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RE: Pregnancy after diagnosis

by number9 - April 15 at 4:16 PM

acraigie... all the BEST of Life & Living to you :)

on we go...

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RE: Pregnancy after diagnosis

by number9 - April 15 at 4:15 PM

Damon :) thanks good friend... for getting your "ducksnrow" to sign in and share your journey with support.

Permission to sign-off and GET BACK TO LIVING!!!

RE: Pregnancy after diagnosis

by number9 - April 11 at 9:52 PM

<<< sorry, this may be a double post because it got hung up for review... cleaned up the language here... >>>

Hello! May my words come across in the spirit they are given… which is intended with HOPE.

Looking back on what I personally experienced while caregiving for my mom (as well as in ALL the blessings from moments shared with some of the most special humans who connected here back in 2009-2011 while navigating GBM as patients/caregivers), it feels important to remember how LIFE IS SUCH A GIFT. More importantly, LIVING is exactly what honors and acknowledges the gift of LIFE. Are we here to watch each other die… or are we here to watch each other LIVE!! My personal take… the greatest experience of my life was watching my mom LIVE, especially through the final 13 months of her life she lived with brain cancer.

YOU… YOUR LIFE… what resonates deeply for YOU… is your best compass FOR YOU, ABOUT YOU, CONNECTED TO EVERY MOMENT THAT HONORS YOUR LIFE AND LIVING.  LIVE, dear women, LIVE!!!!!!!!!

In 2010, i crossed paths on here with an amazing soul who became a fast friend. His diagnosis was November 2007. Ever since, he & I have stayed connected by emailing a “hello” on every HUMP DAY and T.G.I.F, week after week. Back in 2010, i coinedDamonas theAMBASSADOR OF HOPE. His life, and how he has chosen to LIVE, makes his moniker a fitting one.

Damon’s own words posted here, back in 2010, “…first thing take a deep breath... I will say I have a higher grade of cancer (than an Oligo). I look at life different, but I KEEP ON LIVING! Since my "DX" short for diagnosis I have had my wife give birth to triplets, bought a Harley Davidson Heritage Softail Classic, became a Grandpa, and continue to be amazed in my life. Ask questions to the medical personnel if in question? Cancer itself is serious but not the end of the world. Be careful what you read on the internet. This is all subject to interpretation and old data. Medical advances are changing every day.”

Most importantly, he taught me a quote back that comes to mind as i read your post: “LIFE IS NOT MEASURE BY THE NUMBER OF BREATHS WE TAKE, BUT BY THE MOMENTS THAT TAKE OUR BREATH AWAY.”  ~ Author Unknown

Long story short… i hold you in my heart and wish you the very best of life’s gifts that will take your breath away with HOPE, AWE, WONDER, LOVE… all the good sh!t :)

LIVE LIFE.  DO YOU.  STAY TRUE.  THE REST OF YOUR STORY WRITES ITSELF… AND WILL FOLLOW THROUGH! 

on we go…

number9

RE: Pregnancy after diagnosis

by number9 - April 11 at 9:25 PM

Hello! May my words come across in the spirit they are given… which is intended with HOPE.

Looking back on what i personally experienced while caregiving for my mom (as well as in ALL the blessings from moments shared with some of the most special humans who connected here back in 2009-2011 while navigating GBM as patients/caregivers), it feels important to remember how LIFE IS SUCH A GIFT. More importantly, LIVING is exactly what honors and acknowledges the gift of LIFE. Are we here to watch each other die… or are we here to watch each other LIVE!! My personal take… the greatest experience of my life was watching my mom LIVE, especially through the final 13 months of her life she lived with brain cancer.

YOU… YOUR LIFE… what resonates deeply for YOU… is your best compass FOR YOU, ABOUT YOU, CONNECTED TO EVERY MOMENT THAT HONORS YOUR LIFE AND LIVING.  LIVE, dear women, LIVE!!!

In 2010, i crossed paths on here with an amazing soul who became a fast friend. His diagnosis was November 2007. Ever since, he & I have stayed connected by emailing a “hello” on every HUMP DAY and T.G.I.F, week after week. Back in 2010, i coinedDamonas theAMBASSADOR OF HOPE. His life, and how he has chosen to LIVE, makes his moniker a fitting one.

