Friendship Remotely

Some times, a person that you only know through Television in a way becomes a ‘friend’. I know y’all will think I’m crazy for saying that. However, this situation is a bit different because he, Dan Wheeler, has shared so much of himself and his family not just on QVC but on Facebook and other media outlets. Perhaps it’s because what he’s shared is of his wife, Beth, and their battle with her Cancer.

Beth has been fighting Endometrial cancer for 5 years. A hard fought battle and she and their family have done it with grace and love. Over the last months the Cancer came on with such force and 5 weeks ago Beth was hospitalized. They tried platelet transfusions which sadly did not work and Beth left this world on Friday, October 30th.

By all that I’ve seen of Beth, she was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, daughter, sister and friend. She will be missed by all who knew her personally and now by so many because of Dan’s blog sharing.

Hold everyone you love close and be sure to let them know how you feel about them. Cancer really does Suck!

You should know that this story of Beth is personal for me as I feel so lucky and blessed, I found my Uterine which can also be called Endometrial, so very early and survived again. I feel such sadness for Beth and her family, she had so much love and didn’t deserve to leave them so soon.

All I can say is this, Cancer is a battle, it is a fight and there are way to many types and too many people diagnosed. Those that are Survivors we Celebrate but we should also Remember and Celebrate the lives of those who have lost their battles with Cancer.

Is there a cure, I really dont know based on this is a disease from your cells and that is what we are made up from. Can the CSP-3 study that is tracking habits and lifestyles that the American Cancer Society is doing (thank you Dan Adler and others for being a part of this) find the answers, I don’t know.

If you listen to everything they say, then you will never eat anything again. Cancer shouldn’t be about fear and I hope you do not take that away from anything I ever say. The default cause of course is my least favorite word in every language, the O word that I will never type out. I was 8 and one of the healthiest kids around, no history in the family and bam there it was the first time. When they focused on the O word they totally missed the 2nd battle I’d have and still have, hence the hate of the O word.

We should live life to the fullest and laugh as much as we can. I think we should also eat what we like and what we can (allergies and diabetes aside) just do so as all things in moderation. You know yourself better than anyone else, you know when something is wrong. If you do find any changes going on with yourself, please get thee to a doctor, there are signs and many of them are quiet.

I started this about a remote friend, who I will never meet, Dan Wheeler from that home shopping station QVC.  His wife, Beth, has left an imprint on me and many others through what he has shared from his heart. Beth will be remembered by so many and Celebrated not just by her family and friends.  They have also shared Beth’s memorial celebration service, so touching and filled with love. From this service, I’ve added, “See You Again,” by Carrie Underwood.

I can only send remote hugs and love to the entire Wheeler Family, and know that Beth will always be with them and everyone she has touched.  R.I.P Elizabeth Ann (Johnson) Wheeler, I know that you are dancing with the angels. xoxo

The Wheeler Family  Elizabeth Ann (Johnson) Wheeler

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Please Support ALL the Colors Of Cancer

I see another company selling items for cancer, and yup it’s all pink, saw another town going all out on pink.  Please Don’t get me wrong, I fight for pink too and I admire all those that fight this battle with Breast Cancer.  I walk with them and support them throughout their cancer fight.  I also yell for Pink all during the month of October.

BUT there are other colors too, May is Grey (brain cancer / brain tumor) and Black (skin cancer / Melanoma), coming up in June is National Cancer Survivor Month and that’s Lavender.  Please show your support for the other colors of the ribbons, tell your companies to get their Teal on for Ovarian Cancer, Purple for Pancreatic Cancer, White for Lung Cancer, Light Blue for Prostate Cancer.  I’ve attached the list of colors.

Call into the Empire State Building because they will go all different colors to support some good causes, and some silly ones ….. BUT Refuse to turn Gold For Childhood Cancer Month in September.

I am an Advocate for Cancer Education, Research, Programs for the Survivors and their Families and help the Families of those who have lost their battles.

I am the Captain of Team Rays Of Hope and I Celebrate ~ Remember ~ Fight Back For All The Colors Of Cancer.

I am Suzanne and my colors are Orange, Gold, Grey and Peach xo

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Who I Am …

When you start a blog, Flickr, Tumblr, Facebook or anything in ‘Social Media,’ they ask you to fill out your profile.  Since starting this blog I’ve been staring at that blank page that is “About You.”  Wondering what should I put here, what should I say.  Should it be short or long, funny or straight, how much of a glimpse into me should I let people have.  Someone that replied to one of my posts told me to just let go and be myself.

I am many things and when I let go ….. long winded LMAO  Instead of just leaving it as my “About Me” page, I’m posting it here today, for all to read.

