&Go.y=12


“Progress has been slow and public perception skewed, the National
Breast Cancer Coalition said in its annual report on the disease this
fall. “Given the attention and resources directed to breast cancer,
the public understandably believes that we have made significant
progress,” the report said. But “we know little about how to prevent
breast cancer or how to prevent deaths from the disease.”

“We get sidetracked by efforts to focus on getting every woman a mammogram.”

“…And “cancer as gift?” We won’t go there. If cancer’s a gift my
friend Katie Ford Hall said, “then I’m demanding a refund.” Stop by
customer service, thank you very much.

“Acceptance is the middle ground. Acceptance is pragmatic and
realistic, it means that cancer (or any threatening illness) is
something I will have to deal with for the rest of my life.
Acceptance, though stark, frees you. It empowers you to take positive
steps to address your diagnosis, from seeking a second opinion, to
making lifestyle changes after treatment. It means that you live with
the knowledge cancer could return without living in fear of that
happening. Sometimes I tell friends, as if to remind them, “you don’t
have cancer today.” Acceptance helps keep our feet on the ground.

“Accepting cancer in your life doesn’t equate to being at peace with
it; and it doesn’t mean that grief is bypassed since few things in
life, other than a ruler, are linear. You can accept your diagnosis
and be actively mourning the loss of safety and certainly your family
is experiencing. Lost time hurts. Acceptance demands that we look at
the problem, rather than away. At it’s simplest it is life on life’s

That’s where I am right now: life on life’s terms.”

—Direct quote by Jodi….html?spref=fb

The calendar comes back to it each year. The day she found out about her breast cancer.

(For me that date is Dec 30, 2010)


Dealing With Thoughts of Cobras and Such Hiding in the House

“God gave you a gift of 86, 400 seconds today.  Have you used one to say ‘Thank you’”? (William Ward ) Lord, every single gift comes from You…“Lift my gaze to see life from Your perspective. Help me to understand-and treasure-every good thing You send…”(From James 1:7)   My running list of His One Thousand Gifts to me:
979. Breast cancer is rough stuff.  It is sneaky and it doesn’t fight fair.  Even after treatment it can seem to linger in the shadows waiting for a reappearance, causing fear and uncertainty. Sometimes I have felt like the cancer is like an elusive “fertile cobra” loose in my house that I’ve been trying to cut up, poison, zap, infuse with Herceptin,  and deprive of hormones.  I’m not sure if it’s gone for good or just wounded for a time, coiled up, hiding from the doctors and I awhile, waiting to slither out with a bunch of genetically mutated babies someday, and ready to strike again. How I’d like to permanently evict the unwelcome intruder from this house of mine!  Fear of the uncertain unknown can also poison one’s mind and be a joy robber.  God has much, much better for me than that.
We all have different ways of coping with difficulties. The Bible has been like a Love Letter from God to me and has been such a source of encouragement, hope, guidance, and comfort in my journeys through the ups and downs of life. This isn’t about “religion” for me, it’s about a relationship with God through the hardest time in my life which the last almost two years has been for me. I had my shockaroo mammogram December 30th, 2010.  
The Bible is loaded with scriptures that are uplifting  through the storms and sunshine of the Her 2 Positive breast cancer fight.   Sometimes I like to look up verses in different translations and versions  (  to wrap my mind around them better which is what I did with Isaiah 41:10:

Isaiah 41:10

New Living Translation (NLT)

10 Don’t be afraid, for I am with you.
    Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you.
    I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.

Isaiah 41:10

New International Version (NIV)

10 So do not fear, for I am with you;
    do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you;
    I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

Isaiah 41:10

(The Message)

Don’t panic. I’m with you.
    There’s no need to fear for I’m your God.
I’ll give you strength. I’ll help you.
    I’ll hold you steady, keep a firm grip on you.


My take-away application a la Paula:

My soul can be at complete rest.  I don’t have to be scared, worried, or discouraged about all this cancer mess because my God is in control and He is with me. Because of this reality, I do not need to fear because He’s my God and He’s got my back (along with every other single angle of my entire being).  Right now as well as through every future step in this journey through Cancer Land He is going to give me ALL the strength and help I need.  He is cradling me in the Palm of His Hand, holding me close, snuggling me in His sweet love that never fails, lifting me up in His victory.  Yes, I can rest in Him. 

