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Sunday, October 23, 2011

It's The Small Things...........

Thank You To All...............
As I sit here primed and ready to write something thought provoking and enlightening all that seems to come to my mind is "Boy that cup of coffee sure tasted good"! How does one go from "seeing the light" to normal? Your mind is such a kaleidoscope of emotion that it is difficult to separate anything clearly. The connection that we have to the ones we let into our lives becomes more vivid and important and the pettiness of gossip and personal insecurities becomes obsolescent. My dad use to have a saying and at the time made no sense to me at all but as I grew older the simple words became attached to my soul "IT'S EASY TO FORGET WHAT'S IMPORTANT....SO DON'T". As I laid in the ICU for days I think I finally realized the full impact of that statement!

To find I'm cancer free, after being told by nine doctors otherwise, was such a blessing in itself. I think it took an army to pull Dan off the rafters when he heard the news. Men are so funny when it comes to their emotions....they keep them wrapped up with just enough "loose tape" to only let a few escape at a time....it's the "Nature of the beast"! This abrupt turn in my life has seriously made me realize the importance of the people that are in it....most of my friends that I have I've physically only met once or twice but talk to everyday via the internet. Funny how the internet has impacted our lives. I want to thank all of you for the heartfelt encouragement and prayers you sent...you helped this Ol' Softee pull through. My life will be forever altered by this series of events but one part that will always remain constant is the love I have for family and friends! I still chuckle as I remember hearing the small voices of my grandchildren telling me to get well as Dan held the phone up to my ear in ICU....or my one grandson telling me to hurry up and get out off NCIS (he meant ICU). Never take the smallest gesture, event or experience lightly. We are the navigators of our destiny and it is up to us what road we choose to travel down. Even when the day is at its darkest a true navigator of positive thought can find a ray of light. Be happy, be productive and be loved my friends....this Ol' Softee is ready to make each day count and I would love some company!


Sylvia Smiser said...

Dearest Pam,
I'm so glad you are doing better and have regained enough gumption for this post. It is so uplifting! I am totally with you! Let's all Be happy, be productive, and be loved! Very well put my friend!
((Gentle Hugs)),
Sylvia : )

Deborah Adams,Long Beach, California. said...

SO glad to hear all the good news and that you're back home again Pam!!!! We all have so much to be thankful for this Thanksgiving for certain! You have such a give for words, have you ever considered writing a book? I can see it now, "Soft in the Head Press". :-)
I know you're taking time to relax and heal at home now, so sending virtual hugs. Take Care!

The English Romantic said...

So very pleased to see you are posting again. I have been waiting to hear how you are.
Keep well and look after yourself. Lots of hugs to you and Dan.

charlino said...

Welcome home, and may you have a speedy recovery. It is so good to read your good news, and yes - every day counts. I learned that from my Dad, too.

Kathi said...

Pam, I am so happy that you are one the road to a cancer free recovery! I love your positive take on life. May your days be blessed with tons of love and laughter! ♥

Deb~Paxton Valley Folk Art said...

Pam, so very glad that you are home, safe in the arms of your wonderful Dan and your family and friends. It is so unfortunate that a tragedy or trauma is usually the catalyst that propels us to reach these life truths but such is the nature of the beast, I guess. Truer words were never spoken (or written in this case!) about the importance of living each and every day to the fullest and looking for the beauty in all we see, do and love. Count me in Ol' Softee, I'll gladly join your company! Big hugs to you and yours, Deb

ButtonBears&Raggedies said...

Hi Pam,
Welcome Home, It was wonderful news to hear that at all would be well, god was there for you.
Take care of yourself and I hope your recovery is quick. and I look forward to reading more of your posts.
Hugs to both you and Dan.
Bev. xx

moosecraft said...

Very wise words to live by! Welcome back and let the good times roll!!!! :-)

Sandi @ The Primitive Skate said...

So glad to hear your good news and that your home.
Praying that you have a speedy rcovery.
Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers.

BeFRuiTFuL KReaTioNS said...

Oh Pam your words of wisdom today speak loud and clear girl. These times in life are necessary to give us deep perspective. I can see that you are listening to the inner voice inside speaking to you. Much love dear friend. I have never met you but our artwork drew us together many years ago. :) Maybe one day our paths will meet.

Marcy said...

So great to hear your feeling better. Your words "We are the navigators of our own destiny and it is up to us what road we choose to travel down" has an inspiration that I can't explain, but it has a meaning for me that possibly has opened a window for me to slip through. Thank you and be well..

Carly Smith said...

OH Pam, meeting you was one if not the grandest moments of Goultice...I remember how humble I felt as I asked you some "trade" secrets and you said yes, you share and came to the side of the booth just for me!

Yes, we got to know each other better and I could sense you and Dan have a special marriage! Gary and I do too.

