I must really be getting old. No, let me amend that, I am definitely growing older. And I always think that growing older is always getting wiser with age. Got this throbbing headache that won’t go away or maybe it is just a sign of normal wear and tear. I was exchanging texts with a friend yesterday (we are both cancer survivors) and I told her, I easily get tired nowadays and I need to catch up on my siesta every day. Make that an hour or more instead of the usual thirty minutes shuteye that I used to have. She told me she underwent Zometa infusion just last week. Her doctor advised her to have it when she had a recent bone scan. And I thought, I am not going back to the hospital just to learn that you need more series of tests despite the fact that you are now living a normal life being a survivor. The last time I found out that everything was back to normal, including my CEA marker, I left everything to God. He will take care of me because He gave me a second chance. Living in faith and believing in God’s will.
I spent part of the morning reading articles by Barbara Gonzales. For the past years, I’ve followed her writings under her byline called Second Wind every Sunday. I like how she touches on her hobbies, writing and how she get on with life despite living alone. She said that one of her favorite books is Simple Abundance: A Daybook of Comfort and Joy written by Sarah Ban Breathnach. I can’t help but smile at the thought that it is one of my favorite books too. When I am feeling so low, this book always gives me a lift. She always put her contact number at the end of her posts so I tried getting in touch and wrote:
Read your article with interest Ms. Barbara. Re: Simple Abundance. I have that book too for several years now. It’s like a daily bible for women like us. I even blog about it from time to time. I am a cancer survivor. It’s the reason why I keep a blog because I have this dream of inspiring people through my journey, that life is even more meaningful when God gives you a second chance. Thank you for your nice articles, I am a fan.
She texted back and said thank you. One other writer that I admire is Lucy Torres. I don’t care much about her political career but I love how she shares her thoughts and family life in Love Lucy at Philippine Star. Somehow, every time I read her posts, I always get the feeling that she is a close friend, the way she talks about anything under the sun. Reading her posts also makes me feel that she is writing about my own experiences in life, they’re closer to home, so to speak.
Having no internet connection for the past several days gave me the chance to watch a little TV and catch up on my reading. I watched Maid in Manhattan a few days ago (for the nth time). I am in the middle of reading Exile by Richard North Patterson, a thick book on Israel’s history as background. Now I understand why the Jews and Palestinians don’t see eye to eye.
How was your day?