5.2.13

52 Lists // Week 5



Yesterday was a hard day.  My mom was diagnosed with breast cancer.  I usually don't post something personal on my blog right after it has happened.  I try to wait a few weeks till after the event so I have time to reflect and contemplate.  But I just feel like I need to share this.  It is the biggest thing happening in my life in this moment and of course is the biggest inspiration as to why I chose this week's list prompt:  "List What You are Grateful For."  These lists are becoming something really important and special for me each week.  My current experiences are what inspire each week's prompt and I believe that sometimes, being honest, raw, and in the moment can inspire the greatest growth within oneself.  These lists are definitely pushing me to be very vulnerable.  And pushing myself in that way each week is making me feel more empowered and thankful each day for and because of my online community.
When something heavy hits us like cancer within the family, it's human nature to zoom in on that hardship.  I was quiet and contemplative all day yesterday and I think I'll be feeling a bit heavy all week.  But as I've grown older, I've come to see difficult experiences as opportunity to recognize the beauty amidst pain & all that we should be thankful for within a hard experience.  My mom has breast cancer.  This is a truth I cannot avoid.  But I have the opportunity to see within it all that I should be and am grateful for.
My dad's mom, the one and only grandma I ever knew, had breast cancer around the same age as my mom.  And I have many vivid memories of her talking about her experience.  She was very comedic and frank about it all and for that I am SO grateful.  Because of her, dialoguing about breast cancer has become very normal in my life.  And it feels like less of a scary thing because of my grandma's thoughts on her experience.  She lived until her late 80s and never had any complications with cancer after her first experience which gives me so much comfort knowing now that my mom has breast cancer.  My mom will be ok.  I believe it and I have seen it to be true for so many women with breast cancer.  And whatever choices she must now make, everyone in my family will be with her to support her.  Seeing a few of my friends' mothers battle with various cancers, some still living today and some sadly having passed away, I know that each one of us has something to be grateful for within our family's hardships dealing with cancer.  I am grateful that I have seen how gracefully and powerfully my friends' families have dealt with cancer.  I am grateful that my mom and dad have an amazing community surrounding them.  I am grateful for love and family and comfort.  I am grateful for so many things and am most especially thankful & grateful during a period of life that could cause heartache.  Gratefulness harnesses so much power.  And I feel it all.  I have much to be grateful for.


Let's be grateful this week.  I know many of you may be going through something very hard right now.  This is life, difficult things happen that we cannot prevent.  No life is perfectly breezy.  But you always, ALWAYS, have the choice to make great and good things happen even amidst your hardest events.  You have power in your own life to bring light and love during hard times.  And it all starts with gratefulness.  Write down all that you should be & are grateful for.  Use this list of gratefulness to show you why you should find power in your experiences, be they happy or sad.  Your strength is just as powerful coming out of something easy or something hard.  And what you do with your experiences can bring greatness.
To note:  I asked my parents if it would be ok to write about the fact that my mom has breast cancer in this blog post and they said it was totally ok.  My mom is pretty funny and entertaining because of the fact that she has NO inhibitions.  So her stories are for everyone to share in.  She likes it that way, that silly girl.  :)  I love her for all her wildness and openness. She's completely unfazed by this experience so far.  And I hope her free spirit stays vibrant through this whole experience.  I love you momma.

As always, feel free to download the PDF list above or write down your list in a journal.  If you post about it on Twitter, Instagram, your blog, or Pinterest, then stop back here and link up your list so we can all visit each others lists and gain inspiration & insight from one another.  Let's spread a little encouragement & love as we learn how to be grateful from one another.  

Use the hashtag:  #52lists2013 if you post your list on twitter / instagram / pinterest

And You're welcome to join in the 52 Lists project at anytime.  Visit the 52 Lists page to check out all the lists :)

69 comments:

  1. Wow. I am so sorry to hear about your mum. I can only imagine the agony. I admire your resilience and optimism so much. It's so hard to be grateful during hard times, but I do believe it's what gets us through. You'll all beat this together and that's what makes all the difference - your strength as a family and a union. So much love going out to you and your family from over the pond. You're in my thoughts.

