Saturday, January 11, 2014

Share Those Moments

My friend, AnneMarie at CHEMOBRAIN . . . In The Fog is undertaking a new project for 2014. She wants to write a book about intimacy and the effects that cancer treatment has on such subjects as sex, intimacy and sexuality. Got a moment? She could use your help. Her request is for bold honesty. She wants to hear from patients and partners of patients. The survey is geared toward breast cancer patients, but all of the answers are optional. So if you’ve had another type of cancer, help her out by answering her questions in the narrative sections. The same goes for partners of cancer patients.

Let’s be honest. Cancer (or any life-threatening illness) can and does change things. There are physical changes, to be sure. But there are also emotional and psychological changes. Sometimes the physical changes don't affect our sex life but how we view ourselves can.

Please, if you have the chance, take a look at AnneMarie’s website, take the survey and Share Those Moments. I assure you, all information is strictly confidential. AnneMarie is my friend, and I trust her with all my heart so you can too.

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Wednesday, January 1, 2014

2013 Gratitude Jar

In 2012 I read about the Gratitude Jar and thought it was a wonderful idea. So for 2013 I started one. Last night I emptied the Jar and put my slips of paper in date order. This morning I read through the pile. At the top of the list were events that involved family and friends – which did not surprise me. Tied for second were birthdays, food, and vacation. Only one “thing” made it on the list; some pots and pans my husband found to add to our collection.

There were several life events: getting to drop one of my doctor’s appointments, the dedication of Hope House to my father-in-law, and finalizing some details on a piece of property we own. Upon reflection, there are some things that did not make it into the Gratitude Jar but probably should have.

1.     Making new friends.

2.     Reconnecting with high school friends.

3.     My two beautiful, cuddly kitties.

4.     Having food on our table, a roof over our heads, air conditioning in the summer, and heat in the winter.

5.     Most of all: having our health.

For 2014 I plan to continue with the Gratitude Jar. May your year be filled with joy, blessings, and health.
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