I just love words....don't you?
They can make you laugh, cry, sing, shout and so many other emotions...
they can also scare you and made you sad....
12 years ago...
I heard these words come out of my doctor's mouth...
I was stunned....
Never been in the hospital, never had surgery...pretty much healthy as a horse...
Within 2 months I had had three surgeries, lost my right vocal cord, ate thru a tube inserted in my stomach and was scared about my future.
Cancer can hurt you financially, spiritually and emotionally...
BUT SOMEONE GAVE ME A CARD TO READ
and I still read it all the time...
and when I found the panel below in my LQS
I knew I had to make a wall hanging out of it for my sewing room...
with bright cheerful fabrics, full of hope and fun...
WHAT CANCER CANNOT DO....
It cannot corrode faith....
(It put a small dent in it at first,
until I reminded myself that God did not do this to me, he helped through it)
It cannot shatter hope....
(It's been 12 years and I still hope to sing again some day. I go sit in the choir loft at church just in case something comes out.)
It cannot conquer the spirit....
(I still get up every morning and go to work, I still teach classes at the quilt shop)
It cannot stifle laughter...
(Well, throat cancer can, but only on the outside. I still laugh in my head)
It cannot invade the soul...
(There's no room for it in the soul....I am all filled up with God's love)
It cannot erode confidence...
( I still do my job everyday, despite the fact that most people have trouble hearing me)
It cannot kill friendship...
(It made friendship stronger, I couldn't make it without God and my friends)
It cannot erase memories...
(Still intact and some more vivid than others)
It cannot cripple love...
(I still love things with the same passion I had before cancer)
It cannot silence courage...
( I know that it may come back, but I will deal with it when it happens)
It cannot steal humor.
(I have found that people either whisper back to me or scream at me. I ask them why they are whispering or tell them "I can't talk, but I hear just fine." After they get through apologizing I make them laugh by telling them to relax, it's no big deal)
It cannot destroy peace...
(Only I can let it do that and I refuse)
To those of you who are fighting cancer everyday....you are my heroes....you are my inspiration...you are in my prayers. I am not making light of cancer, but I refuse to let it dominate my thoughts.
Cause you see...
Cancer is a pretty scary six letter word...
but it is, afterall, just a word...
not a state of mind!
Everyday, I get up, accept the fact that I have had it and may have it again....
and then I go out and dance!
Because, just for today, I am still cancer free!
Now drop me a note...tell me your story...and I will surprise one lucky person with one of my
"SMILE" bags with a few surprises in it when the hop is over!
Oh! A huge thank you to Linda at Buzzing and Bumbling
and Madame Samm at Sew We Quilt
for hosting this fun event!
God Bless You!
and go visit all the other wonderful bloggers who love words....
Monday, January 7
Stitch, Stitch, Stitch, Stitch (Cyndi H.)
Kwilty Pleasures (Kathy G.)
Debby Kratovil Quilts (Debby K.))
Sew Darn Quilt (Carolyn R.)
Mary On Lake Pulaski (Mary K.)
Traveling Quilter (Debbie A.)
Just Let Me Quilt (Carol S.)
Vroomans Quilts (Sharon V.)
Cate's Linens (Catherine R.)
Nini and the Sea (Denise)
Sew Much 2 Luv (Karen)
Tuesday, January 8
Piece Peace (Patricia G.)
A Stitch in Time (Patty D.)
krislovesfabric (Kris T.)
Marjorie's Busy Corner (Marjorie)
Grandmamas Stories (Jane H.)
Mrs. Pickles Garden (Hayley)
Patchouli moon Studio (Daryl P.)
Till We Quilt Again (Helen E.)
The Slow Quilter (Felicia F.)
Wednesday, January 9
Kathy's Quilts (Kathy W.)
Sunshine Quilting (Martina S.)
Sew Incredibly Crazy (Amy)
Quilt Doodle Doodles (Cindy S.)
Doodling in My Mind (Darla R.)
I Like to Quiltblog (Bente)
Michelle's Romantic Tangle (Michelle M.)
Grammie Q's (Charlotte M.)
Dancing Moon (Carla B.)
The Fuzzy Hat Quilter (Laura Ann)
Thursday, January 10
Life in the Scrapatch (Pat B.)
Just Sew Sue (Sue B.)
Nati's Little Things (Nati)
Amy's Crafty Shenanigans (Amy)
Scrappy 'n Happy (Jess R.)
Little Mushroom Cap (Amira A.
Moosestash Quilting (Joan K.)
Sowing Stitches (Beulah aka. Carol)
Just Quilt It (Kathy G.)
Friday, January 11
Jane's Fabrics (Jane R.)
Jane's Quilting (Jane C.)
Nuts 4 Redwork (Heide W.)
Cherry Blossoms Quilting Studio (Cherry G.)
Bits and Pieces (Martha R.)
Life in Every Breath (Jennifer B.)
Quilting Lines (Patricia L.)
Travel Thru Greece (Mara)
Meadowbrook (Kristen K.)
Count It All Joy! (Denise P.)
Sophie Junction (Sophie W.)
Monday, January 14
Gracie Oliver Arts (Jeanie)
Clothes and Crafts (Maria K.)
Simple Sew (Shirley T.)
Woolie Mammoth (Anna B.)
RocknQuilts (Mary Ann)
Celynn's Sunflower Patch (Celynn)
Sane and Crazy Quilting (Cathy L.)
Quiltsmiles (Jane E.)
Feathered Nest Studio(Jennet)
Tuesday, January 15
BQuiltin Studio (Beverly K.)
Hill Valley Quilter (Britt-Inger)
Bumbleberry Stitches (Theresa K.)
Buzzing and Bumbling (Linda W.)
In Stitches and Seams (Annette S.)
Englating (Marica from Sweden)
Stitchin by the Lake (Marlene B.)
Selina Quilts (Selina)
Sheila's Quilt World (Sheila M.)
Words & Stitches (Beth S.)
Sew Mollie Sue, Quilt Much? (Pamela A.)
Wednesday, January 16
My Collection of Things (Jeni K.)
Quiltin' Jenny (Jenny)
Shade Tree Quilting (Judy C.)
Pat Sloan, The Voice of Quilting (Pat. S.)
Dachsies With Moxie (Agnes B.)
Sew Many Yarns (Lyndsey M.)
Tomorrows Treasures Today (Denise D.)
Christa Quilts (Christa W.)
Read, Quilt, Cook, Pray (Aletta D.)