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   Posted 8/27/2005 1:23 AM (GMT -6)   
I found this poem and wanted to share it with each of you. This is a new way to look at what each of has been handed......Deb

A Gift

Copyright© By Linda Nielsen

I was given a gift,
wrapped shabbily, it was non-returnable,
Reluctantly I accepted it.

In it I found courage I never knew existed
and a patience far beyond anything ever experienced.
I was given the ability to trust a stranger with that most
dear to me, and an endurance for the unknown.
I was given unconditional love of family and friends,
always there, never stopping, never faltering.
I was given many prayers from far and wide,
and the warmth of knowing I am truly cared about.
I was given a fond farewell of my modesty and vanity,
and the acceptance and love of an imperfect body.
I was given a strong shoulder to lean on
when that shoulder had once grown distant,
and laughter and good times, more special than ever before.
I was given many new friends,
wonderful, courageous women I am so very proud to know.
I was given warm sunshine and beautiful green grass,
blue skies, and sparkling city lights.
I was given things to see,
that once before were ignored.
I was given the chance to wake up,
instead of sleepwalking through life.
I was given every glorious day to enjoy,
every month to savor, every year to rejoice.
I was given the gift of life,
I was given breast cancer.


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   Posted 8/27/2005 8:45 AM (GMT -6)   
Deb- Wow ! I am crying! thank you for posting that, it is truly beautful! where s the kleenex.
"It's been worth everything I've been through,
 To do what I do"

                       To Do What I Do   -Alan Jackson, 2004

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   Posted 8/27/2005 12:38 PM (GMT -6)   
Oh my gosh Debbie i dont know what to say,i cant even talk right now.This poem says it all Thank you for sharing it with us...Tammy

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   Posted 8/27/2005 1:02 PM (GMT -6)   

It just goes to show that you too have a good attitude about this and we all know what that means, attitude is everything. There are times when we all want to just throw up our hands and give up but somehow we reach down and get that extra burst of energy. Thank you for posting this it helps me to remember that Im here on this earth for a reason and maybe one of them is to show strength and dignity through this.

Hugs :)

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   Posted 8/27/2005 1:11 PM (GMT -6)   
I know i allready posted but this poem really touched me.I havent been able to cry but im crying now.Thank You God for carrying me through my journey and giving me strength and opening my eyes to see how precious life is(AMEN) OH and thank you for using debbie for touching our hearts with this poem...Tammy

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   Posted 8/27/2005 7:50 PM (GMT -6)   
This poem says it all. It is perfect. Thank you for sharing.
I have a question for you about the herceptin, I think you were one of the ones doing this drug. I had my first treatment with Herceptin about 2 1/2 weeks ago. It went well although I had a hard time getting back in that chair. I had alot of pain, I felt like I hurt all over like the flu or something. Is this a side effect to the Herceptin?I am due for my next one this Tuesday.
Thanks again the poem was so very beautiful.

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   Posted 8/27/2005 7:54 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Debbie, I'm from the Lupus forum, but saw a gift and thought I'd partake. That was very well stated!! Thanks for sharing!

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   Posted 8/27/2005 8:15 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you so much for posting this poem.  It is so true!  What a wonderful way of looking at things.  I have to share this with my family and close friends.
L & H,

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   Posted 8/27/2005 9:26 PM (GMT -6)   

I am so glad that you all liked this poem. I felt so much better after reading it. I gave this to my onco and surgeon and they are making copies to give to their old and new patients. We are also going to have a copy framed in our Community Breast Cancer House (due to open Oct 1, if we get all of the renovations completed) as well as place a copy in each notebook that we give to women that come to us for help.

We are a remarkable group of women that belong to a sisterhood that we didn't chose to have membership to. But, we share a bond and strength that will keep us strong and looking towards the future, no matter how tough things get.



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   Posted 8/29/2005 9:26 PM (GMT -6)   
Oh Deb,

That poem is just wonderful. Even after 20 years, I can really appreciate it.

Hugs and Thank you so much for sharing it.
Deb (in Ohio)
"What sweetness is left in life if you take away friendship? It is like robbing the world of the sun"

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