Thursday, January 05, 2012

Cancer Changes Lifestyles

Wow..Christmas came and went really fast this year.  Tomorrow is Old Christmas Day and many will be dismantling their Christmas tree and other decorations.  No trouble to miss the lights especially once they are taken down.

I trust that you all enjoyed your Christmas this year.  We had a very quiet one but I think it was one of the best Christmases we ever had.  Surprising isn't it how cancer changes a family's traditions - sometimes though it's not a bad thing to have change.  For us, Christmas was always a time of visiting, having friends and family in for suppers and it seemed we were for the most part, always on the go.  By the end of Christmas we needed a holiday to rest, but this year was different.  We spent a quiet Christmas day with just our immediate family and despite a power outage right in the middle of the day, I did manage to get the turkey cooked and I must say the meal was delicious.

There has been quite a few strains of colds and flus in our area this Christmas as well, so we decided to stay at home and avoid contracting any of these bugs, more especially to not have my husband get sick, which would have been very serious indeed if he were to have more weight loss and trying to battle another illness.  Overall he has had a good Christmas.  His tiredness continues on occasion but we are thankful for the good quality of health that he now enjoys despite having a tumultuous fall season of varying health obstacles.

He still continues the morning and evening orange juice rituals and both him and I strongly believe that there is invaluable nutrients in freshly squeezed oranges.  We attribute his wellness to all of the oranges he has consumed.  It's been difficult to get the oranges that are best for juice, but even those with extra pulp are just as nutitious.  I've become a regular at our local grocery store filling double plastic bags with oranges, but it's all worth it!!!

I've just read that there are two new drugs being tested for those with kidney news!!!!  Just goes to show one can never give up when they hear a diagnosis of cancer.

To get back to my title - over Christmas I have heard of several other cancer patients who are on chemo and who also have stayed at home throughout the holidays to avoid catching a bad flu bug.  No one wants that, especially if you are taking chemo so be ware, and even though having cancer may change your current lifestyle on occasion in 2012, remember it's important to take care of "YOU"....don't worry if you miss out on some occasions as there will be many more down the road that you can attend to when you are feeling better. 

Chin up ..... and don't give up!!!  This is just one more bump along the road.  Wishing everyone better health in this new year!!!

Sunday, January 01, 2012

The Loss of a Great Man in 2011

I've been watching shows over the past couple of days that recount happenings in the year just past.  There have been hurricanes, wars, natural disasters and other horrific events that occurred in 2011, but the one event that really stands out in my mind is the passing of Jack Layton, a humble man of courage and determination who inspired me beyond words.

All Canadians know of whom I speak but for others who may not be as familiar, he was the leader of our political NDP party who achieved outstanding success in our country's federal election in May of 2011 as his party became the official opposition. I feel quite confident that had Mr. Layton lived to continue the leadership of the NDP, he would have most definately attained the position of Prime Minister of Canada.

This man impacted all of us - not only because of his down to earth personality and genuine concern for others, but because of his determination to Never Quit.  After battling cancer previous to the election, along with undergoing hip surgery and still not relenting in his campaign to gain additional political awareness, we all watched him with awe as he fought so bravely to win.  To win not only his political seat but also to win against the beast of cancer.

I persoanlly felt the loss of this great Canadian. Although I had never met him, I had written him on two occasions.  One to tell him how inspired I was as I watched him continue along his campaign trail day after day as if he were in excellent health despite the increasing pain and discomfort that we could all see he bore along the way.  Another email to congratulate him on his enormous political win of 103 seats for the NDP which was the largest increase of this party's history resulting in the NDP forming Canada's Official Opposition Pary.

What was so special about the emails I sent Mr. Layton?  He actually took the time to write back personally, which I found astounding!!! Despite his busy career demands and his health issues, he took the time to reply and to pass along his best wishes to my husband along his cancer journey as well.

Jack Layton was a true Cancer Warrior in every aspect of it's definition.  Yes, a great loss indeed for Canadians and for the world in 2011.  Let us never forget him and the legacy he has left for all of us.