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Bloggers For More Birthdays – My Friend Becky

Posted by Catherine Morgan on October 15, 2009

I’m honored to be a member of the American Cancer Society’s Blogger Advisory Council, a small group of volunteers that advises the Society on its social media strategy. Part of our mission is to help spread the word that we have power in the fight against cancer. And our first step is to build awareness and encourage women to get involved. Visibility equals power! So we have started a blog “chain” to spread the word among women bloggers. We call it Bloggers for More Birthdays.

You can help me…Join Bloggers for More Birthdays by dedicating a blog post to someone you love who’s been affected by cancer. It’s a simple way to celebrate those you love. Just write a post (like I’ve done here), host our badge, and know that whatever you write, you are helping to raise awareness and inspiring others to join American Cancer Society in the fight against cancer.

Here is my contribution to the Bloggers for More Birthdays Campaign…

Becky was my best friend.  A wonderful mother.  And a great mom-mom.  Even though she’s been gone for over seven years, a day rarely goes by that I don’t think of her and wish she were here.  Time has helped to replace some of my grief with many lovely memories, but it hasn’t healed my anger towards the disease that took her from us.  Cancer.

I hate cancer, and I hate that my friend didn’t get a chance to be a survivor.  Why her?  She deserved to be a survivor, she deserved to have more birthdays.  She fought this disease with every ounce of strength she had, but in the end cancer took away every ounce of strength she had.

Although I’m angry, I’m also grateful for the time I did have Becky in my life.  She was there for me during some very tough times.  I know I’m who I am today, partly because of her influence in my life.  I only wish I was able to thank her for that.

No matter how much time goes by, I will never forget the angel she was…and still is.

Becky

If you’ve posted, let The American Cancer Society know so they can feature it! Just put a link to your post in the comments section here, or email your post to bloggersubmit@officialbirthdayblog.com.  You’ll be showing your support for More Birthdays and bring visibility to your blog.

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Breast Cancer Survivors Share Their Stories In Words & Video

Posted by Catherine Morgan on October 15, 2009

This is a post in honor of breast cancer survivors.  They are women sharing their stories of hope, struggle, determination, and survival.  Some are in words and some are in video.

*Read full post at catherine-morgan.com

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Can The Movie ‘Mama Mia’ Reduces Stress and Make You Happy?

Posted by Catherine Morgan on October 25, 2008

Can a good movie reduce stress? I’ve always believed that smiling and laughing is healing in some way. And, there is a lot of evidence that supports that theory. I also know that for me, music can deeply affect my mood. Some songs are sad reminders of the past, and others are happy reminders of experiences I never want to forget. Seeing the movie Mamma Mia with my daughter, and listening to all the music, is definitely going to be a lasting and happy memory for me.

This is what happened. My daughter has been wanting to see the movie Journey To The Center Of The Earth in 3-D, and we’ve also both wanted to see Mamma Mia. So, on Thursday, we decided to see Journey To The Center Of The Earth. But, when we got to the theater we found out it was only in 3-D at “selected” theaters, and we weren’t at one of those. Mamma Mia was showing in the same theater about 15 minutes later, so we decided to see that instead.

To tell you the truth, I really didn’t think that either one of the movies was going to have much of an impact on me. I was feeling quite depressed, and was only taking my daughter to the movies because I thought that was what a good mother would do.

So, since I was feeling like a failure as a mother when it came to my son, I thought I shouldn’t let my anxiety affect my daughter. However, I didn’t think anything, much less a movie, would be able to take my mind off of my troubles.

Thankfully, I was pleasantly surprised.

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Birthdays and Aging: Do they make you happy or sad?

Posted by Catherine Morgan on September 25, 2007

Birthdays and Aging — by Catherine Morgan (cross-posted at BlogHer)

Every twelve months or so we all go through it, that time of year that some of us may loath and others may love…Yes, I’m talking about the “B” word. How do you feel on that one day a year? Are you happy? Depressed? Angry? Ambivalent? All of the above? Is every year different? Are some numbers easier to reach than others?

If it’s possible to be bi-polar when it comes to your birthday, then that’s my diagnosis. Sometimes I’m happy, sometimes I’m sad, sometimes I feel like I’m getting more mature, and sometimes I just feel like I’m getting more old. I imagine I’m not the only birthday girl that feels this way at times, so I thought we could take some time to examine the emotional side of birthdays and getting older.

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Can You Find Empowerment Through Adversity?

Posted by Catherine Morgan on August 1, 2007

Hi everyone, I’m back from the BlogHer conference in Chicago. And, it was GREAT. My plan is to write a whole post about the conference, the people, the experience…and more. However, I have been extremely ill since I have been home (I’m certain I picked-up something on the plane, I always do).

I decided to re-post “Finding Empowerment Through Adversity”, from back in January when I first began blogging. Many of the bloggers I talked with in Chicago, seemed to have similar stories of hardships that were the catalyst to their personal empowerment, and brought them to blogging.

