Saturday, March 30, 2013

Third Discussion of A Single Thread by Marie Bostwick

Job's Tears Quilt Block

Evelyn heard those three scary words, "You have cancer."  Have you or someone close to you had cancer or other traumatic illness?  What did you learn from the experience? 

Friendship Scrap Quilt Block

Life doesn't promise that we will always be happy.  Yet Evelyn manages to piece together what she needs to face the journey - a group of loyal friends.   Name three things that help you through the ups and downs of life. 

There are no right or wrong answers.  We'd just love to hear your thoughts and ideas.  Tell us in the comments section below.

This is our final discussion of A Single Thread by Marie Bostwick.  Check out the "Schedule" at the top of the blog to see what we'll be reading and discussing in the coming months. 


  1. My mother had breast cancer (over 5 years clear), one of her sisters has had it twice. The other sister died of cancer that wasn't discovered until it was in the bones. Her daughter has survived breast cancer, too. My doc keeps a real close eye on me, thank goodness. Still, it would be a real shock if I get it. My mother had a wonderful crew of supporters when she was ill. That was good for me, too, since I live 1200 miles away, and couldn't be with her much.

    1. I'm glad the doctor is keeping a close eye on you, Cheryl!

  2. This is a tough one. We lost a son to cancer 3 years ago and it's true what Mary Dell said about it's a choice to "get up again." It's not easy, but friends, family and purpose helped me (us) through.I studied cancer & nutrition because if his illness. After a year or year and a half, I decided I wanted to honor my son by helping others. After I learned that cancer feeds on sugar, lack of oxygen, and an acidic environment, I knew that I should spread the word. I became a Board Certified Nutritional Counselor and Certified Essential Oil Therapist AND opened a little office in my smallish town. And no, it's never too late. I am 62. :)

  3. I was with my mother in the ER for what we thought was a dimentia-related issue when the doctor told us that she had advanced terminal cancer. In the blink of an eye we went through disbelief, shock, then fear. She died 3 weeks later. I learned how very quickly life as we know it can change and to make the most of each and every minute. The things that got us through it were, first and foremost, God, faith, and prayer any my mother's own strength and courage. She was an inspiration to us all.

  4. As a young bride (newly married 3 months earlier) I received the news that the tests came back cancerous. There we were on the doorstep of our hopes and dreams, facing the possibility of a devastating diagnosis. In those days it was even moreso. Surgery ensued, the outcome wonderful, and I have been blessed by 34+ years of marriage and 3 beautiful children.
    It was in that storm that I discovered the beginnings of the stalwart spirit of the man I married. We navigated our new little ship through that and many more storms. Each time we became closer, more intuned and the best sailors on the sea of life.
    My husband has helped me through the ups and downs of our life together. My sister runs a close second. Although there have also been friends that filled in the periphery, making the cumulative effect even greater.

  5. My twin brother died of brain cancer and my mother of breast cancer that went to her lungs. There was no support I could give from half a world away. I'm not sure I could have stood by so bravely as my other family members had I been told ahead of time.
    Three words... Faith, Family, and Friends. Well, I can't say I have lots of friends but there are a few out there and my family is the greatest possible. Faith, I am still working on it.

  6. I have just gone through my sister in law's bout with cancer...It is so devastating....she went through some very rough times with chemo....had several
    unusually bad reactions, then blood clots and now is receiving radiation....she is a remarkably strong person...I never knew what a determined person she is and how many wonderful friends she has.....Her strong faith and family and friends
    are what has helped her through all of this...after having seen what she has gone
    through makes me realize how much we need to pray each day for those that are suffering with cancer and pray that knowledgeable researchers are getting closer to more cures...


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