OVARIAN CANCER – AGAIN

Remember this brave young lady, who at 35 years old endured the pressures of having Ovarian Cancer and suffered through it and the side effect of her cancer treatment for a year?  Remember how grateful and thankful we all were when the doctor declared her cancer free? Well, after three years of cancer free checkups and losing that weight that the chemo put on her, and going back to work, and starting her life up again, and her hair growing back, she was diagnosed with Ovarian Cancer again in April of this year.

I never thought to hear those words again where she was concerned. I was oblivious of the fact that many people with various cancers can experience the pains of it coming back. But after three years of good reports, it seemed to “sneak” back up on her. Along with that devastating and shocking diagnosis, she almost died from a mistake the doctor made inserting the new port into her left chest.  I was frightened that I’d lose my daughter to a mistake. But God is merciful.  Here is the incident in her own words:

“On May 6th I had surgery. From that surgery found out I have Ovarian cancer again. I was told to take lovenox to prevent blood clots but it made me bleed internally. After that May 31st I went to have a mediport placed again for Chemotherapy but the surgeon had placed it in my pulmonary artery causing me to go into something called a cardiac tamponade, meaning nearly a liter of blood had flooded the space of heart. Cardiovascular surgeons wanted to crack open my chest as they would for someone going for open heart surgery to get the misplaced mediport out having no other method to correct the mistake. But a “S.O.S” was sent out among all the hospitals in Michigan and a Radiologist from U of M said that he could get it out without having to do that. So I was transferred there. When he operated on me he had prepared to “plug the hole in my artery.” But when he pulled the misplaced mediport there was nothing to plug, amazing the Radiologist. The Lord had sealed the artery Himself.”

The road she has traveled as been paved with tears, pain, questions and sickness. But I can say that she is alive and with me, still.  I just want you all to know that as you joined me and others praying for her and for all those dear children and adults who battle any type of cancer, let’s not stop.  I am not angry, merely thoughtful.  I am not afraid to be “politically incorrect” by telling you that God is our help and stay.  I am excited about her future. Some didn’t make it this far, but she has.

I am going to chronicle her 2nd battle with Ovarian Cancer just to let you know that life is worth the battles we face, especially if you face them with the Lord.

Rosa

 

 

JONATHAN’S WAY – DRIVING SCHOOL

Well,

It has been a long time since I got a chance to blog about Jonathan.  He’s is still the joy of our lives and he makes me laugh.  He is, in many ways, a typical 14-year old high school teenager.  I finally let him get a YouTube account and he loves that. He loves to do stop action videos in his room and put them on YouTube. He went to his first homecoming game and homecoming dance.  But he went alone and was angry because I tried to make him dress up. LOL. 

But the one thing that’s on his mind is driving.  Those 3 aunts I told you about started about 2 years ago letting him drive in parking lots and around the corner at the church. He let me and his Goompa know that he could get a permit at 14 years and 8 months.  He counted the hours, it seemed to me as he waited for 14 years and 8 months to roll around.  He had only 2 words in his vocabulary: Driving and permit.  I even gave in twice and let him drive to the end of the driveway in our complex. Sorry guys, my nerves are not what they used to be. 

But guess what? He began driver’s education at school on December 2nd. He will have to work and study hard for the certificate and I have no doubt that he’ll do just that. But you know what that means??? Him behind the wheel as we go to the supermarket, church and on short errands. HELP!!

So, here we go again. There’s never a dull moment traveling Jonathan’s Way.  I’ll keep you posted.

 

/Rosa

JONATHAN’S WAY – HIGH SCHOOL!

Hi All,

It’s been more than a year since I last shared with you about Jonathan, my grandson and his challenges growing up on the spectrum.  A lot has happened since those days.

First of all my virtual online business has grown by leaps and bounds, literally. I am thankful and grateful for that. In 3 months, God willing, my husband and I will celebrate 33 years of marriage.  Jonathan’s dad got married to a lovely woman.  His three doting Aunts have never stopped doting on him, either. 

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Johanna, Jennifer, Erika

The last time I let you know that Jonathan  was going into middle school.  Well, in September this year, he will be going into high school.  He turned 14 this past January. But that ain’t all. He was always a tall boy for his age.  Now he stands 6’1″ tall and wears a size 13-1/2″ wide shoe. HELP! He has grown up as a teen and the girls like him.  HELP!

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With daddy at school concert

Not only that, his aunts have taught him how to drive and we are preparing for him to get a permit.  He drives good, too.  His grades are all above average and he seems to like science.  He can’t stand Social Studies.  No matter, I am grateful for how far he’s come.  One place that helped him go even farther is the Boys and Girls Club in our area. He is loved by the people there, and he has learned to play basketball.  He tried out for the school basketball team last year, but didn’t make it.  I think he couldn’t take the exercises they were forced to do for a week.  I am proud of him!

One thing he did for the very first time was done on Martin Luther King Jr, holiday on January 21, 2019.  He stood up in front of a couple of hundred people and gave a short speech on education. He was nervous and prayed a lot before the big day came. But he did a wonderful job. He made mama proud.  #mademamaproud

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Jonathan giving speech at MLK Holiday breakfast on January 21, 2019

So, here we go again. It’s Jonathan’s way and there’s never a dull moment.  I’ll keep you posted!

