I thought of creating a journal to keep track of this amazing challenge. The purpose is to record the best and worst of the experience for demonstrating the power of healing. It is also a very personal recording of what it takes to get through such a challenge.
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It occurred to me that my 80th birthday is a year and a half away. My sister just died at 80. My mom died at 80. I do not want to follow suit. So, I am interviewing people who have lived past 80 and am writing about what makes it possible. It is an exciting project both inspiring me and giving credit to the people who will be in the next book – to inspire all of us..
Attending Church while going through chemo and radiation was difficult but necessary for me. Often, I would have to lie down on a pew in the back of the Church. The next step was worrying about how to stand outside while waiting for my ride. There was no place to sit down. Then I got an idea to ask the pastor if I could donate two benches outside the front door. He said, “Yes.” One bench says: “Be still and know that I am God.” The other bench says: “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” That is what God wants us to do – Trust Him and Rest!
This one is somewhat on paper and a lot in my head. I was brought up in a house built in the 20”s for a bootlegger. The house had so many interesting facets. As a child it was fascinating. Thinking about that experience today has shown me that I learned a lot from each room in that house. I am asking what that house taught me and relishing the memories while I write.
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