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Words of Encouragement (Week of 9/1/08)

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This post is the place to leave encouraging comments for Julia for the week of 9/1/08 through 9/7/08.  Simply click on the word “comment” at the end of the post and an area will open up for you to leave your comment.


Written by Tracey

September 1, 2008 at 11:26 pm

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  1. It was so nice to visit with you and Dad tonight. Your attitude is so positive and your energy seemed up since I saw you on Friday. Just know that we’re all praying for you and love you very much!!!

    Tracey & Family


    September 1, 2008 at 11:28 pm

  2. Thanks, Tracey, for both the visit and the comment. Since I finally made the decision to go “natural” in my treatment, it feels like a burden has been lifted from my shoulders and my spirit soared. And, when I made my appointment with the Naturopath, I learned that she has a 94% cure rate with her cancer patients.
    That sure beats what my oncologist told me which was 5 yrs. or less with radiation and chemo, and without standard treatment of radiation & chemo, he said I probably only had 9 months or less! Well, when life and death is set before us, the Lord tells us to choose LIFE… and that’s what I’m doing. Dad & I love you all too!

    Julia… a.k.a. “Mom”


    September 3, 2008 at 2:10 am

  3. Hi Mom,

    I finally have a minute to blog and thought I’d post this for you. I thought it was just brilliant. Love and hugs and kisses and BREATHE DEEP! Gigi


    This is AWESOME….something we should all remember.

    A 92-year-old, petite, well-poised and proud man, who is fully dressed each morning by eight o’clock, with his hair fashionably combed and shaved perfectly, (even though he is legally blind) moved into a nursing home today. His wife of 70 years recently passed away, making the move necessary. After many hours of waiting patiently in the lobby of the nursing home, he smiled sweetly when told his room was ready.

    As he maneuvered his walker to the elevator, I provided a visual description of his tiny room, including the eyelet sheets that had been hung on his window.

    ‘I love it!’ He stated with the enthusiasm of an eight-year-old having just been presented with a new puppy.

    ‘Mr. Jones, you haven’t seen the room; just wait.’

    ‘That doesn’ t have anything to do with it,’ he replied.

    ‘Happiness is something you DECIDE on ahead of time. Whether I like my room or not doesn’t depend on how the furniture is arranged .. it’s how I arrange my mind. I already decided to love it. ‘It’s a decision I make every morning when I wake up. I have a choice; I can spend the day in bed recounting the difficulty I have with the parts of my body that no longer work, or get out of bed and be thankful for the ones that do.

    Each day is a gift, and as long as my eyes open, I’ll focus on the new day and all the happy memories I’ve stored away. Just for this time in my life

    Old age is like a bank account. You withdraw from what you’ve put in.

    So, deposit a lot of happiness in the bank account of memories!

    Thank you for your part in filling my Memory bank.


    September 4, 2008 at 11:44 pm

  4. Hi, Gigi!

    It’s 4:20 AM here and I’m having trouble sleeping. I came on the blog to see what’s new and saw your post. I just LOVE it. In fact, after thinking about your post, I have DECIDED that I can go to sleep now.

    Thanks a bunch, Darlin’. And, YES, I’ll keep breathing deep!

    Love you,


    September 5, 2008 at 4:31 am

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