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    1. <3 thank you so much. I really do believe gratitude helps us through hard experience.
      xo Moorea

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  2. As always, your words and attitude inspire me; and what makes this all the more incredible is the fact that you continue to do so - exuding humbleness, honesty, and optimism - even at such a difficult time in your personal life. Sending positive energy, thoughts, vibes and love your way. Today, I am grateful for inspirational people like you.

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    1. Aw you are so sweet. And I am so appreciative for positive and kind people like you <3
      xo Moorea

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  3. This is a very beautiful post. My mumma has had cancer twice in the last 5 years & it is such a bizaar thing to go through as a family. At first everyone freaks out but the most strange thing is how quickly it becomes part of every day life. I'm sure your mum will be fine & you will be even more proud of what a strong woman she is :) I know that's how I felt about my own mum.

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    1. You give me a lot of confidence, thank you for telling me a little bit about your experience with cancer in your family!
      xo Moorea

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  4. I just found your blog through Ali Edwards post about your list project, and decided to add you to my blogroll. And then this is the first post I read. I'm sorry you and your family and especially your mother has to deal with cancer. I am also sure that your outlook and your strength and your lists will help you through it. Funnily enough, I just wrote a post about gratitude. My gratitude journal has been a lifesaver for me:

    http://www.jojosoppogned.blogspot.com (SCroll down for the English version)

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    1. Aw your gratitude journal is so lovely! Gratitude really does get us through so much as hardships will always happen, and happiness can still always be pursued. <3
      xo Moorea

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  5. Sorry to read about your mom. I believe I came out stronger in spirit on the other side of my breast cancer battle (ten year survivor) but it is still a battle and I have the scars to prove it. I offer my heart and spirit in support of your mom and your family and the journey you are about to embark on. I would be happy to add your mom to my current list of ladies receiving cards each month if you think she would like that. My thoughts and prayers are with you. And I am glad that I found your lists. I think it will be a great journal project for me. thanks so much for sharing.

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    1. Oh my goodness that would be so lovely to include her in the monthly cards! Feel free to email me at mooreaseal@gmail.com so we can chat about it more. Congrats on being 10 years free of cancer!!
      xo Moorea

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  6. I am so sorry to hear about your mom. I just found your blog yesterday and I can't believe I hadn't stumbled across it before. I think you are amazing and inspirational, and my heart goes out to you and your family in this difficult time. <3

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  7. Thinking and praying for comfort and peace and understanding for you and your family. I am so sorry to read this about your mom but the ladies in your family sound like fighters so I'm hoping the best for her and you all!

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  8. moorea... love. my heart just dropped. you are so brave. your spirit. you are so your mothers daughter... i remember feeling this way when my mom was diagnosed. my nanna also had it when she was my moms age, and she is still alive and almost 80! i will be sending loving healing vibes to your mama. and if you ever need to talk about ANYTHING you know how to reach me! im here. seriously. so so much love to you right now. please take good care of yourself. eat good and keep your health up. the emotional part will take over if you dont. i love you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    1. Thank you so much lady <3 Thankfully, my mom has been doing mammograms really regularly so it was caught early, thanks God!!! I just got an update from my dad today that she will probably do a lumpectomy and then a little radiation which I am sooooo grateful for. I still just wish she didn't have it. But I'm a little less scared knowing she just needs a lumpectomy. But still, I think I am going to go back to therapy for a little while to work through this and some other recent stuff. Oh life!
      xo Moorea

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  9. Sending so much love and light your way. I am always here if you need to talk. Love, Melissa

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  10. So sorry to hear this, Moorea. It will be a tough battle, but know that so many women overcome this - believe that your mom will too. My grandma survived breast cancer twice and lived a happy and healthy life into her 90's!
    I'll be sending your mother, you and your family warm thoughts of support and strength.

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    1. Wow, that is amazing about your grandma. my doctor told me today that 1 in 3 women get breast cancer! its just insane! good to know so I will be very aware of it for my future!
      xo Moorea

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  11. That is such difficult news to bare. You and your family will be in my thoughts. I think it takes great courage to share things like this, while you're in the midst of processing them, and I really admire you.

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    1. Aw thank you so much Jodi <3 I appreciate it so much.
      xo Moorea

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  12. Moorea, I'm really sorry to hear about your mum. You (& your family by the sounds of it) are freaking awesome and I have endless amounts of respect for you and your approach. Much love.