God Teaching the Fingers of My Soul to Find Notes of Joy and Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving JOkes 

Black November
 A Turkey’s Lament
(Unknown Author)

 When I was a young turkey, new to the coop,
 My big brother Mike took me out on the stoop,

 Then he sat me down, and he spoke real slow,
 And he told me there was something that I had to know;

 His look and his tone I will always remember,
 When he told me of the horrors of ….. Black November;

 “Come about August, now listen to me,
 Each day you’ll be thick, where once you were thin,
 And you’ll grow a big rubbery thing under your chin.

 “And then one morning, when you’re warm in your bed,
 In’ll burst the farmer’s wife, and hack off your head;

 “Then she’ll pluck out all your feathers so you’re bald’n pink,
 And scoop out all your insides and leave ya lyin’ in the sink,

 “And then comes the worst part” he said not bluffing,
 “She’ll spread you open and pack you with stuffing”.

 Well, the rest of his words were too grim to repeat,
 I sat on the stoop like a winged piece of meat,

 And decided on the spot that to avoid being cooked,
 I’d have to lay low and remain overlooked;

 I began a new diet of nuts and granola,
 High-roughage salads, juice and diet cola,

 And as they ate pastries, chocolates and crepes,
 I stayed in my room doing Jane Fonda tapes,

 I maintained my weight of two pounds and a half,
 And tried not to notice when the bigger birds laughed;

 But ’twas I who was laughing, under my breath,
 As they chomped and they chewed, ever closer to death;

 And sure enough when Black November rolled around,
 I was the last turkey left in the entire compound;

 So now I’m a pet in the farmer’s wife’s lap;
 I haven’t a worry, so I eat and I nap,

 She held me today, while sewing and humming,
 And smiled at me and said “Christmas is coming……..”


Q: In what country is Thanksgiving ironically not celebrated?
A: Turkey.
* * *
Q: If you call a large turkey a gobbler what do you call a small one?
A: Goblet.
* * *

Q: What was the turkey suspected of?
A: Fowl play.
* * *

Why did the turkey cross the road?

To prove he wasn’t chicken.


Is turkey soup good for you?

Not if you’re the turkey


Why did the person quit smoking cold turkey?

Because the feathers made him cough.

Why did the turkey bolt down its food?

Because it was a gobbler.

What do turkeys like to eat on Thanksgiving?

Nothing, they’re already stuffed.

Did you hear about the conservative turkey?

It had two right wings.

May your stuffing be tasty
May your turkey be plump,
May your potatoes and gravy
Have never a lump.
May your yams be delicious
And your pies take the prize,
And may your Thanksgiving dinner
Stay off your thighs!

What do you get when you cross a centipede with a turkey?
Drumsticks for everybody!



“God gave you a gift of 86, 400 seconds today.  Have you used one to say ‘Thank you’”? (William Ward ) Lord, every single gift comes from You…“Lift my gaze to see life from Your perspective. Help me to understand-and treasure-every good thing You send…”(From James 1:7)   My running list of His One Thousand Gifts to me:

