CELEBRATING THE END OF CANCER TREATMENT

MY WEEKLY THANK YOU NOTE TO GOD.  THANK YOU RUTH AYERS FOR MAKING THIS SPACE AVAILABLE.
MY WEEKLY THANK YOU NOTE TO GOD. THANK YOU RUTH AYERS FOR MAKING THIS SPACE AVAILABLE.

On December 23, my dear friend Fran reached the end of her treatment for her breast cancer.  In order to celebrate, Fran invited a group of friends she affectionately calls her posse over for dinner.  I am privileged to part of the posse.

Fran started the evening with a toast of thanks to us for the help we had been to her during this time of treatment but then she went on to remind us that one in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer.  She went on to say very emotionally that she hoped that we would be spared because fate had chosen her.  This statement really lent such gravitas to the evening.

As part of her celebration Fran gave each of us a candle and I have been pondering the synchronicity of the idea of the gift of fire for the last few day.

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Because isn’t it since time immemorial, that we have gathered by the fire and shared our stories?  And, when a story is shared with us it becomes part of our experience.  And, hopefully part of the pain and part of the victory become our story to retell such as I am doing today.

Hoping to share many stories in 2016  with you,

Bernadette

About Bernadette

I live in the small town of Haddonfield, NJ. I am at an age in my life when I seem to spend time thinking and musing about life. These musings are usually stimulated by my walks through Haddonfield, my reading of books and fellow bloggers, and my interaction with my group of fabulous family and friends.

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  1. “She went on to say very emotionally that she hoped that we would be spared because fate had chosen her.” WOW! When something tragic like cancer happens, we look for meaning. We ask,”WHY?” And sometimes…there is no answer. Bad things happen to good people, no explanation given. I’m sooo happy you’re friend is doing better and she has a supportive group of friends to stand by her side. My mother had multiple sclerosis. She spent decades looking for meaning behind her painful disease. As her disease progressed, friends and family grew distant. They didn’t know how to help her. They didn’t know what they should do. So they stayed away. Be there for your friend, through good times and bad. Be supportive. Be loving. Be YOU. 🙂 Your friend is so fortunate to have someone kind and caring like YOU in her life. Best wishes to you and your friend! xo

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  2. Happy to hear about your friend and her so thoughtful celebration, Bernadette. I’ve told you before how much I like your sub-title, and now you’ve called us back to “story” again, by a fire. Looking forward to your stories coming in 2016!

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  3. Hi Haddon Musings,
    I met you on Danny Ray’s site at his Christmas party. You seemed touched that he has Meet and Greets, so I wanted to let you know I also have Meet and Greets twice a month and two networking opportunities in addition each week.
    In response to your post, I haven’t told anyone online, so keep this hush hush. Last spring I found out that I had skin cancer. My dad died of cancer, and I remembered my cousin saying “nobody wants it.” It turned out he was right. My dad died within the month of diagnosis.
    When I expressed concern over my situation, everyone told me how common skin cancer is. Nice or insensitive? Despite advancements, the “C” word is still scary.
    I am beyond happy for your friend. Your post reminds one of the fragility of life. Thank you for reminding me of my blessings. I am starting 2016 cancer free! They operated in August.
    Janice

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  4. We celebrate the camaraderie, fellowship, and stories in our lives as part of the circle of life. I placed the link for Autumn’s Palette on your Senior Salon. Thanks for the opportunity.

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