2011.....Not off to a good start

Well it's been quite awhile since I've written, but I thought it might help to write things down.  2011 is not off to a very good start.
My father-in-law died at age 66 suddenly on Jan. 21.  Because it was unexpected and sudden it's been a trama to our family.  My family was able to get to him (in Michigan) before he passed.  He was unconscious so I don't know if he knew we were there, but we were all together in his last moments.
Since then we've had bad news one after another.  A childhood friend of mine died at age 42, unexpectedly.  Two friends have lost infant children.  An aunt and an uncle went into hospice this week.  
Though this is all bad news, I have to say I still feel blessed.  Why do I feel this?  I think I truly know that God is with me.  Through the bad and the good, He is taking care of me and my family.  I think also it is making me think that life can change in an instant.  Maybe I shouldn't worry about the cancer, it may take me and it may not.  I think I need to focus on God and know He has a plan.  I just need to enjoy every moment.  Life is certainly a gift indeed.
On my health, my tumor markers are rising (which is not good), but are in still normal limits.  5 more points and they will be considered high.  What is in the future I don't know right now.  So I have to live, but not because of the cancer, but because I have a great family and life that God has given to me.  I need to be grateful.  I will let everyone around me know I love them.



I\'m very sorry for the loss of your father-in-law. Although he was unconscious before he passed away, I\'m sure he knew you were there and went to Heaven peacefully.

I\'m also sorry to hear about other bad things that happened recently. It\'s good that you have faith in God, because He\'s always with us, helping us during our most difficult moments and guiding us through life.

I hope your tumor markers stay in normal limits. I know you must be worried, but I truly hope further tests will be normal. I\'m praying for you.

Hugs and love