My New Year's Resolution

I am giving up cancer!!  I am also going to get skinny, prepare more home cooked meals and talk less.  Okay, maybe not.

What can I realistically champion so that 2013 will be the best year ever?  Don’t we all ask that kind of question just before the dawn of a new year? 

As I face 2013 with the label of stage 4 breast cancer patient, here are a few other questions that keep rolling around in my head:

  • What will my next PET scan show? 
  • How much money do I need to budget for trips to be treated?
  • Will my health insurance premium go up?
  • Will I beat the odds and live beyond the 33 month average from diagnosis to death?
  • 15% of stage 4 breast cancer victims live 5 years or longer.  Am I going to be in that 15%?  Or will I go over the “cancer cliff”?

When the heavy questions jump to the fore front on my thinking, I deal with them responsibly.  Sometimes I feel a little anxiety but more than anything I pray for God’s will, wisdom and peace.  Then I turn inward to questions that I know will pour joy into my soul.  Questions like:

  • What can I do to be as healthy as possible…and have fun while doing it?
  • What can I do with this disease to make a difference?
  • How can I help others?
  • What do I want to check off on my bucket list?

A new year can be like getting a clean slate, a do over, a fresh start.  True enough it is a good time to make changes for the better.  Unfortunately, we humans are only in control of so much in our lives.  We can lose weight, get organized, or start a new hobby.  If you are a cancer patient, you can still do all those things as you drag the disease from one year into the next.

I would like to give up cancer as my new year’s resolution.  But that isn’t an option or is it?  I pray unceasingly to be healed.  I don’t look or feel sick but instead am blessed with life abundantly. So even though 2012 will be the year that my “cancer came back," it will also be the year that I grew closer to The Lord, connected with old friends and made a ton of new ones.  2012 wasn’t all bad.  

So what will 2013 bring?  Who really knows?  But when the clock strikes midnight on New Year’s Eve, you can count on me to first being grateful for my wonderful life.  Then I will square my shoulders to face a future I believe still offers promise and excitement even in the midst of fussing over cancer issues.  I will continue to be resolute in my commitment to combating cancer while having as much fun as possible ... one precious day at a time – Tick Tock!




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Amen Sister

Can I get a BIG AMEN from all the breast cancer sisters on giving up CANCER in 2013....but we will NEVER give up the fight - stay strong!!


New Years Resolution!

Of course I want to lose weight, give up a bad habit or two, help provide financially for my family but .... MOST of all, I want to be a blessing to others, be there for them when they need me and really make a difference in their lives. I want the light of Jesus Christ to shine through so brightly that others can feel His love through me. I have been blessed so much this year by both old and new friends. I am so thankful for both. As I grow older, I think I treasure my friends more and more, they have become more like family to me. So this year, hug more, laugh more, and love more!

hug - laugh - love

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Pat Brown

Pat: From the first time I met you I knew you was a tough Lady and I was right. I am very proud of you and I keep you in my prays. I have always had the opinion that you were and are a spot-on-match for beautiful and smart. I have no doubt that you will be successful at anything you are challenged with and that you will win this battle in the long run. I wish you an awesome 2013 and I pray that your prays will be answered and that God will choose to heal you. Have a wonderful day !! God Bless Ross

Learning from You

I admire where you are going with your life and diagnosis.... I hate that the two are together but you deal with having to have the two together. I am so lucky to have you for a friend and watch your process and learning from you all the time. I'm laying my bet on your beating cancer! hugs


Thank you for such an honest reflection of what life is all about. MD Anderson is the best and you are at the right place. My journey began 20 years ago and I am cancer free! Praise God. Continue to pray, believe and live everyday to the max! You rock!

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