Peace Campaign

Alex & Ani bracelets:  Embrace the Power of Positivity Lotus Peace Petals (Illumination/Beauty/Resilience + OM (Creation/Oneness/Truth

Alex & Ani bracelets:
Embrace the Power of Positivity
Lotus Peace Petals (Illumination/Beauty/Resilience + OM (Creation/Oneness/Truth

Stress Kills.

Cancer Kills.

No one ever knows what will trigger our bodies to turn against themselves, and when it might happen. Clearly there are a multitude of approaches which could be taken to battle cancer, one of which is: wait and see. Watch and wait for symptoms.

Radiation has been done. Fatigue will definitely be a side effect (wow, has that one caught me by surprise), as we await signs of whether the radiation treatment takes effect. In that, it means that the tumours in my spine which have metastasized start to shrink and allow me to have some mobility back. I AM seeing some movement in my right leg – which has been fun and encouraging to watch!

Regarding the fatigue thing, one minute I will be sitting there eating a meal, visiting or trying to write a blog such as this one, and the next minute my head will lay down slightly on the pillow and I just can’t seem able to open my mouth long enough to say two words and I ‘crash’. I find these moments really overwhelming and scary, as I can’t comprehend how this body could have possibly been playing hard-core beach volleyball in the sands of Panama, directly in front of Bahia Resort where I was living in bliss just one month ago!!

This body that used to work so hard at finding the perfect places for expats such as myself to simply relocate for a more conducive lifestyle which is more suitable  to their dreams, live out their retirement, relocate their families, escape the cold winters, the taxes etc. to which they were growing less and less content with, or to simply try out a ‘different place to live’ than where they grew up, which is no longer wanting to function for them. I truly loved what I did. However, now I lay here, wondering if I will ever walk again, whether I will live to see the next month – or six. Will I see my next birthday or Christmas? My children get married? A grandchild be born?

Never will I blame any of the source or direction of my cancer as having been rooted from any one thing in particular, as one will NEVER know. After all, I thought I was at the peak of optimal physical health physical health just over a year ago: living on the beach, feeding my body only the best nutrients, in top muscular condition, etc.

What I AM saying however, is that there had been mounting stress when there should have been peace. Thus, what I’m pleading for with this blog post is a Peace Campaign. What do I mean by Peace Campaign? An effort to:

  • Embrace the Power of Positivity, as inspired by the charms in the image above;
  • Embody the Grace that the Lotus flower exudes and represents;
  • Stop and take time to tune into your inner self;
  • Spread JOY!

Let it inspire you to spread peace WHEREVER you are :-).

About denisemacdonald

I am a Canadian entrepreneur who has been spending the majority of my time between Canada and Panama, Central America. Living oceanfront, I am an 'investment consultant', predominantly in the area of real estate in the beaches areas. Photography is my hobby. In April, 2014 I was diagnosed with Stage 3 Triple Negative Breast Cancer. I will be sharing my journey here on these 'pages'. If you would like to learn more about "Triple Negative" breast cancer, please click onto
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9 Responses to Peace Campaign

  1. John July says:

    I can agree … I do believe that the big factor in Ellen’s life was constant stress.
    Was that it? The only thing ??? Who knows. But we do have this moment. THIS moment.
    So stop … just for this second … breathe. This is all we have.

  2. Toni Munoz says:

    You are still an inspiration and pillar of strength in your difficult situation. I have a lotus flower on my lower back and strive to spread peace as much as I can. I had the tattoo done to cover an ugly scar from having a tumor removed from my spine in 2005. It has always been a reminder to me to live life to the fullest with happiness and joy and spread this as much as possible.I pray that your strength of spirit continues and helps you through those difficult times and helps you to recover more mobility in your legs. Hugs, Toni

  3. cindy eppes says:

    You are a gift to this earth, Denise, and to its people.

  4. Julie says:

    You leave me simply undone by your magnanimous gestures to heal us all from your present lofty place of vision. Like an eagle, watching, and showing us how to soar. “Peace” – your message.You type that in quiet but your message resounds here, there and everywhere.

  5. Melanie Zuther says:

    You have no idea (wait….yes you do!) how much I embrace your wise and loving words! Thank you sweetheart! Love love love ya!

  6. Dagmar Leuenberger-Swift says:

    Good morning Denise, it is so amazing how strong you are, even when you are tired. I am in a large number of your loving friends that hope and pray for and have you in our hearts. Miracles do happen. Sending you love and light across the miles from my heart to yours.
    Sweet hugs,

  7. Suzi says:

    I admire your strength and positive attitude. You are an inspiration and a mentor. I pray for your comfort and continued inner strength to fight the demon that is Cancer. Sending love, peace and hugs to you.
    You are always in my heart and in my prayers,

  8. Melanie says:

    Thank You for your words of Wisdom. I am thinking of you often, hoping and praying for you everyday. Sending love, peace and many hugs to you my Friend. xo

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