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July

Is it just me or are the days going by faster and faster?! June was a busy month like it is for many people with lots of parties and celebrations and July is already half way over!

One of the great occasions I had at the beginning of June was The Relay For Life. My family and extended family, along with some friends, participated again this year, raising funds and awareness for cancer research. It is always an emotional time for me being able to walk the survivor lap with all other fellow cancer survivors at the start of the evening. As well as hearing others stories of their fight against cancer. Later in the evening we walked the lumineer lap - remembering those we have lost to cancer and those fighting the battle. With every lap I walked I thought of the many people that have touched my life in many ways with their battles with cancer. So, I prayed for all of those people I have known who have lost their battle, those that are currently fighting theirs, and those that are survivors! This was our fourth year doing the relay and it's something we all look forward to doing and I am thankful all of those that came out to walk or run some laps with me.

We had lots of BBQs at our house this past month and I am so thankful I am able to entertain - which I love doing. I am so very aware of how quickly our lives can change so I am trying to celebrate everything and everyone while I am still here and able to do so. Last summer was a hard one for me as I was battling through chemo and recovering from surgery, so I am thankful for a summer with a full head of hair and only a scar on my arm where my chemo picc line was last year. 

I cannot believe how busy I have been just trying to help so many people that have been recently diagnosed with cancer. It's like an epidemic! So many people my age being hit with so many different cancers. It is my desire to do all I can to encourage others who are going through their journey. If I can offer advice or help in any way, it makes me happy to do that. It's a scary, long, and hard road when you first hear the word cancer. For those of us who are doing this journey, there is comfort in talking to those who have walked before us. 

Cancer never leaves my thoughts. It continues to be a daily battle for me. I keep working on just living each day to the fullest and counting my many blessings in my life. I cannot let cancer rob me of the good things in my life.

I work on living in the present and trying not to worry what is down the road for me. I want to enjoy my summer and take time for others. September will soon be here, which is the month of tests and returning to the cancer centre to see my oncologist. I keep praying that this year I will be able to leave there with good news and that I will be cancer free. That is my prayer.

I still feel like I am in a season of "waiting" and wondering what is in store for me. I am not sure what I am supposed to be doing and that is a hard place for me to be, however I keep praying that God will give me a peace while I am in this season of my life. I hope there will be a new and exciting chapter right around the corner.

Enjoy your summer! Relax, take in all the beauty around you, not only in the scenery but also the people that you love, don't let time pass by not enjoying all that we have. Keep the balance in your life of work and play, family and friends. At the end of the day, that's all we have in this life. We are here for such a short time and it's clear that our lives are about relationships.

Last week I heard this song on the radio from Switchfoot - it's amazing! The title is: Live It Well. Life is short so live it well, take a moment and listen to it, it's so true life is so short.