Friday, April 18, 2014

Good Friday

It's 
Friday but 
Sunday 
is coming


This is my all time favourite Easter song

Confessional Friday

May you all be blessed on this Good Friday
I am linking up with Leslie
&
Today I am confessing...
1) I am excited to get out of town for a few days to just relax and do a little of nothing, we are going to my Aunt's house about 2 hours away, i am happy to hang out with my cousin and her adorable baby boys.
2) I am thrilled to have (today)Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday off- us govt employees gets an extra long weekend :)
3) I have yet to buy Brooke some things for her Easter basket... sometimes I fail as a mother
4) It feels like this week was dragged on and on... but alas here it is, the weekend.



5) So thankful for my sister in law in Newfoundland, I ordered a bunch of clothes online and it got delivered to an old address I had 5 years ago, Why, no one knows.. she went and got it and re-sent it to me 


6) I love my house- last night we had 12 Robin in the front years and 11 deer in the back yard, I love it so much 


Thursday, April 17, 2014

A story to tug your heart

Today I want to share a story that hit close to home for me after my major lung surgery in 2010, we need to get this story out there and share it with as many people as we possibly can.

Meet Heather


In 2005 at the age of 36, just 3 1/2 months after the birth of her only child Lily, Heather was diagnosed with malignant pleural mesothelioma. At the time of her diagnosis, she was given 15 months to live, unless she took drastic measures. Well, here she is, 8 years later, minus one lung, a rib and half of a diaphragm, but alive and well. She is a cancer survivor, not only surviving, but thriving. Her and her husband Cameron Von St. James are passionate about mesothelioma awareness and patient advocacy. She was given a second chance at life, and she wants to give back as much as possible. Inspiring others, and giving them hope is what she loves.

1)How has this illness changed your life?

It changed it on an almost foundational level. Everything I knew, everything was, got torn away from me the minute I got the diagnosis. It all at once is the worst thing that every happened to me, and the best. So much good has come of it. I no longer care about the petty things, and am much more appreciative of the every day miracles.

2)What symptoms did you have

It started out with flu like symptoms, fever, heaviness in my chest, then came shortness of breath along with extreme fatigue and weight loss. I was losing 5-7 lbs a week.

3)How long did you have the symptoms before diagnosed


I didn't wait long… probably about a month from the onset of the first symptom.. I went downhill quite fast.

4)How can people know if they may have this?

If you think you were exposed to asbestos, a chest x ray or CT scan is a good start.. Mesothelioma usually presents itself as sore muscles, like a pulled shoulder muscle from the fluid build up in the chest cavity..along with fatigue, shortness of breath and sudden weight loss.



5)How can we support you?

By sharing my story, and video, and donating your social media status for the victims. .. Awareness is where it all starts.

6)What treatment is there

In the US treatment depends on your diagnosis, and what stage you are. Surgery is the best treatment, followed by chemotherapy, and radiation if needed. If surgery is not an option, palliative care is your best course.

7)Does the treatment pose any challenges for their condition?

Getting one lung removed is no easy task.. it changes everything. The chemo is well tolerated by most people, and radiation, depends on the type and how much, as to how it affects you. I'm not a medical person, and only know my personal experience… These questions might be better answered by an oncologist who specializes in mesothelioma.

8)What hidden blessings came with the disease?

All of the amazing people I've had the good fortune to meet because of this disease. My friend Ted says Mesothelioma is the shittiest way to meet the best people. (you can edit that if you want to!! Don’t want to offend anyone!!) My life is so much richer and deeper because of the wonderful people in the mesothelioma community… they are our greatest asset.

9)Have you ever been discriminated against due to your condition?

Not that I can remember. People are usually shocked to learn I have only one lung.


10)Has it affected your personality

It made me less selfish, and more open about my life. I used to be quite self absorbed… that went out the window when I got my diagnosis… I do this for the many meso warriors who are fighting.. awareness and prevention are key. It isn't about me.. its about the entire community.
 
 
Check out Heather's awareness page right here

Truthful Thursday- Cats/Dogs or Neither

If you want to find out more about Truthful Thursday, head over here 

8) Cats, Dogs or neither

Growing up I always had a fur animal, one year my best friend gave me a kitten for Christmas, I named her 'Christmas', 
I had her until one week before my wedding, when she passed away. 
When I worked with the police officers, they rescued an adorable lil guy and I adopted him

His name was Benji- he was the most amazing little guy, then he suddenly got very sick and he passed away, that was the last furry animal for me, my hubby had a lot of allergies and we decided that we would stay away from the furry animals.
Right now our pets are some adorable fish that swim happily all day and night long, we love our fish and to us they make great pets <3 


Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Wednesdays for Women- Week 5- Kindness

{To Inspire and Encourage}



For the next few weeks I want to share a little study about the Fruit of the Spirit. 
Week Five: KINDNESS




Kindness is a behavior marked by ethical characteristics, a pleasant disposition, and concern for others. It is known as a virtue, and recognized as a value in many cultures and religions 

Remember growing up when your mom told you to share and be kind to your friends….

