Monday, April 29, 2013

Still Prayin' For A Miracle

Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU for the comments, emails, text messages, Facebook messages, phone calls, and PRAYERS that we received over the weekend. I apologize for being so crass on Friday, but you all know me and know that I was just overly emotional. Well, I guess not "overly", as my emotions were quite valid, but you know what I'm sayin'.

Thursday night, I got a call from my friend Simon who filled me in on what was going on with Lauren. For the past few months, she has been putting on a brave face for us while her cancer came back aggressively. After beating it twice, it came back with a vengeance. The doctors say that it has gotten into her bones, which is what determined the expiration date on her life, and all we are left to do is hope for a miracle.

I don't know what the near future will hold, but I know that Lauren is still fighting, and that she has many, many people full of prayer and love behind her. The outpouring of love is strengthening to us all, and I know that it ain't over until it's over.

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I feel like I bounced back and forth through all the stages of grief between Thursday and Friday, but I finally realized that I need to be strong, because this isn't about me or any of us that care for Lauren. This is about her five year old son that may lose his mommy, a mother that may lose her daughter, and a young woman that has fought so hard to hold on. Now, it's just time to be there for her in whatever capacity we can.



I've realized that Lolo would smack me if she saw me grieving before she's gone.
She's going to want us to act as normal as possible and to make sure we live our lives to the fullest. This is how I relished going to work on Friday where I could clear my head, I enjoyed some girl time, and then had a nice relaxing weekend with Will. Allow me to illustrate.

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1. The hubby with his sexy beer belt, pooper scoopin' the yard. Redneckonize.
2. The girl who got me through Friday at work. She may be the funniest chick I've ever met.
3. Hubby made dinner, and then it was beer and a movie.
4. I timed myself on the jogging track. I guess I ran my aggression out for that mile.
5. The beer we had. I wouldn't buy it on the regular at $13 a bottle, but it was definitely delish!

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Left to right: Will doing TRX, Saturday's smoothie using Wheat Grass, my new favorite recipe, the family that enjoys green smoothies together foofs equally.

I am happy to have finished out the 7 Day Green Smoothie Challenge, and roped Will into sharing the last smoothie with me. He's all about vegetables, and is not really a sweets person, but even he was intrigued by my final smoothie...Basil Pineapple ;) How does one decide to use Basil in a smoothie? One purchases waaaaay too much Basil because it was on sale. Luckily, it was meant to be, because this was my FAVORITE smoothie of the week! It makes at least two servings, though, so keep that in mind. Original recipe here.

So the moral today, is that perception really is everything. I'm choosing to press on, and live life for Lolo. Each day is a blessing to us all, and accepting things as they come is the only way that we can attempt to find peace. I just hope the big man upstairs isn't ready for a boisterous Staten Island girl, so that we can get the most of her down here.
 Only time will tell.

Linking up with KristineKatherineSami, and Leeann.


35 comments:

Erin said...

Miracles can happen (:
And I'm gonna need that beer belt asap. That is so necessary!!

P!nky said...

MY HEART! I love you!

I'm here, when you need me!

xoxo

PRAYERS for LOLO!!!

Helene said...

I am still praying for her, so unfortunate and just plain not fair.

can you send me that beer belt? that is awesome

The Pink Growl said...

So sorry to hear about your friend Lauren honey! Definitely prayers for her. BUT you are doing the right thing by making the positive choise to press on. HUGS!!!! PS - I love TRX workouts - they are SO HARD!

Nikki said...

Still praying for Lauren girlfriend.

Stay positive!

Jen said...

Still praying for Lauren and that a miracle does happen. Hugs!!

Kait said...

I have been thinking about you all weekend. Lauren sounds like such a sweet girl and cancer is an evil, evil bitch. There's not two ways around it. I pray for comfort, love, and peace to surround Lauren and her family as they warrior through this tough time. Love ya girl!

Michael said...

Stay positive. If nothing else, it's contagious.

