Monday, November 17, 2008
My brother-in-law started the group and asked my husband (his brother) and I to be a part of it. We played in a couple of bands together when we were young, and have continued to sing together on and off since then. It's a good way to give to the community while doing something we like to do.
The Wanna B's sing to soundtracks and donate all proceeds to local charities. We have a good group and enjoy working with each other. We started by giving weekend performances at a large venue, then added single nights at smaller places, and last week we branched out and did a three-hour dance. They enjoyed us so much that they asked us back at the end of the month.
I think we're on a roll!
My husband sang in the group before I decided to join. You see, after my cancer I felt uncomfortable around groups of people, except for our families. I avoided a couple of weddings and other gatherings because I just didn't have the energy, and I didn't feel up to all the small talk and questions.
My husband had a mini-stroke the same year I had cancer. He also is handicapped with post-polio, so just going to work took all his energy. But singing with his brother again was more important to him than the way he felt.
My brother-in-law still gets a little teary-eyed when he talks about how he thinks his group was the catalyst for our getting healthy again - and, you know, I think he's right.
God offers opportunities to help us in life, but we need to be ready to receive them - for God leaves it up to us to recognize and choose to accept these gifts in order to receive the blessings they offer.
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Then I stopped blogging.
Hmmm........something is wrong here.
I guess the first thing I need to do is to get organized, then prioritize, then reschedule my time, my to do list, my goals, then........wait a minute now, that's a little overwhelming!
My problem is that I have so many cool things that I've started since I had cancer (see second post), that I don't have enough time to do them all - but it's so much better than not having anything to do.
What kinds of things, you ask? Here's some:
- I wrote my first story - a children's story. I loved it and now I write every day. (No, I haven't sent out my work to be published, but that's the next step.) I also have a monthly writers meeting and submit my stories to the monthly newsletter.
- I started singing in a group called "The Wanna B's". My brother-in-law started it to raise money for local charities. There are seven to ten people, including my husband, and we sing to sound tracks. We practice once or twice a week.
- I started singing for nursing homes and assisted-living. I get paid for this, but it is the first thing I am cutting back on - I think! (I only have one more scheduled.)
- I became interested in metaphysics. I enrolled in a home study course in metaphysical science. I would like to pursue this further. I've been procrastinating on writing a paper for my master's degree.
- I became a Reiki II practitioner and have a weekly meeting. Reiki is an energy healing, which I experienced after my chemo and radiation. (Too bad it wasn't during my treatments!) It helped so much that I became "attuned" so I could use it on myself and my family and friends. Unless I am a massage therapist I cannot offer it to others, but I can "send" it to anyone who requests it.
- I began learning about the internet and ways to make money. I failed many times, but I keep on trying - some MLM's, eBay, a stagnant site, a site that never got up!
- I started working out at a gym.
- I started this blog!
So, there you have it. I'm sure I've missed something. Oh, and don't forget all the day-to-day things that need to be done - cooking, cleaning, laundry, finances, etc. etc.
I'm sure some of you balance many hats, too. That's why I'm glad I can balance myself with Reiki. What kinds of things do you do for yourself to keep you sane?
Friday, October 24, 2008
Sometimes one day just flows into another, and another, and the next thing you know - a week has gone by. Where did that week go?
That's what happened to me.
I have been looking for a part time job. Easy, right? Well, not when you can only work 8:00am - 2:00pm, Monday - Friday, no nights or weekends. Harder, right?
Also, my last three places of employment are no longer there (a retail store closed, a bank merged, and an insurance company dissolved), so there are no work references to verify employment! AND I haven't had a job for almost six years! Impossible, right?
Well, a pharmacy posted a job opening in the window, Tues thru Thurs, from 9:00am to 1:00pm. I filled out an application, had an interview, was hired on the spot, and started the next day. That has never happened to me before. Mind-boggling, really.
It is a brand new position that may develop into five days Mon thru Fri - this job must have been sent from above just for me! It's office work, not floor work - which is perfect.
So, wish me well in my new job!
Thursday, October 16, 2008
Why didn't I have a blog? I didn't know what I was going to write about, and maybe I was just a little fearful of putting my words "out there". But I finally started this journal, we'll see where it leads, so I now am finally taking the course on blogging.
It has a lot of information at first glance. The lessons are in video, audio, and the written word to help you learn. So when you see me adding things, changing things, trying new things, you'll know why.
Like trying to make a link! (The links in the previous post were from Simpleology, not me!) So I will try to copy the html and see if it will take you to the place where you can sign up.
Blogging for Fun and Profits
If you techies out there ever see anything that doesn't work, I'd welcome your input.
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
- The best blogging techniques.
- How to get traffic to your blog.
- How to turn your blog into money.
I'll let you know what I think once I've had a chance to check it out. Meanwhile, go grab yours while it's still free.
Friday, October 10, 2008
The high point was that a former member stopped in to say she can sing with us again in some of our shows. She's in a band that was playing every weekend, so she had to stop for a while. One of her members had surgery, so the band does not play as often now. We've missed her and are glad to have her back, even on a limited basis. She hasn't been well, has gained weight, and has been fatigued. I could see it in her face. She finally found out it is a thyroid problem and is hoping the doctors will be able to help her now. But she still came out to be involved in our group.
