Suspense And Outcome


Last week was a very suspenseful time for my family.

Two weeks ago, my mother finished her last round of chemo and then went through a series of scrupulous medical tests to see how the treatment affected her cancer.

I don’t think I ever mentioned to you guys what type of cancer my mother was diagnosed with, but it’s called, small cell lung cancer. It’s a type of cancer that is notorious for traveling quickly and dramatically throughout the body. In my mother case it was only contained within her lungs, but it was ALL OVER her lungs. When she was rushed to the hospital in March, my mother was in hopeless shape.

Therefore, she was scared of hearing the test results and I don’t blame her because I would have been too.

She said it felt as though she was going to hear her death sentence.

I gently suggested to her that if the results were not good, she had every right to tell the doctor not to give her a ‘time limit’ because quite frankly, I don’t believe in time limits. Everyone is uniquely different, so if you give someone a set time then they’re always watching the calendar.

She agreed.

My mother and I talked on the phone every day before her appointment last Thursday, and I assured her that I had a deep knowingness in my heart that the test results were going to be prognosis positive.

Somehow I felt that she was going to be okay. And it’s ironic because my brother, Tom, felt the same way.

Over the past months, Tom has been telling me how great our mother looks in spite of all that she’s been through, and that her spirits were high. My mother also told me several times how everyone had been telling her that she didn’t even look sick. In fact, one of her oncology nurses said, “You're a very strong woman; I can see it in your eyes.”

Still, there is always going to be that little nagging thought in the back of your head that questions, “What if?”

On the morning my mother went in for her results, she asked the nurse to inform the doctor before he came into the room, that if the results were not positive, she didn’t want to hear anything about a time limit.

So she, my brother, and a close friend of my mother waited on pins and needles.

As her doctor walked into the room he said, “I was told you don’t want to hear anything about time, hu?”

My mother responded, “Yes, doctor, I would rather not know.”

“Well then, I guess you don’t want to hear the good news. All the test results show there is not a trace of cancer in your lungs, they’re perfectly clear.”

At that point, my mother said she was so glad to have had my brother and her friend in the room because she couldn’t grasp anything the doctor explained about the test results, from being in total shock.

After sharing the results, the doctor told my mother that he was going to monitor her health every three months to see if the cancer returns, just as a precautionary.

My brother called me on his cell phone from the examining room right after they got the news, and after we hung up, I sat on the floor and sobbed.

Later that night, I called my mother and asked, “So…how do you feel?”

She said, “Ronnie...I’m still in shock. I can’t believe it.”

I retorted, “Well…believe it lady, and celebrate!”

Her primary confusion was that she couldn’t believe back in March how she was told she had anywhere from 4-6 months to live and get ready for Hospice, to then being told that everything was clear. She just couldn’t comprehend it.

I mentioned to her, “Do you remember when your doctor told you that there might be a chance of a miracle?”

“Yes.”

“Well…it looks like you got one.”

My mother, brother, and I all realize that with cancer there is always a slight chance it might return. But for now, we’ve decided to live with optimism and embrace this miracle for as long as it’s here.

I would like to conclude this post by saying thank you from my mother and family.

Thank you for all your prayers, encouraging thoughts and love that you’ve shared over these past three months, because you need to know how much it help.

You are prognosis positive that when people come together in loving support…miracles DO happen.

Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Believe!

59 comments

  1. AkelamaluJune 18, 2012

    WOW Ron that's absolutely wonderful news! I'm so happy for your mother and you and your whole family. The power of prayer, Reiki and positive thinking can work miracles, of that I was never in any doubt and now it has been proved. Reiki blessings to your Mother, may she continue to be free from the cancer. xx

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  2. Vd NewaddyJune 18, 2012

    Oh what wonderful news. I am so PLEASED. I had tears in my eyes reading about the GOOD NEWS and when you said you sobbed I felt like joining in. I do believe that miracles happen and, you know what, I shall continue to pray for your mom in the hope that they stay HAPPENED. Thank you so much for sharing this with us, you have quite made my day. Have a good one, whatever you get up to.

