Friday, December 25, 2015

Merry Christmas

Today is Christmas for a large part of the world. I know that not everyone who reads the blog celebrates this day, so for those of you who do, I say Merry Christmas.

And for all of you, whether you celebrate or not, I offer another traditional greeting for the day: Peace on Earth.

It seems like more than ever, we could use some peace on our planet. For those of us with Follicular Lymphoma, or any type of cancer, we have enough inner turmoil. We don't need all of that outer turmoil, too. It won't go away just by wishing you peace, but maybe all of our good feelings will add up and make a small difference together. Just a little less turmoil in our own tiny little parts of the world.

I don't know how many of you celebrate Christmas, but I do know you come from lots of countries besides my own, and I love seeing comments that identify where you are from. It's easy to see how different we are, just from the name of a country. But it's so much easier to see how much we are the same. Every one of us has had the same experience -- being told (or having a loved one be told) that we had cancer. There isn't much worse than hearing those words, and it's not a happy thing to have in common with so many other people.

So lets all try to spend just one day thinking about all of the other things we have in common with the people we encounter today, whether we're celebrating Christmas or not. Everyone hurts in some way, whether it's from cancer or not. But everyone celebrates those small joys, too. So find some way to celebrate with them. Or, even better -- give them some reason to feel just a little spark of joy.

Contribute to some peace on earth.

Have a good day, everyone.


Virginia Miller said...

Amen, Bob! Merry Christmas and Peace on Earth to all.

William May said...

Right on, Bob! A very Merry Christmas and a most happy, healthy, and prosperous 2016. Thanks for all your great posts - they have helped my wife (who has fNHL) a lot. Bill from Northern Virginia.

Unknown said...

Well said! Wishing you a Merry Xmas too. And thank you for sharing your knowledge on your blog.

Tom68 said...

Merry Christmas from Switzerland.
This year we have almost spring time weather and are far away from having snow....

Rodrigo Carvalho said...

Merry Christmas !
Rodrigo, from Brazil

Anonymous said...

Well said. Here's to a happy and healthy 2016
Donna from idaho

Anonymous said...

Merry Christmas. Thanks for the blog.

Kevin from snow covered New Mexico

Anonymous said...

Merrry Christmas Bob and Happy New Year to you from Toronto, Canada! Thanks for the blog!

Lymphomaniac said...

Thanks, everyone! I love seeing where all of you are from!
Happy and healthy new year to you all!

Anonymous said...

It would be great that 2016 was the year that comes a cure for follicular lymphoma.