April is a month filled with many different emotions for me. I have been thinking about the past few years and what I have gone through - physically, emotionally and spiritually. Last April I had surgery to remove my upper lobe of my lung and two years ago on April 2nd I had my bladder removed and a hysterectomy. There is a pattern here so I sometimes feel like I have to hold my breath to get through this month of April! I am battling a lot of anxiety and have to go through it all moment by moment and to try to appreciate and enjoy every day that I am given. I was thinking of that very difficult surgery on my bladder that lasted 7 hours and what Randy and the kids went through while they were waiting. I am reminded that even though I have gone through so much suffering and pain God has had his hand on my life and I am still here so I am thankful and blessed to be alive! I am a walking miracle! My prayer daily is asking God for His peace… His peace that surpasses all understanding so that the fear and anxiety don’t take over every thought and every moment of the day.
I know I am not alone as everyone has their “stuff” to deal with. Whether it is health, relationships, work, family issues, finances - it’s all hard. My friend just lost her husband at the age of 57 and I was at his memorial service the other day. As you can imagine, it is very tragic for her and her kids. Once again I have been reminded of how short life is and that there are no guarantees to live a long and healthy life for all of us. I have been to too many memorial services these past few months and when it is people your own age it makes you very aware of how fragile life really is. As I mentioned last month, when we stop to think about our lives and where we are going when we leave this place, I am thankful for the faith I have and the reassurance that one day I will be in heaven reunited with all of those that have gone before me.
I work hard on living each day fully and celebrating everything in life and spending time with family and friends. It truly helps me to focus on all the positives in my life and not allowing all the fears and negatives get to me! Joy and laughter really are the best medicine for the soul and mind and it is important to take time out of our busy lives and focus on all the good things we have.
April is Daffodil Month for the Canadian Cancer Society so if you can pick up a daffodil and wear one that would be awesome. I am so thankful for the Canadian Cancer society and all they have done for me these past 5 years. I have had such incredible care on every level and I am thankful to live in a country that has a great health care system that covers so many of the medical expenses. My family is doing the Relay for Life again this June 3rd in Langley and if you would like to make any donations to our team, please do so by clicking here. We would really appreciate it! We will be walking or running from 6:00 pm till midnight at McLeod Park for all of those who have won the battle, those that are fighting the battle and to remember all of those we have lost to this horrible disease. If you are free that night and want to come and join us for a few laps around the track we would love to see you. It is a fun night!
What a beautiful spring we are having, take some time out of your busy day to enjoy all the beauty around us, we live in a fabulous city!
Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus1 Thessalonians 5: 16-18
Thank you for your continued prayers, love and support.