No Time Like the Present

This is my response to today’s Daily Prompt:  No Time To Waste.

See Chris response to this prompt.

111014cabin in the woods_1One of the best days of my life was Sunday, March 18, 2001.  We lived about 40 minutes east of Colorado Springs, Colorado out on the plains.  We lived on a 35-acre ranch so our view of Pikes Peak was undisturbed and stunning.  Chris and I went for a drive to Pueblo that day and bought a huge water fountain for inside our house.  I wanted water and to listen to water.  Chris drove me to Pueblo Reservoir and I got to stick my toes in (or at least close to) water.  I wasn’t feeling real well and we thought I had the stomach flu like everyone else at work.  We had no idea I was 4 days from dying.  The love and care Chris gave me that day is unforgettable.  present in my mind.

Late in the evening of March 22, 2001 our twelve year nightmare began.  I had trouble breathing and Chris called the ambulance.  I ended up being in the hospital for over 4 months and should have died that first night.  After all that time in the hospital, the doctors had no clue why I got so sick and where just as clueless as to why I appeared to get healthy again.  The doctors called me a “miracle”.  See my story here.

Chris and I learned to live with the fact that I could just get sick again over night and die with little to no warning.  Over the span of that 12 years, I came close to death again at least three times.  We learned how to slow down and savor life.  We have been one of the most grateful and happiest couples you will ever met.  We don’t wait to say I love you or celebrate holidays.  We just celebrate every day of life.

No not everyday is thrilling, exciting, or full of adventure. Some days are simply boring, other days are hard, scary and painful.  During those sick years, there were a lot of very unpleasant and hard times, but there was not one day we didn’t say we loved each other or were grateful for each other.

We’ve learned to cherish each moment.  No time is ever wasted.  I still have to rest a lot and recoup my energy, but that doesn’t mean that time is wasted.  I’ve just learned to appreciate the moment for whatever that moment is.

Life is suppose to be fun, I’ve learned to chill, relax and have fun no matter what is going on.  On the days I’m afraid, sad or in pain, I cherish those too.  It passes.  The sun will shine once again.  Cherish all your experiences no matter whether you perceive them to be good or bad.  They all make up your wonderful life and that is always worth cherishing.

I’m probably way off topic, simple slow down and just enjoy your life.  It’s yours and only you can live it.

Qi (energy) hugs





  1. Cee this post is a gift to everyone who reads it. Through your honesty and willingness to share you are helping others to really look at their own. Wishing you and Chris many happy and cherished moments together.


  2. That’s what should be meant when saying “living together”. Unfortunately, most couples just live next to each other rather than together. Your post is a wakeup call to appeciate the little joys every day!


  3. Hi Cee, you and your story are an inspiration and a reminder to others. Have gratitude, share, comfort, love, laugh with and for those you love, as if it is your last day. Bless you for your generosity and for sharing your story.


  4. 🙂 All the very best to you and thanks for sharing your story!
    Life can be over in a snap and that’s why we should all be appreciate what we have and enjoy it. Takes a lot of learning on this side… 🙂


  5. Thank you for this post, Cee. It is a reminder to cherish every minute – even those that are difficult. As you, and others, have said, it is too easy to forget the wonderful life we are gives, to not appreciate the lessons it teaches, and to forget how fortunate we are, especially compared to others. As my Dad used to say, “Always have an attitude of gratitude”. 🙂


  6. Cee – you we rote this so succinctly and I actually came back because I thought it was going to be a long read – but you managed to keep it succinct and it is so smoothly written.
    and Okay, I did tear up a little – and I am not a the kind that does that all the time like some women I know – but I think this moved me even before because I read about your lyme disease and I also know a few others who have the nightmare of first diagnosing it and then trying to get rid of it. It is a very complicated illness and so as I read here – things like “12 years” or close to death 3 times, well we do not need al the details to feel the depth of your endurance and bonding here – whoa – quite a story and told so well here.

    and for me – in the last few years I have really come to be able to embrace the harder days more – like I used to encourage others by sharing the success stories and victories that came my way – but now I share the trials with a similar umph and energy because they are sometimes more of the precious moments – or times when I have felt God’s presence most – and they are sometimes when I have had the best laughs of my life – or the most tender feelings ever. And well – I just mention that because I so agree with the way you ended your post….

    “Cherish all your experiences no matter whether you perceive them to be good or bad. They all make up your wonderful life…”

    ❤ ❤ ❤


  7. I’ve been in your situation and know exactly how you feel. I no longer play games with life. I do what makes me happy, avoid things that make me sad and care not what anyone else thinks about my choices. There are only two kinds of people on earth, those you want to be around and those you don’t. Life’s too short to make believe anymore.


  8. Thank you for sharing such personal & emotional times in your life. It almost made me cry.
    In the short time that I’ve been touch with you in the blogosphere, you just seem so happy, carefree & living with love for Chris, your pets, your cameras … I wish you all the best Cee & I’m so glad you are living it up, savoring each day, loving & being loved (& taking super photos too!)


  9. Wow. I think you definitely stayed on topic and we all got the message. It’s truly awesome that you have made it through such terrible times and retain this attitude of gratitude. Your will to live and love through all of this is admirable, thank you for sharing this with us. I hope that your days continue to improve and you can keep sharing with us! 😉

    Congrats on your will to live. Are you okay now?


    1. I found a qigong master (Traditional Chinese Medicine) and she has helped me out tremendously. She has healed me enough to have the threat of dying taken away. And I am getting better by the day. I was sick for 30 years it will take a few years to get it all back. But I am healthier now than I ever could have imagined. 🙂 Thanks for asking.

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      1. Absolutely! That’s incredible that she was able to do that for you. It also seems a miracle that what has beaten away at you for 30 years could be improved in even a matter of a few years; typically it’s easier to break down than rebuild. Good for you. 🙂


  10. Boy, as a nurse, that photo rips at me for I have an inkling of the suffering you have endured. It is incredible when we can take something like that experience and see it almost as a gift; an opportunity to (in your case, literally) take our lives back. Take care, dear Cee.


    1. Hi Renate, thanks so much for commenting. I know you nurses have a inkling of what I have been through. I had some wonderful supportive nurses when I was initially hospitalized.


  11. Wow amazing Short story for the Long story. I am so encouraged that you can share your personal story with all of us readers. I am grateful that you are alive, breathing and can write to all of us. Keep on sharing. Love, Jackie xoooxoxo


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