Here’s A Song To Play While You Read All About Who Is Suzie LOL

I am Suzanne, I am Suzetta, I am many things but most seem to remember me for my giggles.  I work during the day with numbers and thank goodness for my fingers, calculators and computers to help me count correctly.

I’m a Survivor of Childhood Leukemia, Brain Tumors, Skin Cancer and Uterine Cancer and I AM Fearless!  I wear my colors proudly, Gold, Orange, Grey, Black and Peach.

I find Hope and Strength in those that surround me….. my family and friends.  I do my best to Advocate and Educate, to Help and Inform people about the American Cancer Society and Stand Up To Cancer.

I do my best to make everyone smile, I love the sound of laughter and it does help to make things better!  Please don’t get me wrong, I do know how to be serious and get things done.  I’ve just learned that Laughter is the best medicine.

I enjoy movies and tv shows that aren’t called “reality.”  You can find me quoting lines from various movies all the time, I can’t help it, can you?  I admit, we’re gonna need a bigger boat and NEVER forget the cannoli.  There’s Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Cat Ballou, The Great Escape, Jaws, The Godfather, The Quiet Man, The Magnificent Seven add in for fun Caddyshack, Clueless, Legally Blonde, Clue, The Goonies, Animal House, Stripes we’ve also got Indiana Jones, Silence of the Lambs, Shawshank Redemption, Forrest Gump, The Matrix and so many more.

Yeah that looks like a lot of “guy movies” LOL.  I grew up in a very close family, 3 older brothers (Stephen, John, Kevin), Dad and Mom.  We LOVE to quote those movie lines, Dad and I are dangerous together and it drives Mom crazy hahaha.  I LOVE my family above everyone and everything else.  I miss them when we are apart and I carry them in my heart every moment of every day.  Those family members that have gone on to be my angels follow me and I can feel their love around me.  Grandma Millie, Aunt Kay, Cousin Jack, Aunt Betty, All the Byrnes and there are those that I never got to meet I do my best to make them all proud.  There is one special person that will always be ‘my friend,’ and his hand is forever on my shoulder, Msgr. Loreti.

Music moves me and there is a song for everything you are feeling.  Be it Glen Miller, Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, Bing Crosby, Doris Day, Dean Martin or maybe it’s Bon Jovi, U2, Cyndi Lauper, Wilson Phillips, ABBA, Def Leppard or maybe it’s Johnny Cash, Patsy Kline, Loretta Lynn, Kenny Rogers, Shania Twain, Martina McBride, Garth Brooks or maybe it’s Neil Diamond, Barry Manilow, Englebert, Michael Buble, The Carpenters ………… there IS a song for everything you feel and every experience in life.

I’m a big fan of art, museums and history.  I can get lost in the Metropolitan Museum of Art.  I was very lucky to visit Egypt and see all the places I’ve been dreaming of for many years.  I enjoy going to paint at our local gallery, Art & Soul Galleries, where my ‘sistas’ paint giggle and pour too xox

6 ½ years ago I found a new outlet for fun, friends, music, creativity on the internet, a Virtual World called, Second Life.  That’s where Suzetta Moonites was born and it is so much more than a game.

Second Life is where I laugh with my friends, explore some amazing buildings and artwork.  I’m able to attend a Live concert every hour of the day and many of these folks are singers in what we call RL (real life).  The sounds and music of my friend Bill Tigerpaw, a British fella who’s voice is lovely.  There’s also Hogan Bailey, Brett Hansom, MrMikie String, Elizabeth Wantanabe and many more.  Instrumental Musicians, Anj Gustavson, Torben Asp or Gootek, and if ya just wanna dance and sing along the DJ’s are in the house like my friends Shy (my BFF), Charity and Dione.

I joined SL for 3 reasons ~ 1) My friends were all into World of Warcraft and that was way to difficult for me to understand. 2) I saw an episode of CSI:New York and said that looks cool 3) I was on the American Cancer Society Website and saw they do a Relay For Life in Second Life

I landed in August of 2008 and I’ve really not looked back.  In SL I am a Singer, ok mostly they come to my shows to hear me tell corney jokes and laugh, doing their best to get me to laugh throughout a song.  I am a DJ, I told you I love music 🙂  I’m also a designer of clothing, SweetRed’s Designs.

I am a team captain of Rays Of Hope for the Relay for Life of SL.  They started the Relay in SL in 2005 and since then to the start of 2015 have raised 1.6 million U.S. Dollars.

