Wednesday, March 01, 2006

Venita Wants to Mow the Lawn this Year

Venita found this story on the Internet recently, written by a woman who is now surviving breast cancer. What an incredible talent this woman has for expressing emotion in her writing. "It pained me to see Mom twist herself into a pretzel trying to please Grandmother, only to be dashed upon the jagged rocks of Grandmother's beachfront." How powerful is that?

This woman's story is very different from Venita's story. Venita has long experience with using power equipment. Also, it's been a very long time since Venita has had someone beat her down the way this woman recently has been beat down.

But, Venita is concerned she won't have the physical strength to start the mower this year, or the weed eater, or the leaf blower.

This story gave Venita hope that she can overcome, not only her breast cancer but also her fear of being able to start her power equipment--at least the ones she's always been able to start. She often has had to ask the neighbor to start her chain saw.


julie said...

you will be mowing that lawn and using those power tools in no time..but a chain saw??? man, you are one tough lady! Those things scare me..It's about all I can do to get my garden clippers out and chop..

livistona said...

Hi Venita,
You've inspired me to try my hand at a blog. I decided to start one when I signed up to respond here. I'm glad you liked my lawnmower story. I wrote it before I was ever diagnosed, so I didn't the bc survivor experience yet. I was also diagnosed with lobular. I was so terrified of surgery. I didn't know if I would ever be the same afterwards. I was afraid I wouldn't be able to lift my arm over my head. Of all the crazy things, the thought of being unable to mow my lawn was in the top five most upsetting possibilities for me. I'm happy to report that I am still capable of mowing my lawn. :)

Alice said...

You wil be mowing and wacking before you know it. Chain saw. I run alot of power tools but my DH does not want me to learn to run the chain saw. Is he worried about me or himself.LOL