Monday, October 11, 2010

Mark Your Calendar - October 25, 2010

The Miracle of Fall Colors

I am sure that most of my viewers are quite aware of the Canadian organization for kidney cancer which can be found at the following link

Just wanted to advise all kidney cancer patients/caregivers and their families to mark their calendar for the organization's upcoming Patient Education Meeting that will be held in Hamilton, Ontario on that date.  For those viewers who cannot attend, the meeting will be broadcast live as well, so no matter where you live, if you have access to the internet, you can be a part of this important event.  I always ensure that I partake of these very important and informative sessions whenever they are offered, as they provide an excellent insight into various topics that relate to kidney cancer. 

The topic for the 25th meeting will be

Recent Advances in the Management of Kidney Cancer

now we ALL need to learn more about any and all advances that are being made for this type of cancer.

Don't forget, that you must have a login ID in order to access any seminars, so best to go to the website now, register and take a look around.  There is excellent information, discussion forums, and great advice and support for all to access.

Again, the seminar will run from 7:00pm - 9:00pm on October 25th which is just two weeks away, so be prepared and be informed and don't forget to mark your calendar today!!! 

It will be a great place to meet other patients/caregivers as well so I hope to "see" you there!

Saturday, October 09, 2010

Give Thanks and Remember......... Miracles CAN Happen!

Today's song "Give Thanks" is one of my favorites and I always enjoy playing it on my blog at this time of year. I'm going to post the lyrics here in case you would like to sing along:



This song has very few words in it's lyrics, but the words that are contained within are indeed very profound!

This is the time of year in which we celebrate or give thanks for all of our blessings.  I trust that you also will take the time to reflect on the blessings that you have been given.  While it may be a difficult time for many of you as you forge ahead on very challenging days with your cancer treatments and side effects, please also remember that many others also endure the same obstacles and disappointments.  I trust you will try your best to remain positive and remember that this too shall pass.

I have not written on my blog for awhile husband and I have been away on vacation.  Yes, you read it correctly,  a vacationIf anyone had told me a few months ago that I would be going on holiday, I definitely never would have believed them, as my husband has been sick many times just this past year alone.  But "YES", we did it and to be honest, it felt like a miracle was happening all the time.  My husband was fulfilling a promise that he had made to a family member, that one day he definitely would travel to their hometown and spend time there.  We did it and it was an amazing vacation!!!

The purpose of my telling you this, is especially for those who are feeling a little down now with their illness.  Miracles can and do happen, and my husband and I know it for certain so try to remain as positive as you can, make a promise as well to someone and aim to fulfill it.  You must have HOPE and without that at the forefront, then the cancer just might win.

We also had another miracle happen while on our vacation.  We were fortunate enough to meet one of my regular viewers of this blog, who I have kept in touch with through emails and my chat forum.  It was Joanne, who has the same type of cancer as my husband.  The day before our meeting, she had not been feeling very well, but was determined that nothing was going to stand in her way of arriving at the location we had chosen to meet.  As I was walking towards that place that day, I wondered how we would each recognize the other, as we previously only had seen pictures of us at random.  It turned out however, not to be a problem, because I think we both found each other at the same time that day, and instantly we hugged and were over joyed to know that both of our families had had such a wonderful opportunity to finally meet face to face.  Joanne and my husband exchanged their experiences, both the good and the bad of their cancer journeys, my daughter as well as hers both chatted and formed a special bond and we took several pictures of our families and of each other that will always remain near and dear to our hearts.  When it was time to leave, Joanne looked at my husband and said "now who will ever think that both of us are cancer patients when they see those photos?"  and you know something, she was very right about that.  Well actually, you be the judge and take a look at their picture......

Quite amazing, isn't it???  To say the least!  They were both inspired by each other that day, and needless to say, all the rest of us were inspired by just watching both of them. 

Yes, having cancer can be very difficult, but it certainly helps to stay connected with other patients, caregivers and family members to be inspired by them and to create that lifelong special friendship that only those affected by cancer can truly understand.

Last year at Thanksgiving, I met another wonderful viewer of my blog, Karen, who traveled a great distance to meet both my husband and I.  We shared our fears, joys and future aspirations over my Thanksgiving dinner last year, and as I write this blog, I am looking at a very special gift that Karen gave me at our first encounter last Thanksgiving weekend with an inscription that reads

 "Give Thanks"!!!!

Yes, while the past year has had many obstacles for my husband to overcome, it has also been an amazing year of special friendships, miracles and a true testament to these words

Keep the Faith and Never Quit!!!