Sunday, March 20, 2011

Using the Fancy Towels

"Cancer is ugly. It is mean and it does not discriminate." Those are the words of our fellow blogger, Ceekay, whose blog Thinkin' of Home is one of my favorites. Ceekay just had an article published in the online magazine Living Better at 50+. In it, she tells of her on-going battle with ovarian cancer. In her story, Ceekay says, " I have learned to slow down, enjoy the weather, smell the flowers, and play with the grandchildren.  I use the good glasses and the fancy towels!"  That line really hit home with me...how often do we "save" our best things for "someday" instead of pulling them out and enjoying them today...just because?
You can read Ceekay's story here.

Ceekay's story held special meaning for me because I lost my "little sister", Nancy, to ovarian cancer in November. As many of you know, she is the inspiration for this blog. I was struck by the similarities between Ceekay's story and Nancy's. In her blog entry from August 13, 2008, Nancy wrote, "I have learned to appreciate the grace and joy of the simple things in life, and really to believe the adage "don't sweat the small stuff"... it really is mostly all small stuff". You can read Nancy's story here.

Both women's stories share the same theme...enjoy life's simple pleasures, don't spend too much time worrying about the little things, and it's O.K. to and "use the fancy towels". I think there is an important message here...let's listen!

And after you use those fancy towels, please learn the symptoms of ovarian cancer...they often go unnoticed but they are there if you know what to look for. I've listed them at the bottom of my left sidebar and hope you'll take a moment to read them. Two brave women, Ceekay and Nancy, have told us their stories so that we can learn to both enjoy today and make sure that we are around to play with our grandchildren tomorrow. 


8 comments:

taio said...

superb

Sherry@Back2Vintage said...

Thanks for reminding us to appreciate the little things in life!!!

Linda @ A La Carte said...

Such an important message! Thanks for sharing! Yes use the best today, there might not be a tomorrow! and we all deserve the best everyday also! Hugs, Linda

Ceekay- Thinkin of Home said...

Cheryl...thank you so much for your kind words. I hope that many women that read our blogs will remember to be tested for all women's cancers...and enjoy life!!

Lakeesha said...

I Love this entry. Thanks for posting the importance of enjoying life and the awareness of cancer. I checked out the symtoms and I will share with the ladies in my life.

Your blog girlfriend,

Lakeesha

Sherree said...

One thing I have learnt in watching people hover over their things when their grandchildren are around is that if I place it down and it gets broken, it is my fault. I know that alot of people will disagree with me here. But my main concern has always been first, are you hurt, then I ask how and why didi it get broken. Sometimes things just happen. Is that figurine or vase more precious than a life? Not for me. I will use my best each day and not wait until company comes.

I really don't mean to come across bossy.
Sherree
http://www.chmitlinfamily.blogspot.com

Ann said...

I don't have fancy towels, but I then to use my towels until they are really old. Then I look at the back of my wardrobe, I have lots of new ones.

How are you and the family?

Laura Burrill said...

Such a beautiful entry. Thank you dearly for sharing. Nancy's reminder of not sweating the small stuff is one that I will carry with me through life...