I hope you enjoy the post…

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Why Blog?

Posted by Catherine Morgan on July 25, 2007

Another great post by guest blogger Kerri Morrone. I think it’s one we all can relate to. Thanks Kerri.

Why Blog?

Kerri Morrone, Six Until Me. (www.sixuntilme.com)

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A few years ago, I was feeling alone. Despite my supportive family and a strong network of friends, diabetes was something I dealt with privately, the lone diabetic floating along in a sea of healthy people.

“It can’t be just me,” I said to myself as I tested my blood sugar and saw a number completely out of range, despite my healthy lunch and my calculated insulin doses.

“It can’t be just me,” I murmured as my insulin pump tubing caught on the doorknob and tugged at the infusion set.

“It can’t be just me,” as the tears of frustration pooled up in my eyes after reading the letter from my doctor stating that my A1c was, once again, over 7%.

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Life Begins Anew Every Day

Posted by Catherine Morgan on July 24, 2007

This is a guest post from K. Stone of Life Learning Today.

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Life Begins Anew Every Day — by K. Stone

The Phone Call

The other day my mother received a phone call from her friend, “Louise.” She said to my mother, “Have you heard?”

“No. Heard what?”

“I have a lover!” she unabashedly announced.

All this might not be so shocking, except for the fact that Louise is 94 years old!

She went on to explain how after moving into her assisted living community, she met a 90 year old man, who we’ll call “Leonard.” Leonard is twice widowed and Louise is widowed after 60 years of marriage.

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Inspirational Women

Posted by Catherine Morgan on July 23, 2007

This is a guest post from Dr. Liara Covert from Dream Builders.

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Inspirational Women — by Dr. Liara Covert

I was thinking about women I’ve known and come to admire. Sure, there are the ones we read about from history and hear about in the news. Mother Teresa, Princess Diana, Joan of Arc, Amelia Earhart, Isabella Bird and Melinda Gates are among women who enter my mind. Yet, who among the women you know truly motivate and inspire you? What is it about certain women that cause you to feel good inside?

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Letting Go of Our Fear of Failure, and Walking Confidently Toward Our Dreams.

Posted by Catherine Morgan on June 28, 2007

“Go Confidently In The Direction Of Your Dreams” — Henry David Thoreau

 

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IS IT EVER TOO LATE TO FOLLOW OUR DREAMS? — by Catherine Morgan

With the pressures of daily life, do any of us really have time to think about our dreams? Do we even know what our dreams are? Kids know what their dreams are, just ask them…What do you want to be when you grow up? It is always such an easy answer for them. But once we do grow up, then what? Is is too late for us?

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RUMI – One day you will look back and laugh at yourself.

Posted by Catherine Morgan on June 12, 2007

This is a great post from 1000 Petals, she always has such beautiful posts. If you haven’t checked out her site yet, you really should.

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What if someone said to an embryo in the womb,

“Outside of your world of black nothing

is a miraculously ordered universe;

a vast Earth covered with tasty food;

mountains, oceans and plains,

fragrant orchards and fields full of crops;

a luminous sky beyond your reach,

with a sun, moonbeams, and uncountable stars;

and there are winds from south, north and west,

and gardens replete with sweet flowers

like a banquet at a wedding feast.

 

The wonders of this world are beyond description.

What are you doing living in a dark prison,

Drinking blood through that narrow tube?”

But the womb- world is all an embryo knows

And it would not be particularly impressed

By such amazing tales, saying dismissively:

“You’re crazy. That is all a deluded fantasy.”

 

 

One day you will look back and laugh at yourself.

You’ll say, “ I can’t believe I was so asleep!

How did I ever forget the truth?

How ridiculous to believe that sadness and sickness

Are anything other than bad dreams.”

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For My Mom on Mother’s Day — and for all the mom’s that read this blog. HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!

Posted by Catherine Morgan on May 10, 2007

Music and Flowers for Mother’s Day

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The Mammogram, The Waiting Room, and The Silence.

Posted by Catherine Morgan on May 8, 2007

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THE ONE THING WE NEED TO START DOING WHEN WE GO TO GET OUR YEARLY MAMMOGRAM. — by Catherine Morgan

We all know that we need to get our yearly mammogram. None of us “want” to get it, but we get it anyway because we know how important early detection is in the treatment of breast cancer. However, there is something that most of us don’t do when we go to get our mammogram that I think we should be doing, something that the doctors and technicians don’t tell us to do. I’ll warn you now…this may be hard for some.Let me start off by telling you that I had my mammogram recently, it was what they call a “diagnostic” mammogram, as opposed to the normal yearly “routine” mammogram. You get a diagnostic mammogram when they find something that doesn’t appear normal…At this point it is still more likely than not that you don’t have cancer, but it could turn out that you do. I know cancer is a scary word, but we really need to get over it. Cancer is not a four letter word that we can’t talk about, in fact we actually need to talk about it. Because, the more we talk about it, and the more we understand it…the less scary “it” will be. Like everything in life – Knowledge is power.

