Owning our story and loving ourselves through that process is the bravest thing that we will ever do. -Brené Brown
Today I gave a message at the Eugene Mennonite Church and below here is the take away.
I would like each of you to consider if you only had 6 days left on Earth, like Uncle Hal had from the day he admitted on hospice – are you living the life you want to be living? Do those you love and cherish know how you define a good death -for an instance do you want to die at home, amongst family or friends? And, are you in pain? How are you sharing your pain with others? Please do not suffer alone.
I leave you with this…
Grief never ends…but it changes. It’s a passage, not a place to stay. Grief is not a sign of weakness, nor a lack of faith…It is the price of love.
It’s a busy month. My private practice business (Ignite, LLC) has partnered with another local company, Chacha’s Boutique to make these handmade copper bracelets to raise money for breast cancer. Next week we will be producing a video on my YouTube channel talking about this specific fundraiser as well as how to cope with a new diagnosis for those with breast cancer and their loved ones. Folks can purchase either bracelet on Etsy for $15 and there are two other options for personalization as well. Proceeds will go to OHSU’s Knight Cancer Institute. Pre-order your’s now and they will start shipping out October 1st in time for Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
Kunmi & Akin
My cousin Akin has lived with sickle cell disease his whole life. We did not even know we would see the day he would live to be 41 when he was a teenager. This week he had brain surgery to remove cancer, totally unrelated to his sickle cell disease. So blessed to have spent time with him, his wife Seun, and his 5 year old son Kunmi. These three cousins of mine are so courageous – only finding out less than a week and a half ago that the cancer had come back, and a surgery that took place this last Wednesday. Totally amazed he is already back in the comfort of his home, I teased him that he must have just been granted 9 MORE lives.
Kunmi is an intelligent, sweet young man with such energy and a big, big heart. He doesn’t blink at the 41 staples that cover his father’s head. Seun is so there, prepared to do what it takes for her family- they truly amaze me.