Saturday, June 20, 2009

Compost Tip #2 - Let someone else do the grunt work

Usually when I get ready to plant my garden I enlist the help of someone bigger, stronger and more qualified to handle the dirty work (i.e. Reed). He's always there in the trenches with me, digging and humbly following my commands. He does the grunt work and I get all the glory for growing a beautiful garden. We all know the secret is in the dirt.

Well, in this case as you can all tell, Libby has been enlisted to handle the grunt work....not only is she a willing and devoted friend, but she is by far stronger, and more qualified to handle the job. She is doing the job I dread to do....just like Reed does when he so effortlessly puts his big strong body behind the shovel and turns the dirt. It's so much easier for him. I am always so grateful for his help because he does the part I do not want to do. And Libby, I am so grateful for you because not only are you doing what is hard for me, but it lightens my load and you are also so good at it! Thank you my friend!

Libby has given you a very accurate update and I am anxious and ready to begin taking care of this disease. I am so grateful for qualified doctors who are kind and sensitive and intuitive and doctors who have devoted their lives to improving and even saving ours. Every doctor, every step of the way, has been an important step in this process and has been instrumental in getting us to where we are. Reed and I feel very good about the upcoming treatment and also very blessed. In gardening, pruning encourages growth. I expect to have a very thick head of hair when this is over!

I love reading every one's comments - it buoys me up. I'm feeling very loved and supported and most of all grateful. There is something so humbling about feeling so loved...each one of you, and each expression of support touches my heart, makes me cry and then I am in awe of all the wonderful people we are so fortunate to have in our lives. The word "thank you" doesn't seem like it is adequate in comparison to the depth of gratitude I feel in my heart, but simply and sincerely.....Thank you so much! Thank you for your prayers. Please pray for us this week that the cancer will be receptive to the chemotherapy. I love you all.


  1. We love you Cindy and you are in our prayers.

  2. We love you and know how strong you truly are. You will beat this! Love you, LeGrand and Susan

  3. Cindy - we'll come churn your dirt, or write on your blog. you just let us know what we can do to help.

    NY prayers are headed your way.
    love you

  4. One of my favorite sayings is "Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass . . . it's about learning to dance in the rain". Although the storm is raging over your home right now Cindy, we know that your faith will not only get you through this, but because of who you are and the strength you possess, you will find a way to dance. You have always been a great example to us. You are in our thoughts and prayers. We love you!!! Mark and Karen

  5. Cindy - we hooligans of past ward haunts think of you often and fondly....Thank goodness there was a link on Libby's blog - or we would not have known about your latest goings on.

    My friend is in the fight against invasive ductile carcinoma her2nue. She has just finished her chemo and is presently discussing the surgery schedule and options. If you would care to have someones opinion and story (she also found several supplements that helped ease the side effects of chemo) Just have libby let me know - and i will put the two of you in touch. (I'm sure Libby knows her doc... she lives (lived?) in the condos.

    Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers. And... hair is over-rated. My best days were being bald in support of my neice during her cancer treatments... the comments and gasps made that first week I walked into your ward, still make me laugh, yet warm with pride knowing that the Lord is in control and will take the Cancer if he feels the need.

    A blessing I received said...."He knows the beginning and he knows the end...your own faith will help you understand the journey."

    Strength and Blessings to you as you fight the fight.... you've always been a winner - why should now be any different!

  6. Isn't it amazing how we can all lean on each other for strength. Every one has trials. We are able to learn from you and yours. You are amazing. Thanks for keeping up the blog so we can stay informed and in touch. Our hearts are touched as we read progress reports. This life is a test. We wanted to come really badly! We must endure to the end. We are on your side and pray for the treatments to go well, your body to respond and remain as strong as you can after chemo. My heart, mind and prayers are for you and your family. Keep smiling through the rain.

  7. Cindy,

    I suppose I have been in somewhat of a stage of denial as Robyn has told me about your cancer. I keep waiting for her to tell me that it’s all a mistake. My memory of Robyn’s breast cancer is starting to return . . . we have a tendency to bury the bad things that happen to us. I know that I was totally overwhelmed with the situation.

    Based on how I felt and dealt with the ordeal I am totally amazed at the insight, understanding and spiritual maturity that you have shown. At the same time I don’t know why I should be. In some of our darkest hours with Robyn’s cancer you were there. I know that you spent numerous heart wrenching hours on the phone with her. You traveled half a day so that when she came out of surgery you could be there for her. If that was not enough . . . you remained to give her help and support for a week. I know that your support and presence made an invaluable difference.

    Yours and Reeds support for our family over the years leaves us in a precarious position. How do we give back to someone that has given us so much on so many occasions?

    I suppose our answer lies in the fact that we are so blessed in that Robyn is healthy and well. This experience and the many others that have tried our faith and given us patience allow us to step up and return that unseen gift of faith that our Father so dearly wants each of us to understand and use in our daily lives. I am not so sure who this test of faith is for . . . You seem to be in His grace.

    Never the less we will play our part valiantly knowing that one of His special daughters is in need.


    Mark and Robyn

  8. Love you Cindy! We are hoping for the very best...and we'll plan to walk with you in Race for the Cure for years to come. :)

  9. Love from Boise. You are wonderful, gorgeous and it has nothing to do with your hair. :) Best of luck to you in the coming weeks and months. We'll be praying for you!!!

  10. Dear Cindy,
    I am so grateful for dear friends who are close and keep those of us who live outside of Utah updated on all that is going on!

    You are constantly in our prayers and thoughts. We are exercising all of the faith we can for you and the burden your carrying right now. Our Savior is with you as are those who have gone on to the other side. I am sure you will feel of their strength and uplifting faith in your behalf. They are near and watching over you.

    Your strength of spirit has always been a joy to behold. May our prayers and faith help to hold up your spirit as you pass thru difficult time.

    I received a phone message from Jill Sheppard tonight. She was so very concerned about you and your family, so when I talk with her tomorrow, I will hook her up with your blog.

    With great love,

  11. We love you so much! Parker has been praying for you at every meal. Same with Soph. Thanks for being family for us. We will continue to pray for you and if there is anything you need, please let us know.

  12. I am thinking about you Cindy! I want to see you back in the body pump class with me soon. You are in my prayers.