Tuesday, September 14, 2010

What Really Matters

As I sit here this morning, I have been challenged by the SITS girls re upload a post that I wish more people had read. As I looked through the posts that had low comments I realized that most of them were the ones where I was either hosting a challenge, or letting you know about one. I was wondering why people did not comment or participate in these challenges that I was informing you about. After all, this is a “crafty blog”, right?
  • Then the phone rang,
  • She’s gone the caller said
  • My friend is free from her month long battle with cancer
Nothing seemed to matter – not even this blog….
But, do I just quit living because cancer has taken the life of yet another person? No.
We are all mortal humans that will one day die and depending on how we spent our life here on earth will determine where we will spend eternity.
When you say the word “Cancer” I am sure you immediately get a vision of a Pink Ribbon that represents Breast Cancer. But, what about all of the other types of cancer?
What about Childhood Cancer?
  • Approximately 12,400 US children between the ages of birth and 19 years of age are diagnosed with cancer.
  • In 1998, about 2500 died of cancer
  • Cancer is the #1 cause of death by disease for children and adolescents
On September 21, 2004 I had to say good-bye to my dear, sweet Michael who fought a three month fight with cancer. He has won a crown of life and today has welcomed my dear friend home.
I hope by now you know why I think this article is important to me…..
Originally posted on September 21, 2009 “Seasons
Living in Texas we don't have distinct seasons. Winter goes from about January - February with temps ranging anywhere from the high 70's - low 30's; Spring is from March - April; Summer from May - October; and Fall is from about November - December. That is what I consider a "normal" year, but lately the "norm" hasn't been the case. Since our season changes do not normally coincide with the calendar I never give much thought to what "season" it is, but Michael did.
Michael was always aware of everything - too much at times. He would seem to get excited about the first day of the new season which is why I find it ironic that in 2004, the first day of summer was on June 21st, the day he was diagnosed with cancer and he died on September 21st, the first day of fall.
Ecclesiastes, Chapter 3:1-2 says: To every [thing there is] a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up [that which is] planted;
I think Michael understood this verse more than I realized
When Michael first went into the hospital he was given this frog to bring comfort to him, and a couple of weeks later a sweet neighbor brought him this cute dog along with several other other items. Whenever Michael would have to go into the hospital to take chemo, he would always take the dog and sometimes the frog too. I don't remember exactly when it was, but I am thinking it was in August when he worked on this sun catcher during one of his hospital stays. It says: "Faith - Never Give Up - Miracles Happen Everyday!"
If you want to read Michael's story please visit Michael's Journey
I want to thank Standards of Excellence, Westar, and Florida Builder Appliances for making this prize package possible.
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