Biographical Fiction posted June 30, 2017

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To My Friends - Part II

by Just2Write

Well, I'm back. At least I am back in the respect that I am safely on the other side of my lung surgery. It will take me awhile to get my muse and mojo back working. The good news is that the surgery was 100% successful. Five little dragon's eggs were removed and eradicated from my left lung.

Getting back into the swing of everyday life has been a little tougher than I thought it would be, even though every day is better than the one before. I just try to keep focused on my goals and will continue to work at getting back to normal. Wherever my new normal might be.

Those of us who have ever faced a life-threatening or life-altering dragon, feel things a bit differently than those who are still under the illusion that they are immortal. Dragons are not evil. There is no malevolence or cruelty in them. They simply are. And it is our challenge to keep that in perspective while we try to move on and put them behind us.

Sometimes, there is evil associated with dragons, such as when a person or a group of them does something to harm another -- but mostly, dragons are not evil at all. They come in many guises and have many names -- My dragon's name is Cancer. Dragons, like other wild creatures of the world bear us no malice. In some ways, they are very much like us, in that they want to survive, and they want us to bend to their will. Like us, the reason they exist is completely unknown.

My dear friend Ray (Mountainwriter49) has been in touch with me throughout my dance with this dragon. He also has met and danced with a few dragons, and he has slain a few as well. He rightly pointed out to me that those of us who have faced a dragon and survived the battle feel things quite differently than others do, or even how we felt about things before we met our dragon.

The petty squabbles and disappointments of life fade to insignificance, the breeze on a hot day is now a little cooler, the songs of birds are a little sweeter, the sky is a little bluer, the sun's warmth is a little more mellow. Sunrises are always spectacular and come with the offer of hope, and at the end of the day, the sunsets offer peace and tranquility.

I know how easily my world can be turned upside down again. I must be diligent, and where possible, kick butt to get others in line with what needs to be done. I can't fight this battle without having a medical support team that has my back. Things can still go sideways at any time, and because of that I have come to appreciate how wonderful life is when things are going my way. I try not to think about what may happen and instead focus on what is. One of my favourite expressions these days is, 'It Is What It Is.' It has carried me through many a disappointing setback.

I am not angry that cancer came into my life. I doubt I could have changed that fact -- but who knows, so many things we do every day, may be factors in governing our health. Some of them negatively affect our well being -- but, we do them anyway. Parachuting, mountain climbing, dining out at a greasy spoon and other high-risk activities come to mind, but sometimes, we have nothing whatsoever to do with why a dragon flew our way. They came because something happened that caught their attention and allowed them to fly into our life. Suddenly, and quite inexplicably will find ourselves face-to-face with a really-o, truly-o dragon and there is nothing we can do other than to fight our way through. Sometimes though, no matter how hard we fight, we lose. It is sad but true.

I want to let each of you know how much your prayers, comments and wonderful words of encouragement have helped me to get through this round with my dragon. When my resolve and strength were running low, there was this wonderfully refreshing well of strength supplied by you that I dipped into. It is amazing what the power of collective prayer and encouragement can be. Thank you so much. I wish to thank those of you who sent me PMs of hope and strength -- many of you have fought battles of your own and shared your stories with me. I'm sure that it was the encounters with those dragons that has brought out the writers that were unknown to us before that. That is a good thing.

For those of you that know me well, you know that my muse has been a bit of a miscreant over the past few years - I hope to be able to convince him to start writing poetry with me again. I have missed him and I think in some small way he misses me too.

Thank you especially to Barb Hensongispsaca, BeasPeas, Connie C, Dean Kuch, Dorothy Fennell, fluffnstuff, Jannypan (Jan), jlsavell, Joan E, Joy Graham, Gert Sherwood, Gloria, IdeasareGems-Dawn, Latebloomer, Mark Valentine, Margaret Snowdown, Mountainwriter49, Mustangpatty1029, Nancy e. Davis, Pantygynt, Rama Devi, Smurfgirlsasha, Rosehill (Wendy), RoyOwen, Teri7, Ulla, and ytbard.

Your faith and encouragement have meant so much to me. I hope I haven't forgotten anyone. Some of you have been my friends for a very long time, and I treasure that relationship. You know who you are. Others are new friends and it has been wonderful to hear from you as well.

Life is what it is, and I'm grateful for every minute of it.


Picture - One of my bees on a Rhoddy flower in my garden. My little sanctuary.

Truly, everyone - Thank you.
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