971.  The complex cyst that was on my left ovary for years seems  now gone for good (without surgery–hooray!) and although my endometrial lining is thicker than it should be, probably due to the hormone blocker, the recent biopsy was benign.   The Tamoxafen that I am on to help prevent a reoccurence of breast cancer  can CAUSE uterine cancer :(!  and I am asking God to protect my uterus along with the rest of me.  Thank You, Lord for a good report!  I’d sure love to keep all my remaining innards and parts intact if possible. 🙂
972. My dear mother-in-law recovering well from her third right hip replacement surgery and a special time with her yesterday at the Rehab facility
973. The yummy fragrance of fresh pumpkin seeds roasting in the oven last night and the aroma of turkey in the oven today (even though I am a part vegan/part vegetarian and won’t have any, it does smell homey and good)
Nuggets remembered and gleaned and my heart convicted and challenged as I start to re-read “Created to be his Helpmeet” by Debi Pearl (quotes below are hers):
“Most people have practiced hitting the notes of bitterness, sourness, hurt feelings, and frustration so long that their soul finds the discordant notes easily, almost without thought.  But you don’t have to keep on practicing discord: you can practice joy and thanksgiving just as easily, and certainly with more pleasure.  Every day, every right response makes the fingers of your sould find the notes of joy and thanksgiving easier and easier.”
“I want you to know something wonderful about Jesus.  With Him, it doesn’t matter where you have been or who you have been with, (or all the mess ups you’ve made–my add on)  because His love and forgiveness can reach down and make you whole.  He is willing to love you and make you His bride, just as you are.  And He asks  you to be a bride to your husband, just as he is.”
Joy figured out how to play it by ear on the piano: hers is my favorite rendition 🙂
976. Lovely time to chat and pray with Sonia on the phone
977. Quote by Lynn Eib in “He cares” NLT New Testament re: 1 John 4:18 “Perfect love casts out all fear”:
“Fear is a funny thing.  Not “ha-ha” funny but pecular funny.  You need a certain amount of it in order to live safely; but if you have too much of it, it paralyzes you from really living.  The late psychiatrist M. Scott Peck had some great thoughts on the subject.  He said, ‘The absence of fear is not courage: the absence of fear is some kind of brain damage.  Courage is the capacity to go on in spite of the fear, or in spite of the pain.’
‘So how do we do that?  Tell ourselves we’re really not afraid?  Pretend that we have no fear?  No, the apostle John…shows us a much better way.  He writes that when we truly experience the love of God, His perfect love gets rid of all the fear.  If you believe with your mind and your heart that God truly loves you, you will not fear today or tomorrow because everything that touches you first will be sifted through His loving Hands.  “We know how much God loves us, and we have put our trust in His love” (1 John 4:16).
‘Is your back up against the wall?  GOD loves you.  Are you sick and tired of being sick and tired?  God LOVES you.  Are your days numbered?  God loves YOU.  Trust in that love.”
978. I am thankful that God is teaching and training the fingers of my soul to learn to find new, sweet notes of joy and thanksgiving that have nothing to do with circumstance and emotion–that He has put a new song in my heart!







“What you think you can’t handle — might actually be God handing you a gift.”

Q…. What kind of motor vehicles are in the Bible?

  A.. Jehovah drove Adam and Eve out of the Garden in a Fury. David’s Triumph was heard throughout the land. Also, probably a Honda, because the apostles were all in one Accord.

Q… Who was the greatest comedian in the Bible?

  A.. Samson. He brought the house down.


“God gave you a gift of 86, 400 seconds today.  Have you used one to say ‘Thank you’”? (William Ward ) Lord, every single gift comes from You…“Lift my gaze to see life from Your perspective. Help me to understand-and treasure-every good thing You send…”(From James 1:7)   My running list of His One Thousand Gifts to me:


“What you think you can’t handle — might actually be God handing you a gift.”

“…Giving thanks isn’t a pollyanna game — but a powerhouse game-changer….”

“…And a gravelly voice speaks of cancer and a grave and a child whose name she wears around her neck, and we finger that name together and fiercely believe in a Father who knows and holds and cups like relief, like a lung, when we can’t breathe.”

And I think of everything I have chaffed against and railed about and howled to the heavens and who am I to know what is best or not — but when you bow and surrender to the sovereignty of God then you are in the posture to receive all as a gift.”

Direct quotes above copied and pasted from:  This book referred to in the link , “One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to live Life Fully” was what spurred me on to keep a Gratefulness List of some of God’s treasures for me has been such a rich blessing.

964. Come to Jesus
965.Vibrant red male cardinal swooping out of the entryway as we went in to meet someone who might soon become a new neighbor
966. Fun weekend campout at Rock Springs with Joy and Hannah and many friends. 
967. Fresh starts and new beginnings after mess-ups
968. The joy of meeting Princess, a fellow Her 2 Positive warrior, at Casting For Recovery last year and her recent Homegoing to Heaven.  No more suffering or pain or tears or cancer for her.
“I will not die an unlived life.
I will not live in fear
of falling or catching fire.
I choose to inhabit my days,
to allow my living to open me,
to make me less afraid,
more accessible,
to loosen my heart
until it becomes a wing,
a torch, a promise.
I choose to risk my significance,
to live so that which came to me as seed
goes to the next as blossom,
and that which came to me as blossom,
goes on as fruit.”
~ Markova


“…But it occurred to me that when it comes to prayer, I have a couple of issues that cloud my vision:

  • I don’t really believe God will answer.
  • When God does answer my prayers positively, I let fear keep me from rejoicing.

