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A moment in life #34. Life and tears.

>> Wednesday, March 24, 2010

The persistence of memory

The following is a piece written by a friend of mine who is battling with cancer. Her blog (which I prefer not to disclose at this stage) is so packed with emotion, reading through the posts brings tears to my eyes. Painful as it is, I still feel the warmth of hope there. Just as her smile, always so beautiful and vibrant.

I love you, and be strong, girl!
The red headband

The other day I was going out with a friend and I wanted to wear this lovely green dress with a matching headband. But much to my disappointment, the green headband was nowhere to be found. The only thing I could find was an old red headband that I rarely wear. I was so frustrated – I wanted to wear that green dress, and I wanted a matching headband!
But as I took a second look at the red headband, I thought it wasn’t that bad, and all I had to do was to match it with a nice red dress.

I thought the lesson I learned from this was that I needed a better collection of headbands, but it seems like the red headband has taught me a lot more than that. I was frustrated when I couldn’t find my green headband to go with my green dress. Similarly, I was frustrated when I knew I couldn’t have a normal life like other people. To put it simply, I am often frustrated when I don’t get what I want.

But as the headband story tells me, life isn’t always about getting what I want. I was fine with a red headband and a red dress, even though it wasn’t what I wanted. I am going to be fine living a life different from those of people my age. As long as I live it in style.

16 comments:

Rosa's Yummy Yums 10:24 PM  

That is a beautiful poem! I hope your friend gets soon well.

Cheers,

Rosa

Manggy 2:51 AM  

I know with support of good friends like you, she can face her cancer with greater fortitude. I pray she beats this thing.

Food For Tots 4:33 AM  

This is a very touching post. Hope your friend will recover soon!

La Table De Nana 6:51 AM  

It is a very touching post.I hope your friend gets better soon.

Faith 12:28 PM  

That is really lovely Anh. My thoughts and prayers are with your friend.

Leona 12:48 PM  

touching entry your friend is lucky to have someone like you.

Cancer is such an unpredictable thing comes and goes or stays till the end. Cherishing every moment with them as time can be previous and has limits is what makes people stronger to know they have people around them that care and make them smile. Makes their day and makes life worth living for.

beautiful entry ^_^

Uncle Lee 2:16 PM  

Hello Anh, how you doin'? Its always sad to know, read of a friend who has health problems.
My blogger friends and I just lost a very good friend last week....she was in the prime of her life too, and just like that, she's left her family her friends without saying goodbye...breast cancer took her life.
Posted about her last week.

I have a lady friend, very young, 2 young kids, she has to say goodbye to her two kids soon, as she will not be with them this X'mas....she has been diagnosed with cancer, has less than a year.

Life can be so unpredictable....thus we live our life with no excuses, love with no regrets.
By the way, if free drop by. Have a nice day and keep a song in your heart, Lee.

3 hungry tummies 4:37 PM  

She is blessed to have known someone like you! May she win the final battle!

tigerfish 9:05 PM  

This touches my heart! Hope your friend stays strong.

The story somehow reminds me of myself. I tend to look for what I do not have and overlook what I already have.

Barbara 10:17 PM  

Anh This is a lovely post and I can relate to her feelings. I left a comment on one of her posts yesterday. I know you will be a wonderful support to her as she goes through treatment. Hugs to you both

Anh 10:27 PM  

Thanks everyone for your heart-felt comments. She's so far away from me, so I can only send her support through my prayer. We will always have hope, won't we?

Phuoc'n Delicious 12:04 AM  

Anh this is a lovely post. I am so stressed at the moment with my thesis writing. You see.. My research project is on Cancer (to be specific it's colorectal "bowel" cancer). It upsets me when I hear about friends knowing someone dealing with cancer. It's not great at all. Tell her to remain strong; she is lucky to have a good friend like you. Send my wishes over her way please.

Now I must push on hard with this research as I hope to save a few lives in the future.

foodwink 12:19 AM  

Thanks for this touching post. Tell your friend to be positive, and her headband has taught me a lesson too.

Little Corner of Mine 5:26 AM  

Hope she gets well soon. Fighting!

noobcook 2:40 PM  

the story is really meaningful. wishing your friend a speedy recovery; never lose hope!

veron 2:26 AM  

that is so inspiring. Life may not always give you what you want, but as she said there's no reason not to live life in style.

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