My sweet angel

My sweet angel

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Live Like You Are Dying

Tim McGraw knew what he was doing when he wrote that song.  It's something we should all do.  If you've never heard it, I encourage you to do so.  I guess the majority of our population do not think about things like this because they've never had that moment.  That one moment.  That moment when time stops and you realize, this could be it, this could be the real end.  What in the world have I been doing with my life?  Working?  Stressing?

The thing is, there is so much I want to do and experience while I am able and feel good enough to do it.  I've seen so many of my lung cancer friends decline, quite frankly, in all honesty, this girl is scared.  Everyone tells me, "you're going to be fine" and "you're doing great" and "you're going to beat this".  I appreciate the sentiments, I really do.  It's just that, I don't think any of us can really know.   Only God knows that.  I know I'll be fine, but I don't know I'll beat it.  There are two places I can be fine.  I will be fine no matter what happens.

So, my dilemma right now is not which medical trial to enroll in or what medication to take.  My dilemma is to do what I want to accomplish before I'm put in a wheelchair, in the hospital or on an oxygen tank.  I want to go places and see things.  I want to ride in one of those airplanes that actually give you a bed (Delta) and go to Europe.  I want to see the Louvre in Paris, take a boat tour in Venice, see Buckingham Palace in London and try to make a guard laugh.

I know it sounds so silly.  I should be worried about staying alive and researching and how each scan will turn out.  But quite frankly my dear, I don't give a damn right now.  I want to do so much, but it's all "just in case".  I don't want to be so sick I can't enjoy my bucket list.  By then, I won't even feel like doing it.

I have had a wonderful life so far, I can't complain.  I've been many place and experienced many things.  So, if none of those bucket list items come true, I'll be okay.  As long as I have my family.  We can just go to Vegas and probably do all of those things AND see some pyramids AND Elvis.  

This living in limbo just sucks.  It sucks so bad.  I feel bad complaining because of all of the friends I have that are worse off, but I couldn't sleep so decided to just come on out with it.  So, there it is.  I want a bed on a plane!

In other news, we head to Chicago in a few weeks because the girls came in the top ten in their NASKA divisions (karate) so will receive rewards for both sparring and kata.  So proud of them both.  They will also compete while there.  So please pray for them to return home unharmed.  It's the beginning of competition season.

I am finally getting my wedding stuff together.  I feel like such a slacker.  I wish I could invite everyone, but we are on such a tight budget due to medical bills and me not working and having two girls on a traveling competition team.  So, please don't be offended if you don't get an invite, I want you all there!  We just can't afford it all.

Thank you all for your continuous prayers for me and my friends and family.  Congratulations Kimberly for winning Team Draft's Super Bowl Challenge!  I'm so happy for you!  And to the runners up, you guys will have a blast!  That was one of the best highlights of 2015 for me and I met some wonderful lifelong friends.  And Chris Draft isn't so bad himself.   Kidding...he's amazing.

I never thought I would live to see this year, so most of all, thank you God for getting me here.  I'm not losing my faith, I'm planning my life with your guidance.   God bless you all!

One more thing, you can vote for my blog on this site

It would be amazing to see a lung cancer patient in the top ten!  I'm currently #6.  You can vote every 24 hours through facebook AND twitter.  So, please help keep this blog there....or you can get me a ride in one of those planes with the beds to Europe.  Your choice.

Kidding again!  Happy New Year and thank you for continuing to read my blogs.  It's a roller coaster...but it's worth the ride.  Here are some recent pics of Christmas and our Karate Kids.


  1. Jeremiah 17:14 is the verse that I cling to every day. You go girl! GOD BLESS!

  2. Thank you Cliff! God bless you too!!! And that's a great verse!!

  3. My husband was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer in 09/2015. I'm praying for him, you, and all of us. This cancer thing has gotten out of control. It's like walking into a war zone with no ammunition! God bless you my love. God bless us all.....

  4. My husband was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer in 09/2015. I'm praying for him, you, and all of us. This cancer thing has gotten out of control. It's like walking into a war zone with no ammunition! God bless you my love. God bless us all.....

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  6. Thanks for sharing, Sam. I am proud of you for always "Living Like You're Dying" and for being such a motivational person to those with cancer and without. Most people have not lived an ounce of the full life you have and never will (even if they make it to 100 years of age!) I'm sorry for the pain and uncertainty you face each day with, but admire your faith in what Your Heavenly Father has in store for you. He has blessed you with abundant love and a family friends who treasure each moment with you. I pray your wedding day will be joyous and filled with love. Happy 2016... May the Lord bless you with continued faith and healing. May He grant you that ride on a Delta Bed to Europe as well... ;-)

    1. Thank you Megan! Love you and can't wait to see you, hopefully tomorrow, if not Sunday, if I get over this cold. God bless you!

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