Rosa

 

TRIBUTE TO DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME!

Well, it’s back. We knew it was coming. So, I decided to do something different than complain about Daylight Saving time. I decided to look it up and find some facts about it. Maybe, just maybe I can stop sighing and screaming out loud….why me concept

Here are some interesting facts about Daylight Saving Time, that should make you go “hmm”.  Don’t forget to set the clocks forward one hour before going to bed tonight. When you do, you’ll wake up refreshed in the morning!  Yeah right!drawing of man sleeping

 

Facts about Daylight Saving Time

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Rosa

 

TRIBUTE TO MY FRIEND!

It’s been a while since I blogged.  I really miss it. But running a business takes time, effort, and commitment.  

Deborah MackToday, however, I’m drawn to my blog post, because I want to share with you all just a few things about my girlfriend of  more than 30 years who passed away last week Monday the 11th of February, and we celebrated her life at her home going yesterday, the 18th.

I remember the first time I saw her at our church.  The church she attended came to visit our church.  She had on a beautiful yellow brocade blouse and a brocade mini pleated skirt.  She was alive and vibrant and full of love.  She had a red scarf tied around the neck of her blouse, which brought it out even more.  That very day when I spoke to her she said, “Hey, let’s get together sometimes.” Well, about 33 years later I can say that we got together many, many times. She was special.  The world was a better place because she was in it. I became a better person because of her friendship. She was beautiful and remained that way throughout her life.

Even more than that, I was able to trust my children to her advice and never once wondered if she would tell them the right things or try to lead them down the wrong paths.  In fact, they did what she said before they did what I said. That was a great blessing and benefit of her friendship.  My children are all grown now. She loved young people and mentored and guided them correctly.  She was generous with her money and resources, too.

I can go on and on about her, but instead I want to wish for all of you, this new year the kind of friendship that transcends sororities, clubs, and memberships. Associations with people is an insult to a great friendship. I wish for all of you the kind of friend I had.  I pray that you don’t leave this world without having had a friend like my friend, Deborah Mack.  

If you have that sort of friend or had one, please share about them in your blog posts.  Let’s all take this year by the horns and make things better by our encouragement, wisdom, and commitment to those we love and to that sphere of influence we have.  It’s great to be back.

Love you Deb and miss you so badly.  

Rosa

 

TRIBUTE TO A MAN WHO TRULY LOVES HIS WOMAN!

Happy New Year Everyone!

I was on Facebook and just reading the various posts of my friends and I saw one that made me smile. A friend of mine showed pictures of her and her husband celebrating their anniversary. I love looking at pictures that people share of their families on Facebook and other social media. It is so nice to see lovely and fun pics and pictures of celebrations, especially with so much turmoil in our world.

Anyway, as I looked at the pictures she shared, I really noticed her husband. He was such a handsome man and there was no doubt that he loved his wife. I applaud him. I watched his reactions more than hers. But when I noticed my friend, I saw that she was glowing and basking in the love he had for her. She was like a flower that blossomed and never wilted. He had the right kind of nourishment to keep his flower blooming always.

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That is what made me give this tribute to a man who truly loves his woman and is not ashamed to show it in any stage of their lives. I’ve been privileged to be married to that kind of man. We are both slower and arthritis has caught up with both of us. But there is still a light that comes in his eyes when he sees  me each day. My heart still races when I see him. He is still my best confidant. He brings his  money home and has never made a detour with it. I have never been insecure about his love for me, never. He’s never given me a cause to doubt his love either.

So, to all the men who have a woman that they truly love and cherish, go for it. She’ll blossom and others will ask her why she looks so good? They will ask her how old she is and when she tells them that she is much older than her years indicate, she’ll whisper  “That’s because my man must be doing something right. He’s a great gardener.” Nuf Said!

Rosa

 

TRIBUTE TO THE ELDERLY AND ARTHRITIS

Happy New Year to everyone! 

It’s day three of the new year and I am excited about it. But this morning when I got up my knee said, “Take it slow.”  Well, I thought I was taking it slow, but not slow enough. So here I sit waiting on my pain medicine to kick in. 

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Arthritis for all the medical terminology and explanations about it HURTS! I used to power walk, exercise, and swim all the time. Oh yes, I used to run, too. Now I hobble to the car wondering why the car keeps moving further and further away from me.  I still try to lift those 5 pound weights for my upper arms. I try to do 10 lifts at a time. (I count by 2s). The last time I got in the 3 foot shallow end of the pool, I nearly drowned (not really) because my one arm would not go forward like it used to. (I used to do a mean dog paddle). Running is a fantasy I have now. 

Well, even though things have changed and I am older, I am still full of zest and life; it’s just that my body didn’t get the memo! No matter I am still grateful for each new day I wake up. I am glad for each year God gives me. I am glad that there are days when my arthritis doesn’t hurt so bad! 

It’s a new year and new challenges abound. Let’s face them with God on our side. Oh yes, I have learned that getting old isn’t for the weak, it’s for the strong! Here’s to a wonderful 2018 for all of us. 

Rosa

 

 

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