Do you ever see that same pattern in your prayer life? You pray, because you know you should, but never in your life do you really expect God to answer. That God would answer you seems almost too good to be true. You believe in your head that God hears you, but your heart refuses to make the leap of faith, lest you find yourself crushed with disappointment.

And when God does shock you by giving you what you think you don’t deserve, you’re afraid to believe it. You’re sure there’s a joke somewhere, or that someone’s going to pull the rug from under you. So you hang on to doubt instead. You let fear paralyze you into inaction. You refuse to rejoice, lest someone find out that you’ve been given more than you deserve, that you’ve been dealt a good hand.

But what if you really did believe that God wants to answer your prayers? What if you really did believe that God will give you more than you deserve? What if you allowed joy to get a hold of your heart as you learned to live by faith that God is all He says He is . . . and more?

The irony is that He’s already given us more than we will ever deserve through His Son Jesus Christ. He’s already dealt us the best hand through Salvation. Perhaps today you simply need a reminder of His goodness. Perhaps today you simply need to keep on praying. The answer you’re waiting for may just be on the way. ”

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Free Massage and Integrative Medical Services For Cancer Patients

….Passing along some info I hope is helpful. to others…

What a BLESSING to cancer patients in these areas of the country! 🙂
“Angie’s Spa Cancer Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization that funds FREE (in-hospital) massages and other integrative medicine services to men and women undergoing chemotherapy, radiation and surgery. These services are designed to alleviate painful side effects, provide relaxation to enhance traditional treatments, and give cancer patients a self-esteem boost.
Angie’s Spa is a funder only. We are not a retail spa, but rather a non-profit foundation that funds accredited programs in qualifying cancer centers. We distribute a Request for Proposal to the Cancer Center or Integrative Medicine Department of a hospital interested in applying for a grant. Those Centers design their own programs that if funded, will use their own staff or outside contractors. If the Center is selected then we enter into a contract with them. They submit an interim and final report and we are in touch with them regularly for advice and feedback and visit the Center at least once a year, sometimes quarterly depending on the needs and requests of the Center. The Centers also administer a questionnaire to the patients that provide them and us with feedback. They promote and publicize their program and we encourage them to fundraise for it. All the money received in any fundraiser goes directly to their program.
Angie’s Spa prides itself on the fact that 100% of our donations go directly toward the patients services at each hospital program. This is possible due to the generosity of the hospitals assuming all overhead costs and pro bono services for the establishment and day to day operations of the organization.
We post current articles in the support of cancer patients using therapeutic massages and other treatments. Please visit the Research In the News section under Calendar and News on this website for more information as well as our Facebook page. You can also follow us on Twitter @angiesspa.

Program Descriptions
New Grants awarded for 2012-2013 are as follows:1. Northridge Hospital Medical Center, Northridge, CA- $40,000, a continuing grant to provide FREE therapeutic massages for men and women with any type of cancer, inpatients and outpatients. In addition Northridge has been offered a matching fundraising grant of up to $3000.
2. Hartford Hospital, Hartford, CT- $25,000, a contiuning grant to provide FREE therapeutic massages, acupuncture, reflexology and yoga for all as well as manicures and haircuts for inpatients.
3. Southampton Hospital, Southampton, NY- $7500, a continuing grant to provide FREE therapeutic massages and reiki for outpatients undergoing chemotherapy.
4. Health Alliance Hospital of U Mass Medical Center, Fitchburg MA, $15,000- a new program providing FREE therapeutic massages, acupuncture and therapeutic yoga for outpatients…nds-Sinon.aspx
5. MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston TX- $21K for a continuing grant to provide FREE massage therapy and Acupuncture services for cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy or radiation therapy. Services also offered to caregivers of patients.
6. University of Miami Sylvester Cancer Center Deerfield Beach, FL-$20K grant to provide FREE therapeutic massages to outpatients.”

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