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  3. OH what truly wonderful news! I'm really glad for your mother, and for you and your brother too. Your trip to Florida will certainly be one of celebration now.
    Thanks for sharing.
    Have a great week! xo

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  4. ok..... ....crying....
    I hate crying.

    G-d is good.

    (((((( G-d )))))))

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  5. whenpigsflyJune 18, 2012

    I'm still in shock too. That's unbelievable. I'm so thrilled for you and your family. The power of positive is amazing. Keep thinking those good thoughts!

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  6. Rob LenihanJune 18, 2012

    Oh, Ron, this is such fantastic news! I'm so happy for you, your mom and your entire family. I think it's great that you've "decided to live with optimism and embrace this miracle for as long as it’s here." Your mom sounds like one tough lady and I wish her the very best of health. Take care, buddy, and keep that good news coming!

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  7. i read this with tears in my eyes. wanted to faint myself when i read this:

    “Well then, I guess you don’t want to hear the good news. All the test results show there is not a trace of cancer in your lungs, they’re perfectly clear.”

    that is GREAT news ron, i totally would have flipped out and fell to the ground. wow, thanks for sharing this update.

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  8. Amazing. It makes me so happy to hear of miracles and am especially glad one came for your family!

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  9. Good morning Pearl~

    "The power of prayer, Reiki and positive thinking can work miracles, of that I was never in any doubt and now it has been proved."

    Amen.

    "Reiki blessings to your Mother, may she continue to be free from the cancer."

    Thank you, m'dear. Thank you.

    (((( You ))))

    Have a wonderful week......X

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  10. Good morning Valerie~

    " I had tears in my eyes reading about the GOOD NEWS and when you said you sobbed I felt like joining in."

    After I hung up from my brother, I was so overwhelmed with emotion, all I did was cry.

    "I do believe that miracles happen and, you know what, I shall continue to pray for your mom in the hope that they stay HAPPENED."

    ((((( You )))))

    Thank you, dear lady. Thank you.

    And thanks so much for stopping by. Have a faaaabulous week!

    X

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  11. Hey there Mary~

    Thank you, dear friend. Thank you.

    And please know that I am always sharing much love and Reiki with your sister.

    ((((Sister))))

    "Your trip to Florida will certainly be one of celebration now."

    OMG, that's exactly what I thought too. A celebration!

    Thanks so much for stopping by, neighbor. Have a grrrrrreat week!

    xo

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  12. Hiya Mel~

    ((((( You ))))))

    You have no idea how much I was thinking of your sister while writing this post.

    Miracles.

    Believe!

    ((((( Sister )))))

    Thanks so much for stopping by, dear lady. Have a wonderful week!

    X ya!

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  13. Hey there Jen~

    Me too. In fact, when I went to work that day, I couldn't tell anyone because I thought I would burst out into tears on the sales floor.

    "'m so thrilled for you and your family."

    (((( You ))))

    Thank you, my friend. Thank you.

    And thank you for your support, love, and encouraging thoughts.

    Have a wonderful week!

    X

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  14. Hey there Rob~

    Thank you, buddy. Thank you.

    We've decided not to think too much about it and just embrace the miracle for what it is. Now.

    Thanks so much for stopping by and for your well-wishes.

    Have a grrrrrrrrrrrreat week, Rob!

    X

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  15. Hiya Suzi~

    Thank you, my friend. Thank you.

    And thank you for all your prayers, thoughts and support, because it HELP!

    Muchly appreciated!

    (((( You ))))

    Have a wonderful week!

    X

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  16. Hey there Val girl~

    " wanted to faint myself when i read this..."

    That's what my mother said too. For the rest of that day, she said she walked around in a daze.

    "i totally would have flipped out and fell to the ground."

    OMG...I sobbed like a baby from relief and gratitude.

    Thanks so much for all your support, love and prayers, girl!

    I worked!

    (((( You ))))

    Have a terrific week!

    X

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  17. I was reading with baited breath. And then my breath was released and I am now sitting at my desk with tears in my eyes... completely choked up. I am astounded. I am amazed. I am a BELIEVER. Your mother has just witnessed first hand a true miracle. YES!

