Maybe you know this part of my story. For those who don't: Fourteen years ago after many years of seeking answers, I was diagnosed with Stage III Lyme Disease. By the time a correct diagnosis came, it had crossed into my brain. It was in my heart, spinal fluid, and everywhere else within my body. It was E V E R Y W H E R E. It was even in my bones. It was killing me. Several Lyme specialists have told me that when Lyme has advanced that far, it's rare that the patient lives through the next five years. Treatment is grueling and oftentimes causes the death of the patient. My whole world and that of my husband changed drastically. At the time of the diagnosis, both my sons, my only living children, were fighting on the front lines of war. I said to myself, "My boys are fighting in that war over there. I'm going to fight just as hard as I can imagine they are. They are not coming home to no mother!" So, they fought, unaware that I was, too. By the grace of God and the prayers, love, and support of my husband, family, and friends they made it home alive and I am ALIVE, too! Great googly-moogly I'm alive to see 60! Today, please let me say this to my family and friends: If not for all of your prayers, support, and love I'm pretty sure I wouldn't be here. I love you more than I have words to say it with. Lyme Disease is a treacherous enemy. It's relentless. The bacteria that makes up Lyme is smart, multiplies itself, and is formidable and stealthy. Not only have I had a "brush" with death, I've stared it down while saying: "I will LIVE and NOT DIE and declare the goodness of the Lord!" So with tears welling up in these eyes I'll shout it from the rooftops: LOVE saved me when I was almost dead! My God has been so kind, shown such love...I don't have words in any language to thank Him enough. I love Him. I owe Him everything. So this is sixty. I like it! I think I'll shoot for 70 now. 💖 xoxo Lisa #teamlisalymewarrior#dailyconquerormoments#grateful
Thank you Staub Financial for choosing Team Fox Detroit as the fundraising recipient of your annual charity golf outing! $17,014 raised for Team Fox Detroit to help fund much needed research! We can’t thank you enough for your support and dedication! #teamfoxdetroit
This is the face of a Type1Diabetic,who has finally been able to eat a snow cone with sugar free syrup at an amusement park.!!!Thank you @Bush Gardens for having options for diabetics.No bolus needed..He enjoyed every bite..This makes my heart happy❤❤❤❤ #type1diabetes#bushgardenstampa#happykid#type1totypenone#kidswithtype1#priceless #nobolus#type1#snowcone#enjoythesmallthings#loveofmylife#myson#thisisnine#boys#lovethatsmile#happyheart#noinsulinneeded#notthistime#summerfun#type1#findacure
Posting this gem for a good reason to remind everyone that cancer is all around you. As I myself am a survivor! This was right after getting my thyroid and 9 lymph nodes removed 🆘. This Friday (August 23rd) is Fayette County, Georgia’s @fayetterelay Relay for Life @relayforlife event by the @americancancersociety 🎗the event will be at @pinewoodforest and there will be music 🎺, activities🎨, FOOD🧁, and @disney Brave🏹 will be playing🎟. You’ll get to see the survivors walk and celebrate all those that are warriors fighting for their lives. The only problem‼️? We do not have enough volunteers! If you are up to it and are in the area please sign up to help us🖋. The link is in my bio. If you cannot make it then please think about donating my goal is $200 and I’m at $130 right now. Again, you’ve seen all the posts, watched me on the news, and heard me on the radio, it’s almost go time! I hope to see you there! 💜💙💗
#repost @alexslemonade An evening of gourmet food, beautiful works of art and thrilling auctions were the perfect ingredients for a sold-out #greatchefsevent Chicago! More than 800 guests were welcomed into a new venue, @artifacteventschicago, to enjoy delicious food and have lots of fun while helping kids fight cancer. Thanks to your generosity, you helped to raise over $370,000! This record-breaking total is enough to fund an #alexslemonade Center of Excellence Grant, which supports leading childhood cancer institutions and ensures their ability to conduct promising clinical trials to help kids fight cancer. The evening wouldn’t have been possible without the incredible support from our presenting sponsors, @aldiusa, BAM, @northwesternmutual and @volvocarusa. Special thanks to hosts Chef @paulkahan, Restaurateur @donniemadia (both of @oneoffhospitality), and Chef @tonymantuano (@spiaggiachicago) along with all the generous chefs who donated their time and talents. Thank you again for making this a meaningful night for all attendees and, more importantly, for kids everywhere fighting cancer. Sign up to be notified when information is available for next year’s exceptional event at GreatChefsChi.org. Photos courtesy of @galdophoto.
Story by @dementiasdaughter 💜 When Dad was ill, I sometimes thought I would scream if another person went misty eyed and told me about the wonderful effects of music on people with dementia. In his first three years in a care home, Dad spent much of his time sitting in the so-called ‘music lounge’ where a radio, permanently tuned to Magic FM, played many of the songs he’d loved when he was well. He never showed the slightest flicker of recognition or enjoyment, even when I sang along and tried to engage him. Sometimes I attempted his all time favourites - ‘I’ve Got You Under My Skin’ and ‘Summertime’ - but again, nothing. Maybe it was my singing... . . With Mum it’s completely different. She’s always loved hearing my brother play guitar, and when we look after her together he brings it along and we perform for her. She stares at us, completely rapt, nodding her head and mouthing the miraculously half-remembered words. She responds simply and directly after each song - ‘Graceland’ made her sad, ‘Who By Fire’ made her uncomfortable, ‘Make You Feel My Love’ was ‘happy’. . . I find myself gazing back into Mum’s eyes, singing *to* her in the most cheesy way imaginable - we would never have held eye contact for that long when she was well. Now this sharing of melody and lyric has become a precious, possible form of communication, unhampered by misunderstandings and lost words, experiences and concepts. It distracts Mum from her anxiety and preoccupations, and it’s *something* we can do with and for her. Long may it last. . . . #alzheimers#musicanddementia#dementiadiaries#dementiastories#motherdaughter#endalz#findacure#purpletribe#caregiving#carer#frontotemporaldementia#ftd#alzheimersstories