This picture sums up my feelings for music. The passion, emotion, and over-powering strenghth that it brings me. Without music I don't know where I'd be.
A man had a dream one night. In his dream, he was walking along a beach with the Lord. As they walked, scenes from the man's life flashed across the sky. When he looked down, he saw two sets of footprints etched in the sand; one set belonged to him, the other to the Lord. As they continued to walk, he noticed that, at the saddest and most trying times of his life, there was only one set of footprints in the sand. He asked the Lord, "When I needed you the most, why did you leave me?" "My son, my precious child," replied the Lord, "I would never leave you. During those times of trial and
I had a total thyroidectomy for papillary thyroid cancer in June 2007. The pre-surgical sono showed 2 nodules (one on each lobe) and a suspicous 'mass' that was 'probably' a lymph node. Only one of the nodules was biopsies and proven malignant. I thought I did a great job of researching a top top doc in New York. When I questioned him about the possible lymph node involvement he assured me that he would remove everything that needed to come out. He told me he didn't need to view the pre-surgical sono, or do a CT scan, because he would be in there and see for himself. Well - he was wrong. (He did remove 2 nodes - one left and one right central and the left was positive).
When my mother died, I lost all sense of taste, smell and color. Sadly and happily, after my diagnosis of thyroid cancer and treatment, I was aware of how lucky I was. I still missed my mother but was intent on making each day a memorable day, that I tasted, smelled and saw colors so much more brilliantly than I had ever done so before. We are so lucky to have a new day and to add a new chapter to our lives.
I'm writing to tell you about my new book you might like for your library: Hearing the Stream, A Survivor's Journey into the Sisterhood of Breast Cancer. The foreword of the book is written by Dr. Jodi Chambers, a prominent breast cancer surgeon in Denver, and the back cover testimonial is written by Dr. Tim Byers, Deputy Director of the University of Colorado Cancer Center. More information is included below and in the attachments.
Hearing the Stream
A Survivor’s Journey into the Sisterhood of Breast Cancer
My dear friend Kit Robinson made this quilt for me from a photo of a stand of aspens that I took this fall. I told her the picture inspired me. She took it to a new height! She added the mountains (that's Long's peak in Colorado) and the stream. She called it "Making a Stand" and signed it "For Vicki, who is making her stand with courage and humor."
Again here we are in 99 on another trip organized by my husband. He took us to Yosemite to see the waterfall, do you see a theme here. :-) I was wearing that awful hat to keep my wig on my head, the winds were so bad they would have lifted it right off of me. This was a wonderful trip and a welcomed relief from all the treatments.