Some Thoughts On Cancer

Originally posted on Fran Driscoll, author:
It was the shock of my life when I was diagnosed with Stage 4 Colon Cancer in November. Me, the healthy one. I had a young cousin who was a super athlete that had leukemia and I thought that would be the biggest surprise of my life. Now, at the tender age of 55, I know quite a few People I Love (PIL from now on to protect their identities just in case they aren’t as outspoken as I am) with cancer. Every single one is a different cancer, and some began as one… Continue reading Some Thoughts On Cancer

Addiction and Those Who Love Addicts

It’s the hardest thing in the world to love an addict. Even for those who are battle-hardened enough to promise they will in no way enable this person, there is a fine line to walk. “I love you, but I’m not going to help you kill yourself,” is a hard thing to say. Sometimes, it’s almost impossible to do. When my daughters were little, there were times when their father would disappear for a weekend and blow a whole paycheck. I had good credit, and my two girls weren’t going hungry. So I charged the groceries and sometimes the bills. … Continue reading Addiction and Those Who Love Addicts

Bushwacked: A Colon Cancer Abcedarian

An unwanted surprise– But I don’t feel sick! I’m the healthy one. Cancer, that dread pack of polymorphic diseases Dying? Maybe, but pain surely heads my way. Even the dogs follow me around, worried. Freedom from doctor appointments is my goal. Grateful for a loving support system Hair isn’t vital, but it’s mine. I am not afraid of death, but suffering stinks. Jesus, take the tumor. Kooky cures can’t combat cancer! Love my family and friends. Hate nausea, headaches, pimples and fatigue. My brain isn’t 100%. Have mercy. Not for the faint of heart. Oh, goody, another bill. Fix it, … Continue reading Bushwacked: A Colon Cancer Abcedarian

To My Unchurched Friends

I just received bad news about my cancer. The numbers are going in the wrong direction despite top of the line chemo meds and a team of doctors that are working very hard to keep me alive. Some of you would say that it proves that the hundreds of people who are praying for me are wasting their breath. But God said that “All things work together for good for those who love the Lord…” IT will be for somebody’s good if I live a few more years, and it will be for somebody’s good if I don’t. God is … Continue reading To My Unchurched Friends

Not Promised Tomorrow

I know that I’m not promised tomorrow. This colon cancer diagnosis stinks, but I know there’s a plan to work it for good. I have survived car wrecks that you wouldn’t believe I walked away from without even a broken bone. Most of my sick days were still available at work when this all started. I teach at a school with 600 kids and either avoided Covid altogether or had a mild case last January. (We usually get sick in January because our students come from other countries with colds we have no immunity to. But even then I only … Continue reading Not Promised Tomorrow

What is Good

Was I poor as a church mouse? Yes. One time I used my last diaper. It was the day before payday and all I had was a dollar off coupon for the diapers he needed (all my kids got rashes from other diapers). One of my aunts sent me a card that day. It wasn’t a holiday, but there was ten dollars in that card. Just enough to get him diapers (with the coupon.) God took me through day by day, and my son is a great blessing to me, to his father, and to the churches he has worked … Continue reading What is Good

Homecoming Week

Originally posted on Fran Driscoll, author:
I get so excited when we can dress up at school, especially this year. It’s been hard for me to be home when I’d rather be out and about, to wear a mask, and to be unable to hug my friends! I am a unabashed hugger. But I get to return to the 80s tomorrow, and be part of the Wizard of Oz on Wednesday, and I couldn’t be happier. I’m sad the weather is getting cooler (80 degrees is perfect for me), and I could take or leave pumpkin spice anything. But that… Continue reading Homecoming Week