Author: Debbie James-Christiansen

I have four beautiful children, and a daughter-in-law too! :) And, most recently I became a grandmother... which is the best title I've ever held! I have three crazy dogs to keep me busy, and some of the best friends in the world. I work as a Marketing Director in a long-term care facility and I love my job. I'm happiest when I can make people laugh -- with me, not at me. :) Thanks for checking out my page... I hope you stop back soon!

Miracles Happen

By Debbie Christiansen

It was April 1st, 2014. Yes, April Fool’s Day. A day when we rack our brains, trying to think of that perfect gag to play on co-workers and friends. But not last year. Last year April Fool’s Day was no laughing matter. And it’s a day I’ll never forget – as long as I live.

I was sitting in my office with my face in the computer when I received a call from my best friend. She had her biopsy results — Stage 4 Pancreatic Cancer. And it had metastasized to her liver. I think this is the first time I fully understood what the term “in shock” meant. Just six months earlier we lost a friend to breast cancer – and the probability of the “C” word hitting again was impossible – so we thought.

I remember trying to speak, but couldn’t. Hindered by that lump in my throat. When I finally opened my mouth, my voice was trembling. And tears were running down my face. However, the person on the other end of the line wasn’t trembling. She wasn’t even crying. She was pissed! “FUCK THIS!” As I recall… were her exact words. And it was at that very moment I knew, cancer had met its match. (more…)