Thursday, December 31, 2009

2009 Reflection & New Beginnings in 2010

 Today, December 31st is a day of reflection as we look back over 2009 and all of it's events.  For some of you, it may have been a year of happiness or sadness, prosperity or financial stress or a year of continued good health, while others have had many obstacles to encounter along the way.

This morning as I listened to the news, I was very saddened to hear of four Canadian soldiers and a Canadian news reporter killed in Afghanistan.  Their bravery goes beyond description, and I could only imagine how their families must be feeling as 2009 comes to a close.  

I count my blessings, especially at the end of this year when I look at all that our family has been blessed with.   There is no doubt that 2010 will bring more challenges our way, as well as in the lives of others who continue their battles with cancer, but the important message to remember, is to NEVER give up.  Kidney cancer as well as other types of cancer, have many new treatments available in ongoing trials and it is the brave and heroic cancer patients who agree to try these drugs, who are blazing a trail to one day make  cancer history!  I am amazed at their strength and determination and the inspiration that they pass on to me and others is overwhelming!!!

As my husband begins 2010, he also begins a new treatment for RCC....truly amazing that he received this gift on Christmas Eve.  He has come such a long way, from being given only three months back in 2006 to now having such a wonderful quality of life as we enter 2010.  It is most definitely through his positive attitude, his determination to NOT quit when the going gets rough and his deep faith in God that has been the key factors in his battle against cancer.  As my good friend David Foster always quoted in his blog, cancer patients are True Warriors and I have the deepest respect for each and everyone of you.

2009 has been a year of new acquaintences with other cancer patients and caregivers.....many of whom have been invaluable to both my husband and I, and it has been through their knowledge and life experiences that they have opened so many doors for us.  Knowledge about your type of cancer is vital in your quest to beat it, and for those who sometimes just accept their doctors diagnosis and say nothing, you need to be aware that you must be your own advocate along this journey or have a loved one right by your side to ask the important questions and seek the lifesaving treatments that are out there.  We know that from a personal perspective, and I feel that far too many cancer patients just "give up" once given the worse news of their lives.

For those who have lost loved ones over the past year, let us not forget their valiant struggles and the medical knowledge that they have passed on to help other cancer patients as a result of their heroic battles.  We shall never forget them and they will always hold a very dear place in our hearts.  I will be lighting a candle this evening in honor of those cancer patients that have passed on during 2009 and in previous years and it would be wonderful if you could do that as well, or remember to honor them in your own special way.  

Yes, 2009 has indeed been very special!  Special to me because of the many friendships I have created on this blog, special because of my husband's unfailing determination to never give up and special because of the support and inspiration that all of my viewers have given each other throughout the year.


Wishing everyone a Very Happy New Year in 2010


karen in ottawa canada said...

Happy New Year to both of you Deb. As I reflect on 2009, our trip to meet you and see a little bit of your corner of the world rates high on my list of best times. I cherish our friendship and look forward to seeing both of you again in 2010. Raise a glass - cheers! Life is good!

Whidbey Woman said...

What a beautiful post. Thank you.
Happy New Year and best wishes, always!

Sue G said...

Happy New Year, Deb!

Although I've never actually made it to a live chat, I know many people do (how, I don't know????) and I see the miracle of companionship in the world of RCC. What you do for your husband and for newly diagnosed people is important. You have a gift for hope, and hope sustains life.

May 2010 bring you more love, more health, and more joy. More of the nourishing things. Less cancer. Now THAT would be a year!

Deb said...

Sue G....Send me your email and I promise that when I schedule our next Live Chat I will notify you. I'd love to meet you and have you join us.....I do apologize for not keeping in touch with you initially, but I did lose your email address. This time, I will keep our connection. Appreciate your comments, as always. Take care and Happy New Year!!!