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cancer kicka

So, good news friends…cancer gave me one look and thought….oh, hell, not THIS bitch!! Ssssssomebody ssssave me!! Yes….it TRIED to get a foothold (or is that ”breasthold”) but it didn’t get very far. I kicked its ass before it could even PRETEND to do real damage. So…be warned…even cancer fears me….GET THE MESSAGE!!!! Growl….evil Sharon on the prowl!!!
Thank you all for your [relentless] support, your caring, your messages, your flowers, and yes, even your tears (couldn’t understand why you cried…I totally missed the memo telling the world I’m ”apparently” dying), thanks drs Rawlins and Mentz and the gorgeous Marline Soares, my oncologist….brother Pieter Halliday and Ansie Halliday who never doubted that I’d NOT go down kicking and screaming. Dear husband Riaan, Rèmond Hattingh, Renate Benninghoff, Tristan Hattingh and Tyla,my husband and children. Family Ester Halliday, Chrissie Kisling, Bets Barnard and Isak Barnard, Evelene Wilkins Horn, and friends Irma Roodt and daughter Irma Roodt, Hannelie De Beer, Janine Schaffner Joubert, Marline Jonker and husband Kobus, Elfriede Edith Goetz and my colleagues at Santa Shoebox Project, Margie, Dorette Nel, Lynn Goldberg, Suzanne Louw Coetzee, Nicole Coetzee, Lisanne Rene Mc Ewan, Janet Earl, and the rest of the team. Onicca Hlabela from Ditebogo Daycare and Annah Ndlovu from Madzibandlela Orphanage Home….Neren and Manishka Rau, Willemien Nel and Hendrik…Sonja du Plessis and Willem, my beloved friends and neighbours…Marinda Deysel and Leorentia Lolla Fourie. Not to forget Shirleen Schmidt, Maria Venter and Karin Spykerman – my dear old school buds, oh my gosh, I’ve left so many out. You made the battle and the worries about the disease more tolerable…you guys made me brave and felt that its worth the fight. Your patience and caring meant the world to me. I love you more than you will ever know or understand. Thanks from the bottom of my heart. I just hope and trust that, through this hell I survived, somewhere along the line I would be in a position to inspire others….the battle is NEVER over, I know, the danger of it recurring is always there….but I’m ready for it and I know that God sent me on this path so that I will be able to, perhaps, inspire and give hope to others. Thanks people and God bless each and every one of you…..this is, after all, a battle that I would not have won without faith, trust and hope from my Creator who set me on this path.
I also wish to, especially thank my late, beloved sister Bertie, she lost her battle and Mom won but lived in fear for the rest of her life….their attitude inspired me to be more positive about the entire thing. They decided to give up….I decided to go out kicking and screaming…so cancer didn’t have a chance. I know it will be back for seconds someday….but NOT TODAY…and believe me….I’m waiting or it, armed to the teeth and READY to kick some ass again!

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Since yesterday the words of Don Francisco’s song ”Since I met Him I can see” (video below) has been running through my head endlessly. Why you ask? Well,  sit down and enjoy the read….because I have tremendous news!

You will remember that I had a bilateral mastectomy in May and that I was diagnosed with breast cancer. Despite being very positive (I missed the memo telling me I’m supposed to feel REALLY sick/depressed) and conquering the [very] sad faces of well-meaning friends and family, I was preparing myself for a world-class battle. I’ve seen my sister lose her fight and my Mother living a sad, depressing life as a result of her diagnosis….so I figured I had my work cut out for me, especially since I’ll be busy supporting the supporters as well. Please understand, I appreciated all the flowers and gifts, all the prayers and words of comfort more than anyone can ever imagine…what I DID NOT appreciate, was the grieving….the tears of despair and sadness that I had to dry. People were grieving for me and I was still literally HOPPING and POPPING with life…. One thing this did for me was to make me even MORE determined to overcome cancer….to die fighting.

Well, it turned out that cancer gave up even before it could REALLY get its claws into me. Yes, I visited the oncologist on Thursday and she told me that I would have to take Tamoxifen for 5 years, but early yesterday morning the lovely doctor called with the news that she’s changed her mind…. She decided that taken Tamoxifen, with all its side-effects, is simply not worth the trouble. All the breast tissue has been removed, so the cancer I was diagnosed with (ductal carcinoma) doesn’t have a chance of reappearing any time soon. I have to go for annual screening….but that’s it.

If I only had a lumpectomy, though, the story would have been quite different….radiotherapy, chemo and Tamoxifen….so, you see, I DID INDEED make the right decision to have a bilateral mastectomy!! I listened to all those little voices that urged me to have it done and, not only did it save my life, it spared me the discomfort and future disease that treatment would have caused.

