Good Morning dear friends:
I apologize for not updating this journal in so long. I hope you have been reading my articles in the bulletin and I know many of you have seen the articles in several newspapers. I have had so many wonderful things happening in my life. I have been deeply touched by the article in the Detroit News, Patch, St. Clair Shores Connection, Traverse City Record Eagle and the Lansing News and interviewed for WWJ radio. This is just all so overwhelming and humbling. I told my doctor the other day that I don't consider myself anything special, I am just trying to do what I feel God is asking of me during this difficult time in my life.
Many of you know last week I went to Vegas with a friend who has a condo there. I have always wanted to ride in a helicopter....so we decided to take the helicopter tour to the Grand Canyon. I have never seen the Grand Canyon. So off we went. The helicopter landed in the Grand Canyon and the pilot served us a little snack and we had a champagne toast. I also got some awesome pictures.
When I returned, a few of the ladies from the parish and I went to our retreat house in Monroe which is located directly across the street from the Motherhouse. The retreat house was actually where I did my novitiate. It looks so different, however, it did bring back memories. We were only there for a day but it was so beautiful along the River Raisin and the opportunity to "be still" and listen to God.
Next I was off to the Tiger game last Friday night. Three of our college students had something very special planned for me. I had no idea what it was they just told me we had to be at Comerica Park by 4:30 p.m.. Well, we got there and were greeted by one of their hospitality staff and led unto the field. I looked up and my name was on the big screen. WOW!!!! I felt like I had made broadway. LOL. We watched batting practice and had my picture taken with Jim Leyland and he autographed a baseball for me. I also received a bag full of Tiger "goodies." It was a very special day and we won.
God is so good and life is good. My last report with the doctor was as follows: Tumors in my chest have shrunk, spots on my liver are unchanged as well as the cancer in my lung. Praise God. She is not sure regarding the breast so she said we will do two more chemos and reevaluate. I said to her, "doctor, you know how positive I have been but I must say I am waiting for the other shoe to drop." She said right now everything looks stable. I am sure you are a little anxious. However, for now I am going to continue to live life to the fullest. It is only through the grace of God and all of your cards and prayers that are getting me through. You will never know how much I love and appreciate each and everyone of you.
Please know how humble I feel by all your words and thoughts. I am so blessed to be a part of this beautiful parish. From the children to the oldest of our parish, I feel so loved and cared for. I hold you all deep in my heart and pray for you daily. May God continue to bless each of us and may we all be instruments of His love and compassion to all we meet. All my love. SC