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Rebecca pogopuggie is battling breast cancer. She posted a thirty-day challenge for October, a pink-ribbon challenge for Hopetober. I plan to use the series as writing prompts. Next month is Movember, so it is a fitting challenge for both sides of the house.

I am sitting on the porch watching and listening to the gully-washer rolling through, even getting some droplets blown in on me. It is a beautiful day.

Acceptance is like that. I can try to ignore the rain or pretend that it isn't there, but that will not change anything. The rain simply is. I can't make it not be. What I can do is decide what I am going to do with the fact that it is raining. I can sit and mope, I can do something inside, I can go for a walk or I can sit on the porch and enjoy it. But if the are upwind windows open, It would behoove me to go close them.

Accepting cancer or other life-threatening situation, either for myself or for another, takes something of the same. Denying Shirlee's cancer or wishing I would wish it away would have accomplished nothing. Nor, for myself, can I deny the possibility of cancer or hip trouble or whatever. Saying, "it's probably nothing" does not make it so.

Acceptance works two ways. I have to accept the fact that rain or cancer simply is, but I do not need to accept the rain or cancer as defining my future or who I am. There are choices to be made.

That's where the courage comes in. It isn't so much the courage to face that cancer as it is the courage to face a future that includes or might include cancer and which may or may not include me or my sister-in-law or my friend. It may simply be the courage to face with hope a future which I can affect but not control. How will I live? Am I determined to live until I die, whether the time be long or short? Courage is not the absence of fear; it is deciding to keep on keeping on in spite of my fear.

So help me God.
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horai Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2016
I feel kind of guilty for being OK.  Oh, as a family we have those aches and pains everyone gets but basically very luck and healthy.  The courage to face health problems like these and fight back is something I've always been in awe of.
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pearwood Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Thankfully, we only have to have the courage to deal with our own challenges. Love helps.
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pogopuggie Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2016
So few words with such beauty and truth.
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pogopuggie Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2016
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When she went on a decline they asked for a guess, and the doctors were saying my mother had between months and years left in her. She died three days later, but I don't imagine that time to adjust to the idea of someone's imminent passing softens the blow even a little. :no:
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pearwood Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Yeah. This one ripped me apart.
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keight Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2016
Precisely.

At about one week since my last small bit of surgery, I'm still too tired and foggy brained to think of courage. However, ignoring what is going on is not an option, neither is pretending I am fully capable of doing "everything" that "needs to be done". Things are what they are. Acceptance is a blessing in its own right. Writing and, for me, drawing, are right out just now.
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pearwood Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Acceptance is an act of courage in its own right.
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davincipoppalag Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
well written
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pearwood Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks, Dave. In the mood for some writing yourself, young man?
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davincipoppalag Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
No.. I'm no good at writing at all.. that was my wife's area..
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pearwood Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
:salute:
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