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    1. Thank you Kiki! My family will definitely power through it.
      xo Moorea

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  13. Moorea, just discovered your blog from Ali Edwards link regarding the 52 list project. First, my prayers are with you and your family as your mom begins this battle. I wish only goodness and strength in your lives this year!

    Second, looking through your blog and work, your talent and awesomeness inspire me...I want to be you when I grow up :) and I'm probably around your mom's age:)

    Your blog reflects strength, positivity, and the goodness in the world...please keep it up! I am grateful for Ali Edwards and her talent and today, I am grateful for discovering your blog and the 52 list project!

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    1. Oh you are so kind! thank you so much!
      xo Moorea

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  14. Your positivity and honesty regarding your mother's breast cancer is wonderful, I send your mother, yourself and your family so many healing positive vibrations and wish her health. I've just started doing your 52 list project, this will be my 2nd, and I love it so much already.

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  15. I am so sorry to hear about your mom. You, her and your family will be in my thoughts. I'll be rooting her on in spirit.

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  16. I have just found your blog through Ali's link and I have goosebumps. My mum was just diagnosed with bladder cancer so I understand what you are going through at the moment and my thoughts are with your mum and family. I cannot wait to read more of your blog as I feel so connected to your writing, I have almost the same thoughts about my mum that you wrote. I am going to start my own 52 things lists as I love writing lists. Thank you for sharing your story and helping me to validate my own thoughts on things at the moment :)

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    1. Aw I am so very very sorry to hear about your mom. I really hope that any treatment she has done works wonders for her. I feel you on all this, we are on a similar journey <3
      xo Moorea

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  17. Oh no. I'm so sad to hear this. What terrible news. I hope your mom overcomes this health scare as soon as possible and can continue on enjoying life. Cancer has touched all of us in one way or another. You have all my wishes.

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    1. Its true. My doctor just told me that 1 in 3 women gets cancer. 1 in 3! its just insane! I am so thankful my mom had it caught early thanks to her yearly mammograms. Shes probably just going to get a lumpectomy and a little radiation treatment. I wish we could skip the radiation, but if it helps, ok.
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  18. Sending love and light to you and your family. keep your head up <3

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  19. I'm so sorry to hear this. Your writing was beautiful and strong. Thank you for sharing such a personal story with us and help remind us how much we have to be thankful for. I never forget for a day and love to write what I'm thankful for and it's always the smallest things. Keeping you and your mom in my prayers.

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    1. Aw, you keep at that positivity! Its so special to have written memories of things you are thankful for <3
      xo Moorea

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  20. *hugs* I will be sending plenty of healing thoughts to your mother and your family. Two years ago my daddy was diagnosed with prostate cancer. I admire your grace and your faith. I know that finding things to laugh about and expressing your love is the only way to get through it. Luckily my dad its now cancer free. I look forward to the day you can celebrate your mama's all clear.

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    1. Oh I am SO glad to hear your father survived. Just keep encouraging him to keep going to those check ups so he stays healthy! Thank you for telling me a little of your story <3
      xo Moorea

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  21. I'm sorry to hear about your mom. It's nice to know that she is surrounded by so much love and I'm going to be sending some straight to you and your family. Things will be hard, but everything will be okay.

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    1. Thank you so much for your encouragement Natasha!
      xo Moorea

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  22. I am so sorry to hear about your mom. Healing and healthy thoughts to you and your family.
    I absolutely love this 52 list series. i posted about it in my blog, and i will be slowly catching up.
    Thank you for Inspiring me to get back in touch with myself.

    Bree

    www.luxandlace.blogspot.com

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    1. Aw thank you Bree! I am happy that this project is doing something good in your life <3
      xo Moorea

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  23. I know this has very little to do with the lists (which I'm really enjoying by the way), but I am in love with your purple heart geodes in the picture. Might I ask where you got them? They're really beautiful.

    Also, thank you for doing these lists. It's really something special and I think will be wonderful to look back on at the end of the year. I've never done a year long project before, but I think this might be the start of them for me! :)

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    1. Thank you! The amethyst is from my shop: http://www.mooreaseal.etsy.com
      xo moorea

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  24. Oh dear Moorea, I'm so sorry to hear about your Mom! I wish her all the strength and courage in this time as well as you & your family in this time of need that you all can be there for one another to help!! *Big Hugs*

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    1. Thank you for your virtual hug!! I am definitely feeling everyones love <3
      xo Moorea

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  25. I am so sorry!! I hope your mom is okay and has a super speedy recovery!! xoxoxo

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  26. Having lost my father to cancer when I was 20, I can understand what you must be going through. What a gift that you have the presence of mind to stop and remember your blessings at a time like this. Much peace & healing to your family.

