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Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Glioblastoma Multiforme


The following is a post from Misha, my oldest sister, who frequently writes on my blog about her quest to lose 100 lbs. The irony is that, we calculated today that she probably lost 95 lbs since she started. However, about 30 lbs of that has been in the last few weeks. Obviously, she isn't dieting anymore, but she still loves reporting her weight loss to me :)  She is extremely thankful to have those extra pounds gone now, so she can face this battle with a healthier body. We read her the comments left here, and they always raise her spirits.
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My dear friends, I have decided to post my story today. I am sorry that I was not able to speak to each of you individually first.

On 3/30 I had a seizure. After some surgeries and a lot of tests, I have been diagnosed with a rare and aggressive form of brain cancer called a glioblastoma multiforme.

But this is what I want to tell you. This thing did not take me. I could have been driving and it could have been over right then or I could have hurt someone else.

I cannot explain to you the overwhelming sense of peace and happiness that I am experiencing everyday! It's no secret that I have already had the most amazing life and everyday is sweeter than the day before.

I fall asleep every night in the arms of a man that I fell in love with in 1977 and he is my rock. My children are my pride and joy and my parents and brother and sisters just pour love on me everyday.

My hope is that you realize that everyday is a gift, to take, to find joy, passion, another chance just to smile and be touched or touch someone.

I feel that I have a lot more tomorrows and do not want you to be sad for me. We tend to have this odd little ego trip of immortality, but the truth is we really don't know how much time we have. My secret to you is, we have today! Find your joy today!

I love you all!
Misha after brain surgery with her beloved Sugar Free popsicle
You can read all of Misha's posts HERE

26 comments:

  1. Reading this early morning in bed. The birds are chirping out my window and the sun is rising. What a beautiful post to start my day. You never know when your words will touch someone deeply and yours did. I'm going to start the gift of this new day with a refreshed perspective on life. Prayers and positive thoughts to you on your recovery. Stay strong and keep the positive attitude. XO!

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  2. Beautifully said, Misha! You are a wise and loving woman who is an inspiration to many here on Amber's blog. Lots of love and hugs being sent your way. XOXOX

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  3. Wow... powerful testimony! I'm just speechless right now!

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  4. Such courage! You are truly an inspiration!! Continuing to pray for you and the whole family! <3

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  5. Misha, you have the wonderful attitude and spirit of someone who appreciates living in the moment....what an inspiration....good luck and health to you. Linda from VA

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  6. Well said, Misha! Your positive attitude, strength and love from your family and friends will get you through this journey. I am sending healing thoughts and prayers for you and your family from Southern California.

    Stay strong and positive,
    Carey

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  7. You are in my thoughts and prayers. I am awed by you in seeing the good, through the bad. Bless you and your family!

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  8. Thank you Misha, we all tend to not realize all that until its too late. You and your whole family is in my thoughts. :-)

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  9. Misha - Your positive attitude is inspirational. I will keep you and your family in my prayers.

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  10. I am glad that you are happy and positive - what an inspiration! Feel better soon!

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  11. Misha,
    You have the BEST attitude! Rock on, girl~ You are in my thoughts and prayers!
    Patty G. in NJ

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  12. You look beautiful! Love your attitude - it truly is what keeps special people special.

    Irony, I have a niece (32 years old) had a seizure on the exact same day. She was rushed to the hospital where they determined she had a blood clot rupture her aorta. After several operations, she is fine and recovering. This has truly been a life changing experience for her as I'm sure it is with you. Like I told her - your heart is too big to let anything bring you down.
    I will continue to keep you in my prayers and know that there are people who truly care about you!!

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  13. Misha - Wishing you a speedy recovery!

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  14. There is much power in your words, thank you for sharing them with us. They have caused me to stop and really appreciate what is around. I will continue to pray for your recovery.
    Stay strong & keep smiling.

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  15. Praying for you Misha!! Stay strong! You are such an inspiration!!!

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  16. "We all have this little ego trip of immortality" -- wow. You are absolutely right. Today is the day to embrace and show appreciation for our loved ones. Thank you for this inspirational post. I wish you, and your loved ones, peace, love, and joy. You are an amazing human being.

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  17. What a wonderful spirit you have going Misha! Keep focus on it and remember, to laugh, cry, scream and exhale whenever as every moment changes but an attitude of gratitude that I sense in your writing will carry you through. You have one of the best medicine on your side: Your Husband (your rock), your sister Amber (inspirational) and the rest of the family!!!

    I have been where you are (not that I had cancer but you might as well say I did as my beloved wife had NSLC and lived graciously and a fighter for 1-1/2 years after being diagnosis. We walked through it as you are doing so and took it one day at a time and some days just 1/2 a day..but we never stopped laughing as we lived out our bliss. She was/is in spirit my ROCK!

    Pray, Eat & Love!!

    Peace,
    E

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  18. I'm going to google Glioblastoma now, but I know you will come through this like the star you are! My best to you and your family!

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  19. Misha- this is my first post on this blog although I have been reading it for many years! You have touched my heart with you honesty. You are in my prayers as is your family. May we all learn from your peace and courage when face with the adversity of life. God bless you.

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  20. Dear Misha
    Beautiful, loving words. As an ex-cancer patient I know the meaning of your words. Today is here, yesterday is gone, tomorrow is coming.I am so glad you feel that. You are in my thoughts. Love Rita (Fred's mom)

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  21. Hi Misha, I always look forward to your blog posts and Im so touched by your honest, courageous, and inspiring words. I will keep you and yours in my prayers and thoughts. Thank you for being such a wonderful inspiration of love, gratitude and courage to us all! Sending you love!

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  22. Dearest Misha, I was following your weight loss here and lost my favorites on my computer a few months ago. Just found my way back here through pinterest today and when I found it my first thought was how you were doing. Iwas so inspired by you and now even more so . Lots of love and prayers sent your way you lovely lady!

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  23. Thank you for the inspiration...I will enjoy the gift of today. What a beautiful, strong and loving woman you are...plus inspiring :-) sending you and your family love!

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  24. Micha....I've been praying to the good Lord to give you added strength and courage. Your beauty, strength and love is truly a gift from God! Love to you and your family!

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  25. Haven't seen any updates. Praying for the best for you and your family.

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