Day 15: Unimaginable suffering continues

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This has been sort of a bad week – the worst really.  A cancer diagnosis caught me completely off guard and I sat down this morning to make a list of all the things that need doing.  It’s a very humbling experience.

But my situation pales in comparison to the suffering taking place among our Northern neighbors.


Right in the middle of my little pity party the television news flashed photos of all the miserable families in New York who are still without electricity and their homes are literally in shambles with mold growing all over the place and looters lurking in the dark.

Apparently little help is forthcoming and Thanksgiving will be bleak this year.  

I heard FEMA closed down as a second storm moved in last week.  The office was “closed due to weather.”  Say what? We certainly don’t want the FEMA folks catching a cold, do we?  After spending nearly two weeks in the dark, Long Island residents are directing  their anger toward their local power company, which many say is out of touch, sending bills instead of  updates! 

I can’t begin to imagine how anyone can cope with all the suffering piling on from every direction.  Their homes are destroyed or uninhabitable and  family and friends died during the storm.  Many are cold, hungry and no longer have jobs to go to. 


Those of us in warm dry homes and with well stocked refrigerators should get down on our knees and give thanks.  And while you’re down there, say a prayer for all the unfortunate families in the Northeast.

Maybe it’s time to finally pull all the foreign aid we’re sending to hostile counties and invest it in the misery right here at home.

20 thoughts on “Day 15: Unimaginable suffering continues

  1. Emily, I will say a prayer for our neighbors up north – but especially
    for Emily Jones as well! David

  2. Emily, so sorry to hear the big “C” word associated with you. I wish you well.
    16+ years ago, I was diagnosed with leukemia (CLL), and my first oncologist gave me some good advice….Keep a positive outlook, picture yourself well and here in the future, reduce stress as much as possible and stay away from sick folks.
    I have done that religiously, and in all these 16 years, have never needed the first treatment.
    Good luck!!!

  3. Emily, you are in my prayers and in the prayers of many others in my First Baptist Sunday School class.

  4. Emily: HE can beat this….God is greater than any cancer…be strong and know that I am praying for peace, healing, and comfort for you….

  5. Emily, Kenny and I have been praying since we heard the news on Sunday. Pat’s advice was good. When you are feeling ok, come over and ride out in the pasture to see the baby calves with Kenny. The fresh air and blue skies will be good for you.


  6. Be strong in your faith Emily! God is still in control and performing miracles every day. God Bless!

  7. Such awesome words for all of us. So sorry to hear about your diagnosis.
    I will be praying for you, I know with your positive outlook on life you will
    be fine. Please keep us posted on how you are doing. Happy Thanksgiving!


  8. Emily, I am so sorry to hear about the C word. Keep your focus on your blog. I love reading your posts. Many really believe and are proof to positive thinking.

  9. Emily, I am troubled to read of your news! I am thinking of you and hope to stop by and visit you the next time I am in Starkville. You are in my prayers…
    Love, Ruthie Hollis

  10. Emily, so sorry to hear of your diagnosis and I will be thinking and praying for you. You are such a postitive person I know you can beat this very soon.

    Keep the Faith. Margaret.

  11. Emily,
    Thank goodness you have a sense of humor, it will serve you well during this period:)
    Please know I will be praying for you.
    Your blog is the ONLY one I check EVERY day, I just love to hear what you have to say, because when I am feeling crazy, you always have the antidote.
    Thank God for your friends.

    Shannon Phelps

  12. Emily, So sorry to hear this news, I will be praying for you.
    You have such a wonderful outlook on life, and that is
    half the battle. Chin up dear friend.

  13. My sweet funny beautiful Emily. You know I adore you. You are such a ray of light to everyone who comes in contact with you. Please know I have you in my heart and prayers looking forward to the day you come home and let me be your mascot. All my love my dear friend

  14. Bob and I are praying for you! Matthew 21:22 Christ’s Peace and our love, Priscilla and Bob

  15. Just read about the “C”, and just wanted to say that you are in my thoughts and prayers!!

  16. Emily, you are certainly in my prayers. You bring a chuckle or an insight to many of us on a daily basis, and I, for one, look forward to getting to the computer to read The Deluded Diva. You may not remember, but when you were working for the Starkville Daily News, you did a feature on my sewing. It was one of the highlights of my life. Thank you, not only for that, but for all the entertainment and advise you have afforded me. When you feel like it, post an update. Many people would love to know.

  17. Emily: I finally read through your entire blog for today….. and see that everybody is talking about the “C”… Hang in there, kiddo. I have so many friends who’ve gone through it (and they’re still here). When I go to see my Mother again at Christmas-time, I’ll give you a call… just to check on you. You’ve got the wherewithall to conquer. Shelby in Chattanooga

    P.S. I went to Morocco in September with a group of Starkville people and had a wonderful time (although my knees got tired with all that WALKING).

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