In Damon’s own words posted here, back in 2010, “…first thing take a deep breath... I will say I have a higher grade of cancer (than an Oligo). I look at life different, but I KEEP ON LIVING! Since my "DX" short for diagnosis I have had my wife give birth to triplets, bought a Harley Davidson Heritage Softail Classic, became a Grandpa, and continue to be amazed in my life. Ask questions to the medical personnel if in question? Cancer itself is serious but not the end of the world. Be careful what you read on the internet. This is all subject to interpretation and old data. Medical advances are changing every day.”

Most importantly, he taught me a quote back that comes to mind as i read your post: “LIFE IS NOT MEASURE BY THE NUMBER OF BREATHS WE TAKE, BUT BY THE MOMENTS THAT TAKE OUR BREATH AWAY.”  ~ Author Unknown

Long story short… i hold you in my heart and wish you the very best of life’s gifts that will take your breath away with HOPE, AWE, WONDER, LOVE… you know, all the good shit :)

LIVE LIFE.

DO YOU.

STAY TRUE.

THE REST OF YOUR STORY WRITES ITSELF… AND WILL FOLLOW THROUGH!

on we go…

number9

RE: Sharing an adventure

by number9 - June 28, 2017

DODGER!  Sooo many with you in spirit!!!!!!!!! 

1FIFOTO... 1 Foot In Front Of The Other... keep it moving forward :)

ON YOU GO!

With a wink & a smile (and a HELL YEAH too!!),

number9

Hello there WARRIOR. Thinking of YOU this moment.

Sending HOPE... and many extra knuckle punches and kung fu kicks to virtually support ya in that Temodar fight.

Keep taking it moment by moment, by leaning on those you trust who are mindful to the best path that resonates for you moving forward.  

In your corner, from afar, karate chops and all :)

number9

Tara love... below was sent to me after my mom passed way from GBM (1/20/11)... something i return to (often) when trying to find comfort of perspective at times nothing makes sense out of this loss. I was 39 when she passed and her primary caregiver during those 13 months after her diagnosis on 12/9/09. Thinking of YOU, and offering the following from my heart to your heart...

Nature often offers metaphors more elegant than any we can manufacture. In the redwood ecosystem, all seeds are contained in pods called burls, tough brown clumps that grow where the mother tree’s trunk and root system meet.

When the mother tree is logged, blown over, or destroyed by fire the trauma stimulates the burls’ growth hormones. The seeds release and trees sprout around her, creating the circle of daughters.

The daughter trees grow by absorbing the sunlight their mother cedes to them when she dies. And they get the moisture and nutrients they need from their mother’s root system, which remains intact even after her leaves die. Although the daughters exist independently of their mother above ground, they continue to draw sustenance from her underneath.

I am fooling only myself when I say my mother exists now only in the photograph on my bulletin board or in the outline of my hand or in the armful of memories I still hold tight. 

She lives on beneath everything I do. Her presence influenced who I was, and her absence influences who I am.

Our lives are shaped as much by those who leave us as they are by those who stay.

Loss is our legacy. Insight is our gift. Memory is our guide.

RE: Nearing the end

by number9 - January 15, 2017

Holding you & yours in my heart...

RE: I just need a (virtual) hug

by number9 - December 30, 2015

                                                     {Dianne}

resilient you remain ... you are withstanding the difficult conditions as best able

RE: A Few kind words

by number9 - April 14, 2015

Jude, as you long for you Mother may each hour in each day gently greet you.

Am thankful to know you found comfort in the shared words.

Self tender loving care is now your focus! She would wish for it no other way.

XO9

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Brain Cancer

My Mom *JP* passed on 1/20/11 after battling GBM (Glioblastoma Multiforme - brain cancer) since dx 12/9/09. Her loved ones are deeply grateful for the precious time gifted to us to share with my Mom through her final 13 months of life. She found silver linings within every challenge and breathed such unique perspective to every connection in her path. Her spirit was truly remarkable. I am incredibly appreciative for the sharing of experiences here at Cancer Compass. From my family to yours, heartfelt wishes of HOPE BRAVERY LOVE STRENGTH & COURAGE. On we go ...

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