Patrick Swayze passed away peacefully today with family at his side
after facing the challenges of his illness for the last 20 months.
When he first went public with the illness, some reports gave him
only weeks to live, but his doctor said his situation was "considerably
more optimistic" than that. Swayze acknowledged that time might be
running out given the grim nature of the disease.
"I'd say five years is pretty wishful thinking," Swayze told ABC's Barbara Walters
in early 2009. "Two years seems likely if you're going to believe
statistics. I want to last until they find a cure, which means I'd
better get a fire under it."
And that's exactly what he did. In February, Swayze wrote an op-ed
piece in the Washington Post titled, "I'm Battling Cancer. How About
Some Help, Congress?" in which he urged senators and representatives to
vote for the maximum funding for the National Institutes of Health to
fight cancer as part of the economic stimulus package.
also appeared in the September 2008 live television event "Stand Up to
Cancer," where he pleaded: "I keep dreaming of a future, a future with
a long and healthy life, a life not lived in the shadow of cancer, but
in the light. ... I dream that the word `cure' will no longer be
followed by the words `is impossible.'"
This is what my Lucy died of...it just brakes my heart...and I send all of my good thoughts to his wife Lisa... I can only imagine the loss she is feeling. Like Lucy's husband Roy, when I loved Lucy so much and every day is reminded of her specialness, I hope that Roy is doing well will thriving without her. In my heart I picture both of them dancing and laughing...waiting for us to catch up.
Don't chase staying alive...LIVE YOUR LIFE... Patrick...
When Dee and I got out of the car the first things we saw were these two ladies dressed as pirates! They even had a pirate cove!!! I wanted the dresses bad, not to mention the hat! Sigh! The shoes! The corsets!
tradition features hundreds of costumed players, colorful characters
from literature and history, and winding lanes filled with shoppes,
pubs, and delicious fare. Like no other event in the world, the
Great Dickens Christmas Fair transforms 100,000 square feet of
exhibition halls into a Victorian Christmas card come to life.
This uniquely San Francisco tradition is the holiday party
that generations of families have enjoyed for three decades. I remember going as a young child near the Wharf in SF and what a great time I had with my uncle Richard and my grandmother. It was a magical experience, this time it brought it all back SO much fun! My eyes were wide and open the entire time I was there!
A time to visit the streets of Victorian London watching people in contemporary clothing of
that era. Some of them are engaged in loud conversations regarding
payment for a Christmas goose, or perhaps a solicitation of services
rendered or maybe just a good humored verbal jousting. I loved the men with signs that Gin was Sin! LOL So funny! Some are SO fun while they pull you into their shops! I indeed was warned to get my nose off the window of the hat shop and go in and try it on! Which I did! All the while
a cast of characters walk by; Jacob Marley weighed down with chains, I told Dee that was going to be ME in the after life,
Fezziwig jovial and boisterous, an Artful Dodger with Fagen who looked like the movie character I swear! zipping through the
crowd, a group of drunk chimney sweeps creating havoc and flirting with me every where I went!
Dee and I both had our cards read...wow...I might talk about this experience later...brought up ancient father pain...VERY interesting at Jolie Stevens Tarot, when I said I didn't think it was the Father, she said yes it was, so I won't disagree, I will believe that we are layered like onions as she said, and peel another layer. It was a 3 card spread with following 2 more cards. She kept saying "I'm sorry, I'm sorry, its harsh" Grin...father pain usually is! snort Go figure I decided on relationships to talk about! rolling eyes!
I was just shocked it was that, I kept asking are you sure its not feminine? Any way, that is me in my fab new hat next to Jolie! I love it!
We ate in the food court, Dee had fish and chips and I went with the greek salad! It was YUMMY but I was starving and shaking! It was good to sit and eat! I tried my first buttered rum YUM and hot cider too! I could not believe we got there at 10:30 and didn't leave until almost 5:30, and I don't know where the time went! It was a blast! If I had worn my red velvet dress with my purple scarf I would have fit right in! giggle
"It is a fair, even-handed, noble adjustment of things, that while
there is infection in disease and sorrow, there is nothing in the world
so irresistibly contagious as laughter and good-humour." - A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens
Another pain free day! Well I am down to 10% of the pain! YEAH and I am starting to feel a bit well, sassy! I just have to be careful NOT to over do the stuff or I know I will be hurting! I think I like that my face is not showing the pain anymore...
Well talk about exhaustion! Just TRY to belly dance for 2 hours! I have to get myself together better on Tuesdays, I have to try to eat before I go, or I think I will pass out! I at least had a banana but man I think I need some protein for the dance! Even though I practiced it is NOT the same as being in class...I get nervous! The zils are going to be an issue with me! So a lot of the time tonight I just held them! I am telling you, I just DON'T have the rythm gene! Serious...I suck! I think I get it down and then some thing happens in my brain and I can't seem to do it!
This has become my belly dancing shirt~ I get so damn hot dancing that I sweat so bad! THIS is good there was a time I could not sweat and that is not good! Yeah means I can loose weight! Cool down my body! Be normal! Ooosh so wonderful to feel this exhausted because I was ABLE to move! Yeah I have tomorrow off!
I guess I am IN the class for the long haul...I bought a hip scarf! Of course not one of the cheapies...no they sounded too tinnie for me...I had to buy a good one! Snort! So I am goin to the next TWELVE classes...YIKES But with my love of beading I could NOT resist this one it is done really well!
AND to save my feet I bought the pads so I can dance without creating massive pain on my pads! Last night they hurt so bad I wanted to cut my feet off! LOL The good news to me was my girl friend had just as much pain AND in the same weird places! SO we must have been doing right! LOL
Seriously WHAT the fuck was I thinking? This is what the Gypsy looks like after a GROULING first class at Belly Dancing! YIKES! Every part of me hurts...I sweat in places I didn't think you could! AND my girl friend said WHAT WHERE YOU THINKING! LOL Well I didn't think it would be THIS hard! Snort
I always wanted to belly dance! And with the cancer scare I thought there is NO better time to do it! NO one told me how HARD it is! SNORT! I am pooped and tired! Hey maybe I will sleep!
Here is the problem...I am dyslexic...so she wanted us to use the finger chimes, rlr rlr rlr...then she said 123 123 123 and I was so confused!!! LOL Then MOVE your feet your hips your arms AND do the chimes! Hey this is the FIRST class! I am so hosed! LOL Suck in your belly, push your belly out NOW flutter your belly! OHMYGAWD too hysterical!
I am SO excited! I am stepping out of my box! I am walking through the fear! I am embracing life! After my huge cancer scare I called Adult Ed and signed up for what I have been wanting to do all of my life! Any one that has known me long has known of my secret desire to do this! AND I got a co-worker to sign up with me! How great is that! A friend to go too!
I am going to learn the art of Belly Dancing! Mizz Amanda encouraged me and told me how fab a full figure is for belly dancing...that she has enjoyed it and learned to love her body and have joy! AND Mizz Cindy Belly Dances! Mizz Angela Belly Dances and makes her outfits!
Let talk about those outfits! I can't wait to dance well enough to justify having an outfit! I have my harim pants and I will wear that to class...but oh a real outfit with all the glitz, bells and scarves! I am in love!