Thursday, May 14, 2009

Photostory Friday~Turn that frown upside down


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I am drawn to this photo tonight, as I sit at my computer feeling a heavy load of sadness.   While I seek to keep my spirits up, I find myself overwhelmed with despair. When it rains it pours....that is what people say, right?  Well, not only is it honestly and truly raining big ol' drops of rain on the roof of the Living and Loving home, the torrent or bad news has officially hit.  It is the type that leaves you no choice than to be soaked........completely and utter soaked with tears.

Over a year and a half ago, a co-worker's husband was diagnosed with Lymphoma of the central nervous system.  His prognosis was grim....Stage 4.  With really amazing treatment, they battled the cancer, and gained him some ground.  He has been cancer free for over a year.  Today......they found out it is back, and he has another brain tumor.  They are testing to see if it has spread to his bone marrow like the last time.  This is devastating news.  He suffered brain damage last time from the cancer and aggressive treatment.  He is not likely to choose the aggressive route again, and January's scan was clear, so we know this cancer is growing quickly.  My heart goes out to my co-worker and her husband.  He is only 56 years old.  

56 years old....is young....very young.  However, 4 years old is MUCH younger.  A mommy friend of mine has had her foundation ripped out from under her in the last few weeks.  Her darling little Miss G, who was born within weeks of Sugar Bear, has been diagnosed with an irreparable heart defect.  Myocardial Bridge causing Restrictive Cardiomyopathy, resulting in the Left Atrium being backed up with blood and large. Both very rare.   


I have been unable to even think about it without breaking into tears.  I simply can not imagine the heartache of hearing such devastating news.  Please visit her blog and offer her some care and support.  It would mean a lot to me. 

As I lay in bed with my Sugar Bear tonight, the tears welled up, and I held her tighter.  I found it hard to not feel such deep sorrow for my friends who are fighting for their loved ones.  It really steers one back to what is right in front of them.  One must cherish every little thing.  Sugar Bear is my true JOY.  I know it isn't hard to figure out that I am pretty smitten with this little honey.  This blog is full of photo after photo of her special little self.  It is this photo that touched me tonight.  In her short life thus far, she has felt such little sorrow.  I work to protect her from the hurt that life often brings.  She has the ability to find the joy in most any situation, and can never fail to turn my frown upside down.

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This photo was taken last August, near the close of a VERY busy day on the farm.  She fell asleep on the floor while dinner was cooking.  This is extremely rare for her.  I had to smile when I saw this frown, because while I might be one of the happiest people you know, The Hubby has been telling me for years that I frown when I sleep.  Go Figure.

Tonight, this photo made me smile....if only for a little while, I was able to cast a bit of the sorrow aside.  I am grateful for that. 

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Marcelle said...

Hello - am so saddened to read this entry - seems all around us at the moment we hear such tragic stories of what wonderful friends/people are enduring...
Seems every 2nd person you meet knows someone who is dying or had just died...it really scares me. There is nothing worse than hearing stories of little children who are suffering.
My heart goes out to them all...

Golightly said...

Oh Corey, all that news breaks my heart! I wrote about fear today, one of the reasons I fight it is that I lost my mom at 58, too young. cancer.

I Hate cancer. to the point of tears - Hate cancer. and I'm scared of it, too. Gah!

But four years old, Harrison's four years old. My prayers go up even now.

Janet said...

Oh how very sad Corey. I am so sorry! Lately I have been thanking God an awful lot for health and happiness. We have been so protected this far. My heart goes out to your colleague and your friend. God Bless your little family and keep you safe. xx

Aspiemom said...

I am so sorry, Corey. All of that sad news would break anyone's heart and these are people close to you. Hug your family tighter right now.

Emily said...

So sorry. It's so hard to hear about all the tragedy that takes place in this fallen world.

Berta said...

So sorry to hear of these challenges - I think that's why we're given a wonderful support system of family and friends, to help carry the load. They are in my prayers this day!

The more I live, the more I discover (and am reminded) we are 'visitors' here on this planet - our sojourn is a short one. However, at one time or another, we all think it will last forever and we know it doesn't! Our children are 'on loan' to us - and we must learn special lessons they have to offer, as well as from our family members and friends. We're HERE to gain knowledge and loosing loved ones is a small part of that education - learning to savour every moment we are together - to be present in the world we live in.

I KNOW this pain you are speaking of - I lost my brother and father less than a year of each other and this quote always helped me: "We are spiritual beings having an earthly experience! " (can't remember the author)n You're in my thoughts today.

MommaV said...

Pam Emmons said...

I am so sorry to hear of all the bad news. Just last summer I lost my dear aunt to cancer, and 30 days later, lost my amazing grandfather to the same thing.
I don't know how many times I have prayed that cancer be dragged to the bottom of the sea, never to return. So many people are affected by this disease, but that doesn't make it any easier to deal with. My prayers are going out to you and your friends.

Killlashandra said...

I sad to read about these really huge life changes happening to people you know. I'm glad you have your Sugar Bear too. May she always make you smile. :)

MamaGeek @ Works For Us said...

I'm so sincerely sorry Corey. I also hate cancer. Our family is plagued by it and I certainly feel for you. Best wishes and strength, your way.

Mary@Holy Mackerel said...

Very painful things, and especially when they happen to people we love, and there is nothing we can do to help.

Our son had cancer at a very young age (he's doing very well now at 11 years of age), and I remember all too well the fear and feeling of hopelessness...

I'm sending positive vibes out to your friends, and hope things turn out well for both of them.

Jeanette said...

That's so very sad :(

AnnD said...

I am so upset about what is going on with your friends. I have been following another mom's blog (Heather Spohr) who just lost her 17 month old daughter. Last night, Em was with my parents and I went to bed and looked at her empty pillow and cried. I felt so lucky that I still have her but couldn't help but put myself in Heather's position and think: "What if she was never there again?" It was unthinkable...I will stop by your friends blog and pray for both your friends' husband and your friends' little girl.

kaye said...

((hugs to you)) sugar bear is adorable even when frowning.

Chris said...

It's so hard to think of appropriate things to say at times like this. I feel for you deeply and wish you comfort. It's interesting how tragedies have a way of focusing our attention and stripping away all the non-essentials of life.

Our children are such a blessing, especially when the dark clouds roll in.

Nap Warden said...

Corey...so sorry for your friend. {hugs}

Angela said...

Very sad news. But it is funny that you both frown when you sleep.

Fresh Mommy said...

Wow, I feel the heaviness even without knowing them. My prayers are with you and with the families. Beautiful photo, Corey, as usual. It made me smile as well.

:)
~Tabitha

napaboaniya said...

Your friends are in need of lots of morale support at this point of time.

Send them my well wishes :)
You too take care.

Even when she's frowning in her sleep Sugar looks adorable.

Jeanette said...

I'm sorry for all of your bad news. It's hard to watch people we love go through such hard times. Hang in there and keep enjoying that precious little girl.

Leah said...

I've been under the weather this week so I didn't post any photos on Friday, but this morning I posted my 5 faves from Photostory Friday and You Are One Of Them!!
What a heart felt post! And by the way, are you in Va Bch? I noticed the tshirt.

ispeakbeanish said...

That kind of news is so hard. I'll be praying for them.

Kalisha said...

Thank you for sharing and reminding me to turn my frown upsidedown. Your little girl is so sweet and I love that pic of her. And I especially love your heading picture with all of the stickers on her face!

I send out all my prayers...

Jill said...

I will pray for this man...and little girl...God knows...He is in charge of this...and it is He that allows us to see that frowns CAN indeed be turned upside down.

Your daughter is so very DEAR...

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