Post Edited (Marlee2) : 9/8/2008 1:53:26 PM (GMT-6)
Awww, Marlee, this has made me feel sooo good! You are becoming Little Miss Sunshine, Jr.! You are absolutely correct in what you posted and I'm glad it is "clicking" with you now. Fibromyalgia is a pretty miserable problem...especially since the doctors don't know what causes all of the pain and other symptoms. You know you will be in pain, but you can still be in pain and be happy and thankful for all of your blessings at the same time. Life is made up of choices. I could choose to be miserable, become bedridden or a recluse and be in pain, or I could choose to keep a postitive attitude, look forward to each new day, since we don't know what it holds for us, keep moving and enjoying my life and be in pain. I like the sound of the second choice and that's the one I've made. Because of that, the pain isn't controlling me and I'm having a good life! I'm glad to see that you are doing the same thing! I'm proud of you, Marlee!
I HAD to be nice to you because of your lovely post, but I'll get back at you for causing my head to swell like this! OUCH!
Apparently, I've been in a thick fog, but I think there are a few people here that could be "Little Miss Sunshine," in my opinion. Sometimes, a few of you know just what to say when I'm feeling bad. Your post about your cousin made me want to call you "Little Miss Hopeshine."
Anyway, I really mean it when I say that everyone here really means something to me, and there are a select few of you who have really helped me through some hard times. I'll never forget y'all for making it just a little bit easier to cope. I've had a rough few weeks, and I hope that somehow I can give back that care & support that you've given to me.
Hi Marlee! I'm so sorry to hear about your cousin's battle with cancer but at the same time so pleased to hear about her attitude and approach. I lost my brother 10 years ago to cancer. It began in one of his kidneys (it was removed) and, subsequently, over his final 5 years of life, reappeared in a lung (it, too, was removed) and finally reappeared throughout his body. He went through all that with the sores, pain, weakness, massive weight loss and final excrutiating pain that massive does of morphine could not calm. Through it all, he probably knew his time was limited as well but he always spoke of what he would be doing to regain his weight, strength and muscles once the cancer was defeated. He always asked how I or anyone else in the room was doing before any of us could ask him the same. I admired that attitude and courage so much......I can only hope that if I ever have to face cancer, stroke (what my mother died of) or heart disease/attack (what my father died of) that I would have even one-tenth of the attitude, fortitude and courage both your cousin and my brother have shown. My heart and prayers are with you, your family and your cousin for what lies ahead!
You said that she was getting the finest care available and, of that, I am so thankful. While going through this with my brother, I spent a lot of time on the internet looking up new breakthroughs and experimental treatments for cancer. Now, with my fibro, cfs and cebv, I spend even more time looking into the fascinating world of evolving medicine. I came across these sites a couple days ago.....I don't know if any of this could apply to your cousin or not but please have a look at it and see if any of this might be worth looking into for her. Terminal does not always mean "final".
Post Edited (jev) : 9/8/2008 11:43:46 AM (GMT-6)