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Giant Chipmunk Hugs & Prayers Please

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Nan
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0 posted 08-02-2002 12:23 AM       View Profile for Nan   Email Nan   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Nan's Home Page   View IP for Nan

My dearest Passionate friends...

I've just spoken with Madame Chipmunk, Lyra, on the phone.  She has asked that I update you on her condition.  You all know that she's been waging a battle with cancer recently, and that she had a tumor removed just a few weeks ago.  Subsequent to that operation, Lyra was told by her doctors that she still has some traces of very rare cancerous cells remaining.

Today Lyra met with her physician and was informed that there is little more that can be done.  This means that these rare cells will remain in her system until one of two things happens.  Her own immune system may expunge them, or they may metastasize and will need to be medically treated accordingly.

Lyra is a strong lady with a very loving and supportive husband and family. She's determined to learn everything she can to give herself all of the tools she can gather to fight her condition.  She has every intention of outliving the 'long' side of the medical prognosis, which indicates that people in her situation have been known to survive for many years with proper treatments. Her own inner personal and physical strength will be the determinants... along with a LOT of heartfelt love and prayers from those who love her.

Please - Join with me, my friends.  Join in some of those prayers that we're all so good at mustering together... not just for today... Let's give Lyra all the support she needs for as long as she needs it... and let's make that a very LONG time...

Lots of Love and Prayers, Lyra
Love
Nancy

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Lyra-
I'm so sorry to hear this.  I know, though,
that you are a strong lady and if anyone can
overcome this it is you.  I wish you the best
and will keep you in my thoughts and prayers.
Hugs,
~Vicky

Nan...thanks for passing on the info to the
rest of us.

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2 posted 08-02-2002 06:32 AM       View Profile for Mysteria   Email Mysteria   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Mysteria

In a time like this we have to hand the worry and the weight of our heartache over to a higher power, and draw on our own strength to see us through with the support of family and friends.  Lyra, your focus has always been tenacious and you are driven by that force that makes you just who you are, and it will hopefully see you through this difficult time.  Know this Madame Chipmunk, you are loved, and the prayer circle that surrounds you doesn't have one weak link. So dear lady, I shall simply pray, be here for you, and add my prayers to send more strength to endure whatever comes.  
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Lyra,
Just talked to mister humor again and he said he can lick this thing. Its been done before and will be done again. Sy
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4 posted 08-02-2002 08:09 AM       View Profile for HopeS   Email HopeS   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit HopeS's Home Page   View IP for HopeS

Strength, Courage And Love

For you dear Lyra
In my heart to heart way
I’ve requested angels
To be with you each day

For you my dear friend
I prayed to god above
To shine on you each day
Strength , courage and love

You will be in my thoughts
Heartfelt prayers I send
Hoping a speedy recovery
To you my special friend

Hope
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Will do, Nan. Thank you for letting us know.

Lyra, please know that I am here for you. You will always be in my thoughts and prayers.
Duncan
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Well, I'm not up at this hour for idle amusement!!!!  Praying, with very strong coffee and the hope of a nap before work.  
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7 posted 08-02-2002 08:54 AM       View Profile for Enchantress   Email Enchantress   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Enchantress

Faith can move mountains,
love unbreaks the shattered glass..
believe with all your heart, my friend,
and watch the shadows pass.
Sometimes life seems to fall apart a little at a time,
and we want to fold up our dreams and put them away.
Then from somewhere inside, there comes a song of courage..
and we know we can never give up.
Hope is that song we sing to ourselves.
Although it may be difficult to hear,
it is always there for us, deep within our hearts.
~Please know you are always in my thoughts & prayers, Nancy~
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8 posted 08-02-2002 09:16 AM       View Profile for suthern   Email suthern   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for suthern

Lyra dear, I put you on my prayer list for the next 50 years IN INK... will that do for starters? *S*
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In the circle, we shall gather
in the circle we call life
Holding hands is all that matters
to take us through our daily strife

Gather 'round all friends and poets
gather round that we be strong
holding hands is all that matters
keeping us where we belong

In the circle, we shall gather
where the light is strong and true
Gather 'round all friends and poets
as empathy is in full view

Lyra, you have us here
now, and always.

