God works in mysterious ways. Miracles do happen.

Angels

I can’t remember the exact date, but it was 1999 and my mother had been diagnosed with colon cancer for the 2nd time. We met with the surgeon who said he could not operate because the cancer had metastasized. Chemotherapy for the rest of her life was the treatment. That seemed like a death sentence to me and I was determined to explore options.

After the meeting with the doctor, I went back into the city on the train. I was mentally drained and exhausted. When I looked up, I saw a friend from high school I had not seen in years. I truly feel God put this friend (angel) on the train for me to meet that day. That “chance” meeting is the reason my mother is still here and alive today.

Long story short, my friends’ coworker’s mother in law had a similar colon cancer diagnosis and suggested we get a 2nd opinion from Dr. Sugarbaker at the Washington Cancer Institute, Washington Hospital Center, in Washington, D.C. He had an innovative treatment which consisted of surgery and heated chemotherapy in the affected area where the cancer was. I won’t go into all of the details, but the point being she was a viable candidate for this surgery, the treatment worked and my mother is still here 15 years later. We are all extremely grateful.

I feel my mother’s situation was truly a miracle. When I meet someone who is impacted by cancer, I pray to God to help them find the best information/treatments for their situation. Had I not met my friend on the train that day, I don’t know if I ever would have found out about Dr. Sugarbaker.

I hope I can be that “angel” to help someone else some day. Miracles do happen.

 

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God works in mysterious ways. Miracles do happen.

I can’t remember the exact date, but it was 1999 and my mother had been diagnosed with colon cancer for the 2nd time. We met with the surgeon who said he could not operate because the cancer had metastasized. Chemotherapy for the rest of her life was the treatment. That seemed like a death sentence to me and I was determined to explore options.

After the meeting with the doctor, I went back into the city on the train. I was mentally drained and exhausted. When I looked up, I saw a friend from high school I had not seen in years. I truly feel God put this friend (angel) on the train for me to meet that day. That “chance” meeting is the reason my mother is still here and alive today.

Long story short, my friends’ coworker’s mother in law had a similar colon cancer diagnosis and suggested we get a 2nd opinion from Dr. Sugarbaker at the Washington Cancer Institute, Washington Hospital Center, in Washington, D.C.  He had an innovative treatment which consisted of surgery and heated chemotherapy in the affected area where the cancer was. I won’t go into all of the details, but the point being she was a viable candidate for this surgery, the treatement worked and my mother is still here 15 years later. We are all extremely grateful.

I feel my mother’s situation was truly a miracle. When I meet someone who is impacted by cancer, I pray to God to help them find the best information/treatments for their situation. Had I not met my friend on the train that day, I don’t know if I ever would have found out about Dr. Sugarbaker.

I hope I can be that “angel” to help someone else some day. Miracles do happen.

Sharing is Caring. We can all learn from one another. Learning is a lifelong process.

A Sharing Is Caring Photo

I have a YOLO Mom’s Night Out group which gets together once a month for Ladies Night at a local place in town. Sometimes the group is small and sometimes it is a bit larger, but I enjoy meeting with fellow moms and always learning something new.

This month, I asked the moms to send me a helpful parenting tip. I was just going to share the tips with the group, but I thought my blog followers might enjoy them too. So here they are:

  • Too much stuff makes you crazy. If you don’t need it, get rid of it. (And I will add this: If it is “free” and you don’t need it, don’t take it.)
  • I love upromise.com….a way to save money for college with every day purchases…..it even works on vacations!
  • When making pancakes, cook up some extras and freeze. When you are short on time in the morning, simply put the frozen pancakes in the microwave or in the toaster oven, and you have a hot breakfast with minimal prep time.
  • On snow days or any day for that matter, follow a lead from corporate America and give your kids a” to do” list. You can include fun things and chores; play a game with your brother for 20 mins, practice instrument, complete 3 Lego figures and read for 30 mins. Once the list is complete, they can watch TV or have free time. Kids are very achievement oriented. You’ll be surprised how they’ll whip through the list, so make sure you time them.
  • We do family movie night on Fridays. The kids really look forward to it. We do special snacks, make popcorn together. It’s a nice way to end the week
  • Never go to bed angry and always say goodnight. Whether it’s that you are angry at your spouse or your kids, you should always say I love you and goodnight!!
  • I was thinking of a YOLO Mom tip. And I thought of this. It’s not really a tip but it was something nice we do. What I did was teach my boys a little bedtime prayer. I would say it to them every night. “Goodnight, I love you, I thank God for you.” Eventually they started repeating it back on their own. It was a nice sentiment to end the evening. One morning my younger son woke up, and said to me “Mom, Good Morning….I love you, I thank God for you.”

Beautiful ideas and tips! I hope you learned something new. Sharing is Caring…We can all learn from each other every day. Learning is a lifelong process.