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*before it's too late* by MMMmmm... on 22 November 2007 11:40pm
We often take life for granted until it is too late...

“Love one another and help others to rise to the higher levels, simply by pouring out love. Love is infectious and the greatest healing energy.”
—Sai Baba

Re: *before it's too late* by tucsonmike on 23 November 2007 6:30am
You are so right. I take nothing for granted and live to the fullest. Lots that has happened in the last two years made me live by that.
Re: *before it's too late* by mrsthing on 24 November 2007 3:31am
For me, the most important things are the things I took for granted as a child: a warm, safe house; food on the table; a reliable car; enough money to pay the bills and have some fun; friends; family; enjoyable work; the freedom to believe as I choose. Now that my life is almost certainly more than half over (I'll be 50 next March), I find these are the most important things.

But I still hope I can get to England while I'm still young enough to prance around Doune Castle with my coconuts!
Re: *before it's too late* by irishmanufan on 25 November 2007 1:33am
my mom got breast cancer in 2001 . i knew that time can be fleeting but that really brought it home to me . thankfully mom made a full recovery .
Re: *before it's too late* by tucsonmike on 25 November 2007 1:35am
I am happy for you Irish. That is a good thing.
Re: *before it's too late* by mrsthing on 25 November 2007 8:36pm
My brother-in-law was diagnosed with acute leukemia this spring, and my husband wound up being a perfect bone marrow match. Luckily, they lived near Johns Hopkins, so he got really great treatment. He's made a remarkable recovery--he was back to work full time only 2 months post transplant! His only restriction now is that he can't be around little kids, because his new bone marrow was stripped of all the immunities, so he has to get all his shots all over again. A small price to pay for a second chance at life. He just turned 47.

BTW, donating bone marrow isn't all that bad--it's an outpatient procedure, no incision (they suck it out with a large needle while you're in la-la land), you're in pain for a couple of days, and then you just have to build up your own bone marrow again. They took a lot from my husband--2.2 liters! He was more sensitive to temperature for about 6 weeks after, but beyond that, no complications.
Re: *before it's too late* by elina on 25 November 2007 10:12pm
Mrsthing, that sounds amazing and I'm happy for you. My grandfather had leukemia, but he was already 69 years old, so there wasn't really any treatment for him. He spend his last four months in hospital and died in March 2006, two weeks before my final exams started. Wasn't really mood for reading after that. I used to spend summers with him. I have never cried so much as I did in his funeral. He is very much missed by my mother's family and especially his son and four grandsons, two of them only 4 years old.

He was in my dream last night, as if nothing wasn't wrong. I feel a bit guilty because I didn't visit him at the hospital and even though he told me to study properly I almost gave up. But I know that he's proud of me. And luckily Eric Idle has written a beautiful song about life: "Life is quite absurd and death's the final word, you must always face the curtain with a bow."

Now I'm getting very sentimental. Thank you for listening/reading!
Re: *before it's too late* by johnnythemonkey on 26 November 2007 1:53am
mrsthing, you'll grow old prancing around with you're coconuts if you look for Doune Castle in England.
ITS IN SCOTLAND !! In Doune, in fact.
Re: *before it's too late* by mrsthing on 26 November 2007 3:38am
ACK! That's what happens when I eat too many chocolate chip cookies, all warm and gooey from the oven. Brain death by bliss!

I'm very, very sorry if there are any Scots on the site who are offended. I know a few who are very testy about the difference, want to fly the Scottish flag above the "butcher's apron", want to become a sovereign nation again, etc.

But if I WERE in England, I'd make sure to fly up to Scotland to visit Doune Castle. It's holy ground, as far as I'm concerned.
Re: *before it's too late* by mrsthing on 26 November 2007 3:42am
Elina--I'm sorry for your loss. Try not to feel too guilty about not visiting him--maybe it was hard for him to have a lot of family around just then, anyway. It's good that you're continuing your studies. What are you studying?
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