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REALITY & HOSPITALITY

I am 2 weeks out of surgery. I feel better daily. No, it’s not easy and pain free but I can do this. I have been through so much and this is just the next step in this journey. I have had my heart broken, my faith tested, my trust in medical professionals rocked to the core, I have lost things that I thought made me a woman and realized that I am a Survivor, A Thriver, A Warrior for a cause, a purpose so much bigger than I am. I have walked a path that has led me to others before me and to many after me. Those that never wanted to be a part of this club but are. I can hold a hand, cry, laugh offer insight, opinion, suggestions, be there to say nothing and just be with others. These are the moments I feel blessed to have been in. Moments of life changed, fear eased, hope renewed. It is not just breast cancer it is cancer as a whole. Too many lives…

Yes I am ready to be done with treatment, I know many who have been though their entire treatment regimen in a year… here I sit 2.5 years and still over 6 months left in my reconstruction regimen. If nothing else I have learned to keep going, keep fighting, keep striving, keep trusting, keep believing and most importantly keep loving and accepting the love of others . Done with cancer as an intrusion in living. But cancer will always be and I will continue to want to be there for others in formal and informal ways.

We are so thankful for the American Cancer Society lodging program and the multiple facilities that have been so generous to us and I am certain others in need.

Holiday Inn Riverwalk – Holiday Inn Select at Airport – Hotel Contessa. Each of these facilities graciously and generously donated hotel rooms for us during this leg of our journey. I can not say thank you enough for this. It is still an expensive undertaking to be away from home for three weeks. Food costs, laundry, medical needs, car expenses… each and every bit of assistance is much appreciated. So I say visit and frequent the types of facilities like these that give back in huge ways to help and make a difference to and for others. I must say at our current facility we stopped in the bar to get a little margarita pitcher (couple glasses) and without knowing who they were initially began a conversation with the Sales/Management team of this facility. How warm and welcoming they were and to hear from them why this particular facility is so committed… multiple people in their organization have parents or those close to them who have or have been through cancer treatment. This facility gives away over 1100 nights a year through the lodging program. This is huge. This is giving back in a big way. To be a part of the program they have to commit to giving away 50 nights a year. Thank God for overachievers.

You Are

Looking for meaning, Looking for Love, Looking for something to Never give up
You are the one
You are the one

Looking for purpose in all of the pain, Looking for someone to hold in the rain
You are the one

You are life more beautiful – You are love more powerful – You are the light that always shines
You are the one

You came in my darkness, You came in my night, You came without warning, You came to my side
You are the one

There’s no before you, There’s no too late, There’s no without you, There’s only today
You are the one

You are life more beautiful – You are love more powerful – You are the light that always shines
You are the one

You are the song I want to sing, You are here, You are everything, You are the light that always shines
You are the one

And I will never move on from You, Oh oh, I will never move on from you

You are life more beautiful – You are love more powerful – You are the light that always shines
You are the one

And I will never move on from You, I will never move on from You

2 Responses to “REALITY & HOSPITALITY”

  1. Hi Patti, (and Rich)
    I’m Kathy Brandner, Mark and I used to go to Central when we lived in AZ. Don’t know if you would remember us, it has been a very long time.
    I am living in Canyon Lake, TX (near San Antonio) and have been trying to locate exactly where you are at the hospital. I finally looked you up on Facebook and realize I can’t find you because you are not AT the hospital. I wanted to drop in and say Hi. Anyway, how nice that these hotels have placed you so graciously, that is a huge blessing! I hope you are comfortable. How much longer are you going to be in town? Anyway, HI again and hope I can maybe see you before y’all leave! 🙂

  2. Hi Patti and Rich,
    Was looking to visit you at the hospital and couldn’t find where you were..found you on Facebook web site and realized you are not AT the hospital. Yay for you! How much longer will you be in San Antonio? Mark and I used to go to Central in AZ before we moved here. It’s been awhile! Don’t know if you would even remember us. Anyway, HI and am praying you are doing well!

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