Baldies' Blog began originally in the UK by a 26 year old journalist with a blood cancer on a mission to inform the world about bone marrow donation.

He has since died, and I took on the cause of making cancer care more transparent for everybody.

Cancer is a disease that will touch everybody through diagnosis or affiliation: 1 in 2 men will be diagnosed and 1 in 3 woman will hear those words, "You Have Cancer."

I invite you to read how I feel along my journey and
how I am continuing to live a full life alongside my Hodgkin's lymphoma, with me controlling my cancer, not my cancer controlling me.

I hope that "Baldies' Blog" will prepare you to handle whatever life sends you, but especially if it's the message, "You Have Cancer."

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Sunday, January 8, 2012

A Day for Novenas

It's time to pray novenas: prayers special to StJude and Mary that are used in desperate situations, to heal me. I keep thinking about them, praying, then I fall asleep from the weakness, fatigue and exhaustion caused by malnutrition and cancer. I feel like I'm dying. It's painful. Each am I try to take the right cocktail of meds at the right time so I can function for more than an hour. Yesterday I finally went a day without diarrhea. I ate carefully: tangerines, an apple and added another steroid. If this doesn't work by the end of the week I need a GI Specialist for GVHD or else I won't survive the combination of attacks: viruses, addison's, GVHD, kidney issues, cancer and malnutrition. I'm all ready so weak. I put myself in God's hands again. Please remember to pray the novenas for my miracle. This is what it is: Traditionally, the novena prayer is said for 9 days.  The 9 days signifies the 9 days the early Apostles prayed together during the time between the Ascension of Jesus, and Pentecost, when they experienced the powerful presence of the Holy Spirit. 

What prayers should I say? How do I say them?
 Your prayer can be as simple as "St. Jude, please help me with (insert your request)", You should then follow your St. Jude prayer by saying 3 Our Father, 3 Hail Mary, and 3 Gloria prayers.   Meditating and/or some type of fasting during the 9 days provides extra comfort and strength when saying the prayers. Here is one special for the sick. What's most important is you think of me, believe and have faith that I will return to health: St. Jude, you witnessed the healing power of our Lord Jesus. You saw his compassion for the sick and dying. You yourself touched the sick, shared the sorrows of the mournful, and encouraged the despairing. You received this authority and healing power to work wonders, to cure the incurable, to make people whole. We ask you to intercede with our brother, Jesus, to send his saving grace to heal the sickness and suffering of _________________________________, to uplift his/her despondent spirits, and to instill hope in his/her hearts. Amen.". Thank you for your faith and support.
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Anonymous said...

I will do the novena, but can someone bring you down to Boston or NY ER? THis sounds like it can't wait.

maggie said...

I will pray to St. Anthony for you, fellow Leo.

Anonymous said...

praying for you...

Anonymous said...

You are most definitely in my thoughts and prayers.