Wednesday, November 18, 2020

A Friend Whose Generosity Knows No Limit

 


Donna, on the right, with a friend in California


Today, I’ve news to share about Elisa. In addition, I want to introduce you to Donna, a friend who’s in need of our connection and our collective energy in the Holy Oneness of All Creation.

 

Elisa:

Late last week, the doctors discovered a number of blood clots in her lungs. For three months, she’ll give herself a shot of blood thinner two times a day in her abdomen.

 

Five days ago, the oncologist ordered a new MRI. She discovered a brain tumor that wasn’t there two weeks before. In that time, it appeared and grew rapidly. (The word aggressive is being used.) The tumor is resting on that part of her brain which, if I’m understanding correctly, determines or influences her personality. 

 

Surgery would be risky. Instead, the radiologist will do a 55-minute session of radiation on the tumor. He will then schedule a series of radiation sessions to reduce the size of the tumor.

 

For this radiation, Elisa must lie totally still. To ensure that, the doctors will make a mold to cocoon her. I’m not sure if the mold (with its three holes—two for eyes; one for breathing) is just of her head or if it will be of her entire body. 

 

Elisa’s spirits remain good although she hesitates to shave her head for the mold/radiation. But it must be done. She explained to me that her hair is part of her identity. I’d never thought about that, but her explanation made sense to me.

 

 

Donna:

My cousin Kay was twelve years younger than I, but always there was a connection between us. When I lived in Minnesota, she and her friend Donna would visit periodically, bringing with them two shelties. The four cats with whom I lived deplored the dogs’ presence and disappeared tout de suite! Undeterred, Donna always found their hider-holes and won them over.

 

During those visits, Donna and I became friends; her connection with animals awed me. (She is, I think, a true “dog . . . and cat . . . whisperer.”) It was during those visits that I first realized she is, in her essence, a giver.  A care-giver, yes, but also a giver of time to all who need help.

 

About eighteen months after I moved back to Missouri, my cousin died of the complications of diabetes. It was then that Donna offered to help me whenever I needed a ride to a doctor’s appointment, to a new store, to lunch, or the movies. That became even more important to me when I had to give up driving in October 2016.

 

I sometimes think that the word Generous is incised on her heart and in the bright pathways of her brain. She’s never failed to wholeheartedly respond when I’ve asked for help. 

 

Now, I hope—with your help—to help her. 

 

Tomorrow—Thursday 11/19/20—she is being operated on for stage 2 breast cancer. Afterward, she will have radiation for several weeks. 

 

So it is that once again I call upon your own generosity and ask you to remember her in your thoughts, prayers, visualizations—however you connect with the needs of others.

 

Tomorrow, I hope to once again begin to visit your blogs. That is, I hope to resume my life, which has been on hold due to my knee replacement a year ago and the vision problems and Meniere’s symptoms of this year. 

 

I tell you this because I’d like to make a suggestion: when you see a comment from me, please think of Donna and Elisa. That thought—momentary/fleeting/ephemeral—will be, I believe your prayer. It will connect you to the two of them in Holy Oneness. It is in Oneness that we meet. 

 

Peace. 

25 comments:

  1. I think you are right, Dee... thoughts as well as prayers are powerful. I will keep both Donna and Elisa in mine (and you as well).

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  2. I sent love to both Elisa and Donna. I also sent love to you, my dear friend. I hope you and the kitties are well.

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    1. Dear Inger, thank you--and the cats send a raucous meow! Peace.

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  3. My thoughts have been with you for years, and now with your especial friends, too.

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    1. Dear Joanne, your words touch me deeply. Peace.

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  4. Best wishes and prayers for both of your friends. I also believe we are all connected.

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    1. Dear Molly, so lovely to have a visit from you. thank you for your best wishes and prayers and let me envision our Oneness. Peace.

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  5. I will hold our friends in my heart - which very happily expands to make room.
    Look after yourself too please. Joanne Noragon speaks for me, and for lots of other people too.

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    1. Dear Sue, thank you. I'm not surprised to learn that your heart expands happily. I know it expands readily to the needs of others. Peace.

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  6. Dear Dee, you and your very dear friends are in my thoughts during this very difficult time.

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    1. Dear Arleen, thank you. I am finding this difficult. That is, staying positive and in the moment rather than letting my labyrinthian mind run ahead in what might-be and when and how. The moment is all we have. This one. Peace.

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  7. And I echo the comments of Joanne and EC. I think of you often and will send you and your friends my heartfelt thoughts for a successful outcome. Sending you virtual hugs right now.

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    1. Dear DJan, like you, I am so hoping for a successful outcome. The truth is, however, for me, that I'm not sure that I always recognize success. This is what Paul of Taurus calls looking through a glass darkly. Peace.

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  8. I will have all of you in my positive thoughts.
    Bless you! :)

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    1. Dear Rita, thank you for your positive thoughts. They define you to me. Peace.

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  9. Praying even harder than before for Elisa and have added Donna to that list. Sending hugs to you also as you bear up under the stress of having loved ones so ill.

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    1. Dear Patti, life is so mysterious. Both Elisa and Donna have been concerned about my health. They always ask. And yet, they now are the ones in a life-threatening experience. I am so grateful for all of you who are supporting me . . . and them . . . through this. Peace.

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  10. Both your friends are in my thoughts. I’m so sorry the ordeals they are are going through. I hope our collective thoughts and prayers are felt by them and their families.

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    1. Dear Cynthia, I never doubt that when we see ourselves in Oneness, good happens. Together we swaddle one another in the deep healing and love of the Universe. Peace.

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  11. What a wonderful friend, good friendshiips are hard to find

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    1. Dear Jo-Anne, yes, hard to find and wonderful to treasure! Peace.

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  12. You’ve certainly encountered some challenges as have your friends. Can appreciate how you've valued your friends there and hope all goes well. .

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    1. Dear Joared, yes, I have been so blessed in my friends. So fortunate. Throughout my entire life—grade school, high school, college, convent, career, retirement – there have been friends who have supported and cherished me. They bless my life. Peace.

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  13. precious Dee this is astonishing how nature bring kind souls together
    your stories touched my heart strongly so deeply always ,this time i felt guilty when read the surgery date of your precious friend ,still she is in my heart ,thoughts and prayers ,May lord keep her safe and may lord don't take this gifted soul from world as we truly need such golden souls among us
    my heart goes for Elisa too ,may she recover soon and find perfect health amen!

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