We have teams like other Relays (158 teams so far this year), we hold a lot of fundraisers, we are Global as I Relay with friends in England, Germany, Holland, The Netherlands, Australia, Scotland, Canada, other parts of the United States and many more countries.  This is the ONLY Relay where you don’t have to walk a track, so patients going through their chemo can relay from their bed.  Oh, we are also ranked #17 in Relay For Life across the globe by the American Cancer Society.

I can be “long winded” when I’m passionate about something.  You will find me writing on my blog about my RL and SL, about Music, Art, History and Random things that tickle my fancy.  You’ll see stories about Snow and Daisies, Love and Dislike, My Friends and My Family.  You’ll learn much more about my cancer journey.  You will be a part of Relay For Life in No Time and perhaps come and explore Second Life with me.

I am Suzanne, Suzetta, Suzie, Daughter, Sister, Reds, SweetReds, Q, Mac, Loch, Sista, Gigz.  I am me and I look forward to reading your comments as you follow my journey and musings on Life.

Suzie in the Snow 2015Suzetta ROH Kickoff

Life Changes When You’re 9

Here’s the next post in my ~*~ Beginnings ~*~ It’s where my life changed and began again.  A realization kicked in as I approached my 9th birthday that Life Changes In A Moment.

Happy go lucky Suzie, had a great childhood in a wonderful small town where everyone knew everyone (many related to each other).  I did ballet, tap, twirling and still had time to play with my friends and get the homework done.  I was even the weather girl in the local newspaper hehehe just mood pictures of me to show if it was rainy or sunny.

Weather Girl Not A Fan Of Rain

Weather Girl Not A Fan Of Rai

Honestly, I don’t quite remember how it happened.  It’s not that I haven’t asked, when you are young things sometimes just blur together.  I don’t remember being tired, I can tell you what my 3rd grade classroom looked like but I can’t remember having to put my head down on the desk to rest.  I remember the 3 flights of stairs up to that classroom but I don’t remember not being able to walk them.  I remember the kids in my class, I remember going outside for gym, but I don’t remember not being able to play.  I don’t even remember being in the doctor’s office.

I remember being in school, I remember laying on the ‘love seat’ in our living room watching someone pace in the dining room, I remember the phone ring.  The next thing I remember is being in the car, Dad driving and mom upset.  We’re on the George Washington Bridge and Dad’s banging the wheel cause the directions were bad.

(side note, do you know if you take the GWB on the lower level in the right lane, it takes you to the Deegan Expressway, which takes you to Yankee Stadium)

NY Yankees Logo

Dad says, I’ve never been able to get to Yankee Stadium and there it is, to which I said, that means we should go to the game Dad.  We can’t , it’s January 😦

I don’t know how we got back on the right way, I remember being stuck at the light and the guy spitting on the windshield to wipe it off with newspaper for money.  We parked the car in the lot and walk, I remember looking at the walk up to the hospital, I could never forget that, it seemed like the sidewalk went on forever and it was almost a severe angle on a mountain hill.  Daddy carried me, with mommy walking next to us telling me it was going to be alright.

Trust me the angle of that hill was OMG steep

Trust me the angle of that hill was OMG steep

Asking Mom years later to fill in the blanks to kind of complete my memories, here’s what I was told.  As stated I was in 3rd grade and a vibrant sparkly tomboy.  Running and doing what I can always with the giggles.  Suddenly, I couldn’t walk the stairs, I kept putting my head down on the desk and sitting out of gym.  My teachers noticed, Mrs. Truncellito and Mrs. Elin specifically.  They were having the yearly parent teacher meetings, my third grade teacher, Mrs. T pushed up my parents meeting.  The day after that meeting mom had me at the pediatrician who ran some tests and told mom he thought he knew what it was.  The phone ring that night I remember was Dr. Poch, my parents met with him and he sent me to Columbia Presbyterian / Babies Hospital.

I will write more about my experiences during my 14day stay at Babies Hospital.

For now I needed to tell this start of the story.  This was the new beginning of my life when I turned 9 and found out I had Leukemia, A.L.L (Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia).

I found my heroes in life during this time.  Dad, Mom, My 3 Big Brothers, Mrs. T, Mrs. Elin and a few more.  Don’t be sad for me, don’t ever be sad for me because I live through laughter and love.  I have Hope and too many people in my corner fighting with me including those that are now my angels above!    I AM a Survivor and I’m Fearless!

Life is meant to be lived, there really is a reason for everything.  Plan for the future, for sure but Life Changes In An Instant, I’m living proof of that.  Laugh as much as you can, Love as many people as you can, Sing and Dance always as though no one is looking, be Happy that you’ve woken up to a new day and Live Each Moment.

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