May 25, 2019
I share two things this week. First on the 28th I will be heading to the local hospital to check in at 5am so that I can be prepared for biopsy. A biopsy which follows an MRI that has pinpointed and described a mass as very suspicious and cancerous. The MRI report described things as nothing but negative. My reaction has been that the biopsy will do nothing more than confirm I have cancer. I am ready at this point for as most people would describe it - the bad news. I told my wife about the report and her response as a Cancer Warrior was - It goes away. It may take chemo, radiation or surgery but it just goes away. We have decided it that Cancer is like anything else - an attitude battle. Cancer is not nor is the treatment a death sentence.
The second item this week on the Memorial Day weekend are thoughts for all those that do currently serve and those that have served and especially those that served and did not come home or have since passed away. In North America, we have a freedom to live pretty much as we please. It is our responsibilities as the beneficiaries to their actions to never forget. The following I share with you to bring to the forefront only one battle done oh so long ago.
The battles that have shaped
This land and the world
Were so long ago
Those born in the twenty first century
Have nothing to relate too and
Could well be lost as to what needs
To be remembered
Grandpa or Grandma served
Draws no image in the mind.
The bloody beach of Normandy
Where hundreds never made it
Past the sand
Where once the sand was bleached
In red – time has erased the scene
From the visible eye
Yet history itself allows those
Who perished to cry out with shouts of
Yet many pass by and cannot hear
The men who set out to save the
Listen, carefully and hear the guns,
The men falling on the sand,
Sense the pain as they lay there
Waiting to die
Oh there is plenty to remember
All the men that never saw
Tomorrow because of the beach
All the Heroes that did in fact
Make it across that beach.
So much to consider as time
Swept across a beach and changed
The lives of thousands and the
Future of many a family
We that live today do so freely
Because of their discipline and
Determination to conquer the
What is there to remember ?