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Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Surviving Cancer....

This is my brother Leif:
and I'd like to take a minute to give anyone out there reading this blog who is dealing with Cancer or who knows someone with Cancer a bit of encouragement.

A few months ago at the ripe old age of 29, my brother was diagnosed with Lymphatic Leukemia. He was told he needed transplants: liver and bone marrow for sure and that was only if he lived past the next 2 weeks.

A shock non the less, to go to the hospital with lower back pain and find out your whole body is riddled with Cancer and you will be lucky to live another 2 weeks. He hung his head and was about to give up. Who wouldn't with news like that? ME...that's who. I believe our lives are what we make of them. If your mind gives up why should your body keep fighting?

I told my brother to go ahead and cry...everyone would with news like that. Take some time to grieve this devastating news...then sit up and deal with it! It may sound harsh but I believe it works. He has always been a fighter. He is strong and if he can fight with his mind, his body will have the strength to fight through the chemo.

I take no credit for the miracle of his survival. I gave my brother the tools to craft his own life, to make a choice, to deal with his Cancer, the same tools that helped me deal with my Multiple Sclerosis and I want to share it with you all...NEVER give up and KEEP POSITIVE! My brother should not have made it out of the hospital but he did! He is in a wheel chair for awhile but with time, and his determination, he WILL walk again.

Positive thoughts bring positive actions...so go on...go tell someone who is fighting an illness to BE STRONG and CARRY ON, and if it happens to be you needing this encouragement then I hope that reading this can encourage you to take your destiny in your own hands, BELIEVE in the POWER of POSITIVE thoughts! We do and it works for us :)

I wish you well on your journey and am thinking positive thoughts for you no matter where you are, what you have, YOU can conquer it!

"Happiness is an attitude. We either make ourselves miserable, or happy and strong. The amount of work is the same. ~Francesca Reigler"


(This crow picture is dedicated to my brother Skye
who passed away at 29 with a brain anerisim. We miss you Twirp. We hope you are enjoying your days on your big rock candy mountain. We are thankful that Leif decided not to join you at 29 as well and wish you could still be here with us. All over the world, your friends and family unite in our love for you, and will see you again when our journeys here are done... when we take flight to come visit you)