My little friend Jirah Merizz has nominated me for this award.
She has put me right in it, so I will give it a go. Every day I learn something new even though I will turn 70 on March 20. (Hint intended!)
The Cramm award was created by The Cramm. Looks like a very interesting website, but maybe will take up more of my time than I can spare.
Three things that motivate me to blog–
There are many many men out there with prostate cancer who are frightened about their future and have difficulty understanding the changes that are happening to them as a result of this disease and its treatment. I share my journey in the hopes that someone else may benefit from my experience and maybe suffer a little less because of that.
I enjoy sharing stories from my life. I hope that my blog will leave a legacy for family and friends to remember the real me when I am gone.
I love getting comments and connecting with other people all around the world. I am making new friends day by day, and that makes life worth living!
Three people who inspire me to blog-
Terry Herbert– He was a prostate cancer sufferer who started the website, www.yananow.org in Australia. It has now spread worldwide and allows people to tell their stories. Including me. It is heartwrenching at times, but so good to be able to share thoughts and fears and to learn from others.
My Partner S- She inspires me to be more than I am. She encourages me in all that I do and challenges me to be a better person. She forgives my faults and laughs at my jokes. She is my soulmate- I thank God that I found her. I love her.
My Brother– He doesn’t know it, but he inspires me to write. He is 3 years younger than me and he also has prostate cancer. We used to fight when we were kids. He lives in outback Australia, I am in Canada, but we are closer than ever thanks to modern technology.
One thing I hope to do to improve the world- That is a toughie, because there is no one thing anyone can do. I try to be as “real” as I can be, true to myself to the best of my ability and that is not always easy. Perhaps if I can live my best life, others can too and that should make the world a better place.
Finally, If I was given a chance to correct a mistake or start a new life, would I take the chance? Why?
Absolutely I would take the chance. When I was 18 I first met my partner S. It was love at first sight for me, and I do believe in that! I just knew. However, she wanted a career, she was older than me and after a few dates she dumped me. I was heartbroken. I wrote her a letter but she did not reply. I went to the dance where we met but she did not come. And so I moved on and married another. I learned later that S’s mother opened all her mail and that my letter was probably burned, so she never received it.
I could never get her out of my mind, her memory haunted me for the next 51 years until finally I found her and made contact. We are now together and it is how it should have been all those years. We both know we could have had much better lives had we been together, but who knows. Only God knows why things turn out as they do, but if it was up to me, I would have delivered that letter by hand and waited for an answer.
Well, Jirah, I am feeling quite drained after that. Thank you for your nomination. I am going to disappoint you by not nominating others. However, I found the exercise to be worthwhile and somewhat enjoyable. You have a long journey ahead of you, but you are off to a good start. Take care of you!! Les.