A way to survive the empty nest and a "cracked "relationship with a fun daily challenge of new experiences, reflections, sources, and some biblical guidance. I hope this blog which offers a fun journey to survive by trying something new, either vicariously or by doing, will result in a survival tool kit to replace the past familiar doing, giving, and/or incorporating the interest of your child or your long gone love interest, with some new self interest(s).
(Please see Day 1 "Why this Blog" if this is your first visit)
Support a new cause when you can.
My friend who is on the board for the Alzheimers's Association, invited me to a breakfast to rally support for the walk on
October 11, 2014. Here is the kicker, the breakfast was at 7am at PNC Hall of
Fame Club. Thus, I started this day very early but for a good cause and more importantly,
to support my friend.
I have participated in walks for various causes but not for
Alzheimer’s. This disease brings to mind the movie, The Notebook, where a love story is repetitively retold by a husband to his wife because she can not remember. Likewise, a friend recommended a
book, Still Alice, about a 50 year old Harvard professor that struggled with
the disease. At the breakfast this morning,
the radio Master of Ceremony’s eyes watered and voice quivered, when she recalled her own
father’s struggle. I thought, “you never know the trials that others are enduring.”
I wondered how many people have been
affected by this disease, a disease with no cure.
Then I learned from the fact vidio that Alzheimers is the 6th
leading cause of death. I was astonished how often this disease affects women-
60% of the cases are women. The testimonials of three people who were diagnosed in their 40’s, 50’s ,and 60’s and who are fighting before they forget, impacted me to walk for them. As one speaker put it, we all have a brain, and
this disease takes away the essence of who we are.
Many of us support different causes and we can’t do all the
walks. However, in my new tool box, I will remember to try support a new cause when I can, stay informed, or support a friend's cause. I am walking on Eveline Young team on October 11 this year! Join me on Eveline's team.
Whenever trouble comes
your way, let it be an opportunity for joy. For when your faith is tested, your
endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow for when your endurance is fully
developed, you will be strong in character and ready for anything. (James
Life trials are difficult when you are going through them but when your
make it to the other side with Gods help, you can use the experience to reach
out to others.