a cancer-cation

In our current culture we seem to be fond of the fusing of words. I don’t love this trend. However, at times it is mildly funny. I just had a cancer-cation, ya know, like stay-cation, or like bennifer, or jlo, or whatever.

A cancer vacation should be on the agenda for all of us going through this harried process. It would be nice for one of the several foundations that supposedly assist those with cancer to somehow provide a lavish vacation for healing. I feel blessed to have the family and some resources that gave us this time away. The past 9ish months have been taxing, and while we would have gotten through without this jaunt to sunshine, it was a most welcome and needed rejuvenation. Thank you.

Rejuvenation of the spirit and body is important in life, with or without cancer. We are a distracted culture who shortens words, and forgets to breathe…maybe that is what gives some of us this disease, who knows. Though I am currently not working and have some time (as much time as one can have with a 15 month old) to breathe and heal, it is difficult to meditate on wellness with looming appointments, schedules, and a house to attempt maintenance on, so I needed a cancer-cation. We all did. My family works hard at sustaining this cancer lifestyle, so we took a break from it, barely discussed it aside from the coughing up a lung part that was difficult to ignore, but even still, we rested. I even drank a quarter of a glass of rose cremont!

Walking the tropical paths in the warm sun reminded me to breathe and to live with this unknown future. It is in living that we thrive, I was reminded. For a better part of the last 9 months it felt as if I was just maintaining my existence. Always positive about my future, I still didn’t truly live my life. This past week while watching my son, my family completely enjoy each other, I truly realized the importance of each singular day.



15 comments on “a cancer-cation

  1. Lovely post! I’m especially taken by the idea that it is in living that we thrive…well said! The photos of your sweet little boy are precious!

  2. Happy Mother’s Day. I wish you many, many more.

  3. For me, this existing but not really living, was like being in suspended animation. Bravo that you and your family had a chance to reconnect and actually live and be present in the moments. One look at that precious boy and his father… They are what life’s all about.

    • jelebelle says:

      indeed. true, and well put…suspended animation. or out of body experience, when i catch myself forgetting to live, it is a nice reminder to “stop and smell the roses”.

  4. Good for you guys ! And Happy Mother’s Day – a day to really reflect back on what’s important…and hands down, kids, hubbies, and families win. Enjoying time with them is better than any medicine could ever be.

  5. melanie piziali says:

    sooooo glad that we met on your cancer-cation. i started reading your blog right after you gave me the link. i have been thinking about you a lot since then….i am so in awe of your courage, honesty and strength. you have a beautiful family. here’s to many more mother’s days and lots of vaca-tions on the horizon.

    • jelebelle says:

      Thank you so much! It was a lovely trip meeting great people and having new memories. Hope to keep in touch. Thanks for reading and your words of encouragement.

      • melanie piziali says:

        i hope i wasn’t ‘one of those people’ as we discussed your story and people that i know. you are one that WILL defy the odds and kick this mother to the curb. keep the faith, love that little guy and your sweet big guy. thoughts and prayers your way 🙂

      • jelebelle says:

        No! You were very present, besides “those” people aren’t so bad…just at times, the mood shifts with sharing regarding this phase of my life. Love to you and your adorable family. many thanks for the prayers. xo

  6. Jan Baird says:

    How fun! These breaks are so important to our well being. We just don’t realize until we actually get away. I hope you had a wonderful Mother’s Day. xx

  7. jelebelle says:

    Thank you all for the mother’s day wishes and your continued support.

  8. hjelmstd says:

    I’m sorry that you even have to take cancer-cations at your age. You shouldn’t even know the word. But you’re right, we have to live while we’re alive and if we miss a moment, that moment is gone forever.

  9. twingham says:

    I’m so happy to have found your blog through the Weekly Round Up. You have a wonderful writing voice and tell your story with grace, light, and a sense of humour. Thank you for sharing.

    • jelebelle says:

      Thank you for taking the time to read. I’ve been trying to keep things light and funny, it certainly helps when darkness is abound. Best of heath to you.

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