Any Fool Can Survive a Crisis

I found that quote a few months back; chuckled,  and continued on my way.  Funny thing, though.  I couldn’t shake the sentiment from my mind.  Oh…I didn’t tell you the remainder of the quote:  It’s the living day-to-day that requires real effort.

What I’ve learned, particularly during the last week of February and the entire month of March, is that getting on with the normal, everyday of life after breast cancer treatments have finished is more difficult than I imagined.  (more…)

Tamoxifen Blues…Up In Smoke?

I’ve never been a fan of taking pills.  I’m one of those people who really read the Patient Information Insert that gets stapled to my prescription bag.  And I believe what I read.  That’s why I’m not a fan of taking pills.  Take antibiotics.  (Or don’t…)  How many of you know the frustration of finishing off the horse pill that takes away your upper respiratory infection only to find yourself making a new appointment with your OB/GYN to get the “magic bullet” to cure (more…)

Releasing

It’s been nearly 8 months since I was diagnosed, six months since  my surgery, five months since my radiation oncologist told me during one of my radiation appointments that I was cancer-free.  Next week I’m heading to Indianapolis for another follow up appointment with my oncologist. It’s the first stop on my Health Defenders Trifecta Tour!  I’ll have my first mammogram a few weeks later in April, (more…)

Our Spirit Connects Us

How do you know when you’re on the right track?  I think you need to listen to your Spirit, that holy and divine essence that makes each of us move, but which over time and troubles can become encased in our shit!   Each of us has a small voice that speaks to us in subtle ways.  It’s the nudge that causes you to look to the side just in time to avoid an accident.  It’s the sense that you need to move or you’ll be bumped into by another person charging down the hallway.  It’s the image of a friend popping into your mind and then hearing a story about him, or seeing him pop up on facebook, or getting a phone call.  It’s the almost imperceptible pressure you sometimes feel when you’re alone or in deep thought, the sense that someone is there in the room with you while you’re alone. (more…)

Tan Lines

I was a beaming, sun-kissed goddess in the summers of my high school and college years.  I tanned easily to a rich bronze color.  I loved how pinks, corals, whites and pastels popped against my bronze skin.  And my naturally blonde hair, always bleached out further by the chlorine from the pool I practically lived in all summer, gave me a California Girl look.  My girlfriends and I competed (more…)

Whatever Gets You Through

I am hoping that your “dirty” language makes you feel better.

I had a double mastectomy in July 2008 for breast cancer. Chemo treatments and 33 Radiation treatments. Lost all my hair, sick as a poisioned dog from chemo and burned terribly from radiation–but never once did say such filthy things.

I prayed to the Lord of Heaven, Jesus Christ that whatever I was and would be going through would be for His Glory. I am praying that you can do the same this very day and that your life will be turned to the glory of the Lord.

Nancy J Leimer
2 Year Cancer Survivor

This is one of the responses I did’t post (more…)

Prayer Enfolds Us

A friend of mine gave me a gift shortly after I was diagnosed with breast cancer:  a prayer shawl.  She had tears in her eyes as she handed me the package and told me what it was.  The shawl is one created by a group of women who come together and share scripture and hope and love and prayers while crocheting or knitting the wraps.  My shawl is made from a variegated aqua blue, green, and white soft-as-kitten-fur yarn.  The stitches are snugged together tight enough that you can’t poke your fingers through, yet loose enough that it has give when you wrap it around your shoulders.  When I throw it around me I imagine (more…)