For My Aunt

I don’t tend to write about very personal things here on my site, but I wanted to share something that is happening that other people might be able to relate to.
In the past couple of weeks my family has been going through a lot.  My aunt, my mom’s sister, was having some minor medical issues that we all thought were no big deal and could be taken care of easily and quickly.  Long story short, it turns out she has a very aggressive and fast moving breast cancer that has already spread to her bones.
As one can imagine, this is not news that was expected and so it has been quite a shock to hear.  Each phone call seemingly worse than the previous one, like little bombs being dropped.   And never mind how we feel, my aunt is now facing chemotherapy, medical test after medical test, and sad to say, her own mortality.
She and I have spoken on the phone a few times and she’s scared.  We’re all scared.  But something that we talked a little about is the quote above.  What you think upon grows.  I’m not even sure who said it, but gosh darn it if it isn’t true.
So far in the process of her kicking cancer’s ass she’s been so incredibly strong and brave.  I can’t help but to wonder if I could have her style of courage if I were in a similar situation.  Like I said above, she’s certainly frightened of what the future holds, but seems to have the kind of positivity and hope that can only help her endure what is to come.
What she thinks upon grows.
I don’t know what’s going to happen with my aunt, but something I am sure of is that staying positive and hopeful is going to be a big powerful weapon in her cancer fighting arsenal.  I also know that as her family and loving support system we are rallying around with positivity, love, and light.
What we think upon grows.
I just wanted to put this out there, because while thankfully not all of us are facing a difficult diagnosis like cancer, we ALL have something happening that can use a wash of positivity and hope.  What you think upon grows.  To have more good things in life, you must cultivate the positive.
I’d love to hear about how you have seen this work in your life.  How have you seen your thoughts turn into a growing phenomenon?  Share with me in the comments or on Facebook.

I love you, Peg!  You can do this!!!


  1. Mama
    April 19, 2012 3:33 pm

    A well written tribute to one of the bravest, kindest, and most loving people I know. My sister is truely inspirational!
    Thank you Jilly.

  2. Licia
    April 19, 2012 9:41 pm

    What a fabulous “COOL” aunt you have. Her and I shared the LAZY EYE – “ambliopia” disease. She handled that with lots of determination, especially since no DR. or Surgeon would ever allow me to wear contacs. She made it possible for her, and she conquered that. As determined as she is, I have so much faith in her fighting this. She is in my prayers. Love her…..

  3. Shirley
    April 20, 2012 1:24 pm

    We have been touched by cancer. My father died just 13 days after being diagnosed with small cell lung cancer. He was such a dear man who was much loved. My sister and I were so grateful that he didn’t have to suffer any longer than that. She and I were devastated at our loss. We were taught from a young age to trust in the Lord and he would always carry us through any trials we may face. That helped again a few years ago when I faced cancer for the second time, both times non-aggressive. Your words of positivity are right on. I turned it all over to God and the most difficult part was telling my children. I continue to pray for you and your family.

  4. Jake
    April 22, 2012 6:26 pm

    Great job here…Peg would be proud!

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