K

[This message has been edited by Sunshine (08-02-2002 10:03 AM).]

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Oh thaor telling us, Nan. To dear Lyra,don't believe a word of it, you are going to be fine. The dctors are just not aware of how very strong you are.
Love you lots
Sandra
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11 posted 08-02-2002 09:33 AM       View Profile for Greeneyes   Email Greeneyes   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Greeneyes

Lyra~

I will pray for you, for strength, hope and peace.....I will also pray that your body will heal....and be whole again....With love to you and the family....luv you...


Lauren~

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I lean against the wind pretend I am weightless and in this moment I am happy

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12 posted 08-02-2002 09:51 AM       View Profile for Martie   Email Martie   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Martie's Home Page   View IP for Martie

Lyra

When poets focus so many good thoughts and prayers on a purpose...that purpose multiplies many times as it move towards you, given strength by rocks and trees and earth, until you are surrounded by a white light of protection.  Sending mine with all the others along with my love.  
Elizabeth Santos
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Lyra,
May our prayers surround you with strength and love. You are an amazing person. Many warm HUGS
Liz
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OK ChipperMunk.....I want you to know that I
believe you will take care of yourself as
best as you can....and God willing,  you will
come through this crisis in your life.

You remain in my thoughts and prayers daily,
and shall remain there till my cows come in,
and that is a long time from now.....

You are tough,  but it is Ok to be afraid
and have feelings too....Share,  keep writing
and keep letting our hearts hold you close
to each of us....

Big Knightly Hugs....

Barry
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Thank you for informing us Nan (and Mysteria)...Lyra, you are in my thoughts and prayers, I have faith that you will recover, I won;t give up, you're a sweet lady and I truly wish you the best!

[This message has been edited by Honeybee (08-02-2002 11:47 AM).]

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God bless you, Lyra. You have a special place in my heart and my prayers.

A Squirrel

Said if I only could ...
-KB

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My prayers are with you, Lyra.  God knows we need you.

Thanks Nan, for passing the information to the rest of us.

Shenachie
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Lyra,

I once told you when I was going through cancer that the friends and family around me didn't know the right thing to say.  I explained to them that there was no right or wrong thing to say.  All that was important to me at the time is they at least say something, keep in touch, be there for me.  I would even do the talking if need be.  Lyra, I am here for you and even having experienced cancer myself, I still know of no right words to say, only that I'm here for you in any way possible I can be and my prayers will never cease.  God bless you, my friend.  Count on me!  *hugs*

Michael
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Lyra, with all these prayers and everyone who cares  about and for you and your family, if the power is there, you will survive...you have been through so much, just know we are all here for you.
love you hugsssss,
Maureen
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God Bless you, Lyra....

God bless America, my home sweet home.

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Nan, thank you so very much.
Lyra, you are a woman I admire very much.
You have strength of heart and courage,
you have given so much to all of us.
Continual are my prayers that you and your family remain strong, that you have peace,
and that your body gains health with each passing moment.  I know prayer works Lyra,
and there is not a better group of people to surround you with their love and prayers than those found here at Passions.
Love you my friend,
Hugs in healing
Donna

Enjoy life, this is NOT a dress rehearsal.

{on the wings of words are spirits fly...and our souls are free~me}

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22 posted 08-02-2002 07:23 PM       View Profile for Madame Chipmunk   Email Madame Chipmunk   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Madame Chipmunk's Home Page   View IP for Madame Chipmunk

Thanks so much, Nan...for posting this thread.
I cannot find the words to tell you how very much I appreciate your doing this...and how much I appreciate all of the thoughts and prayers that everyone is sending my way.

I truly believe that prayer works, and I have evidenced it when everyone prayed for me during my radiation treatments and the tumor disappeared completely exept for the few renegade cells which are still there and which might prove troublesome in the future.

I am still having a hard time making peace with what my doctor told me, yesterday...because frankly...I don't believe her.