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    1. Oh I am so very very sorry to hear about your father margie <3 And I do hope that in the years sense, you have gained more and more gratefulness with your time with him. Sometimes even the hardest losses can teach us the greatest love.
      <3 moorea

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  27. Moorea - not sure I told you before, but I absolutely LOVE this project. And I love reading what you write on your list, I get to know you a little better with each list. You seemed very close to your grand-ma, I can relate here, I had a grand-ma that *shined* too - such an inspiration. And my mother also had breast cancer and fought it and now she's cancer-free...Ill be thinking of your mom, hope she gets rid of it very fast! Hugs.

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    1. Aw thank you so much for your encouragement. My grandma really was my hero, grandmas are treasures <3 And I am thankful your momma is cancer free! My mom will be soon :)
      xo Moorea

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  28. I'm so sorry to hear about your mom. Sending love your way. You have such a beautiful outlook on the situation. I'm sure your positive attitude will be a strong asset in your mother's recovery.

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    1. Thank you Liz! She's very positive about it too amazingly <3
      xo Moorea

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  29. I'm so sorry about your mom's diagnosis. Just prayed for a smooth recovery for her, and comfort and hope for both of you!

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    1. I think your prayers are working :)
      xo Moorea

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  30. literally broke down and cried reading this. what is it with this week?? personally i lost my pug this week..in an accident that was stupidly preventable and reminded me why i have to get out of here, but your story hit me so hard because cancer is a scary thing to go through especially whenits a beloved family member. we obviously dont know each other but i follow you rom afar and will always be here if you need to talk or anything... sending yall so much blessings love and hope.. its always so hard in the transitioning of taking everything in. its like a state of numbness and comteplating all whilsts functioning. i wish you so much good tiding Moorea.. take care.

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    1. Oh dear! I am so so sorry to hear about your pug! <3 Thank you for your sweet comment and I am sending you all my best wishes. Really, the passing of a loved pet is just so powerful and hard. I feel you.
      xo Moorea

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  31. I'm amazed by you. In the face of personal & family trauma you reflect on the things you are grateful for--then use it to inspire so many others. I'm loving these lists more and more each week. Thank you.

    xo Haley
    http://haleyhere.blogspot.com

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  32. I just learned about your list idea from Ali Edwards blog. I love list making - I have a list for my lists. ;)
    I am going to do this and catch up. The love of my life, my husband Doug has MS and life hasn't been exactly as I thought it would be. But, I am so blessed and am very grateful to have found your blog.

    Noworriesenjoythislife.blogspot.com

    Charmayne

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    1. Aw, MS runs in my family too. My aunt and my grandpa. I do hope that it progresses as slowly as possibly. And your love and dedication I know must be so so special to him. <3
      xo Moorea

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  33. I just found your blog today.
    I am sending a ton of blessings to you and your family.

    And I wanted to thank you for the lists, I am so happy about them, that I will include some of them in my Project Life. Life is to good to not make lists for it.

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    1. Lists make life so much more special :)
      xo Moorea

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  34. Not sure what happened to my post, but I wanted to thank you for doing these lists. I'm very sorry to hear about your mom and I hope everything works out for the best.

    I have been blogging my responses to your list prompts and I'm not very good at this blogging thing yet, but I do hope you know that I'm sharing your blog as best I can because I really think that taking time to be introspective and to share can add so much enrichment to life and to the lives of others. I know that just the 5 lists I have done so far have been profoundly enlightening.

    Best to you!

    Ruby (http://mrsharper2011.blogspot.com/)

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  35. Blessings to you and your family, thank you for doing these lists.

    Best,
    Tiana
    http://misstianahe.blogspot.ca/

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  36. I joined 52 Lists a few weeks ago. A friend and I are going through the weeks together. As I read the Week 5 post tonight, it really made me think. My mom and my mother in law are both breast cancer survivors. It's a beast and I hope your mom slays the beast as well! Strength to you and your family!

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