My Auntie!

Remember a few months back when I told you about my Aunt Peg who was suddenly, without any warning at all, diagnosed with cancer?  Here’s an update and a lesson we ALL can learn from her.
I started off that post with a quote “What you think upon grows.”  It was so appropriate to start that post about my aunt getting cancer with that quote.  When she found out that she had cancer in her bones, in her breast, and in her liver she was terrified.  I mean, who wouldn’t be, right?  You feel OK one day, have some tests done the next day, and the doc drops a bomb on you that you have cancer all through your body?!  Come on.  It was an enormous shock.
But instead of taking that shock and rolling up in a ball and hoping for the best, Peg took it as a challenge.  She’s always been an athlete and a competitor, but she never face an opponent like cancer before.  So for her fight, she took out her biggest weapon and used it.
Positive thinking.
She started this campaign amongst everyone she knows to think 10 positive thoughts a day and have one of them be for her and her fight.  The other nine were to be positive thoughts for something or someone else, but ONE of each person’s daily good thought she asked for herself.
So we all did it.  Each day I’d get up and think my thoughts in the shower:
One for my Dude.
One for my kitty.
One for my parents.
One for my brothers.
One for my grandmas.
One for my sister-in-law.
One for my nephew.
One for my niece.
One for peace.
And I saved the biggest one for my Aunt Peg.
Cancer was coming at her hard and fast and it was the only thing I could do to keep from being completely helpless.  Call it prayer, call it positive thoughts, call it meditation, call it whatever you want.  I focused my good thoughts on those people for a little moment each day. I sent Peg my strength across the miles.
crab chemo hat
As her treatment went on, I was so blown away by how much humor she had throughout. Chemotherapy is no picnic and there were days that were definitely NOT funny or glamorous in any way, but her attitude was always positive.  She would wear a funky hat to each treatment, and although the days following were not good days, she faced chemo with a smile.
steelers chemo hat
My uncle, Peg’s brother, and his family visited her and participated in the local Susan G. Komen walk.  My 90 year old grandma went too.  She had so much love and support.
ubill and peg
Her co-workers and friends were incredible to her.  Her positive attitude has inspired so many!  She was even asked to speak before a volleyball game at her workplace, Meredith College.  Her speech was about positive thinking and staying in the fight when the chips are down.
She lives far away, but managed to muster up the strength to travel back to Pennsylvania for family gatherings and holidays.  Traveling took a LOT out of her and those days weren’t always pleasant, but she always made it because she knew the power of having family around her.
Peg and Gram
It’s been a very difficult road, but Peg has made the best of it and found strength inside her that has surprised and inspired us all.
popcorn chemo hat
Last week she had a PET scan and the results were better than expected.
Did you hear that?  She has no sign of cancer left in her body.  At all.
That’s right.  My auntie is making her way back and she is kicking cancer in the rump!
pizza chemo hat

(Snazzy shirt!!!!!!!!)

I cannot adequately express using the written word how elated, relieved, thankful, overjoyed, and moved I was by that news.  It was a celebration day for our family, and a day to hold Peg up high and give thanks for her life.
Medicine and good self care drove the cancer out of her body, yes.  But I do know without question that without the positive thoughts and the good attitude, my aunt wouldn’t be where she is today.  Positivity cannot be underestimated.
She isn’t completely out of the woods yet, and there are still a few hurdles left to jump for Peg, but I know she’s going to be just fine for a long long time.
To those of you who prayed for her throughout, I thank you.  For those of you who believe in the power of good thoughts, I say keep them coming for my aunt and all of those who are important to you.  For those of you who know that what you think upon grows, I encourage you to focus your thoughts on all the good life can offer.
I love you so much, Peg!


  1. Elizabeth Bienkowski
    January 7, 2013 1:57 pm

    Amazing!!!! Go, Peg!!!!

  2. Rhonda Ruth
    January 7, 2013 2:12 pm

    Everyday, every way. Go, Fight, WIN. YAY, Peggy!

  3. Tommy "BIG T" Ross
    January 7, 2013 2:54 pm

    Piece of cake Peg. Never had any doubts!

  4. Bernie Ross Zmitrovich
    January 7, 2013 5:30 pm

    So proud of you Peg!!!! Sending love and hugs and healing every day! You are rockin’ it girl!!!!

  5. Barbie Ross Bovalino
    January 7, 2013 6:10 pm

    Way to go, Peggy! Prayers and hugs sent your way!

  6. Marilyn and Aunt Mary
    January 8, 2013 1:43 pm

    So happy to hear the good news! You are in my prayers daily. I will never forget you or stop praying for you’re complete recovery.
    Your Godmother,
    Aunt Mary

  7. Lisa and MiMi
    January 9, 2013 6:49 pm

    Jill….this is the first time we have read your blog, but it won’t be the last. Your feelings for your aunt certainly came through in your beautiful words. With God (who is goodness, love and positivity to the max), we know that all things are possible….even this incredible miracle! We love you, Rette! The positive thoughts just keep on comin’! xoxo to all of you!

    • Jill
      January 9, 2013 7:54 pm

      OH! Thank you both for reading! You know how very special Peg is to soooooo many people. Keep sending the love and prayers!

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