I continue to think about this subject. Unforgiveness is one of the major hindrances that can hinder your healing. Listen to what Jesus says in Mark 11:25-26. "And whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive him and [let it drop](leave it, let it go), in order that your Father who is in heaven may also forgive you your [own] failings and shortcomings and let them drop. But if you do not forgive, neither will your Father in heaven forgive your failings and shortcomings." Happy New Year 2011, I still think this an important message! A quote by Author: Tami Hoag 2007... What purpose does it serve to hold that anger? What good does it do? Hatred is like taking poison and expecting the other person to die of it."

An Opinion... Isn't it amazing that almost everyone has an opinion to offer about the bible (as well as other subjects), and yet so few have studied it (or the subject)? R. C. Sproul, If only one would read before speaking, they would not look so foolish. Yet, I don't want to get in anyone's face... so I keep dropping hints. Does it help? I hope so...)

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Reality if both good and bad...

It has been a while since I posted.  Why?  Well, I told myself that I would not make this blog a discouraging information outlet, rather an encouraging bit of information.  While I realize now that was an optomistic thought process, it is not reality.  The truth is that I have all kinds of days, and occasionaly "gloomy" is one of them.  To not record those days leaves one with an incomplete picture of what my life is like right now.

I have been asked "How is your life with Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia (CLL)?"  To begin with there is a long list of issues to consider, not just the CLL diagnosis.  How does all of my other conditions work or not work together.  With cancer comes emotional, physical, social as well as financial issues that can come up unexpectedly.  In my case, everything in my world has changed. 

With cancer becoming a large part of my life, I have begun to focus on what is my purpose (reason for being, point in life, function)?  Am I just to exist, or is there something for me to accomplish? 

I struggle to maintain a positive and productive thought process with:
  • PTSD (Post Trauma Stress Disorder)  This does not go away, one learns coping skills.  But, there are triggers to bring on a multitude of symptoms.
  • High blood pressure, SVT, irregular heart beat, etc.
  • Asthma
  • Diabetes (numbers high due to sterioids in treatment)
  • CLL (kidney, renal artery mass)
  • Thyroid nodule/mass (more than one)
  • Blurred vision (doing this blog with my prescription glasses and various reading glasses layered on top has been a challenge.)
  • Immune system down
  • Bleeding disorder
  • etc.
As I have been having  some difficult days, I realized that a lowly (less than positive) day is as much a part of me as a good day.  That said, maybe it will help those close to me, or another going through similar issues to know that those days do come.  Now, how did Marie lift herself up?

  • This blog helps me to explore my feelings, vent frustrations, find the silver lining of a looming cloud, and not worry about looking into the face of one I am talking to, having the fear that my thoughts are being rejected or discounted. 
  • I have found that it is okay to admit that I do not have to be okay all of the time
  • I do not have to accept only negative news.  I can research, ask questions, be an active part in my own life journey.
  • Maybe you feel alone.  Then think of when you have remained silent toward others.  Yes, it can be awkward to talk to someone with health issues.  You, personally, may be going through a difficult time and a simple conversation is too much to accomplish.  Or, you might be thinking that too much time has passed, will my approach be welcome.  This can work either way, your approach or someone approaching you.  The key is to be understanding.
  • I have found that to have a connection with family and friends one "has" to exit their comfort zone and make contact.  It is a difficult thing for me to reach out, fear of being rejected takes over. 
  • Remember that no prayer is too small or too large.  Then ask for strength to go forward.

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