She sat there with a pretty smile on her face and told me that they had no more treatments which could help me.
I almost told her (but stopped short of doing so) that I would go to her funeral in 30 years....and I honestly do intend to be around for quite a while.  At my age, 30 is probably pushing it a bit...but I do intend to be here for 20 more,  anyway.

I plan to fight this thing in my own way.  I will find a treatment that will work.  I don't care how far I have to travel to do so, I will do it if I have to...and I am also still doing my visualizations...and right now, I am positive that the tumor has not returned to my bladder and hopefully it hasn't gone anywhere else either.

She did say that if it did metastesize to other parts of my body, that they could take care of each new meatasteses, separately...through radiation or surgery, and to me...it would be worth it because I want to keep hanging around.

~ again...thanks so much Nan for posting this thread

Lots of hugs from this fighting chipmunk.

Lyra

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"poetry is life distilled"  Gwendolyn Brooks

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You ain't going nowhere!!! I've still got a lot of poems to write about you and God ain't gonna rob me of my favorite muse! You're a scrapper, Madame C, and I'm gonna chronicle your fight and recovery. Then some day, you'll be like George Burns when they asked him what his doctors said about his smoking. His reply was, "I don't know. I've outlived them all!!!!"
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Thanks so much, Vicky...
You are right that I am strong...
and I have my boxing gloves on right now

Sharon...thanks so much.  Your prayers and your "simply being here" mean more to me than I can say.

Sy...Is this the same Mr. Humor who drives the ice cream truck and wears a white uniform?   If so, please tell him that his ice cream and sweets will help to make me feel better....
if he isn't the same Mr. Humor, please tell him that laughter really is the best medicine, and that he can send me a prescription for some of that any time he wants.

Hope...Thanks so much for your sweet poem.  I just love your name...and I wish that I had it right now.
Thanks also for the angels,  they lighten my burden... and this is a burden, although I am not technically sick...
I am very threatened right now.

Sue (Smartchick)...
Thanks so much for all of your prayers and all of your comforting thoughts

Duncan...I'm so sorry I woke you up...or was it the thunderstorm.
We had one all night last night, and I didn't get to my computer til now because we had no power...thanks so much for the coffeeprayers........ I love coffee in the morning and every other time too...but it has to be decafe...

Nancy...Thanks so much for the lovely poem and also for keeping me always in your thoughts and prayers

Suthern...I think the next 50 years will be just great......thanks so VERY much!

Karilea...Thanks so much for the precious poem, as well as your prayers and thoughts and also...all of your caring.

Sandra...you are right...and I don't believe a word of it either.

Lauren...Thanks so much for your love and for all of your prayers.

Martie...Thank you so much for focusing your prayers on me...I can feel them working already

Liz...Thanks so much for your warm hugs and for saying that I am an amazing person.  I just hope that I can amaze the cancer away.

Barry...Thanks for the big knightly hugs and also for your wonderful knightly prayers.  Can I have your autograph too?

Mr.Squirrel...Thanks so much for giving me that special place.  For that, I will save some of my best acorns for you.

Bridget...Thanks so much for needing me.  Its very motivating to be needed

Michael...Thanks so much for your blessings...and you are so right....There are no "right" words to say to a person who has cancer....and no one can put themselves in our place either, unless they have really been there...and I know that you have.

Maureen...Thanks so much for all of those wonderful hugssss, and for being here for me.

Elizabeth...thanks so much for the butterflies and blessings.

Donna...Thanks so much for your admiration and also for your prayers.  My family thanks you also.  You are right...I am surrounded by the best group of people here and you have made me feel so very loved.

I am so sorry that I could not reply to all of your wonderful thoughts until now.
We had a monster thunderstorm last night, with tornado warnings and sirens going off all night long.  We lost our power about 1 AM, and didn't get it back until late this afternoon.....right after we bought a generator.

I send my love to all of you. ~ lots of thanks and strong chipmunk hugs also.
Thanks so much for all of the prayers...
I can already feel them working.

Lyra

copyright2002 Lyra Nesius

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