Thursday, May 27, 2010

A Prayer for a Stranger

I stopped by the local pawn shop this morning on a mission. I hadn't been to one in probably 20 years. At that time I was looking to pick up some sound gear for a band I was helping. Today I was looking for another Wii gaming system to stream Netflix movies to one of my TVs. I bought one, it didn't work and, even though the store had an as-is no return policy, they gentleman kindly let me exchange it for another one, which does work. What does this have to do with myeloma you might ask?

Well, nothing. But, with apologies to Paul Harvey, here's the rest of the story.

I'm somewhat garrulous and have always enjoyed talking with people, friends and strangers alike. They certainly don't get much stranger than me! Anyway, at the pawn shop, R. and I talked about several things. It turns out that he's originally from Bentonville, AR the home of WalMart and it's founder Sam Walton. R. grew up knowing Sam and went to school with some of his kids. What's this have to do with Myeloma?

Well, did you know that Sam Walton passed away in 1992 after battling Myeloma? He donated significant money to help establish The Myeloma Institute for Research & Therapy at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock. This is where I and thousands of folks from 50 different countries have been treated over the last twenty or so years.
Anyway, that's not where I'm heading with this post. It seems that R.'s wife has been fighting cancer for the last three years and it's been rough. It's apparent after talking with him for a scant few minutes that a very decent, kind and compassionate human being. My heart immediately went out to him as the concerned caregiver of a woman he loves. You all know what that is about.

I'm asking that in the middle of all of your concerns, that you'd take a second to think a kind thought, say a prayer, send a good vibe, whatever you believe works, to R. and his wife, E.R. I believe that it helps.

Thank you for caring! Keep fighting!


PS- R. If you visit this site, thanks for sharing your book with me. You and E.R. have created some beautiful, thoughtful poetry. My warmest wishes to you both.  


Lorna said...

As requested, positive energy is being sent over the pond. Thinking of you R. and E.R. :-)

Sean Murray said...

Thank you Lorna! In the middle of your and Micky's battle, you've always been gracious, upbeat and oh so witty. Your attitude is inspirational. Onward and upward! Thanks, friend. Sean

Sandy said...

Intentions for healing solutions are being beamed to R and ER as requested, knowing that energy of this sort can make a difference!

feresaknit said...

Although I'm playing catch up - no sooner read than done!

Susie Hemingway said...

Although I'm late - prayers don't have a time limit, so mine are on their way for R and ER.

Rogerss said...

Seth, I did indeed visit the site and I'm impressed. Glad you enjoyed the book. I consider poetry to be very personal, sort of an indirect way to say what is on your mind.

Had a nice visit this holiday weekend with ER's five sisters and extended families.

I'd like to also thank everybody for for their kind thoughts and prayers. Know that mine are extended to you all, or, as we say here in the ozarks, y'all, along with healing energy and clearings. And Love, don't forget the Love.
Roger aka "R"