I am ever so trilled with your prognosis (yea, I'm an RN) and look forward to a growing friendship. I'm the one that told you "Me Too!"

Love Carly

WoolenSails said...

I am so happy to hear you are doing well and as I have learned over the past year, enjoying the little things in life. I look forward to seeing your new creations from your new experiences.


TheCrankyCrow said...

Welcome home dear friend - so glad to hear that you're up to posting. You've been missed. I cannot put into words the joy I felt reading Dan's post that you were a 5%'er....Just amazing and wonderful news. And it must feel like you've just been handed a wonderful one-of-a-kind gift - all of us have as well, for we know our Softee will be 'round for a good long while. Happy Sunday....Smiles & Hugs ~ Robin

Evelyn said...

So glad you are doing well. Great to see you post on your blog. Sending prayers for your continued recovery.

lynn said...

It is so good to hear from you. I just had this really good feeling when you first told me about darned old Bud and I was not worried about you. I just felt you were going to be good and you are. And look at the other side of this....you are like 10 pounds lighter too!!!! Whoohooweee!!!That part is great too. :-) Hee hee. I am just so glad you proved those doc's wrong. Just think, nine of them were wrong. I love it. I of course will be sending tons of hugs, prayers and giggles your way for a well, easy and speedy recovery.
Lynn :-)

jojo said...

Pam!!I am thrilled to hear of your
wonderful news....and am so happy you are feeling better....You have been through the ringer and we need you back here with all of us.....You are such an inspiration to me and I always admire your kind words and charming wit!!

Kays Kids said...

Dear Pam, enjoy being HOME, enjoy your own bed, your own shower, your own toilet!!!!. Feel the breeze on your face and smell the flowers.
One day at a time is all we can ask in getting our strength back.
It is wonderful to read your words again.
I vote for be HAPPY, be PRODUCTIVE, and be LOVED my friends.

maddyrose said...

It's good to know that you are indeed on the mend. Let us pray that you have a speedy recovery and are feeling like your old softy self again soon. Hugs

Lisa Berberette, The Pumpkin Lady said...

Soooo glad you are ready for another day! Just wanted to say how much I enjoyed this post. I'm faced with conundrums on how to move forward with my skills and business, which is the basis of our life (it literally puts food on the table!) and all of our futures. "We are the navigators of our destiny and it's up to us what road we choose to travel down." Food for thought today. And, if you don't mind, I'll be quoting you when I blog about it this week! Our current path is being reconsidered and there is some spark of an idea there, floating at the edge of the fog, at the new path to take or should I say the shedding of old skin. New adventures await us both, My Dear! So happy to see you still along for the ride!

Diane said...

So good to see you posting again.It is wonderful hearing from you and that you're cancer free.
Lots of prayers and hugs going your way...Blessings Diane

Plum Thicket said...

Pam...I spoke your name in prayer many days and was brought to tears by Dan's post that you are cancer free. Thank you Lord! I have followed your work since you first started selling patterns online through a pattern company here in Texas that has since sold out and moved away. You've come a long way Baby and I am delighted to know that we can look forward to many more adventures from you! Creating is good for the soul.

CjeanM said...

Welcome back, so happy hear you are cancer free. I have been reading your blog for long time, I love your posts,they are both motivating and inspiring. looking forward to more :)


Jody said...

This advice about going to the dr. will be forever seared in my brain, although funny, it has to have a shred of truth to it!

You have the gift of writing, your words are thought provoking, touching... I am so glad you are cancer free and on the uphill. Thank you for reminding us of what is really important, and yes, we ARE the navigators of our destiny! Be well...

A Magical Whimsy said...

Even though we have never met, I have been viewing your patterns on Cloth Doll Patterns for a few years...and I have always loved what you create! I am also in Cloth and Clay doll ning...and I love it there too! Such wonderful souls we meet along life's road...beautiful kindred spirits.
Get well wishes are on its way to you via the internet...so glad you are up and posting on your blog.
Miles of Smiles and many blessings of joy are also coming your way~
Teresa in California

Robin at The Primitive Hutch said...

Hi Pam,
I so glad to hear such wonderful news!!!!
Great Post and I love to read your words of wisdom.
Stay strong my friend ~ sending big hugs to you and Dan.
Prim Blessings
Happy Halloween!!!

Anonymous said...

Wow Pam, so beautiful and truly touching, I am so happy you have a second chance in life. God Bless <3. Big ole HUG and a second HUG for good measure, Patty

Beyond The Attic Door said...

Pam, I just read your blog and had no idea you were sick. I was so happy to read that you are ok and doing well. I went through a similar scare two years ago with my right ovary. It really does change how you look at life, and I really need to be reminded of that once again. By the way, your hubby did a great job blogging!! Hugs, Kristine

Penny Crane said...

Bless you our Dearest Softee. . .
Sending love and healing energy your way today and always. . . Merry Holidays to you and Dan