Friday, September 4, 2009

"We never know how strong we are until being strong is our only choice".

The last four months have been amazing, crazy, uplifting, scary, and full of hope and faith for me. What has been the absolute scariest time of my life has been turned into a gift from all of you.

Whether or not you realize it, your comments to me here have been very inspirational and have helped me to get through each day. There were a few times when I nearly broke down thinking I really might not make it, but I would block out those thoughts and re-read comment after comment here. And then, I would get down on my knees and pray.

This post is for no other reason than to thank all of you. You truly cannot imagine how alone I have NOT felt knowing you were out here to encourage me. I thank each of you from the bottom of my heart. Know that I remain strong and vigilant in this life mission and I am determined to make a full recovery.

I am eternally grateful.


  1. Haven't been to the blog lately but saw you yesterday, and was so happy to see you smiling; knowing what is ahead for you I will do my best to cut your hair and give you encouragement!!!!! Tears are a given, so are my prayers. See you Tuesday. Love, Kathy PS little sis will be celebrating her 5 year cancer free anniversary on Oct 14th!!!!!!!!!!

  2. While you have the chance you should do a very daring haircut, some style you thought you would never do. Why not? Sorry I missed lunch the other day, was loooking forward to seeing you but the flu got the best of me. Stay positive, as you have been, God will see you through all of this, I promise !

  3. Debbie Loveday-KarnerSeptember 8, 2009 at 4:24 PM

    Arla, we are sisters now and we have MANY sisters out there going through the same thing. Remember, you are not alone! You continue to be in my thoughts and prayers everyday. I'm not just saying that, you really are on my mind everyday. I'm there for you in spirit!! :)

  4. Arla,
    You are are not alone in this battle. Many of us are with you if only in mind and spirit. You can do this my friend. Get the haircut of your wildest dreams...maybe you will decide it's the thing for you. YOU CAN DO THIS!! I think of you often and have something to send to you. I will try to accomplish that this week.. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Keep fighting.....YOU ARE STSRONG.. ARMY STRONG!! thus you can and will defeat this.
    Love, Donna