I love when I do random acts of kindness for the person in the drive thru next to me, or keeping the door opened for the next person, going to visit a sick friend in the hospital, inviting a friend for dinner, taking a friend to a movie, having tea with someone who has very little friends or no family. 


There is a random acts of kindness day, where we need to kill them with kindness - Feb 17 is random acts of kindness day, i love this day each year,the day we make that lonely stranger smile, paying for someone’s coffee when they have no roof over their head and they live on the streets all night long, bring them a blanket, give them some food...
so will you go and do a random act of kindness for someone, after all- 
Kindness makes the World go around. 

Kindness is a behavior marked by ethical characteristics, a pleasant disposition, and concern for others. It is known as a virtue, and recognized as a value in many cultures and religions 

Remember growing up when your mom told you to share and be kind to your friends….

I love when I do random acts of kindness for the person in the drive thru next to me, or keeping the door opened for the next person, going to visit a sick friend in the hospital, inviting a friend for dinner, taking a friend to a movie, having tea with someone who has very little friends or no family. 


There is a random acts of kindness day, where we need to kill them with kindness - Feb 17 is random acts of kindness day, i love this day each year,the day we make that lonely stranger smile, paying for someone’s coffee when they have no roof over their head and they live on the streets all night long, bring them a blanket, give them some food...
so will you go and do a random act of kindness for someone, after all- 
Kindness makes the World go around. 


Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Marriage Mondays


I have been asked by several people if I would do a series on Marriage, so I thought about it and I felt led to do this.  It will begin April 28. 
I am going to post some Marriage advice, my love story, marriage tips, date ideas, ways to keep your marriage alive etc. 

Would you like to help me with this?
I am looking for some people to share your Love Story with us? 

I would appreciate it so much, drop me a line 
terrigrothe@gmail.com 
or leave your email in the comment section and I will get in touch with you. 



Sunday, April 13, 2014

Weekend Recap


Friday: 
Last day of work, glad the weekend is ever! 
I had a lunch date with a beautiful friend, we had chinese food, it was nice to see her, she is one of my old co workers. 
I got a call from my brother around 4 pm advising me to call home immediately, well I called and he had to give me the news that my mom was in a car accident in which she totalled the car, she had some bumps and bruises but she is a lucky person to still be with us, she had angels with her that day.
I left at 5:45 for Ladies Conference.
It was a beautiful first night- the speaker was a lady from Texas- she spoke on as women we need to let things go more, it is so true, why is it that women keep things bottled up inside
I love being a part of the Atlantic District Ladies Ministries

Some of the people, it was a sold out event, and it can seat 600- it don't look like a lot here, but there was people all around me 


I love the decor- there were shoes on all those white tables on the stage- they were gorgeous shoes #imayhaveownedsome

blurry but the tables had big fluffy flowers
After service, myself, Altenna and Katie who were staying together went to eat Chinese food, we had such a great time laughing, it was incredible.

Saturday:
Day 2 of the conference
Early rise for Breakfast- we were at the restaurant at 7:30, i truly enjoy a delicious pancake breakfast- it was pancakes with fresh fruit, so good. 
Here are some photos from the conference Day 2
some of the ladies from our church who went
Joyce, Donna,Me and Altenna

Love this lady so much
Katie ( Altenna's daughter)

Mom and Daughter

Cynara ( Pastor's wife), Me and Altenna

We grew up together and here we all are living in the same province, it was so nice to see them both
Anna Marie- Me and Denise ( her and I were pen pals when she moved away for college and she was the best penal- she wrote letters that were 8-10 pages long, I loved reading her letters. 

After I got home from that,  I had to go get groceries, and i came home and crashed, i was exhausted. 
but it was a beautiful weekend filled with 
Great teaching
Great Singing
Worship
Food
fun, and laughter 

Sunday:
My phone rng at 7:45 am- I knew something was up.. 
it was  my mom, My grandpa is back in the hospital with another heart attack.. pray for him please 
We had a friend over for lunch, i took a nap then we went to East Side Mario's, we had wings and nachos, it was some good. 

Have a good weekend