December 14, 2008 at 5:02 pm #67913JeannieParticipant
This story was sent to me by one of my oldest and dearest friends who is a breast cancer survivor. There are some typos but, I am posting it just as I received it.
The Shaggy Dog
Anyone who has pets will really like this. You’ll like it even if you don’t and you may even decide you need one!
Sally and her husband Jim had a dog named ‘Lucky.’ Lucky was a real character. Whenever Sally and Jim had company come for a week end visit they would warn their friends to not leave their luggage open
because Lucky would help himself to whatever struck &nb sp;his fancy. Inevitably, someone would forget and something would come up missing.
Sally or Jim would go to Lucky’s toy box in the basement and there the treasure would be, amid all of Lucky’s other favorite toys. Lucky always stashed his finds in his toy box and he was very particular that his toy s stay in the box.
It happened that Sally found out she had breast cancer. Something told her she was going to die of this disease….in fact , she was just sure it was fatal.
She scheduled the double mastectomy, fear riding her shoulders. The night before she was to go to the hospital she cuddled with Lucky. A thought struck her…what would happen to Lucky? Although the three-year-old dog liked Jim, he was Sally’s dog through and through. If I die, Lucky will be abandoned, Sally thought. He won’t understand that I didn’t want to leave h im. The thought made her sadder than thinking of her own death.
The double mastectomy was harder o n Sally than her doctors had antic ipated and Sally was hospitalized for over two weeks. Jim took Lucky for his evening walk faithfully, but the little dog just drooped, whining and miserable.
Finally the day came for Sally to leave the hospital. When she arrived home, Sally was so exhausted she couldn’t even make it up the steps to her bedroom. Jim made his wife comfortable on the couch and left her to nap. Lucky stood watching Sally but he didn’t come to her when she called. It made Sally sad but sleep soon overcame her and she dozed.
When Sally woke for a second she couldn’t understand what was wrong. She couldn’t move her head and her body felt heavy and hot. But panic soon gave way to laughter when Sally realized the problem. She was covered, literally blanketed, wi th every treasure Lucky o wned! While she had slept, the sorrowing dog had made trip after trip to the basement bringing his beloved mistress all his favorite things in life. He had covered her with his love.
Sally for got about dying. Instead she and Lucky began living again, walking further and further together every day. It’s been 12 years now and Sally is still cancer-free. Lucky? He still steals treasures and stashes them in his toy box but Sally remains his greatest treasure.
& nbsp; Remember….live every day to the fullest. Each minute is a blessing from God. And never forget….the people who make a difference in our lives are not the ones with the most credentials, the most money, or the most awards. They are the ones that care for us.
If you see someone without a smile today give them one of yours! Live simply. Love seriously. Care deeply. Speak kindly. Leave the rest to God!
A small request: All you are asked to do is keep this circulating.
Dear God, I pray for the cure of cancer. Amen
All you are asked to do is keep this circulating Even if it’s to one more person.
In memory of anyone you know that has been struck down by cancer or is still living with it.December 14, 2008 at 6:52 pm #122828Pam BKeymaster
This brought tears to my eyes….:tissue:
I am forwarding to everyone I know!December 14, 2008 at 6:59 pm #122829JeannieParticipantPam;140225 wrote:This brought tears to my eyes….:tissue:
I am forwarding to everyone I know!
:tissue:me too!December 16, 2008 at 10:36 pm #122831LeighskiParticipant
Awwww I loved it.
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