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ldot123's picture
Posts: 276
Joined: Apr 2008

Hi semi-colons,

I was thinking the other day about all of the people and things and events I love. I thought it would be nice to reflect on these with a list - starting now - please add your own thoughts

- My wife and kids
- my parents and extended family and friends
- Music - all kinds, classical, jazz, pop, reggae, country, heavy rock
- playing music on my own or with other people
- sound of snow crunching under foot
- smell of freshly mowed lawn
- palm trees
- Blue Jays winning World Series in the 90's twice
- Toronto Maple Leafs (unfortunately)
- view from the dock at the cottage
- lemon meringue pie
- the fudge my grandmother used to make

You get the idea. Let us all remember what we love in life and cherish every minute. Defeat the spectre of the beast by loving and remembering.


msccolon's picture
Posts: 1956
Joined: Oct 2004

My new grand daughter
My daughters
My friends and family
Chocolate and more chocolate!
My church family
knitting and crocheting
Staying up all night on Friday nights
Warm afternoons in the sun
Flowers in the spring time
children laughing
a nice glass of Merlot
texts from my daughters
freshly washed bed linens
Grease, HairSpray and The Burbs
Rock and Roll
the fact that i'm still here more than 4 years post diagnosis!

KathiM's picture
Posts: 8077
Joined: Aug 2005

-Snow falling (not having to shovel it, just to play in)
-my family
-my beau
-a soft breeze on my cheek
-a warm fire on a cold night
-a beautiful sunset
-fall colors!
-the smell of cookies baking!
-a warm hug
-the purr of a cat
-dark chocolate

I could go on, but there is so much!

Thanks, Lance, for the smiles as I write this. And it's interesting that I love all the cold weather stuff, considering I live in sunny Southern California...

Hugs, Kathi

jenjerandkatesmom's picture
Posts: 37
Joined: Sep 2008

There are so many, but my favorites:
-My husband and best friend
-My three children and their spouses
-The way my grandchildren come running to give me a hug when they see me
-Kissing their soft cheeks
-The great outdoors
-The wind on my face when we're riding our motorcycle
-Hiking in the Smoky Mountains
-Rock 'n Roll
-Laughing with my friends (until it hurts)
Thanks for this great post!!! Sharon

lizbiz's picture
Posts: 121
Joined: Aug 2008

What a great post!

-My husband and family
-My 3 crazy dogs
-The smell in the air after it rains
-The smell of fall
-A good cup of tea
-Cozy turtleneck sweaters
-The feel of sunshine on my skin
-(this one's a little weird) Laying in the middle of a frozen pond at night and looking up at all of the stars. Seriously, try it...
-Rainbows (cheesy, I know)
-The tranquility of SCUBA diving

tootsie1's picture
Posts: 5065
Joined: Feb 2008

2)My husband
3)My children and grandchildren (including the one on the way)
4)All of my family
6)Reading a good book
7)Just being with children. They make me laugh.
8)My two churches
9)The ocean
10)My doctor

So much more! That's just a start!


keepnthefaith's picture
Posts: 37
Joined: Jun 2008

Spending time with my husband - looking into his incredible blue eyes and seeing the love he has for me.

My daughter, so full of life (literally, she's pregnant) and laughter. Her peace with life.

My son, his intense sense of who he is. Hearing him play his guitar and sing quietly when he thinks no one is listening (except God).

My son-in-law and the way he loves my daughter - and finds joy who she is. His integrity.

My daughter-in-law and the way she loves my son - and the way she accepts him and the rest of us, all without question. Her loyalty.

I love the mountains, covered with snow.
I love the ocean and the sound it makes.
Sunshine and clouds. The color yellow.

Children - laughing at something so incredibly silly we old folks don't get it. The way a certain pair of shoes can be the most important thing in their life. Their ability to trust.

My cat all curled up in my lap, wanting nothing more than a warm, comfortable spot to lay.

I love that sweet birthday cake that makes you feel like you're going to throw up after the second piece, but you still go for the third. I love birthdays and celebrating one more year with all the people and things I love.

I love my life. With all the ups and downs - even with the cancer - I would not change a moment of it.

VickiCO's picture
Posts: 934
Joined: Oct 2008

I start chemo/radiation this morning, so it's a good time to reflect:

My dear husband
My daughter & son-in-law
My 3 grandsons - the loves of my life!
My doctors, all of whom are kind, smart and in the kick-butt mode
My many, many friends
Colorado sunsets (last night was spectacular!)
The mountains
Dragonflies - my personal good luck charms
Trees - is there anything more beautiful?

Thanks for this post!

nudgie's picture
Posts: 1482
Joined: Sep 2006

- holding hands with my husband
- snuggling on the couch with my husband
- playing a game with my son and of course winning :)
- a warm fire on a cold night
- a bubble bath with scented candles
- my faith in the lord
- friends
- family
- sitting on the beach with eyes closed and listening to the waves and feeling the warm breeze
- surviorship

Posts: 1048
Joined: Jan 2007

What a great idea!

- My husband, my daughter
- My treasured memories of my family
- My dog ..from hell (lol)
- The first sign of Spring
- The first snowfall
- Listening to Brown Eyed Girl on the radio
- Friday nite pizza
- A school snow day ( too bad they don't have work snow days)
- The old Main street where lights where Christmas lights were hung across the street and everyone knew everyone.
- Giggling with my mom - whose now gone but still with me!
- GIggling with my daughter- who has my and my mom's sense of humor
- French Vanilla Coffee
- The turquoise water in the Bahamas
- My friends - here... and here.

God Bless.

kimby's picture
Posts: 804
Joined: Oct 2007

I have really enjoyed reading everyones lists and it struck a familiar cord for me. There is one thing that we seem to agree on and understand that so many around me don't. What we really, truly love is the mundane. The simple everyday things that we took for granted prior to our cancer that became a huge source of joy during treatment. My best days are the simplest and it makes it hard sometimes to explain what a wonderful time I had.

*snuggling on the sofa with my husband

*family game night (my sons have outgrown this with college and all, but try to endulge me since I'm sick -- play the cancer card when you can!)

*pizza/Survivor night with my God daughters

*holidays with my family that drives me nuts

*change of seasons - each and every one of them

*listening/singing/dancing to 70's rock

*football parties


*long walks with my husband or my best girlfriend

*dinner out

*long hot bathes on a cold day


KathiM's picture
Posts: 8077
Joined: Aug 2005

You have such good insight, Kimby!

I always say, when asked for advice about a newly-diagnosed survivor by a relative or friend, "Give them normal, it's what we all crave!". And you are right! All of these things we have listed are about 'normal'!

Hugs, Kathi

CherylHutch's picture
Posts: 1399
Joined: Apr 2007

I'm sure the list could go on and on and just as I stop writing, I could think of more. I do this actually on an ongoing basis as part of my visualization process. I'm a firm believer in what you visualize and think about, you can also achieve... so I create visualization lists and visualization boards :)


- my wonderful friends
- my precocious, diva, miniature-schnauzer whose name is Bridget
- being warm and cozy inside on a cold, snowy/rainy day
- getting lost in a book and giving myself the time to hunker down to read it
- spending time with friends in Hawaii on a sun-drenched beach
- cooking for friends
- having the warm, fuzzy, feelings for that special someone, with no strings attached
- a warm hug and kiss for all those special someones :)
- honesty
- hot chocolate
- laughing so hard that the tears come and we've forgotten what we were laughing at
- Christmas dinner with friends, after all the "family stress" is over and behind us.
- reunions
- newborn babies
- puppies
- a clean apartment!!! :D



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