My Friend, Ann

by | Personal

I’ve been a bad girl. Not keeping up with the blog and all the social media obligations as of late. But it’s time I am taking pause. Yes, I’m feeling a bit overwhelmed, but must continue with the story.

Last Friday I received some news about a very good friend. She’s so full of life and love and positive energy. She saw me through a life-changing illness I had seven years ago, and has always been one of my biggest cheerleaders. This is a fun-loving, strong woman who loves her husband and kids, who beat breast cancer 15 years ago and has walked in the Susan G. Komen Three-Day Walk for the last 8.

She’s 51 years old and recently learned she has new cancer in the breast, liver and lung: Stage IV.  One very strong coctail of chemo over and another to begin tomorrow. I’ve been thinking about her, and praying daily. It doesn’t seem like enough. She has beautiful family and friends rallying for her. But I am so in shock. She’s a neighbor, too.  I went to see her and  brought some flowers.  I was hoping for the right words of strength and hope. I didn’t fall apart in front of her. I couldn’t. I just had to remind her of the journey of life we’re all on.

“We cannot direct the wind, but we can adjust our sails.”

This beautiful friend has one tough fight on her agenda. I hope you’ll think good thoughts, prayers, whatever.

I also just landed an ENORMOUS contract with a military contractor for an e-learning project that will keep me voicing most of my waking hours for the next several weeks.  I’m glad for the diversion. There will be no time or attention for blogging, social networking and the like.  Like life , I feel I have no discretionary time.

I must harness all my energies and dedicate them to my priorities now.  Heck, just getting through the day is going to be a feat unto itself! I’ll return when I am ready and able, and of the mindset to be “out there” again.

And pray for my friend, my sister Ann.

Sail on…


  1. Good thoughts and prayers for your friend Ann, Bobbin. Take good care of yourself.

  2. I’m so sorry to hear about your friend, Ann. I’ll keep her in my thoughts and prayers. Although I’ll miss your blog, I understand your need to set it aside for now.

    I wish you the best,


  3. Blessings and prayers go to your friend Ann. And to you as well Bobbin. Wonderful news about your big fat contract. Just what you need right now. Cheers, hugs and love,

  4. To Ann,

    Get well soon. You’ve got a good friend in Bobbin – but you already knew that.

    Best always,
    – Peter

  5. Andrea, Chris, Stefania, and Peter,

    I’ll be sure to let Ann know she has people she doesn’t even know rooting for her recovery. I have a lot of folks praying for this special woman. I believe in the power of positive vibes, prayer and destiny. Thank you all for your friendship and expression of concern. It means a great deal to me, and I know it will be to Ann when I tell her I blogged about her. (I figure she won’t mind as I am not using her last name)
    This will be one of my last communications for a while.
    When I come up for air, I’ll be back and will have periodic updates on Ann as she makes her challenging journey.
    I know the social networking scene will still be there when I can return.

    All The Best,

  6. Bobinn! Don’t worry.. She will be alright soon! Almighty is there!! Everything will be good!

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