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  18. Hello Katherine~

    " I am a BELIEVER."

    Me too, dear friend, me too!

    And I thank you from the center of my soul for your prayers, love and support.

    A miracle.

    (((( You ))))

    Have a super week, Katherine. And thanks so much for stopping by!

    X

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  19. What wonderful news!!! I am so glad you mom was blessed with a miricle. All things are possible to him that believe! Praise God for His power and grace!

    Thank you for sharing this blessing with us. You never know; it could give someone hope who is going through the same thing.

    XOXO

    diane

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  20. *waving*

    Hellooooooooooooo Diane! It's so fab to see ya, girl!

    Thank you for sharing in the joy and for all your prayers, encouraging thoughts, and support during this time. I truly believe that when people come together in love...that miracles DO happen!

    "You never know; it could give someone hope who is going through the same thing."

    Exactly!

    Hope all is going well and that you're enjoying this summer!

    Thanks a bunch for stopping by!

    (((( You ))))

    XOXO

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  21. There's only one appropriate word here, Ron.

    FAAAAAABBBBBUUUUULLLLLOOOOOUUUUUSSSSS!!!

    Seriously, that's amazing and terrific news. Keeping the faith and having a positive outlook certainly does wonders!

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  22. Oh, Ron! What wonderful news. I am so happy for your mother and you and your brother. Positive thoughts do help too. It was such a blessing that they had caught the cancer before it spread to other organs! I am so happy for you. Keeping up the positive thoughts and prayers for you and your family!

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  23. Mark....you CRACK ME UP!

    FAAAAAABBBBBUUUUULLLLLOOOOOUUUUUSSSSS!!!

    Bwhahahahahahahhahaha! You actually say it better than I do!

    And thank you buddy; not only for expressing your joy, but also for your encouraging words and support during these past three month. Muchly appreciated!

    (((( You )))))

    Thanks for stopping by and have a faaaaaaaaaaabulous Monday!

    X

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  24. Hey there Peg~

    Thank you, dear friend.

    "It was such a blessing that they had caught the cancer before it spread to other organs!"

    Yes, it certainly was because when she first went into the hospital, it appeared as though it was everywhere. They didn't give my mother much hope.

    "I am so happy for you. Keeping up the positive thoughts and prayers for you and your family!"

    (((((( You ))))))

    Thank you!

    Have a spectacular Monday!

    X

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  25. That is truly amazing, Ron! Never underestimate the power of prayer! Sending up prayers of thanks on behalf of your mom right now!!! XO

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  26. Hey there Bijoux~

    "Never underestimate the power of prayer!"

    Amen.

    "Sending up prayers of thanks on behalf of your mom right now!!!"

    (((( You ))))

    Thank you, sweet lady. And thank you for all your support and love over these past few months. Thank you.

    Have a wonderful week!

    X

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  27. wonderful news! I've been thinking of you both lately!

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  28. Hiya Lora~

    Thank you!

    I've been thinking about you too lately and wondering how you're enjoying your Reiki attunements.

    Hope you're having a great summer and MUCH thanks for stopping by!

    ((( You )))

    X

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  29. Ron, I was glued to your every word in the post. What a touching and moving story. And I can't tell you how happy and excited I am for your mother. Without a doubt, I believe in miracles. And this was proof!

    Thank you for sharing. Please give your mother a hug for me when you see her.

    Have a wonderful week, Ron.

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  30. Ron, I was glued to your every word in the post. What a touching and moving story. And I can't tell you how happy and excited I am for your mother. Without a doubt, I believe in miracles. And this was proof!

    Thank you for sharing. Please give your mother a hug for me when you see her.

    Have a wonderful week, Ron.

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  31. Hola Denise~

    Thank you. And we're (my family) are so happy and excited too! For the first day we were all just so shocked and relieved.

    "Without a doubt, I believe in miracles. And this was proof!"

    Amen!

    Thanks so much for stopping by, girl. And yes, I will give my mother a BIG hug from you!

    Have a terrific week!

