blessed our roads have crossed


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When I started this blog almost 2 years ago, I never imagined I would be writing about my journey with cancer and events that would lead me here today.  But, here I am today with those events and experiences and sharing them with you.  I just write and share and put it out there for those that want to read it.  This blog is about my life; nothing really special, many others are leading more interesting lives.  When I write a post, sometimes it affects others and sometimes I receive a comment that affects me.

From my post ‘I remain grateful (Reader Discretion Is Advised)‘, I received the following comment.

Comment from Hungry Breton (Franck)

Hey man… I know that I have read your post a few days ago. It touched me; to a point that the other night, I dreamt about you and Garry, you had a hat on, kinda cowboy like, but not as extreme as Texas Rangers. You were in good humor, as you walked inside the hospital, we met as we were leaving. 5 years ago, my wife got a big “Mother” of a cancer; a stage 3, grade 4, a 10x10cm tumor on her kidney… Nephrectomy…. She survived, but our couple was never the same after, even if I think I was a good carer. She was never the same after, kissing Death on the lips would leave you like that. I admire her, I admire you, even if I have made my peace if – God forbid- it would happen to me.


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My Mother died of Cancer when I was 25, she was 49, cervical cancer, and a love for bad wine to drown bad memories. Destructive… I am not really sure where I want to go with this, apart from the fact that I feel blessed that our roads have crossed. You are a very brave man in so many ways, I respect people like you. If you guys fancy visiting our crazy Island one day, give me a shout. You rock like hell, Garry the helicopter guy rocks like hell, when I cannot even jump on a plane. Spread your arms, look at the sunset and scream: ” Freedom ya Mothers!!!” ‘cos you know what it feels like to be free… Fair play to you my friend… Fair play!!!

My response –

Franck, I read your comment yesterday early morning and several times yesterday and again this morning. It has taken me a day to respond because your comment had me feeling many emotions. I had to take my emotions and think about where they were coming from and why. First of all, I am sorry to hear about the loss of your mother and the experience both you and your wife went though. Life throws situations at us we are not always prepared for and we just do the best we can each day.


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For you to write you feel blessed our roads have crossed is the best compliment anyone could give. This blog is me writing down my experiences and feelings and emotions and for others to feel something and get something out of it – I am humbled and honored. Thank you for being a friend and being honest and sincere. I hope to one day take a trip to your island and meet you – what a privilege that would be. Have a happy day my friend, I truly appreciate you.

To Franck and each one of you – I am blessed our roads have crossed.

41 thoughts on “blessed our roads have crossed

  1. Franck is an amazing fellow – I knew this for a while but I have been literally felled in my tracks reading that dialogue. How do you answer what he wrote …. well you know how because your response is so absolutely nailed it with simple decency and honesty and that’s the thing. You are so honest with your readers, your friends her in WordPress World and I wonder if you realise just how humbling your are to ordinary life livers like me. As to Franck …. he’s a keeper in every sense of the word – heart on my sleeve to you both because my heart beats better for knowing you both.

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    • Franck is certainly a special friend amongst all my many friends here on WP. I am fortunate for you all here; friends with me – helping through this thing called life. Thanks Osyth for your special friendship also. Hope you are well and life is happy for you today. 🙂

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  2. What a deep and heartfelt comment from Franck. I am not surprised you felt some form of emotions with this. That makes you, the amazing person you are. My friend, there is not a day that goes by that I am not grateful and blessed that our roads have crossed. Have a great day. 🙂 x

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  3. What a beautiful message and reply. Your honesty with tour words and emotions lets us all feel we know you and are a friend on this journey with you. You are amazing in sharing this with all of us.

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  4. I have read this post four times now; I guess these words, the sentiment, are not only having a resounding impact on you. Your response makes it all the more compelling.
    I cannot say how happy I am that you have received such incredible caring and warmth from so many people who read your blog. You have earned it and deserved it. I am also very grateful for crossing paths with you (and Gary, your life, and journey).
    The relationship that you have developed and treasure with the WordPress community helps restore my admittedly pessimistic and distrustful opinion. Sadly I had lost most of my trust in the community because when I started blogging, I was too trusting, naive or perhaps stupid and a few messed up people barged into my life with truckloads of baggage and caused a lot of problems. But that’s my crap.
    Long-story-short, I’m blown away with this post and just want to say, thank you for sharing. 🙂

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    • Amanda, I feel honored I made some impact on people and their lives, I never imagined this blog would be here today and impacting others in a positive way. I am fortunate to have met wonderful people such as yourself to help me along the way in my journey. Thank you for your very kind comment and as always I hope you have a happy day. 🙂

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  5. I can certainly see why it took you awhile to absorb Franck’s honest and emotionally-connected comments to be able to respond to him. The world-wide-web has blessed many people who have crossed paths with their blogs, and for that I am grateful to be a part of that community and yours too. Hugs and blessings, Terry. xo

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    • Kathryn, I totally agree with you about being grateful for this community. A great group of friends we all have here and we are all blessed because of them. I appreciate the hugs and blessings – and I appreciate you. 🙂

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  6. A few months ago I had a stroke, and i’ve never been so lonely in my entire life. No one wants to be with a sick person. I needed help, i lost 80% of my sight and the constant strong headache wouldnt let me live. But somehow I managed to go on alone, even being a single parent and having a crazy schedule with the kids I could do it all by myself.
    Now, you made me realize that if I had started a blog before it might have been less painful and lonely. Sharing your days and thoughts and feelings actually helps, is like opening a third eye we didnt even know we had huh?
    I hope blogging still helps you and others.

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    • I am very sorry to hear about your stroke and loneliness that followed. We find the strength to get through difficult situations when we need to. Blogging for me does help quite a bit and I am hoping it does for you as well. Have a happy day. 🙂


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