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Showing Support and Other Thoughts

Two thoughts for writing popped in my head, since they were short, I thought I’d combine them.

I guess when you have a cold your brain gets a bit addlepated and thoughts go off in all sorts of directions. (while I’m writing this – thoughts are still going willy-nilly)

Last year, two friends both dealt with breast cancer – at the same time. I will change the names and states to protect their privacy. One friend, Sunshine lives in Maine (far from Michigan – not exactly close by). My other friend, Moonbeam lives in Oklahoma (another not so close trip). But I did keep in contact with them and send them fun/silly things while they were fighting cancer and chemo. For Sunshine, we bought her a Rastafarian wig – it’s something completely different than a scarf. Besides, Sunshine has the personality to pull off wearing that wig. She sent us a picture of her wearing it – she looked great. For Moonbeam, I sent her funny cards and brownies (for when she could actually eat).

celebrate-lifeThe truly wonderful thing – they both had fantastic support systems! It’s wonderful having friends, family, neighbors, colleagues, other chemo patients, etc. find ways to help. Both of these women are incredibly brave. One even had to deal with post surgery allergies.

I’m happy to say that Sunshine has sent pictures (sans wig). She’s looking marvelous and I love the short hair style. Moonbeam’s hair has all kinds of tight curls – she’s looking marvelous as well. Both ladies have (more or less) returned to their previous life-style, but with some limitations, but they are alive have celebrated 1 year being cancer-free!

Now for the other thought that popped in to my head. Someone had posted a challenge on Facebook: in 10 seconds give a word starting with the letter A and ending with the letter E. I instantly came up with two, totally unrelated words – in this order: apple and arse. Yep, trying to figure out the apple-butt thing; not quite sure how that is supposed to work.

One more thing, my husband is now cancer-free for two years now, and I’m incredibly happy with that!!!

National-Breast-Cancer-Awareness-MonthTomorrow (October 1, 2013) starts Breast Cancer Awareness Month – don’t forget, women are not the only ones who get breast cancer – yes, men can too. But because this is a picture my husband appreciates – and it’s fun – think positive thoughts, pray science finds a cure for ALL cancers.

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To Maryann

This morning I lost my Step-Mom, Maryann.

She was battling cancer. It was a situation of the chemo was winning over the cancer, but it was killing her.

We had all hoped she would beat it, she would win. I was looking forward to the day when she and my Dad could go back to how things were for them a couple of years ago. (Before her Mom moved in requiring care) So they could have fun, the fun they deserved.

Maryann put up with the occasional blonde joke.

Occasionally put up with us talking about something and if she couldn’t hear it, we’d tell her the truth, we weren’t talking about her. It was just the way we said it.

Maryann loved yellow and Tweety Bird. She decided that Dad was Sylvester. She even had Tweety lettered on her car at one time.

She loved the wind up Chicken Dance chickens Kim and I got her for a couple of special occasions. She would wind them up and let them go – for a long time. Long enough that even when Dad would get tired of them, he didn’t seem to mind (many times anyway) that Maryann would keep them going.

Maryann loved being on/near the water. She was the first lady Commodore of their boat club: Mariner’s Yacht Club (I don’t remember seeing any yachts). She liked relaxing on the moored houseboat they had. She enjoyed their trips down to Islamorada (upper Keys – Key West, FL).

She loved my brother’s two dogs and my dog Kodi. One time they watched Kodi for us when Kim and I took a short trip. They were at the houseboat and Maryann thought that Kodi should walk along her side on the walkway to get back to shore. It wasn’t wide enough, Kodi fell in. Maryann jumped in to get Kodi – who was swimming in the wrong direction – caught her and flipped her up on shore for Dad to get her. Dad didn’t know Maryann was that strong!

Maryann doted on my brother’s dogs – Bailey and Twinkie. They (both Pit Bulls) loved to cuddle with her on the couch.

Maryann loved to remind me of the first time I met her. I was being protective of my Dad. I met her just before they were to leave for a trip to Antigua. I was blunt and asked her did she really love my Dad, or was she just playing him to go on the trip. Oh, and YES she loved my Dad!

I’m glad she decided to like me. I will miss you Maryann.