O.K. : so lifting heavy sound equipment to and from my car at 9 a.m. on a – 27 morning might not seem like your idea of a good time but after I picked up the rest of my ‘band’ , unloaded the equipment at the Cross Cancer Institute in Edmonton and started to play and sing….it became a wee slice of Heaven.
It was only 45 minutes but I felt so happy to have my sister, Paula, sitting and singing beside me. One year ago she was bald and in 4th stage breast cancer with no hope of survival. She , a newlywed, was told to plan a holiday , get her affairs in order because even the strongest chemo was not even touching the hundreds of tumours in her lungs.
We were asked to return in 3 weeks and we decided to ‘storm Heaven’ with requests for a miracle. Did we believe she would actually get one? You bet we did! And we were honoured and rewarded with the miraculous disappearance of ALL signs of her cancer . She cannot officially be deemed cured until she has lived cancer free for 5 years but I am here to tell you that her hair is now curly and long enough to put in a pony tail and she is alive and very well.
So when I found out that Paula would be able to join me in performing at the Cross I was thrilled! Talk about coming full circle. It felt so good to see smiles , a few tears maybe, and feel love from our guests in the lobby. We just wanted to sing and play to help a few minutes perhaps pass with a little less darkness.
Paula stood beside me and she taped a photo of her bald self to the front of her music stand.
Just another cold day in Edmonton but I have a little more warmth in my heart. I hope we were able to spread some of that warmth to others today :)