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Meaning of life

"The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away." ~ Pablo Picasso

Thursday, November 24, 2011


HAPPY THANKSGIVING TO ALL MY FRIENDS AND FAMILY! Be thankful for your good health this season. As you sit down and enjoy your meal, be thankful you are able to eat and enjoy it. Cancer stole that ability from me for almost three years requiring me to use a feeing tube. After that I have never been more thankful to be able to speak and eat, something I once took for granted. What are you thankful for this season?? Peace B


Maureen said...

Hi Brian!
I am thankful for more things then I can have space here to list!

I am especially thankful that you have posted! I am thankful that you are able to speak and eat. I am thankful that you are apparently doing well.

I have missed you, my friend (another thing to be thankful for) and am hoping your MIA status meant you were busy doing fun things and continuing to beat the nasty C.

Happy Holidays!

PS...and DON'T stay away this long, m'kay?

Leah said...

I am so glad to see you posting again. Anytime a cancer survivor (and champion) is silent for a long period, your mind jumps to the worst senario. I am thankful that you are doing better and that maybe the darkest days are behind you. My sister passed in May and the darkness almost overtook me permanently!!
Now that I am emerging again, I am approaching the holidays with so much intensity and gratitude to be alive.
Thank you for teaching us all to approach life as the gift that it is. And for always seeing humor in every situation.
Loads of love,

Dr. Swill said...


Yes I am trying to live life. Small set back I need to blog about....I have a small lump on the back of my neck the size of a small egg. I will be heading to Houston from SF mid December for a complete check-up. After I might spend the holidays with family. I'm leaving that up in the air until after I see my doctors.


I am so sorry to hear about your sister. I have had many depressed weeks after finding out that readers here that have become blog buddies like yourself and Maureen died of cancer or they just stop writing and you know they are gone. It tears me up and that is often why I disappear from here. You can't help but hurt.

I understand your pain but we BOTH know they would not want us that way and we have to shake it off and live life...easier said than done even for a strong personality such as myself.

The holidays will not be easy, just remember the good times and live your life as though you are next in line for the thrown.


Peace B

Maureen said...

I will start the prayers that the lump is nothing serious and you can flip the bird to cancer once and for all.

Family is good medicine for the holidays...the blood relatives and the chosen families! Whatever you decide, please try to be happy, you don't want Santa to bring you coal in your stocking!

Leah said...

I say the BEST Hail Mary's!!! :)
We will send up the most positive energy imaginable. Hopefully Maureen is right and you will once again chase Cancer away

All my love and best wishes

Words To Live By:

"The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service to others." -Mahatma Gandhi