I have been reflecting on my recent (and bad) cancer scare. Over the Easter weekend, I was able to share my thoughts and feelings with good friends. One friend in particular, has experienced a similar incident. Her husband was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer, and it turned out to be a cancer--but not stage 4 lung cancer. Her husband is currently well and cancer free. A couple of years ago, I recall him spending a great deal of time in hospital on IVs.
This friend of mine said it will be well and truly over when "losing the keys matters again." This comment has really stuck with me. It seems like the clarity of perspective that I gained with the cancer scare evaporated rather quickly. I find myself stressing over things that will not matter five years from now.
There was a moment during my illness when everything that truly mattered seemed crystal clear. This clarity of perspective was a gift. I know that it is within me somewhere, and I look forward to finding it again!
Today I had the pleasure of talking with Kirk LaPointe of Roundhouse Radio about my Orca Just Enough Series (www.justenoughseries.com). It was a wonderful half-hour conversation filled with thoughtful questions. I hope you enjoy!
Cher peuple de la Belgique,
Dear People of Belgium,
We wanted you to know that far away on the West Coast of Canada our family is praying for you and morning your loss.
We have not yet had the honour of visiting your beautiful country but when we imagine doing so we envision a joyful and friendly place full of history and blended cultures. In our minds, we savour the smell of chocolate and waffles. We dream of sparkling diamonds and colourful tapestries. We imagine a strong, multilingual, multicultural, and democratic nation much like our own.
We know that you are hurting and grieving and we wanted to let you know we stand in solidarity with you against this terrible cancer of terrorism. We are mindful of your strength and know that you have defeated darkness before.
You will also overcome this brutality.
We pray you know that genuine love and compassion is pouring out for you from around this world and that you find some comfort in that knowing.
God bless you all and may peace be with you.
The Roberts family
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Ages ago I was invited to participate in this year's Oxford Round Table held at Oxford University in England. If you asked me a week ago, I would have said that I was not strong enough to attend. However, and with the wonderful support of family and friends, I am still going! It will be extra special for me as I am taking my daughters (Lauren & Ally) and my sister (Kellee).
Below, you will find an overview of what I hope to share with my colleagues at the conference. I look forward to any feedback you might have!
Dr. Jillian Roberts