Sunday, August 10, 2008

This Woman Fights Back

My Lymphoma Story

I had a close encounter with lymphoma and I know what an awful affliction it is. I lost a granddaughter to the disease some ten years ago. She was a very spirited and intelligent girl. After placing third on the bar examinations, she turned down all offers to work with big corporations. She chose to become a human rights lawyer instead and distinguished herself on that field. She did not make any money but she was happy standing up with the down trodden as she helped them fight for their human rights. Good guys often do not live long. After three years of fighting for people’s rights, she lost her own fight against lymphoma, only a week before she was to turn twenty eight.

It is thus with great interest that I followed the story of Brandi, a young woman afflicted with lymphoma. She tells her story not just as a victim of the disease but as one who is determined to survive it. Many people would send their sense of humor burning in a funeral pyre when faced by such an agonizing affliction. I would understand why. Brandi would not have any of that. She is different. She lets her sense of humor shine through. I could almost hear her laughing during the times I am reading her story. Her ability to spice the physical pain she goes through with dashes of laughter is a spirit only a true warrior could possess.

This lady is one fighter and I am cheering for her to win her fight.

Go visit her blog if you want to read an interesting story of real courage.

Saturday, August 2, 2008

A Poetry of Life's Beauty

Blooms and Blossoms

Photography by Petra Voegtle

Petra's flower photographs are stunning. The flowers look so alive. You could almost smell the fragrance. Not only smell, you could hear the flowers speak. Each photograph is a poetry of life's beauty. It speaks to us in ringing silence about the many wonderful gifts in our lives that we have ceased to notice and no longer celebrate.

Go experience the photographs. Open you senses as you do. Then close your eyes and just let the flowers speak to you.