A one in a million--the lesions were benign! Related to the pancreatitis--like an infection causing spots. I am ok. Thank you all so very much. God bless!
I apologize for being inactive on this blog the last little while. I have been in hospital. I am home now and recovering.
While in hospital they discovered that my cancer has returned and that I will need more treatment. I have been investigating all that needs to be done to make this unfold.
While doing so, I have been overwhelmed with support from family and friends. It has been incredible and so very much appreciated. I am so grateful for the love and support of those around me.
I am also grateful for the new cancer treatments available to me. The most likely treatment, which has good life expectancy at 10 years, is now available in Vancouver, BC--just a short ferry ride from Victoria where I live. This treatment has just been available from 2013. I am grateful to the vast team of cancer researchers and oncologists who have made this new treatment available.
I am at a place where I need to really practice what I preach. I need to stay positive and focused on my health. It has been difficult, but I feel myself beginning to make the mental transition to the optimistic and life-giving place I try and encourage you all to go.
I will continue to blog about this experience. Hopefully, together we can learn how to tackle the challenges of life with a spirit filled with grace and light.
God bless to you all, and thank you for your support.
Dr. Jillian Roberts
PS Here is a fun photo of a woman and her deerhound. This is not me (of course), but I do have a deerhound and he does kiss me like this! This picture makes me smile, and that is why I share it with you :)
I came across this wonderful list by Erica Layne written in September 8, 2014. I wanted to share it with you. So much wisdom is shared! (Original link at bottom.)
42 WAYS TO MAKE YOUR KIDS FEEL ABSOLUTELY LOVED1. Dance.
2. Tell stories from your life. Childhood adventures and youth run-ins with the cops. :) What you thought the first time you saw your spouse. What you felt on your wedding day and the day your child learned to ride a bike.
3. Kiss them goodnight.
4. Let them climb into bed with you. (Sometimes.)
5. Print pictures of grandparents and great-grandparents, and tell stories from their lives, to help build their sense of family identity. We pull our prints out every Christmas.
6. Pick them up from school.
7. Teach them to do something. Read, tie their shoes, shoot a bow and arrow. (My husband has never looked more attractive than when he taught our boys to rainbow loom. :)
8. Refer to your family as a team. (Team Braverman, anyone?)
9. Create a family password or handshake. When I was growing up, our family password was our last name spelled backwards. We thought it was the coolest thing ever.
10. Frame and hang photos of them.
11. Give them bubble baths.
12. Watch photo slideshows and family videos clips.
13. Tell them you love them. A lot.
14. Have them lie flat on their bellies and give them back rubs. (Kids love chopsticks.)
15. Maximize time at the dinner table with great dinner conversations.
16. Slip notes into their lunch boxes. Here’s a great resource for lunch box jokes.
17. Read to them, especially favorites from your childhood.
18. Let them get messy.
19. Create a family motto or a family purpose statement, to help you nurture a family culture that will nurture them.
20. Make a meal or a treat from your childhood and tell them all about it.
21. Spend time in nature together. Camping, hiking, biking, boating, bird watching…
22. Put down your phone.
23. Over the years, create traditions for each child’s birthdays. This family floats a cake in their pool on their daughter’s birthday. We take our oldest to Panera because that’s where we went the night we learned we were expecting him.
24. Create with them. Bake, craft, construct, experiment.
25. Eat something you grew from the ground.
26. Teach them how amazing their bodies are.
27. Have stay-up-late nights, where one kid gets to stay up an extra 15 minutes (or more, depending on their age) and do a one-on-one activity of their choosing with Mom and Dad.
28. Work together to create a family cheer. OR borrow this one, like we are. It’s really fun!
29. Set goals together.
30. Have a weekly family night. We don’t manage it every week, but we when we do, we try to answer the three questions Bruce Feiler recommends: What did we do well last week? What didn’t go so well? What can we do better this week?
31. Let them lose track of time. (And learn from it, as you try to carve out more room for timelessness and play in your life.)
32. Explore the stars together.
33. Watch them when they’re sleeping and then tell them about it the next day.
34. Say you’re sorry.
35. Have movie and game nights.
36. Get interested in their interests. (Even if that means learning the ins and outs of Minecraft.)
37. Do a fun run together.
38. Love your spouse.
39. Share your faith with them.
40. Listen with empathy when they’re hurting.
41. Watch out for their natural talents.
42. Say great things about them to your spouse when they don’t think you know they’re listening.
Here is the original link:
Our new, wonderful student has arrived from Austria--Christina! She arrived bearing gifts. It is obvious that much careful thought went into choosing these gifts. First, there was an array of Austrian rocks and crystals for my rock loving husband. Second, there was a beautiful, handprinted Czech glass vase for me. Then, there was a enormous pile of chocolate and sweets for all of us! What a thoughtful gift :)
Hosting exchange students is a great joy for us. We look forward to getting to know Christina and learning about Austria--one of my favourite countries.
Welcome to Canada Christina!