Graphics by Jen Hageman. Photo by Liz Leisure.

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Thursday, April 19, 2012

Misc Photos

Dad, Mom, Linda
Lisa & Todd
My family photo when I was about 9 or 10 years old. I had my hair done just like my Moms! Lisa had the cute little curls!

A great photo of my Mom holding great grandson, Colton. This is one of the last good pics that we have of Mom. Love you and miss you Mom!!!

These are the bracelets that I got many of my friends. They were all the same kind of beads with a "friends" charm and one that was purple (the color of my cancer ribbon). The tattoo is mine!

My friends have been so good to me. They worked on that fabulous benefit (along with my family) that was so successful! They have brought in food for me and stayed with me when I couldn't be alone. They have given me gift cards to help with my gas when we were traveling to Philly. They have taken me to chemo, and now dialysis, when I was unable to drive. They have done my yard work when it was needed. They have bought me beautiful gifts. And lastly, they have just been there for me, to talk to or cry with or to just be here! I am so thankful to have such wonderful friends!! I love you all!!


Donna said...

Wonderful family pictures, linda, that I'm sure bring back many memories. The one of your mother with Colton made me smile. I so wished that my mother could have seen her great grandchildren. She was always looking forward to that and in fact was knitting a baby cap for one of them before she was even born!(or pregnant) She died of cancer in 2005.I agree, friends really are the breath of life when it comes to the cancer fight. I, too, have now that diagnosis and begin chemo on Tuesday. I can't begin to say how much I have appreciated the support of friends through surgery and now this. Your bracelets are a wonderful gift to your friends that I'm sure makes them all smile when they wear it. Great choice!

It's 2010! Time to Reflect...

Almost 18 months long will it last? Such an aggressive cancer, this damn Leiomyosarcoma! Every CT/MRI I have had since my completion of radiation in August 2008 was VERY stressful. Even when I didn't realize it, "SCAN"XIETY loomed in the back of head. Knowing that I had a 50% chance of the cancer returning. Wondering if NOT having chemo back then was the right path. Since my doc's hadn't dealt with many sarcomas, did they really know the BEST treatments?
The last year and half has brought me so much joy and contentment. To be a GRANDMA! Wow. I love it! To become so much closer to my family. My sis is my best friend now! My husband and I couldn't be any closer. I get to see my daughter and her family every week when I go to babysit my little Maxton. My stepdaughter moved in with our youngest grandson, Marcus, for 6 months. He is a little angel. My Mom has been so much help to me through all my health issues. My stepdad and I have become closer than I ever thought possible. He has been down the cancer road as well. My Mother-in-law has moved closer to us and our relationship has grown. And then I began working at Samaritan and have some wonderful friends! I love that place so much! It's worth the 45 minute drive.

And I know how to live the seat of my pants! :)

Life should NOT be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive well preserved body, but rather to slide in sideways, chocolate in one hand, a beer (or tequila) in the other, body thoroughly used up, totally worn out, screaming "woo hoo, what a ride"