    (((( You ))))
    X

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  32. OH. MY. WORD! I am absolutely thrilled for your mother - and you and your brother! What an awful time you have all been through, but what a fantastic ending!

    Only God decides when our time is up.

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  33. "Well then, I guess you don’t want to hear the good news. All the test results show there is not a trace of cancer in your lungs, they’re perfectly clear.”

    And my heart just exploded with PURE happiness. Seriously, I have tears in my eyes!

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  34. Hiya Babs~

    Thank you, my friend! And you summed it up PERFECTLY!!!!!

    "Only God decides when our time is up."

    *applause*

    Amen!

    Thanks so much for your kind words and support!

    (((( You )))))

    Have a faaaaaabulous week!

    X to you and Mo!

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  35. Hey there my Libra friend Meleah~

    ((((((((((( You ))))))))))))))

    Thank you for your good thoughts, prayers and love. All of you guys and gals have been such a HUGE support for my family and I.

    Thank you so much!

    X ya!

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  36. oh ron, this made me bawl like a baby! what wonderful, magical news. and yes, the energy from so many intentional prayers surely would help this outcome come true. i am thrilled beyond words for you and your family and most especially your mother. much love to you all. xoxo

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  37. Helloooooooooo Linda~

    " and yes, the energy from so many intentional prayers surely would help this outcome come true."

    Amen! And I believe in my heart of hearts that DID!

    Thank you, dear friend. Thank you for all your prayers, good thoughts, support and love. And my mother thanks you too!

    ((((((( Linda )))))))

    Have a wonderful week! And have fun with your grandchildren tomorrow!

    xoxoxoxoxoxoxo

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  38. Herman TurnipJune 18, 2012

    FANTASTIC news! Man, this is incredible. So happy to hear about this, Ron. Here's hoping that this is the last of it, and that your mother never has to go through treatment ever again! We're so happy for both of you!

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  39. Howdy Herman~

    "Man, this is incredible."

    I know, isn't it incredible? In fact, I just got off the phone with my mother and she said that she STILL can't believe it!?

    "Here's hoping that this is the last of it, and that your mother never has to go through treatment ever again!"

    Amen!

    Thank you so much for stopping by, buddy. And thank you and Karin for your support, encouragement and good thoughts. Muchly appreciated!

    Have a super week!

    X to you, Karin, and Mr. Tyler!

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  40. Katherine KrigeJune 18, 2012

    I am so happy for you Ron! That is fabulous news!!! Prognosis positive is all you had to wish for and the power of positive thought shone through. Keep that positive energy flowing my friend.

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  41. Helloooooooo Katherine~

    " Prognosis positive is all you had to wish for and the power of positive thought shone through."

    Thank you, that was sooooooo beautiful!

    ((((( You )))))

    And thank you also for sharing your support, energy and love!

    And my mother thanks you too!

    Have a terrific week!

    X

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  42. At back at ya, girlfriend!

    ((((((( You )))))))

    X

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  43. Ron, I believe in the power of positive thinking, and also in what you wrote about just the other day, letting the light shine through.

    We are full of energy and when it’s positive, I truly believe it can perform miracles, like it did with your mom. She was determined she wasn’t going to let the news of her health get her down and she even said she didn’t want to hear about any time frame. She KNEW it could jeopardize her mental state and since she’s an optimistic woman, wanted to stay that way!

    I am so excited to hear that it worked. I know it does, but when I hear a close friend has a good experience, it just makes me feel even MORE determined to stay on my positive thinking path!

    I’m so happy for you, your mom and your brother, I could dance a jig right now and with as tired as I am, all that energy is flowing through ME, giving me energy to perform the jig!

    Energy begets energy, my friend, so let’s keep it going, through us to you and on to your wonderful mother! She’s an inspiration!

    Thank you for this wonderful news! Now you can go to Florida and CELEBRATE!

    ((RON’S MOM))


    ((YOU))

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  44. Hello Pam!

    I cannot thank you enough for awesomely encouraging and faaaaaabulous comment!

