Friday, October 24, 2014

Learning to Fly

Lately, every time I go to a restaurant or other establishment, I hear this song by Tom Petty written in 1991.  I always loved the song, but now, it has a whole new meaning.  The thing about music is that in can be interpreted any way you want.  In the beginning, I always thought this song was more about drugs.   Now, it has a whole new meaning.  I'll put the lyrics and a link to the video below.  It's the lyrics that have hit so close to home.

"Learning To Fly"

Well I started out down a dirty road
Started out all alone
And the sun went down as I crossed the hill
And the town lit up, the world got still

I'm learning to fly, but I ain't got wings
Coming down is the hardest thing

Well the good ol' days may not return
And the rocks might melt and the sea may burn


Well some say life will beat you down
Break your heart, steal your crown
So I've started out for God knows where
I guess I'll know when I get there

I'm learning to fly, around the clouds
But what goes up must come down


So, as you can see, I think every cancer patient can relate.  We all started out down a dirty road and thought we were alone.  We have to relearn how to live, a different way.  "But the good ole days, may not return", means our lives have been changed forever.  We don't necessarily have the same opportunities we used to, but we don't we have to stay down.  We can "learn to fly, around the clouds".  We can learn to live with this illness we have, and still be happy.  

"Well some say life will beat you down, Break your heart, steal your crown".  No kidding!  This song to me is about losing a life we can never get back.   But we learn to deal with it.   We get back up, and we keep going.  It's about acceptance of our situation, no matter what it is.  I think Tom Petty is pretty much a genius, regardless of what the original meaning of the song is.  It's one of my all time favorites.  Just had to share.  I hope we can all Learn to Fly, even if we don't have wings...

God bless!  

Ecclesiastes 3:1
For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

More Results, I'm an Aunt, and all things good

So much to get out without boring you all.  So, first things first.

Karley got her blue belt at The Brick.  We were so very proud.  She also got one B and all As on her progress report.  She couldn't be doing better.  She's overcome so much.  She still has a way to go, but she's come so far.  We thank God every day for watching over our little angel.

The next day my sister started  having contractions and I had to leave to go to Atlanta for some tests.  For the first time ever, my sister and I were in hospital beds at the same time, just in different states.  On 10/14/14, I became an aunt to such a sweet and beautiful little girl, Sarah Catherine Moore.   Congratulations to Patrick and Brook Moore.  We couldn't be happier!

I missed it because Brook delivered 3 weeks early and I had scheduled my appts earlier in the month to make it.  Murphy's Law.  My parents were in NC and unable to help through my appts this time.  Luckily, I was blessed to have Stephen and Amanda there.  It was rough.

But, the good news: my colonoscopy and annual MRI both came back clear!  Stephen and I got to have lunch with Jonathan and Robyn Hicks after my appointments on Wednesday.  Jonathan is also a Stage 4 Lung Cancer survivor and is working on a short indie film, Nirvana.  The film covers, from his personal experience, the emotions felt by a cancer patient in the beginning.  His wife, Robyn, is the main character.  They are great people!

We got back Thursday and yesterday was the fall festival at Oglethorpe Point Elementary.  We went with some friends and had a great time.

Now we are looking forward to tomorrow for the St. Baldrick's event at Ocean Lodge in honor of one of Karley's school mates, Alexa.  Go Team Alexa!  Karley will be selling wristbands. So, those in the St. Simons area, come on out to Ocean Lodge at 12:30 p.m. tomorrow.  It's for a good cause.  (I heard a few teachers will be shaving their heads!)

Donation link for Team Alexa

Thank you all for your continuous prayers and please don't stop.  They are working!   Please also pray for Alexa, my friend Molly who has upcoming scans, and Jon & Tina Roberts.  Jon has been so courageous as our "good morning" friend throughout this cancer journey.  I just hope he is resting well and do miss him.

Isaiah 41:10
"So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God.  I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous hand."