Saturday, August 30, 2008

Life is Life - fight for it

Life is an opportunity, benefit from it.
Life is beauty, admire it.
Life is bliss, taste it.
Life is a dream, realize it.
Life is a challenge, meet it.
Life is a duty, complete it.
Life is a game, play it.
Life is a promise, fulfill it.
Life is sorrow, overcome it.
Life is a song, sing it.
Life is a struggle, accept it.
Life is a tragedy, confront it.
Life is an adventure, dare it.
Life is luck, make it.
Life is too precious, do not destroy it.
Life is life, fight for it.

By Mother Teresa

I think the above is a wonderful philosophy - we should all live by it. One thing this whole journey has taught me is that the above writing is oh, so true, and we will try to live each day from now on remembering it.

I have been reading our AARP magazine for this month. Ithaca, NY(Alan's town) is listed as # 1 - top towns - for greenest commuters (percentage of people who walk or bike) That is something, if you consider all those hills in Ithaca! Also - top towns - for skinniest (lowest average BMI) - 4th - Melbourne, Florida (Tom Clegg's home now) and 8th place - Sarasota, Bradenton, Venice (Mom & Dad).

I got my hair cut today - it needed it badly - it grew so fast in the last two months. I stopped on the way home and picked up bacon - to make BLT's tonight - that is the choice that Butch made for supper using those home grown tomatoes I told you about, and he specifically asked for iceberg lettuce. We have an ongoing disagreement about iceberg lettuce - it has NO nutritional value, and I don't think it tastes nearly as good a loose leaf lettuce, but - it is what he likes, so - I guess if he eats it - iceberg lettuce it is. I am going to make corn chowder, also - have some fresh corn left over from yesterday - we had corn on the cob.

When we were at the Doctor yesterday, Butch weighed in at 149 pounds. That is the scale he weighed 166 pounds on when we left. I don't know which scale is correct - UPMC scale said 160, Select Specialty said 160, ours here at home said 155! As of today , on ours, today - he weighs 145 pounds. He is bony, no meat - it is a fight to get him to eat. We will have to fatten him up. Sharan sent us some stuff today that is a calorie booster - benecal, for one thing - it is a powder (supposedly tasteless) that you add to any drink - add 350 calories! Also drinks called "arginaid extra" - for wounds - it says "arginine-intensive drink with specialized nutrients to provide support during wound healing" - 250 calories (wildberry flavor), and another cherry flavored drink mix that is "arginine-intensive". Arginine is an amino acid that - among other things - improves immune function and helps with the healing of wounds. In fact, the book that we follow very closely - "Beating Cancer with Nutrition" - states that formulas that combine arginine with fish oils and RNA not only accomplish these two goals, but in addition is thought to reduce tumor Burden. It sounds wonderful - We'll see if he can tolerate it. Thanks so much, Sharan, for sending that and - as important - for being a cheer leader throughout this entire saga.

Butch and I are incredibly blessed in that our family's - both sides - are just filled with exceptionally strong, loving people who have been our support system throughout this journey, and the search for a solution. Sharan, my Brother Alan, and I grew up together way back in the 50's, in a big two family house on Conklin Rd. that was filled with family - Parents, Grandparents , Uncles, etc. We lived through a large part of our childhood together, and have remained very, very close to this day. We have been through a lot together, and have been fortunate to have this close relationship to lean on when life gets tough - as it very often does, unfortunately. We have this "collective memory" that no one else shares with us, as do siblings all over the world, I suppose, and, although our lives have gone in very different paths, we have always had each other. Butch's Sister Carolyn brought over a poem that she wrote for Butch the other day, and it brings tears to my eyes when I read it. It is all about THEIR childhood and growing up together - there were 5 brothers and Sisters, but Carolyn and Butch are much younger than the other 3, so they grew up together. They had that same kind of close relationship that I am talking about. All this, and our wonderful friends - our "extended family" have meant so much to us at this time in our lives.

Speaking of childhoods, I had some sad news this morning. Mom called and told me that Uncle Norm passed away last night. Norm Blewett, that is. Aunt Rick and Uncle Norm are Mom's oldest friends - Mom and Aunt Rick have been friends since grammar school, and Mom dated Uncle Norm 1st! They are wonderful people, and have always been such a comforting presence in our lives. They had 6 children and live out in Windsor. We spent a lot of time together over the years we were all growing up, and I loved my Uncle Norm - just as I love Aunt "Rick" (her maiden name was Rickerson, and the nickname stuck! He was a truck driver prior to retirement, and I remember almost whatever we were ever doing when we were together - Uncle Norm was sleeping in the chair! Uncle Norm was 80 years old, and has been ill for the last few years, and he is now in a place where there is no illness. Although we will miss him on this earth, we will all surely see him again when we get to heaven ourselves.


Anonymous said...

Joyce - you are so right. There is nothing, absolutely nothing, like friends and family!! Losing Norm was like losing a brother to me. Your Aunt Rick and I have been best friends since we were 12 and 13 (I was the eldest) - this was some 68 years ago. Good speed Norm and keep a place in Heaven for us.

Anonymous said...

I'm so sorry to hear about Uncle Norm. Where can I send a card? That's a shame; I just realized that I can't remember not knowing Aunt Rick and Uncle Norm. Hope Aunt Rick and the boys are ok.

Anonymous said...

Love the px of the house; how about some new pxof you and Butch?

Anonymous said...

and the back yard!!!!!

Joyce and Butch Clegg said...

the address for Aunt Rick and Uncle Norm:

7 Edson Rd,
Windosr, NY

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