Archive for December, 2012

Being diagnosed with breast cancer is really frightening. The fear can overcome some patients to the point where they just can’t fight. I know. I am a survivor, and I saw people come in for treatments every three weeks. Some had kept their sense of humor, some had fallen into despair.

When I first went in for my chemo, a total stranger came up to me and told me I’d be fine. He put it all down to attitude. Those who stayed positive, fought back and moved forward won the fight. Those who let the disease get them down, depressed, simply didn’t respond.
Another man I met during my recovery was a fellow martial artist, also recovering from cancer. He was researching why black belt level martial artists had a much easier time with their treatment as opposed to untrained patients. He found there was only one area which overlapped for all of us.

Recently, I decided to share the story of my fight. One of the things which I found the most unsettling, was not knowing what to expect. I hadn’t talked with anyone who’d been through what I was facing. What had helped them deal with the effects of the surgeries, chemo and radiation?

Cancer and the Warrior’s Way is now available at CreateSpace, soon coming to Amazon and Amazon Kindle.

If you are facing breast cancer, or know someone who is, get your copy and follow my journey from beginning martial artists to survivor.

Cancer and the Warrior’s Way is now available from CreateSpace.

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Hello everyone!  Just a quick note to wish you all safe and happy holidays. Don’t let traffic or time frustrations  ruin your holiday.

And remember to watch for Cancer and the Warrior’s Way in the New Year.

See you after New Years!


A piu tardi amici….

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Some time ago, I decided to tell the story of my fight with breast cancer and share those things I believed helped me along the way. I felt my martial arts training had given me a bit of an edge. Another acquaintance of mine had done some research on martial artists and cancer. He found that black belt ranked martial artists who developed cancer tolerated chemo better and had shorter recovery times.

And though we all had different cancers, trained in different styles, some were men, some women, we all had one thing in common.

So after spending some time in thought, and more time at the keyboard, it is very nearly ready for the publisher.

Cancer and the Warrior’s Way, A Personal Journey, will be out just after New Year’s Day.  So watch for it here or on my FaceBook page:  http://www.facebook.com/MeleighsCreations

Wishing you all a wonderful holiday,

A piu tardi amici…..

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Jareth: First Lord for Kindle  is still on sale at Amazon.com, so if you don’t have your copy yet, there’s still time.  In the meantime, one of our local books stores has agreed to display Jareth: First Lord in paperback, here in Commerce, GA. So if you’re local, go check it out.

I’m editing the sequel to Jareth now and hope to have it ready for next summer. I’m also writing a first draft of a new fantasy fiction novel, as well as the story of my battle with breast cancer. So keep checking back to see when these will be available.

I’m also an expert writer at Ezines.com, so for helpful tips for the holiday, go check out my articles.


Wishing you all happy and safe holidays,

A piu tardi amici….

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December is here, and that means most of us will be buying gifts for friends and family. I always enjoyed receiving gifts which would last, that I could keep and enjoy for years to come. One of my favorites was a good book. I still have books from when I was in grade school. And that’s been a while. I also have one of my favorites that I bought for  25 cents at a thrift store one summer, By Right of Conquest, by Arthur Hornblow. It is a romance from another era, copyright 1909. I’ve moved this book from Ohio to California, Oregon to Georgia, and everywhere in between. Every couple of years or so, I dust it  off and enjoy the journey once more.

Why not find a good book for the readers on your list this year?  There are a lot of them out there, for readers of every kind. And if you simply must have something electronic, check out some of the e-readers available. My husband enjoys being able to take his library with him when he travels for work. Since he may be gone for weeks or months at a time, having a good selection of reading material with him helps pass the time in foreign climes.  As a nurse, our daughter enjoys having something small to take with her if she’s sitting up all night with a patient. And our grandson just likes his Kindle because its cool.

Check out the books on Amazon.com. You can buy electronic versions of many favorites, lend them to others, or just check them out of the library. Or if you’re like me and savor the feel of a good book in your hands, you can get those as well.

While you’re there, check out my stories at:


Or you can buy Jareth: First Lord in paperback at:


Have fun shopping.  Keep safe and have a wonderful holiday.

A piu tardi amici miei….

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My sweet friend for 13 years, Squeak

My sweet friend for 13 years, Squeak

Today has been a bit traumatic. For 13 years we’ve had a dear, sweet furry friend in our house.  He wasn’t too big, maybe a little overweight, but at 14 pounds he wasn’t so large physically.  His personality filled our world, but today he is gone.

We first met him when he appeared on our front porch, pawing through the trash for something to eat.  He was so cute, we decided to give him a home with us.  As a youngster he was clumsy, falling off of everything, including the top of the refrigerator. But his heart was always warm and loving.  He was kind and generous with his love, with gray tabby fur which, in  certain light, had a greenish tint to it. His jowly face and long fangs lent him a slightly comic air which went well with his personality.

As he grew, so did his love for us and ours for him. Though he got bigger, his voice did not. Hence the name Squeak, which was the only sound he ever made, except for his big happy purr. He got along well with all the other members of the household  and made himself right at home. He had his own bed, his own rug–a round, shaggy, blue one–and his own food bowl. Of them all, the blue rug was the one thing he did not share. What he would have done without it, I don’t know.  It was a bed, a toy, a security blanket all wrapped in one. It had been repaired and patched so many times it was nearly ready for the trash. But because he loved it so much, I always mended it one more time.

Squeak made a lot of friends in his life. Our grandsons adored him and the doctors and staff of the Commerce Veterinary Hospital have loved and cared for him during most of his life. Whenever I had to be away, he boarded there with his friends.  We thank them for their kindness and generosity toward him and for the sympathy they have expressed on his passing. I know they will miss him nearly as much as we do.

It’s hard to say why our pets have such a profound effect on our lives.  Is it simply the amount of time we have with them before they pass on? Is it their presence throughout our days which gives us comfort when we’re down? Maybe it’s all their little quirks which make us laugh or the way they always sleep on that one corner of the bed. Perhaps it’s their willingness to sit with us when we’re ill and need  comfort.

Squeak had all those attributes and more. He slept with me when I was recovering from chemotherapy. His needs, even though they were just food and water,  forced me to make my way at least as far as the kitchen each day. And since I was there already, I would get a glass of water and maybe a snack to keep me going. When my husband was gone for business, I at least had my big furry friend to keep me company, with a personality as big as the whole outdoors.

I will miss my friend Squeak, with all his little foibles. I know that wherever he is, he is finished with the pain and discomfort he’s felt  while fighting the infection that finally took his life. Knowing this, however, doesn’t fill the hole in my heart or dry my tears. It doesn’t keep my husband from looking over to  where Squeak always slept, expecting to see him there. It won’t help the sense of loss we’ll  feel as we dig his grave and bury him beside other friends who passed over before him.

Is it silly to get so attached to a pet? Some will say, yes. And there are times, like tonight, when I wish I could stay aloof in my humanity and not give those ‘lesser beings’ such a place in my heart. But I can’t. They, in their very own way, share their heart and world with me. How can I do less?

Tonight we say goodbye to an old and dear friend, Squeak. Wherever you are, you big sweet love, take care and have fun. And remember, catnip makes you silly, so use in moderation.

A piu tardi, amico mio.

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