The low point was that a woman who's battled cancer for about 13 years just found out her cancer is back. She's starting treatments again in two weeks. She is a cousin of one of our members, and enjoys our group so much that she comes to our practices on her motorized scooter, comes to all of our shows, helps put up posters, and even placed a local TV add for our show next Thursday. She's a true survivor.
I gave her a hug before she left. When you've experienced cancer, you understand what is involved and you automatically connect with another person who is struggling with it. My youngest sister just had a scare, and she called me often. Thank God she's ok. Another member of our group had to leave a short time ago because her cancer also came back.
What's up with this? I know so many people who have or are battling cancer.
Then we have another member who is blind. He does not let his handicap get in the way. He plays the guitar and has been in many other groups. But he was walking down the street with his dog when a woman pulled out of her driveway, obviously not looking, and banged right into him! He's in rehab now.
And I can't forget my husband. He has been handicapped all his life from polio. He has always bulled his way through things. He even was a Scout Master. Who knew that years later he would go through what they call post polio, and then suffer a mini stroke, which took away his ability to drive and to walk unsupported. He still works, using a motorized scooter to get around. He also is in our group.
Life throws us many curves. How we approach life and how we handle life's situations is what gets us through and make us survivors.
Thursday, October 9, 2008
- I like to write, especially children's stories. I am a member of a writing group. For a period of time I became the facilitator of their "Writing for Children/YA (young adults)" group. There were only a few of us, so we merged with the fiction/nonfiction group. Some of my stories have been published in their monthly newsletter.
- I like to sing. I have enjoyed singing all my life, in choirs, choruses, a band, and to sound tracks, recently in nursing homes. I also belong to a group called the "Wanna Be's". We sing to sound tracks to raise money for local charities.
- I am a Reiki II practitioner. Reiki is a hands-on energy healing which I give to my family and friends. In order to have a practice in my state, I would have to be a licensed massage therapist, which I am not. I can, however, send Distance Reiki to anyone who asks.
- I enjoy metaphysical subjects and have studied in Metaphysical Science. I would like to pursue this more.
- I love family. I have a son, daughter-in-law, an eight-year-old grandson, and two step-sons. My husband has only one brother. He is married and has two children and two grandchildren. We all get together most Saturdays for supper at either my sister-in-law's or my house. I have a mom and dad in their eighties, three brothers, and three sisters. I think when we counted everyone, there were 32 of us!
Well, I guess that's enough for now. Let me know what your interests are.
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
In 2002 I was diagnosed with breast cancer. On Palm Sunday this year, I was one of three people asked to give a short healing testimony at my church. I had never done anything like this before, but I finally agreed.
I was ok until everyone clapped when I said I have been cancer-free for five years. The tears started rolling down my cheeks and I had to stop reading a few times to compose myself.
It is certainly something to celebrate! Come over and celebrate with me. Here's the testimony I read:
Writing this testimony of healing was the hardest thing I have ever written. I struggled for weeks trying to find the right words, until I realized that my healing was actually a process.
I was diagnosed with breast cancer in August, 2002. It took two surgeries before I finally heard the words "we got it all," and in that second I knew this to be so. God gave me the assurance that I was healed. I went through chemotherapy and radiation treatments while working full time. When I lost my job in December, I was very thankful. My treatments ended on 2/8/03 and this year I celebrated the five-year mark of being cancer-free.
I decided to celebrate that whole week. I chose the people I wanted to celebrate with and made plans. I got my hair cut and colored. I laughed and cried and received lots of hugs. And then I noticed what was happening to me. I was feeling energy moving; I was thinking in terms of possibilities; I was very thankful; and I was very happy.
A few weeks ago, Pastor Val gave me a letter asking me to give a testimony of a healing I experienced and, of course, I immediately thought of the assurance I received after the surgeries. But at the bottom of the letter she suggested that I talk about my week of celebration. My first reaction was concern. "Why does she want me to talk about celebrating five years cancer free? My healing was my immediately after my surgery."
I didn’t know what to do. I finally talked to Pastor Val. She put it in perspective with a word - movement. I realized that I had not thought of my week as a healing, only as a choice I made to celebrate. But it was in celebration that my spirit was set free. God brought movement into my life again through happiness and celebration. It was one of those "ah-ha" moments.
But then I remembered what my sister said: "Chris, I believe you started healing when you sang on the stage in December." She was right. After years of not singing, my brother-in-law asked my husband and I to sing in his group, "The Wanna-B’s". It was the first successful thing I had done since I had cancer. I gained my confidence and my spirit soared. God healed my spirit through music.
Finally, my husband reminded me that my healing really started a few months after my treatments were completed. My husband was told he had not been getting the right amount of pay since he started working. We received extra money in his pay for three years, which gave me the ability to stay home and recuperate. God’s gift allowed me to relax and begin my healing process.
So all healings are a part of the whole. My healing after my surgery was only the beginning of a healing process, ending with my celebration. It wasn’t until the week of celebration that I was able to move ahead with my life. And now I want to thank and praise God for all He has done.
Not me, I take way too much time trying to think up a name, figure out what my "niche" is, and what I think I'm an expert in. Well, I don't consider myself an expert in anything, but I do like to write.
So I decided to open a journal online - the one thing I thought I would never do. That way, I can write about anything that interests me, personal or otherwise. Hopefully, it'll interest you, too!
Stop by and say "hi", so I can visit your blog.