MAKE EACH MOMENT COUNT
One of George's family members, Clarkie Bourne, passed over two weeks ago and we attended funeral services in South Carolina. Clarkie had become family to me and I will miss her a great deal.
Standing at the service, crying, I thought about death and how, really, it is just the natural conclusion to living. It also reminded me that I have the power of choice each day, each moment, to choose the quality of how I live my life. My life is defined by the way I approach situations and circumstances, by how I respond to individuals and groups of people, by my self talk, and by my commitment to truth, integrity, and compassion. Right now, in this moment, I choose to live as positively, openly, and lovingly as possible.
HAVE A WONDERFUL DAY!
MY STORY PART IV
(if you missed the past two month's newsletters with Parts I & III, go to www.NewHopePennsylvania.com - in the right hand column you will find links to previous newsletters.)
Being diagnosed with a life threatening illness was a changing point in my life. Like most people, I took my health for granted. I rarely ever even caught a cold! Then, in December of 1999, I was told I have a cancerous lump in my right breast. Well, that can knock anyone for a loop!
Not long after I was diagnosed, I had to make a lot of decisions. I met with several doctors because I wanted multiple opinions. I also spent many tedious hours on the Internet, reading about treatments, side effects, and alternative therapies.
Let me interject here that between 1994 to 1999 I had lost three friends to cancer and another good friend of mine was going through very difficult treatments for stage 4 breast cancer. Every one of these folks had taken the chemotherapy route and none of them ever came back to being the same person they were before the chemo treatments. Granted, chemotherapy works for some people. I knew, however, that it was not for me.
I won't go into detail about HOW or WHY I made my decisions but will share this with you. I opted for a lumpectomy and radiation treatments. I chose not to have chemotherapy, despite strong recommendations from several doctors. My intuition told me not to have the chemo. [Five years later I had a TB test as part of some hospital training I was interested in - only to find out that I have the TB "bug" inside of me. Obviously, I don't have TB. However, if my immune system were to be seriously compromised, there could be a chance of the TB going active (I don't know the correct terminology.) Who is to say that, had I undergone chemotherapy treatments that the TB would have made itself known?] Today, I look and feel healthy and I am happy with my decision. My big advice to anyone going through any kind of treatment is - be in charge of your own treatment and healing. Analyze what you are told. Dig deeper into the long term effects of your treatment. Make up your own mind as to what treatment to follow and be empowered in knowing that you are making the best decision possible based on external AND internal knowledge.
Once all treatments were over, it was time to go back to work and I had to decide what direction to go in. I wanted to be more involved in the New Hope community but wasn't sure what that would look like.
More next month....
Here is a photo of Fran and Ray who recently got married in the Logan Inn.
Fran ends her message with:
"We just couldn't bring ourselves to leave New Hope on Monday so I called my boss and got an extra day off from work. The Logan Inn let us stay in our upgraded room another night! I'm attaching a picture of Ray and I in the lobby of the Logan Inn - two people you helped make very happy !!!"
Fran & Ray
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Nov 12 - 19 - New Hope Library Book Sale
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So) Local Color - the second installment of Life
outside the United States by former New Hope resident Kristen Perkins.
Color - New Hope's own theater maven, Melanie
Pittner, who teaches at New Hope Solebury High School
Art & Artists - Folks my not know Sandy Lobley but they sure know the signs she has painted! more...
BARC is a non-profit organization that helps people with disabilities.
It has been around since 1951.
Recipe of the Month: Linnie Tenaglia offered this recipe - her famous Avocado Dip. Let's hope she sends us more of her favorites! more...
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