posted Tuesday, January 19th, 2010 at 7:03 pm
Thanks to Ariane for my timely Lemonade award to be proudly displayed on my side bar. It’s all about taking bad news, even really bad news, and making it positive – which is not always easy to do. It’s also about gratitude and because life is a gift. I dedicate this award to Possum’s auntie…
Possum’s cherished auntie in America has been dealt quite a bitter lemon. She has ‘aggressive’ lung cancer (despite never being a smoker) which metastisized to the brain (this tumour was removed initially before the lung cancer was discovered). Now they have discovered her lymph nodes are affected and spreading cancer throughout her body like a run away train.
You would expect her to be devasted, and she is, but not as much it seems as us who can’t bear the thought of losing her. You would expect her to be angry at the unfairness of cancer striking a person still quite young, a person who strove to live a healthy life. Yet although frustrated, and scared at times, as the medical procedures for cancer are frightening… she has no self-pity and still manages to smile when we talk to her daily on Skype.
Before her last big operation, we, her Australian family decided to make a virtual ‘healing quilt’ with beautiful images of things she loves, including her only niece, Possum. We put messages of hope and prayer on the quilt. She has printed off her quilt and keeps it near her bedside. The messages, it seems have offered her some comfort, and have also been a comfort to us… as it seems you go through the journey of cancer together. My favourite message comes from a wise woman who has made lots of lemonade in her lifetime, my mother:
Do not give up hope for a medical breakthrough which may kill your cancer cells.
Keep on enjoying life as fully as you can. Laughter can be a good medicine..
Embrace the shadows and enjoy the light.May the pouring out of love from relatives and friends provide you with encouragement.Keep hoping that the prayers being said constantly on your behalf will be answered.Know that you will never be forgotten. Your spirit will live on. It is eternal.When we watch ’Possum’ dancing like a ballerina, we shall be reminded of you.