    ((((( You )))))

    It's funny but lately, (and I think because of what my mother has been going through these past three months) that it's causing me to notice more, the power of light, energy and miracles. Honestly, even though this has been very challenging to go through with my family, it's also been a tremendous time of evolution and discovery. Even my mother said that she can't believe how so many people came to her aid and helped her with so many things she couldn't do because of being sick. She feels loved and blessed through this illness.

    "Energy begets energy, my friend, so let’s keep it going, through us to you and on to your wonderful mother! She’s an inspiration!"

    Right on! Energy begets energy!

    Thank you sooooooooo much for stopping by, dear friend. And thank you for your support, energy, encouragement, and love!

    Have a faaaaaaaaabulous week!

    (((( You ))))

    X

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  45. Hi Ronnie,
    This is FABULOUS news to return home to!! I am overjoyed for your Mom and your family. I do believe that faith makes miracles due to the positive energy that is created. From all of your friends this energy was stronger.
    You Mom is very lucky. May she continue to be strong and healthy and enjoy life every day.

    xoxo

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  46. Bonjour Barb~

    Welcome back!!!!!

    Thank you for sharing in the joy about my mother's news, and thank you for all the 'good vibes' and encouragement you've shared over these past three months.

    "I do believe that faith makes miracles due to the positive energy that is created. From all of your friends this energy was stronger."

    It sure was. And I truly believe that!

    ((((( You ))))))

    Thanks so much for stopping by, my friend. I am so looking forward to reading about your trip!

    Have a great week.....X

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  47. dianne777June 19, 2012

    send out enough strong bright light and it finds the perfect place to rest
    in this case on your Mom
    I am thrilled yet not surprised
    I do believe good things happen to good people
    hugs to Mom
    and to you

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  48. Hey there Lady Dianne~

    Thank you for your AWESOME comment, Di!

    And thank you for lighting a candle, lending your ear, and your love.

    Hugs back from my mother, brother, and I....

    ((((( You )))))

    Have a faaabulous week!

    X

    P.S. can you believe it's going to 100 degrees on Thursday?? OMG....I can't wait to get to Florida - HA!

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  49. It does seem like a miracle, and I am so thankful that this treatment was effective, so very thankful! This will make your reunion with your family even sweeter. It does seem as though this change in her condition is way beyond medicine, right? Makes me catch my breath. Sending love and wishes for your safe journey. We're leaving on vacation tomorrow very early. xoxo -diane

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  50. Hello Diane~

    "It does seem like a miracle, and I am so thankful that this treatment was effective, so very thankful!"

    Thank you. And yes, does seem like a miracle, doesn't it? In my heart of hearts, I DO believe it was.

    "It does seem as though this change in her condition is way beyond medicine, right? Makes me catch my breath."

    I think between her treatment and divine intervention, it created something beyond reason.

    Thanks so much for stopping by and for your support, encouragement, and love.

    Have a faaaaaaaaaabulous time on your vacation!!! Yes, I'll be leaving VERY early on Monday morning myself.

    Much X to you and Cristybella!

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  51. Hello Ron,
    What delightful news !!!! There are miracles that come to those who trust and those that believe in positive energy. The type of miracle your mother received was the best. She used her own powers to generate a healing inside her and the intentions everyone else provided just flooded her energetic field with love and joy. She was open to receive the grace that was provided and she made the best of it. What a lesson she has given all of us who have read her story. The goose bumps are all over me just thinking of what had happened. Each time I hear a story of unexplained remission I am full of awe. When the individual uses all forms of healing from all forms of healers in harmony with each other that is when magic happens.
    Thank You my friend for sharing this with us. I will continue to keep your mother and you in my prayers of love and gratitude.

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  52. Helloooooooooo Mr. Dave~

    I was so hoping you'd stop by and read this post because I was truly thinking YOU and what you shared in your comment that you left on the post I wrote back in March, when I first told you guys about my mother being diagnosed with cancer.

    You said, believe in a MIRACLE!

    "The type of miracle your mother received was the best. She was open to receive the grace that was provided and she made the best of it."

