Monday, June 13, 2016

Beginning Again

I spent most of 2009 going thru treatments for breast cancer. It was a bit stressful but, thankfully, I never got sick or felt bad for long during an initial round of chemo, surgery, another preventative round of chemo, & finally radiation. I hated the radiation most but going nine months without hair was the most difficult. Since then, I’m not always concerned with how my hair looks simply because I have hair again. However, I found strength & inspiration during that year from inspirational quotes I’ve collected for years, and then putting them into my own words, with a bit of embellishment at times even.
During that time, I started a new blog, mainly to keep track of & refer back to the eloquent words, documenting the things I’d learned that I wanted to remember. Now that I’ve been a widow for nine months, it seemed like a good time to return to documenting those inspirational quotes I’ve continued to collect.
The blog has separate posts for tackling various issues, & this newest post is about STRENGTH. I’ve had lots of people comment on how courageous or strong I’ve been since Jeff’s death – but really, it’s all just been putting one foot in front of the other, one step at a time, to keep moving, & knowing that I would be where I needed to be when I was ready.
The blog has nothing to do with traveling or RVs. It’s about sorting out the emotions & feelings that may have been ignored – stuffed deep down inside where they can fester into an infection that makes your mind & body ill. Those negative feelings & beliefs are like germs – they only go away when they’re exposed to air & light. Acknowledging them is the first, but hardest step.
As with everyone, the only quotes (& ideas) that resonate with me are the specific ones that I need at the time, so lots of issues are not covered. Still, I hope others will find something they need that will inspire a change of perspective about a problem. Most of these words of wisdom belong to others, but one of the very few good things about aging is learning to be more patient & gaining a more realistic perspective of reality, people, & events. This blog has helped me mature. The blog is called Insights to Wisdom. Comments are moderated, but it would be nice to hear what you think.


  1. HI Glenda: I enjoy reading your articles. That you for your thoughts and insights. I tried to use your link to Insights to Wisdom but the link did not work. I will try again later but I thought that you should know I case it's a problem on your end. Take care. Mike

  2. Powerful words that provoke thought and dialogue. Thank you! Will be checking out your other blog for sure!

  3. I never thought your blog was about RVing and traveling but the individuals who make comments seemed to so I just lurked and didn't post. I heard your pain, I am sorry. My husband of 28 years died in 2008 at the young age of 54 (I was 48) of lung cancer from tobacco. My alcoholic Daddy (yup I was a Daddy's Girl) suffering with demons died in 2011 at the age of 85. My loved ones just wanted to wake up another day and be treated like not waking up another day wasn't and option and didn't want to discuss the inevitable. I want you to know your blogging helped ME immensely since you voiced many of my feelings. Thank you.

  4. Thank you SO much for commenting. I've worried a little about throwing my feelings out into cyberspace, but know there are lots of people grieving who wrestle with the same emotional roller coaster I feel. Kind of a 'misery loves company' thing. I'm sorry for your losses too, but hope my blabbering gives you hope & some peace.


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