Yes They're Fake... My Real Ones Tried to Kill Me!

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Yes They're Fake... My Real Ones Tried to Kill Me!These past couple of months have been tough, really tough.  My tenacious spirit has been stretched beyond limits.  I've been knocked down, defeated, and even depressed at times (which is just not me).  And while I wouldn't invite such troubles into my life, they've managed to slip through an open door without my consent.  My human frailty has risen to the top like cream and it's spilling over into every area of my life.   

Last week, I was on needles and pins.  After my biopsy, it was time to drive back from CA to Oregon for a quiet reprieve.  I've always found comfort in familiarity.  My surroundings provide a sense of peace, and my cushy bed and pillow offer a cozy resting place too.  Southern Oregon has become my retreat and I feel blessed to live in the Pacific Northwest.   

When I arrived home, I had a hankering (I love that word) to visit my favorite boutique in Medford Oregon called Prism.  Not so much for the shopping, but for the friendship exchanged with the gals who work there.  We know each other by name and we've shared a common bond of friendship over the years.  When I walked in the door, they said... 'Mel, where have you been?'  We shared stories and through laughter and small talk, I began to unwind from my 10-hour drive from Cali. 

Then, a young gal entered the store.  She was immediately greeted with the same question... 'Where have you been?'  I knew instantly that she was a regular too.  I eavesdropped a little as she told an all too familiar story...  She was recently diagnosed with breast cancer and she just had a radical mastectomy of both breasts.  She said, 'I'm 38 years old and I'm lucky to be alive.'        

I was so touched by her story and her beaming spirit, that I walked up to her and said, 'I don't know you, but I'd like to give you a hug!'  She turned around and embraced me as if I were family and said thank you!  I told her how impressed I was with her courage and positive attitude and that I would be praying for her as she continued to go through the grueling process of reconstruction.  Then her parting words really kicked things up a notch.  She said she's become a cancer survivor warrior and she's in the process of getting a t-shirt that says... Yes They're Fake... My Real Ones Tried to Kill Me!   We laughed hysterically! 

Human frailty has a funny way of stretching us beyond our limits and teaching us how to relate to others in the midst of crisis.  Hugs and laughter can go a long way in healing the mind, body and spirit.  Perhaps that was my needles and pins lesson.  Today, my Doctor called and said my tumors are benign.  I'm feeling pretty damn lucky too!

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Melinda Peterson ~ Principal Broker

The Naked Blogger

www.BuyInOregon.com

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Specializing in Residential, Commercial, Investment and Rural Properties in the following Southwestern Oregon communities:

 

Ashland * Grants Pass * Medford * Merlin * Jacksonville * Eagle Point * Rogue River * Shady Cove * Southern Oregon

 

  

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Peter ~ Benign... also means Blessing... in the Mel Peterson dictionary ;)

Thanks for stopping by John... I'm glad you enjoyed the story ;)

April 02, 2012 03:49 PM
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The power of the human spirit never ceases to amaze me. Strength can come from the most unexpected places. This was a great story and I would have never guessed the true story behind the title.  Uplifting to say the least.

April 02, 2012 03:50 PM
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Jennifer Burgett

My friend is fixing to have a double mastectomy and she has found inspriration in the shirt "You're damn right their fake......The real ones tried to kill me" I must get her one. Please tell me how.

Thank You,

Jennifer Burgett

January 15, 2013 05:24 PM
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Joy Daniels
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We had an agent in our office with breast cancer and I have a dear friend that just suffered a double mastectomy.  This was a great post

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Mel ~ I have seen these t-shirts and read a story similar to this one.  True grit!

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