Friday, October 7, 2011

The Answer: Because Life Is Short

and Dawn over at "As Sweet As Cinnamon" wanted to know why we name our blogs what we do.  I woke up a few months ago, fixed my cup of coffee, sat down in front of my computer, realized it was Sunday and for the first time in awhile I didn't have to go to work that day.  I made the mistake of reading the first I decided I wanted one and of course the first thing they want you to do is choose a name and I was stumped.  As I sat and thought about it I realized that I wasn't "living life", I was just running from one crisis to another, always tired and irritable.

Eleven years ago I was diagnosed with throat cancer.  They operated and removed my right vocal cord.  At first I was devasted because I could talk the paint off the walls prior to the surgery and now all I could do was whisper.  I had a feeding tube because I couldn't swallow due to scar tissue.  I was angry, scared, didn't feel too good......

I was so angry at God for allowing this to happen to me.  It took me awhile to wake up, realize that God was the one who got me thru this, the one who held my hand and my heart while I cried, tried to scream, hid from the world.  So I picked myself up, dusted me off and went back to work.  After laser surgery to remove some of the scar tissue I can now eat, but I still whisper.  (There are some people who think this is a good thing)

For those of you who are old enough to remember:  "Today is the first day of the rest of your life".  Remember that.  Well that is what I remind myself every morning with my cup of coffee.  I try to cram in as much as possible with a happy heart.  Now before you think "awh......", I don't always succeed.  I still have my own little pity parties.  I still come home some days so tired and stressed I can barely drag from one room to the other.

So I read quilter's blogs and I marvel at the talented and kind people who create them and share them with the rest of the world.  I find too many beautiful things that I want to do and don't have time to do.  Thank you, thank you, thank you.


I can still walk, I can still see, I can still hear and I can still feel......sometimes too much!  But I wouldn't trade one minute of it.  So you see....I am "Living Life in Louisiana" one day at a time.

the daylily bloom only lasts one day,
but oh my....what a day!


Gina said...

Martha, thank you for sharing your story! I am from Hammond (living in AR). I also have family in Tickfaw, Ponchatoula, Independence, Loranger, Baton Rouge, Gonzales and probably Amite too! It's nice to meet you..

Pam - said...

Martha, you are an inspiration! I love your daylily quote. I've enjoyed meeting you & thank you for your visit to my blog.

Janet said...

Thank you for the inspiration. I'm glad that you are still living life.

Kelly@ Charming Chatter said...

Oh Martha! What a wonderful post! You are an inspiration to us all - and I'm so grateful I got to meet you in blogland - and get to follow you as you enjoy life! Hugs to you, my Sweet Friend!

Shocking Hocking said...

found you on lee's freshly pieced - congrats martha on getting through your treatment - i got breast cancer last year and decided to ditch my stressful city job and embrace my bliss - sewing and quilting - and your day lily quote sounds about right to me - living the life - good on you