Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Survivors' Invitation

Wow... me a guest speaker? Last year I spoke to almost 1200 people. This year I am addressing over 1000 in one session. Whoever says life has no purpose or doesn't believe that God turns all things together for good to those who love God needs to open their eyes. I can't tell you how I just feel as though the blessings are literally falling on me! However long our life is, make the most of it!

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Back to the future

To say that there is "nothing new under the sun" is true. I have literally returned to my life as it was before, and it is the strangest feeling! So let me step back and share with you what has happened since my last blog post...

My friend, Sandra,  came down for a month from Germany with her partner Sven and their two little girls. It was great seeing them again. Sven commented that seeing me was like going back in time to when he first met me and how the whole episode with my tumour was some strange dream. I also beat him in a game of chess (and he did beat be subsequently) but he remarked to Sandra that he doesn't understand how someone with a brain tumour, surgery and radiation can even play chess, let alone beat him! That gave me a great laugh!

Leo lost his first tooth while in the car and just handed it to James and carried on playing on the cell phone. Another laugh...

I am actually in Jhb - Midrand at the moment on a 6 month contract. This has meant that I will only go home on weekends which will be a big adjustment to our family life. I feel for my kids and James.

What was that poem by William Shakespeare?...

"Parting is such bittersweet sorrow that I should say goodnight until it be 'morrow."

As Sven said, being back at work it really does feel that all of the brain tumour stuff was just a strange dream. I have my hair back, I am healthy and mentally alert. The move is primarily a financial decision, considering the economy, I am sure many people have had to make hard decisions. But I have decided to make the most of it and spend the extra time I have doing my various BT blogs and finishing my honours degree.

I have realised that my life journey IS a miracle. I have been restored and given a new chance in my life. I am overwhelmed by a sense of gratitude that I feel a weight from the flood of grace that is pouring on me daily. I can't say I have changed, but certainly my approach to life has. I am much more tolerant and conscious of the value of all things that life encompasses. I know that the hand of God is on me so powerfully that I am being moulded into something beautiful. My experience with the brain tumour has opened the doors of travel, appreciating life, taking the opportunities we are afforded, filling my life journey with value, learning and reflecting on the injustices in the world we live in. How do I thank my God and the people in my life? There is nothing I can say that could possibly meet the enormity of my appreciation. It is like my "PC" has been defragmented and starting a fresh.

Another wonderful thing, tonight as we speak, one of James' beach houses is being featured on the Home Channel on DSTV. I still haven't seen it but I think he managed the interview really well.  I will make sure that I get a copy up on the website shortly. He is really trying to focus a bit more on green architecture... oh for a wonderful world!

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