Listen. are you breathing just a little
and calling it a life,
Several days ago I received an email from a young woman whom I didn’t know. Her name is Heather Von St James and she told me she was a 10-year survivor of a rare cancer called mesothelioma, given just 15 months to live upon diagnosis, then and there she decided it was all or nothing from that day on.
Having read her story I wanted to get involved in Heather’s most recent campaign for All or Nothing Day. She asked if I would help spread the word. Those of you who have followed me know that this is absolutely what I approve of and so of course I agreed.
I claim to Choose how I will spend the rest of my life and some of you have accompanied me through a few pitfalls followed by picking myself up and starting again.
At the ripe old age of 60, I found myself Suddenly Single after my husband of 41 years died, and had to learn how to live life on my own. A couple of years later I was diagnosed with breast cancer, but a lumpectomy and some radiation therapy quickly sorted that out. Then when I was getting used to life on my own, I met and reconnected with an Architect with whom I had worked many years previously. And yes, we got together and decided to spend the rest of our lives together.
Just over a year ago he was diagnosed with a brain tumour and 8 weeks later he died. My 2 year Magic Carpet Ride came to a halt and once again I was living life on my own.
Well, you just have to get up and get on with it. I was doing well on my own when suddenly in April this year I had an accident that resulted in major brain damage. But hey – I’m alive and things are gradually getting back to normal. Every day is a bonus and I am so grateful for the medical team and the rehabilitation team who brought me to the stage I am today.
I’m going out walking with my physiotherapist when she visits each week and last week I had a walk on my own and did some Retail Therapy. I’m lucky and blessed with a supportive family and friends and I will continue to Choose how I spend the rest of my life. However long that may be.
I shall continue to be the best friend I can be, the most loving sister, mother and grandmother offering and accepting the love showered on me And because some of my independence is lost until I’m allowed to drive again, I’m working on accepting the help offered graciously.
And also this from Mary Oliver
“I want to think again of dangerous and noble things. I want to be light and frolicsome. I want to be improbable beautiful and afraid of nothing, as though I had wings.” ~ Mary Oliver