Monday, October 24, 2011


Melissa Etheridge - I run for Life.

Today (Monday 24th. October) is Pink Ribbon Day - a day for raising awareness of breast cancer and a day to raise funds for research.

We all know or knew someone who has been touched by this dreadful condition and quietly I wish to honour all who have bravely fought, who have lost the battle and those who continue to fight.

In my life there are several and this blog post is to recognize the tenacity, strength and courage of all and to honour their families who supported them through the battle.

Please think of your own list of friends and hold them close in thought and prayer,

My list includes:

Sami - a survivor
Delia - a survivor
Grace - who lost the battle
Deborah (my cousin) who continues to fight
Vicki who is fighting with every ounce of her being
Ilona's Mum - she too lost the battle
Jane McGrath - who did so much to raise funds for Breast Care Nurses


They say life is a journey
One we all must make ~
It’s not the destination
Bur the steps that we take.

We travel the road of life
In the company of those we love.
We are never truly alone
We are guided from above.

For some the road is rough and steep
With many a thorny briar.
For some it is never easy 
And the path causes us to tire.

You have a special path to take
One that you alone must walk
All we can do is comfort you ~
Listen and be ready to talk.

There is pain and sickness
And your dignity is somehow lost.
We stand on the shore and watch
As your little boat is tossed.

We watch as you make your journey
Through days that are dark and drear,
We are here and we are waiting
To take away your fear.

We are ready to talk with you
And to somehow ease your pain,
It is difficult to watch you
And our tears fall like rain.

So as you travel forward
On days that must seem long.
We watch and we admire you
And we know we must be strong.

We must help you through this journey
And meet you at the end,
For somehow the sun is shining 
Just around the bend.

There are things that you should know
About our care and love
And how we wish for Angels 
To watch you from above.

Take your journey and try to be strong
Have courage in all that you do 
You are loved and very special
And we travel this journey with you.

“Courage Sister 
– you do not walk alone
We shall walk with you
And sing your spirit home.” *

© Linda J. Vaughan
December 10th. 2004

* These words inspired by Eric Bogle in his song “Singing the Spirit Home”

Love and hugs,

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