    You're so right, because the whole time my mother was going this she kept telling me that she could literally FEEL everyone's prayers, good thoughts and energy SUPPORTING her. She also said that she has never felt so LOVED.

    " Each time I hear a story of unexplained remission I am full of awe."

    Yes, even her doctor can't fully explain it because her recovery was so quickly.

    I think between my mother's positive attitude, her treatment, and her willingness to accept everyone's prayers and energy, she left herself open to heal.

    As l shared, we're living enthusiastically and with optimism; embracing this good news!

    Thanks so much, my friend, for all your encouragement, energy, and love during this time. My family and I are eternally grateful!

    ((((( You ))))))

    Have a faaaaaaaaabulous week!

    X

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  53. Jay - Depp EffectJune 21, 2012

    Wow. Just .. Wow. AMAZING news!!!

    Ron, I am SO HAPPY for you and your Mom (and brother, too!). So happy! What a wonderful, wonderful thing to hear. I've been thinking about your Mom at odd times through the last few months, and you too, knowing how hard it is to live with this type of diagnosis and the treatment and all. I want to hug you all, sit on the floor and weep with you, then dance around the room yelling 'HOORAY'!

    And she is the second miracle I've heard recently because a friend of only thirty-something years old was diagnosed with a brain tumour a while back and nobody thought she'd pull through. They dealt with it, and she went into remission. Then it came back and it was huge, and it had spread, and we all thought that was it .. but they managed to get rid of it again and it is GONE. Sadly, she has now had so much chemo that it's caused a hip to crumble, but they're dealing with that, too.

    I believe you're right: the power of prayer, positive thinking, good vibes, collective consciousness (call it what you will) is a very, very powerful force. And from my little corner of England, I can only say I am glad that in my very small way, I might have helped!

    Now go hug your Mom - and give her one from me!

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  54. Hey there Jay~

    "I want to hug you all, sit on the floor and weep with you, then dance around the room yelling 'HOORAY'!

    "And from my little corner of England, I can only say I am glad that in my very small way, I might have helped!"

    (((( You ))))

    Thanks so much for sharing in the joy of this good news, my Libra friend! And, YES, you most certainly DID help. And not in small way but a BIG way! All you ladies and gents did!

    WOW...that's an AMAZING story you shared about your friend and I am SOOOOOOOOO happy for her! It's truly something how some people make a complete turn around when at first their diagnosis is grim.

    "the power of prayer, positive thinking, good vibes, collective consciousness (call it what you will) is a very, very powerful force. "
    Amen! You said it.....a collective consciousness is a VERY powerful force.

    "Now go hug your Mom - and give her one from me!"

    I sure will, the second I see her on Monday!

    Thanks for stopping by, Jay. And thanks for all your support and love during these past three months!

    Hope you're having a super week!

    X

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  55. Ron, I am in tears reading this. I am just so happy for you and your mother. My father died from lung cancer twelve years ago. He was not positive about his outcome from the beginning and in fact, continued to smoke. It is amazing what the human body can achieve when accompanied by a positive spirit and a belief in something greater than us. Please give your mother a big hug from me!

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  56. Hey there Bill~

    "It is amazing what the human body can achieve when accompanied by a positive spirit and a belief in something greater than us. "

    It sure is!

    And I want to thank you for sharing all your good wishes, good energy, encouragement and support these past three months because as you can see....it was a major "key ingredient" in her well-being!

    Hope you're having a faaaaaabulous week!

    Thanks for stopping by, buddy!

    X

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  57. MIRACLES do happen indeed. So happy for your mom and all of you.
    God is soooooooooo good.
    besitos.

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  58. *jumping up and down*

    OH. MY. GOD.......DIANA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I was so freakin' excited to see your COMMENT!!!!! Thank you SO MUCH for taking the time to leave one on this post!

    "MIRACLES do happen indeed. So happy for your mom and all of you.
    God is soooooooooo good."

    Yes He is.....He's soooooooooooo good! We feel blessed!

    Hope you're having a great week! I can't wait to come to Florida next week!

    ((((( You ))))))

    Besitos!

    X

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