Cancer Trumps All

Double O Retreat Survivors

First, I would like to thank you for your comments.  My dream was that this blog would become a place for us all to write about our emotions and it looks like we’re off to a good start!

I want to let you know that I really enjoyed the Double O retreat. I would highly recommend it if you have a group that is looking for a beautiful place to meet.  Colleen is a gourmet cook and the best hostess ever.  She books events for many different types of groups.  Check out the Double O at  Those of you that know me know I love a deal and, believe me, this is quite a deal.  It was really a relaxing visit and, most of all, I laughed a lot.  I really did not realize just how much I needed laughter. We heard many funny stories, some that only a cancer survivor would think are funny.  My roommate, Kaye, is truly a hilarious and had me laughing into the night.  It was very healing for me to see friends I had not seen for many years and to make new ones.  One of my new friends, Bev (she is so wonderful), summed it up so well by saying that “cancer trumps all”, hence the title of this post.  We had a really good discussion about this topic.  I find it so interesting that so many survivors, like me, become good friends with other women that are so unlike them with  little interest in common.  Somehow experiencing the pain of living with cancer makes you cut through the crap and go straight to someone’s heart.  There’s definitely nothing like fear to make you reach out and accept love and support unconditionally.  The vulnerability you feel is really hard to explain.  Maybe this works well for me because I have always not been very skilled at typical social situations and am not very good at social chatting.  I’m much more comfortable talking about issues that are critical to me.  For example, I find that discussing death is actually not difficult at all.  Don’t get me wrong (as we say in the south), looking it in the face was the hardest thing I have even done.   American songwriters Jim Collins and Marty Dodson say it best in their song   “Everybody Wants to Go to Heaven but nobody wants to go now.” Anyhow, I am glad that cancer trumps all…


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  1. Willamina Sugg

    Hey Patsy….


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