Saturday, September 10, 2016

Light the Night 2016

Our Most Awesome, Alisha!!!!  Boise, LLS Revenue Director
It is hard to believe that I have had cancer for five years and seven months! How crazy is that?? Looking back at my journey brings so many mixed emotions; gratitude being at the top of the list. I have been blessed by so many, and I am so grateful to still be alive!

For the past two years I have participated in the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Light the Night Walk. This organization has helped to save thousands of lives and with help from donations, from people like you, I pray that some day, there will be a cure for my type of cancer; chronic mylogenous leukemia.

Living with cancer is arduos. It is unpredictable and weary making. That being said, life is a gift, and so worth living. I prefer to do my very best in ignoring the fact that I have cancer; I push through the fatigue, attempt to ignore the nausea, nerve, bone and muscle pain, and dance to the best of my ability, despite the struggle to breathe.

I find that laughter and optimism help to mask the difficulties, and spending time with friends and family, make every single day worth the effort.

I hope and pray that some day there will be a cure and that CML will lose its' "C", somewhere along the way; you see, the "C" stands for chronic, meaning  persisting for a long time or constantly recurring.

With help from you, the LLS and researchers across the globe, I believe that I will live to see a cure for chronic mylogenous leukemia, and that some day, I will be able to breathe and dance without the limitations that are currently a part of my every day life.

I thank you with every fiber of my being for your support; both monetary and emotional. I would love to have you join me and Joe, on our Light the Night walk on Oct. 6th, 2016.

This year the festivities will be held on the Blue Field at BSU!!! We had the pleasure of meeting a few of the football players and Associate Althletic Director, Brad Larrondo who have joined the LLS in our fundraising efforts, at our Kick-Off party, a few weeks ago.

Brad's committment to our Light the Night fundraiser is commendable, and the festivities are certainly going to be a night to remember! I mean come on, who gets to walk on the blue field???

We DO!!!

Hope to see you there!

Thank you in advance for your donation,

Monday, May 2, 2016

Getting Older is a Privilege; Not a Punishment!!

My parents; the ones who gave me life!
Today is my 57th birthday; it is the first time that I have spent my birthday in tears. My tears are happy and sad tears; the flood-gates opened last night, shortly after midnight. My online crochet buddy wished me a Happy Birthday........the only other person that used to wish me Happy Birthday, precisely at midnight was my mother; my friend and I decided that she was my mother's messenger this year.

It never really occurred to me that I would miss that call, as much as I did. My mother would always say, "Happy Birthday my sweet, precious baby girl, X amount of years ago you came into my life, and you have filled my heart with joy ever since. I love you so much, you know that I do, right?"
Of course, I would always say, "Yes, Mom, I know you love me and I love you, too. Thank you for bringing me into this world, you deserve the birthday wishes today; you are the one that did all of the work!" So, so sweet and caring she always was; so needless to say, I am missing her terribly, today.

That emotional start to my birthday did not end; waking to all of the sweet birthday wishes from so, so many just continued my journey down the happy, sappy Birthday Road. The Internet may be a lot of things, some good, some bad,  but one special thing that it is, is a connection to so very many, that you would otherwise never be able to connect to. I cannot thank each and every one of you well wishers enough, for all of the kind words and wishes.

My Kiddos!
That being said, I look back at all of the years I dreaded "getting older" and I realize how very foolish I was; growing old is not a punishment, it is a privilege. A privilege that I no longer wish, did not arrive so quickly, year after year. Growing old is the greatest gift EVER!

Do I wish that my body still performed as my mind thinks it should? Hell Yeah!! Do I wish that I could take my life lessons back to a younger me and avoid some of the mistakes that I made? Sometimes. Do I wish that I could start all over, as a child, a teenager or a young adult? Heck NO!

What I do wish for, is that I will continue to grow older and wiser, and that I will be around for a very, very long time; cherishing my family, my friends and my life with every single bit of gusto that I can muster.

The Grands and Hubs!
That I will be able to continue to share my experience of living with a chronic cancer to all that I am able, and that I can continue to share my joy of living, to all I meet.

From the bottom of my heart, I thank each and every single person that enriches my life, not only today, my birthday, but every single day in between, too!

Today, is a GREAT DAY; tears and all!!

Son, Daughter  in  Love and Fam!!

Saturday, April 2, 2016

Yes, I am Going to Try Plexus!

Once upon a time, a long time ago, I was an extremely successful representative in a multi level company called ACN. I loved the company, the compensation plan and the services that they offered.

This structured MLM was, in my opinion, brilliant! The problem with MLM, once again in my opinion, is that the general population does not have belief in this type of business and does not have belief in their own abilities. Sad but true, most are more willing to work for some one else, rather than rely upon their own selves.

What many people do not realize is that nearly all businesses run in an MLM manner; you have the owner, or owners of the company and the "jobs" that fall in line from the top down; each and every position, an essential part of the structure, of the company.

The difference is with a "job" you are paid for the work that you do, either hourly or with a salary and it is guaranteed. It does not matter if your "work" produces a $10 profit for the company, or a $10,000 profit for the company, you still get paid the same amount. Unless you own the business there will always be a ladder of people from the bottom to the top; just like MLM.

In an MLM situation, your destiny lies in your own hands; you will only be successful if you help others become successful, too. You are not guranteed your hourly wage; you are in charge of your own destiny and your own pay check; the sky is the limit, and you do not have to "wait" to be promoted. For many that is much to risky, and too scary to ever entertain.

I find it sad that humans do not believe more in themselves and truly believe that instead of being a rung on a ladder, they can actually BE the ladder, climbing to the top of their own empire.

All of that being said, I am taking a leap into the world of Plexus; not necessarily as a business opportunity (shame on me) but in hopes of regaining some of my pre-CML energy and overall health.

I have been observing the testimonials of so many people that I personally know for the past two years, with and without chronic mylogenous leukemia, and have marveled at how convinced they are that their overall health, well being and energy levels have improved on the Plexus products; I no longer wish to be a skeptic.

What do I have to lose? If it works, then I benefit by feeling more like my old self, if it does not, then I am still wearing the same shoes, as I was wearing before I gave it a shot!

And hey, if I DO lose a few of those TKI pounds, then there is an extra added bonus.

I promise not to become one of those annoying MLM Facebook friends that are constantly begging their friends to join them in a better lifestyle, but if you have any questions, feel free to ask!

I shall post my progress on a weekly basis; feel free to read it, or delete it!
Off to drink my very first "Pink Drink"!

By the way, my husband is going to join me on this journey!

Just thought I should keep you posted!

Bricks for the Brave!!