Jamie said...

xoxo

J and A said...

She is lucky to have a friend like you! Stay strong!!
Looks like a great weekend despite the heartache that I know you carried.

Kathryn B said...

Awww I'm so sorry for your friend. It seems like the best people in the world are the ones who get taken from us too soon! Hopefully she will get the miracle she needs!!! Glad you had a good, relaxing weekend!

Nicole said...

Big hugs friend, I know it can't be easy.

Amanda said...

Sending you love, love, love!

And miracles do happen! And that's all I'm going to think about when I think about you for the next few weeks and months to come :)

SMD @ lifeaccordingtosteph said...

Sending your friend Lauren strength and love.

That Lena Horne quote is one of my favorites.

hahahaha - that beer belt is awesome

ifs ands Butts said...

You're certainly doing all you can to help and that's what's important! I'm still so sorry to hear about your friend and still praying for a miracle.

Also, love Will's beer belt!

Wifessionals said...

Miracles CAN happen friends. I have lost a handful of close family and friends to cancer, but people beat that horrible disease every day. ::prayers & xoxo::

Heather T. said...

So sorry to hear about your friend - that must be so tough, but your outlook (and hers) is something to be admired.

- Heather

www.sarcasmandstilettos.com

Sami said...

I missed Friday's post but I'm sorry love! Those things are never easy and you're right.. all you can do it live life to the fullest and pray for a miracle! Keeping you both in my thoughts! xoxo

Kelly {Sparkles and Shoes} said...

Your friend will be in my prayers, I am so sorry to hear that!

xx
Kelly
Sparkles and Shoes

Georgina said...

I will keep her, her family and all of her wonderful friends (like you) in my prayers girl! Miracles DO happen and I'll be praying extra hard for hers. Stay strong xo

Patricia Baret said...

This post was so inspiring! Thank you so much for sharing. Your friend and her family are in my prayers!

Sending you hugs!!
Patricia
The DIY Frenchie

Little Miss MBA said...

Keeping you all in my thoughts. xo

Kristine -Heart Shaped Sweat said...

Redeckonize!! Stop it!! That's histerical. And hell yes for some TRX and blasting out a mile in that time. You're amazing. Ok, for realz I teared up a few times in this here post. I'm so moved by this story, it breaks my heart that life holds such battles. You're right tho, perception is key. Stay strong for her and smile big for all your loves and hers. I don't know what else to say but hugs your way and I <3 you!!!

The Little Flapper said...

Sending Prayers and Positive Thoughts your way. We are all here for you and for Lauren <3

Jamie J said...

I LOVED the moral of your story!! I'm praying hard for you and for your friend, her family, etc. Oh and tons of positive thoughts from one Pensacola gal to another ;)

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Rach @ This Italian Family said...

Yes, this is definitely the kind of encouragement she needs right now. So good for her to know you are there and love her, but also that you aren't grieving her before she's gone. You are a great friend, girl!

Becca Moss said...

Have faith and give it to God. I'm still praying for your friend!

Alycia (Crowley Party) said...

She is SO lucky to have a friend like you in her life!!! No matter what happens, you being there for her is a blessing to her :)

My-cliffnotes said...

Your dear friend is in my thoughts!!

And I love the beer belt!

Nicole said...

I think what you said Friday truly sums it up, but I've also noticed that those who are fighting don't want people to feel sorry for them but to be strong.

Shelley said...

Cancer sucks so much. I'll keep her in my prayers.

Dinah Gacon said...

I will be praying for you and your friend, I am so sorry you are experiencing this pain..I cannot imagine. I have lost many loved ones to cancer, its such fucking bullshit.

Hugs to you and I will be thinking of you all,
xo Dinah @ sunshine super glam

Lins - Domesticated Working Woman said...

I'm still praying. I believe God still works miracles.

Courtney B said...

I am still praying!!
I admire Lauren and her strength and will to fight! If anyone deserves a miracle, it's definitely her!

Kim said...

You are such a good friend. :)

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