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Can Meditation Help You Find Your Peace and Happiness? You’ll never know unless you try.

Posted by Catherine Morgan on May 6, 2007

This is from a post I did on my Be The Change You Want To See In Yourself blog. I thought it would be nice here as well. Hope you like it.

FINDING PEACE AND HAPPINESS IN MOMENTS OF SILENCE — by Catherine Morgan

Where did the saying “I just want a little peace and quiet” come from? Obviously, from someone who understood that peace can only exist in silence. The noise of life is like a barrier that stands between you and peace. But, quieting the noise with silence can break down this barrier, and open the door to the peace that is within you.

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The True Measure Of An Individual Is How One Treats A Person Who Can Do Them Absolutely No Good.

Posted by Catherine Morgan on April 15, 2007

I hope you will go to my “BE THE CHANGE YOU WANT TO SEE IN YOURSELF” site, and see my post on “BEAUTIFUL AND INSPIRATIONAL QUOTES OF MOTHER TERESA“. There is also a very nice music video……it will be worth the trip.

ALSO SEE: Light A Candle In Memory Of The Virginia Tech Tragedy.

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Letting Go Of Anger And Hate To Create Peace And Love In Your Life.

Posted by Catherine Morgan on April 14, 2007

This is a post from my site “BE THE CHANGE YOU WANT TO SEE IN YOURSELF“, I thought it might be good here too. Hope you like it.

 

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HOW WE CAN CREATE PEACE AND LOVE IN OUR LIVES – BY LETTING GO OF ANGER AND HATE – by Catherine Morgan

If we wish peace for ourselves, me must first wish peace for others. How do we do that? I think a good place to start is to take “hate” out of our thoughts and mind. It’s easy to say you’re not a hater, but to truly live a life without hating is not that easy. Here are a few suggestions….

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Inspirational Quotes Set To The Music Of Josh Groban Singing “Starry Starry Night”

Posted by Catherine Morgan on March 30, 2007

I came across this video, and I thought it was just beautiful. I hope you will enjoy it as much as I do.

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Be Thankful, You Are Unique

Posted by Catherine Morgan on March 14, 2007

 


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Four Steps To Living In The Present Moment

Give The Gift Of Kindness

Louise Hay Wisdom Cards

Five Steps To Forgiveness

Empower Our Children By Empowering Ourselves

A Women’s Book Of Courage

In The End Only Kindness Matters

Everything Changes, Nothing Stays The Same

How To Attract Love Into Your Life

Ten Tips For Empowering Women

Finding Empowerment Through Adversity

How To Know If You Are Depressed

 

 

 

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When One Door Closes, Another Will Open

Posted by Catherine Morgan on March 8, 2007

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No matter how troubling life gets, no matter how much pain surrounds you; never stop expecting to find a door cracked open. And when you see the flicker of light from that door, push through it, out of your pain and into your future.

 

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Be The Angel In Someones Life Today — Give Them The Gift Of Kindness

Posted by Catherine Morgan on March 6, 2007

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I came across this article today and I thought it would be something to share with all of you. These are great ideas on ways that you can spread random acts of kindness, and make a positive difference in someones life. Sometimes, the smallest kind gesture, can be what turns around someones day. Not only does your kindness resonate with the person you have been kind to, but the more you do this, the more you change your own personal energy, and in-turn bring more kindness and kind people into your own life. Try it for a week and see if you notice a difference. Be an angel in someones life today, and give them the gift of kindness.

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Chronic Illness and Depression — What Came First?

Posted by Catherine Morgan on March 5, 2007

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CHRONIC ILLNESS AND DEPRESSION — What came first? – by Catherine Morgan

If you found out you had Diabetes and became depressed, the doctor would tell you that it is normal to feel depressed after a diagnosis such as this. And the doctor would be correct. Chronic illness changes your life, it is scary, it is frustrating, and yes it can also be very depressing. And, there is no shame in admitting that you are depressed, there are many things your doctor can do to help you with this problem.

Just about every person that suffers from a chronic illness will also suffer in some way with depression. If you are diagnosed with Lupus, or MS, or cancer, or any other chronic medical condition, your doctor will be totally understanding when you come to him with your feelings of depression, as he should be. And treating your depression should be an important part of the overall treatment of your illness.

It would be virtually unheard of for a doctor to suggest that a persons depression was the cause of their Lupus, or the cause of their MS, or the cause of their cancer. But, in the case of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, a condition that the CDC considers to be just as devastating as these other chronic illnesses, doctors will often insist that the depression is causing the disease, and not the other way around.

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