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Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Happy Valentine's Day

January is finished and February is going fast!

I had a visit with my throat doctor today - Dr Vic Patel is the greatest! I've had a spot on my neck that came up in November. It had been bothering me so I ask him about it today. It seems that even though I have been off radiation for almost 3 years, that my neck is still burning. So it is another item to my list of nuisances that I have to put up with to stay on this earth and to go where God says I need to be.

I am asking you to pray for my grandson - Walker. He has really been sick lately and can't seem to shake whatever he has. Goes in for more tests on Thursday. This is the young boy (age 5) that has such a wonderful view of life. To go through what he goes through and has since he was born is amazing. I just cherish every moment I have with him. I know Walker has walked with God in his young life and is such a witness! The words that come out of his mouth just blow me over. He talks of heaven. You just have to talk to him and visit with him to get the full impact of the wisdom that can come out of his mouth. But please pray for him. I pray for God's will in his life every day.

Valentine's Day is really overrated to me. Sorry ladies. But I believe that one (man) should give flowers and gifts all the time. I think those gifts and flowers carry alot more weigh because I give them because I want to not because I have to. Have you ever noticed how flower and chocolates prices fall on Feb 15!! That's not to say I don't do flowers but I don't just do them once a year. It is the little things we do for our loved ones that matter. It's the small comment about her looks, the encouragement, being the listener, massages, the hug, the kiss, the holding hands. Like I have said before, we need to slow down and smell the roses and that means spending a few special moments with our spouses and loved ones to let them know how special they are. I intend to continue to do this for all my loved ones. Hope you do to.... Later. Steve

Monday, January 16, 2012

New year

It has been a long time since I have posted. I keep getting people who tell me they are still looking at the blog!!!

As I have thought about what to say, I have thought alot about my bout with cancer and what it has done to me and for me. But more of that later. As of this date, I weigh 145 pounds. My last check up was last October and everything checked out for the good. So it has been 2 years and 6 months since I had my last treatment. My taste buds have still not come back, my feet still tingle all the time, my head rings constantly, the tips of my fingers are still somewhat numb and I continually bite the sides of my mouth where my teeth used to be!! LOL That being said, I get to enjoy the everyday aspects of life today, so it is a small problem to be able to enjoy life. I am still involved in Scouts, get to watch my grandkids grow up and participate in their lives on a regular basis. I get to use my hands to upgrade our home. I get to visit with Lucille on a daily basis supporting each other.

What has cancer done for me you say? Having been close to death, my attitude about life has changed. I don't sweat the small stuff. I have more trust in God and that he will take care of me and my loved ones. I try harder to be more of a witness for God. It's like I tell my Boy Scouts, there are always people who watch you that you never know are watching. And you are an influence on them, good or bad. I cherish the same moments whether it is opening a door for someone, complementing someone, doing something that no one else knows about to brighten up someone's day. You know, according to the Myian calendar, the world will end this next December. How prepared are we if in fact it does end. Have we gotten our house in order? And if we have gotten it in order and the world does not end, have we wasted the year? The answer is no. In fact, December 22 will be a great day. We will either celebrate life with Christ or we will have another joyful day to spend with our friends and family. Either way we win!

Don't let a sickness have to change you. Just enjoy life. Don't sweat the small stuff. Keep Christ by your side. Enjoy each day with your loved ones and friends. Help each other. Do something for someone without putting your name on it. I thought I had faith but did not realize that how shallow it was until I got cancer. God has a plan for us. We just have to trust.

I hope everyone has a great 2012. Life as I know it has changed for the better. Has yours?