That is why I am singing today……it is like another song by mr Francisco…the one about the little girl Jesus raised from the dead and how Jesus told the father not to tell a soul about the miracle. The father, in the song, shouts: ”I gotta tell somebody, gotta tell somebody, what Jesus did for me…”

Are you listening?? I am telling somebody NOW what Jesus did for ME…..He healed my body and He saved my soul, He baptised me and He made me whole….

Thank you Lord………………..friends, what can He do for YOU today?

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@mankindproject

Via Robin Williams Tribute – YouTube.

 

“We don’t read and write poetry because it’s cute. We read and write poetry because we are members of the human race and the human race is filled with passion. And medicine, law, business, engineering, these are noble pursuits and necessary to sustain life. But poetry, beauty, romance, love, these are what we stay alive for. To quote from Whitman, “O me! O life!… of the questions of these recurring; of the endless trains of the faithless… of cities filled with the foolish; what good amid these, O me, O life?” Answer: that you are here; that life exists, and identity; that the powerful play goes on and you may contribute a verse; that the powerful play goes on and you may contribute a verse. What will your verse be?” From Dead Poets Society

 

My husband said the people that inspired us, those that made the world so very special our entire lives, are passing on. Robin Williams was one of those.

Still, may he live on in our hearts and in our memories…and  in our movie archives (of course he will) as the bright, shining star he was.

I will always love you, my captain….I will always stand on the desk to look at life differently and, like you, my life will be extraordinary…

 

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@jennifercamp @GatherTo #Loop #Inspirational #Devotional

Via When you wonder.

You won't relent by Jesus Culture

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You won’t relent by Jesus Culture

When You Wonder

 

“Set me as a seal upon your heart, as a seal upon your arm, for love is strong as death, jealousy is fierce as the grave. Its flashes are flashes of fire, the very flame of the Lord” (Song of Solomon, 8:6).

Song of Solomon 8:6

 

My girl, deep breath now. First of all, let Me tell you something: you don’t have to have this life all figured out to live it well. You can keep going, one day at a time, looking for Me, not looking for Me. . . Your actions show Me what you love. I know your heart already. And your actions can move your heart to respond to Me in ways you can’t, at the time, see.

 

Be encouraged: the moments of the going and the doing and the waiting and the longing. . . Couldn’t they be responses to my whispers in you? You worry that you will miss Me. You look back on your day and you wonder, “Was that enough? Was I present with You, Father? Is working and wondering and running here and there a way to be with You? Is this the life You planned for me? Am I doing this right?”

 

Oh, girl, you don’t disappoint Me.

 

My daughter, I could not love you more, no matter what you do. Can you imagine living from that place, of knowing I adore you? Can you imagine awakening in the morning and knowing, no matter what is in store, you are not alone? My lovely one, I smile on you. I have to catch my breath when I think about you.

 

You captivate Me.

 

Daughter, remember you are rescued. Remember, you are free. Remember, you are white as snow; cast all cares upon Me. Remember I am your strength. Remember I am the rock who will always help you stand. Remember, I came, and I know weariness and temptation. I know pain and frustration. I know hunger and thirst and the pressures of eyes of this world. I went before. I carry you now.

 

Going forward (steady now) . . I am with you. No need to question where I am or if I love you or if you are doing a thing right. Your knowing my love for you is your guide.

 

My love, believe. That is how you measure a day.

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Colossians 3:23-24

Colossians 3:23-24

23 Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men,

24 knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.

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Will you answer His call today?

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@kingdomnomics #Devotional #Religion

Via Reflections: Ride the Wave.

Galatians 6:8

“…the one who sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life.” (Galatians 6:8)

As we practice the principles of KingdomNomics, we discover and experience the Holy Spirit, who empowers us to live the Christian life. We soak our heart in the Word of God and learn how to sow to the Spirit so he can impart his life to us.

One of the major ways we sow to the Spirit is to pray to the Lord verses of Scripture we have memorized and meditated on. As we allow our heart to delight in the precious morsels we glean from the Word, the power of the Spirit cleanses and empowers us for our daily tasks. We flow with the Spirit on the avenues of life as he navigates our way through the day’s activity.

Think about the surfer who looks for the next great wave to ride. The rider focuses all attention on the movement of the waters to determine when, where, and how to jump on the board to catch the best wave.

Look for where the Spirit is moving, and take the steps you need to join those who are moving with him. Ride the wave of the Spirit and flow with him!

Today, ask yourself:
Am I looking to see how the Spirit is moving where I am living? What steps am I taking to join those who are moving with the Spirit of God?

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Find more spiritual inspiration on the Kingdomnomics website.

And enjoy a life that can echo into eternity.

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