There is a phrase for absurdity that says it is like the blind leading the blind. In my case, that phrase takes on a whole different meaning. My 84 year-old friend and published writer, is almost totally blind. I visit and read to her. One day she declared that I had “radical hope” in the way I was healed of cancer and serious back surgery. She insisted I write about what it took. I was blind in a way because I never saw that I could write a book and never considered the subject of my healing. She, being blind, saw what was on my heart and that is how the book, the journey of my healing was born.
Having Cancer is a VERY serious thing. There is nothing funny about seeing so many in those chairs getting the chemo, and some coming each day for weeks. Nothing funny at all. But there are some sweet moments during the healing process, and one of those had to do with my granddaughter and our tea party. How do a tea party and effects of radiation fit together to create some joy? It is all there in the chapter, “The Tea Party, Where Old Things Become New.”
They say that laughter is the best medicine. I always have to see some humor in impossible situations and write about those too. The Chapter on “Messy” relates some of those moments when I could only laugh at the absurd effects of radiation for rectal cancer.
March 1, 2021
Last month I visited Ivy and Sage, a new store in Mesa, AZ. While there, I heard someone call my name. It was the owner, Jill. I had no idea this fabulous store was her project, a Home and Lifestyle Boutique which is reset with merchandize every 12 weeks. And what did she offer me? To feature my book and to do a book signing Saturday, March 6, 2021 from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Her reaching out to me in friendship is as joyful to me as the opportunity to share my book!
December 14, 2020:
One of the highlights of my week, maybe my life, was doing a Podcast with nuWriters.com. The purpose of the podcast is to feature new writers with a review of their books by the founders, Annie and Stacy. The next episode is an interview with the author. My book was chosen. The review will be broadcast on January 12, and the interview will air on January 14.
I encourage you to check out the website www.nuWriters.com for information about wonderful books and other authors’ comments. The hosts, Annie and Stacy are delightful, insightful, honest and encouraging. I had a great experience meeting them and expanding my reading and writing worlds.
December 19, 2020
God’s blessings as well was His presence just keep coming. I feel His presence in the times I get an insight into all He has done in my life. That happened last Saturday when I was having my hair cut. Another client and I started visiting. Our chat evolved into my telling her the story of my back problem, cancer, surgery and all the treatments. I told her I had written a book about it. She asked how long all this took. I said about 2 years. She was in disbelief. “A miracle,” she said. That is when a profound sense of all of it swept over me and a deeper realization and appreciation for the Healing Power of Jesus. His presence just showed up again!
October 6, 2020:
One of my greatest joys was making an appointment with my oncologist just to present him with the book. He really thought I had come in because of a physical problem and sat over his computer ready to take the facts. The fact was I was there to give him the evidence of his part in the success of healing me from rectal cancer. He couldn’t believe that I had actually written the book – thought it was just a joke. “This is no joke,” I told him as he tearfully thanked me. The lesson here, again, is that we all, always need gratitude. He also asked if I would present at the Cancer Seminars they sponsor. Of course, I readily accepted the invitation.