Cancer

Even In Winter

Filed in Cancer, Courage, Health, Hope, Inspirational by on March 22, 2017

even in winter dawn comes. Mercia Tapping

I know when you are going through a rough patch in your life, it is easy to feel like it will never end. Being a cancer survivor, I remember marking off the days in my calendar, if only to remind myself that this tortuous treatment would not last forever, and I would regain my health again. The journey seemed interminable, but I knew I would come out the other side one day. And so will you.

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The Past Does Not Exist

Filed in Cancer, Grief, Hope, Inspirational by on February 7, 2017

the past does note exits. neither does the future. all that exists is now. Mercia Tapping

I never regret the past but I surely do wish some things, such as my late husband’s terminal cancer had not happened. And again, like most people, I have my days when I worry about the future. Yet, in reality all there exists is right now, in the present moment. This is such a difficult concept to grasp, but to appreciate the present, even if it is a flawed rendering of the ideal, is truly the road to internal peace.

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The Butterfly Celebrates

Filed in Cancer, Courage, Friends, Health, Hope, Inspirational by on January 23, 2017

the butterfly celebrates its release from the cocoon and so will you. Mercia Tapping

A couple of years ago when my life seemed suspended as I struggled with breast cancer, a good friend of mine introduced me to the metaphor of the cocoon. She explained that although on the surface nothing was happening, there was an invisible transformation happening, and at the right time, a glorious butterfly would emerge and fly free. I loved that metaphor because it engendered hope, and gave me the gift of patience. I am now emerging from my cocoon and I wish the same for you.

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Look At Your Reflection

Filed in Cancer, Happiness, Inspirational by on January 17, 2017

look at your reflection and let the inner beauty shine through. Mercia Tapping

There was a day not too long ago, after I was recovering from cancer, that I looked into the mirror and smiled. I could finally see the woman whom I thought had been lost forever. It wasn’t a younger or more beautiful woman, it was just me. Look at your reflection and smile. The real beauty is on the inside.

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Remember That Unwanted Gift

Filed in Cancer, Inspirational, Love by on December 18, 2016

remember that unwanted gift was someone's way of saying "I love you". Mercia Tapping

Christmas is nearly upon us and is a time when most families exchange gifts. My mother even after she was retired and on a very reduced income, tried to make Christmas festive by putting a large quantity of presents for the family under the tree. She obtained these gifts from yard sales and charity shops.

I am truly ashamed to say that after giving the excuse of not wanting the extra weight traveling transatlantic, I often left gifts behind, thinking I would train her out of this behavior. What I failed to realize was these gifts were an expression of my mother’s love for me, even though as her Alzheimer’s was dawning, the gifts were sometimes rather strange.

I share this with you so that when you receive a gift that is not to your taste, remember the love and good wishes behind it. No where did this lesson finally come home as when I had breast cancer. Friends and even strangers gave me gifts and also of themselves in ways that were astonishing. Such a pity, that I did not learn this lesson while my mother was alive.

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Remember When You Are In The Desert

Filed in Cancer, Grief, Hope, Inspirational, Love, Widow by on December 16, 2016

remember when you are in the desert, that one day you will find the oasis. Mercia Tapping

There have been times in the past when my life seemed very bleak indeed. I make no apologies for it. Watching my husband die of brain cancer and knowing there was no hope of survival, ranks right up there in events with no redemptive qualities. And yet…..in amongst the pain, I was shown immense love and caring by friends.

Who knew that people could be so wonderful? And my husband’s long 28 month illness gave us all the time needed to reaffirm our love for each other and be complete when he died. I won’t pretend it was easy, but despite the desert, there did indeed exist some oases. So if you are in one of those unrelenting deserts, be alert for those oases; they will help you regain your humanity and remind you of who you are.

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You Only Have One Body

Filed in Cancer, Health, Hope, Inspirational, Life by on October 6, 2016

you only have one body, respect it, nourish it, celebrate it. Mercia Tapping

It is a sad commentary on our society that so many of us have in effect trashed our bodies by overeating, not exercising or living with chronic stress. Some abuse their bodies with drugs and alcohol. Sooner or later we pay the price. Getting cancer was my wake up call. I realized if I wanted to live, I needed to have a very different relationship to my body. I am still a work in progress and most likely you are too.

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Lighten Your Day

Filed in Cancer, Health, Hope, Inspirational by on September 26, 2016

lighten your day as you begin with thanks for being alive. Mercia Tapping

Having survived breast cancer, I can truthfully say that I experience being alive in a whole new way. There is so much for which I am thankful. I am sure you can find much to be thankful in yours too.

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Love In The Evening

Filed in Cancer, Happiness, Inspirational, Joy, Laughter, Life, Love, Widow by on September 23, 2016

love in the evening of our lives is still so sweet. Mercia Tapping

Today is the 5th anniversary of my husband’s death from brain cancer. Ours was a second marriage and he gave me the gift of unconditional love. Our marriage was the sweetest of the years of my life and for those years I am truly thankful.

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Love Is In The Small Things

Filed in Cancer, Health, Inspirational, Life, Love by on September 21, 2016

love is in the small things. it does not trumpet or demand. rathr it isfound in thoughtful deeds. Mercia Tapping

After the death of my husband to brain cancer and my own battle with breast cancer, I reflected on the incredible levels of kindness that had been shown to me by others. At some point along this journey, I decided to live my life from a place of love for the rest of humanity.

My way of doing it is not very startling or earth shattering, but I hope it makes a difference nonetheless. A kind word to another, a driver to an elderly woman, a meal for the sick, these are some of the things I fit into my calendar.

But it is important to note that love is not found in grand sweeping gestures, or in the expenditures of money, but in small every day kindnesses shown to one another.

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