Margi Miller, good friend and fellow turtle patroller, suggested that I keep a list of things that go RIGHT in the months to come.  It’s going to be a long one, I can tell.

The biggest thing that went right this week were the results of the CT and PET scans.  How nice of those cancer cells not to decide to take up residence in bigger, most interesting places–namely my lungs and liver.  First and best thing to go right.  It meant it’s highly unlikely that I’ll die of this.

The next was having two kids who were willing to drop everything and run (well, Erin will drive and Sean will fly) to Houston to be with Jerry and me when we get the treatment plan and information from the specialists at M D Anderson.  We know it’s because they think we’re getting old (and forgetful) and may get confused by everything that’s thrown at us.  They could be right but who cares…they’ve got our backs.

And how lucky can I be…My sister, Anne, lives right down the road from one of the best cancer centers in the country  And my niece, Jill, and nephew and his wife, Chris and Jackie, are in the area too….all ready to open their homes to travelers, babysit little people and help in any way they can.  One more thing for the list.

So things continue to go right.  The garage door opener works again. The hot water heater is fixed.  What a week!

Calli (age 5) called yesterday to do Facetime.  When I told her I was going to vacuum the pool, do some laundry, clean the house and pack this afternoon she said, “But Nana, mommy says you’re sick.”

Different kind of sick, I told her.  I don’t look sick or feel sick.

Wow, she said.  Not bad.

And Lana (age 7) called later.

So, she says, mom says you have cancer.

I do, says I.

She said they caught it pretty early.  That’s good, right?
That’s right, I say.

Good, she says.  Wait till I show you my room.  I cleaned it and it’s perfect.

And she proceeded to take me on a tour of her room and then we sat around and talked about the book she’s reading.  Ahhh, the wonders of technology.

We’re hoping to see all three of the “Littles” next weekend.  It may work out.  If it does, it will be another thing that goes just right.  20131109-202405.jpg


19 thoughts on “Lists

  1. What a great idea. Margi is very wise! Have a safe trip and may many many things go RIGHT!

  2. What a wonderful list of things going right!!! Excellent life style, my friend. But also, we are here and willing to hear the less right things too. But overall, looking at the blessings is probably the absolutely best intervention!

  3. Keeping track of everything that goes right is something we ALL should do more of in life! Those “littles” don’t look so little anymore!
    Sending love!

  4. So beautiful, So positive, so you!!!!!


  5. Hi Mary,
    You are the most positive person I know and you have been an inspiration in my life countless times! You and your friend are so right, positive action produces positive effects. You will be in my prayers and my heart. Thanks so much for reaching out and reconnecting…together you WILL meet and beat this new challenge in your life!! Cathy

  6. What an excellent week!

    Sent from my iPad


  7. Can’t think of a more perfect check-in! Prayers, love and light-filled energy sent for your journey to Houston! So glad you all will be together.

  8. You’ve done it again, Mary. You’ve captured us all with your gifted, witty writing (and wonderful pictures) and inspired us along the way with your humor and courage. I hope you can feel us traveling with you in spirit. Love and prayers . . .

  9. Wonderful, inspiring message and such a great blog. Thank you, as my sadness has been lifted to hope through your inspiration. You are so blessed to have such a wonderful family! Love the picture of “grand” babies! Safe trip to Houston…love you!

  10. Dear Mary, Your attitude is right and God has YOUR back. Praying for you every day, Jane( Deb’s sister)

  11. Your “rights”are inspirational…but really a CLEAN room. Only joking. It’ll be wonderful to see your kids. Enjoy them.
    Drive safe my friend. Looking forward to more “right” things and anything else you wish to share

  12. Mary, thanks so much for inviting me to your blog. Already, you’ve inspired me. Your optimism and faith offer incredible lessons. I loved hearing about your conversations with your granddaughters. They’re so wonderful. Good luck in Houston. Everyone in our house will be thinking of you and praying for you. Lots of love to you and your whole family.

  13. Deirdre Christman

    How can you not beat this disease with such a positive attitude?! I love how you’re focusing on everything that goes right, rather than lamenting the fact that you got cancer in the first place, something you’d have every right to do (and what I’m sure I’d do in your place). Thanks for being an inspiration to us all.

  14. We’ve talked about our blessings many times in the past. May you have as many as you can handle on your journey. Love to Jerry, Erin, Sean, and those beautiful grandchildren!

  15. Mary, your light shines bright, that was evident when we saw you just a few short weeks ago. Sending you much health and healing. xoxo- Barbara

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