What Is Life?

“I have come that they may have life,

and have it to the full.”

John 10: 10 NIV

Yesterday found us once again at the Duke Cancer Center. The results of the tests were tolerable —the cancer is still there in my lung. But, it has not significantly changed since January! I assure you, I am thankful for that! Labs were mostly okay. I asked the doctor if my continued fatigue, lack of stamina, body aches, frequent headaches, etc. could be related to the continued rise of the FGF23 marker. My latest level was 1,420 and normal is 180 or below. He was very honest with me. They just do not know about this bugger’s way of life!

Last evening, it was such a joy to end the day by sharing a wonderful meal with two dear friends at their home. It helped me let go of the day’s “scanxiety.” As we talked and laughed, they told us about a bestselling book called Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End by Atul Gawande. Just the title and their conversation about the book set me to pondering once again—“What matters in the end?” I will definitely read the book as soon as I can get it!

Then today, I received a health ministry online survey. One of the questions was, “What would whole health functioning look like?”  After some soul searching I replied, “Being able to find meaning and purpose in life no matter what challenges are being endured.”

Shortly after finishing the survey, I was looking up a document for one of my projects. Lo and behold, a poem jumped out at me! A friend had posted it on her Facebook page several weeks ago. It was just waiting for me to really think anew about its meaning. Do holy nudges tend to come in packages of three? For me, they sure seem to!

What is life?

It is the flash of a firefly in the night.

It is the breath of a buffalo in the wintertime.

It is the little shadow which runs across

the grass and loses itself in the sunset.

Attributed to Crowfoot (ca 1830-1890), Chief of the Canadian Blackfoot tribe


Once again the synchronicity of our Creator is guiding me back onto the path of living my life to the fullest. When we become overwhelmed and lose our way, God comes offering gifts when the gifts are most needed and when we are ready to open our hearts and hands to receive them!


  1. JoEllen Delamatta
    Apr 30, 2015

    Dearest Donna,

    Reading your post and poem reminds me that God is in control especially when we are left clueless. I leave for France today urgently to see my ‘adopted mom’ Huguette who suffers from stage 4 ovarian cancer. 84 years young but such a precious woman to me and my family.
    Your words and experience shall bring solace to her weary soul!
    May out Lord continue to give you His wisdom and discernment and His fullness for each day!


    • Donna
      May 1, 2015

      JoEllen, you and Huguette are in our prayers! Safe journey, dear friend! Hugs and more hugs! Donna and Terry, too!

  2. Beverly Silver
    Apr 30, 2015

    Hi, Donna, thanks for posting. I am praying for your stamina, strength, and that the headaches may be few and mild! Glad for the news of no growth in the lung. the Crowfoot quote is beautiful. I hope you all are being able to enjoy the beautiful spring – I know your area is farther along than ours here, but it is gorgeous all over. Spring’s renewal is an ever recurring miracle after the winter. Mary Lou is leading an excellent LLI class “Lets Talk About God” A panel today with Ann Held, Margee Greenfield and a lovely young Muslim woman.
    Love to you both, and all, Beverly

    • Donna
      May 1, 2015

      I heard about the great class yesterday! I go the quote from Pat C. An amazing woman! Love you and miss you all!

  3. carol henry
    Apr 30, 2015

    Oh Donna, I am so glad you are back on track.
    I want you to LIVE! LIVE LIVE FULLY ! ! !
    Hold the train so I can jump on with you!

    I love you, enjoy the spring weather,

    • Donna
      May 1, 2015

      I’ll let you know if I can stay on the track! You have always and forever will be my companion on this journey! Spring has sprung here in NC and summer is upon us next week! Love you!

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