Sunday, June 21, 2015

A true fighter......

Strength does not come from physical capacity.
It comes from indomitable will.
                   Mohandas Karamchand (Mahatma)Gandhi




On Friday June 19, 2015, in the middle of the night, a blonde first time Mom who had been abandoned shortly after her own birth on a blustery cold winter’s day long ago, presented our farm with a blonde haired, brown- eyed bundle of cuteness.


Annie is the perfect Mom. She delivered her calf with no help from us. Having never experiencing what a real Mom actually did, this surprised me a little. She knew instantly what to do, and both Mom and calf are doing well. Instinct and will, was all she had. That instinct to fight and keep going no matter what our life throws at us, is in all of us.


This little heifer will be named Betty. She is named after my best friend since we were five years old BA.

BA has been waiting to hear this news for months now. Any conversation we have had on the phone, or in a text a question had always came up. “Not yet” I would reply.


BA has been fighting an uphill gruelling battle of her own since the year Annie was born. BA is still fighting and winning. The colorectal cancer that had invaded her body continues to test her fighting survival instinct daily.

BA came to visit the farm just after Annie was born to help with the bottle feeding. This was BA’s first time ever feeding a calf, so they developed a very special bond. This was before the diagnosis that would change her way of life. She has been battling ever since. It has been a long hard road but she is indeed a fighter, just like Annie.


Once again this cancer has reared its ugly head and BA, as I write this, is going through another round of Chemo and dealing with all the complications that go with that. BA wants and needs you to know that if caught early this colorectal cancer beast is easier to slay. The beast CAN be slain. A Colonoscopy after the age of 50, or earlier if there is a family history, is what you need to do. Talk to your doctor, they can set it up. No one should have to fight this battle.


So this happy announcement is for my best friend since we were five years old BA, the toughest woman I know.

Love you BA xo hugs.

BA is no longer able to get down to her computer,meaning, she can no longer read this blog but I am going to open the comment section to anyone under the label anonymous for a few days and will be printing off and mailing to her your words of encouragement. If you would rather remain anonymous send me an email and she will get it, I guarantee that. She would love to hear from you. buttonsthoughts@gmail(DOT)com thank you Hug B 

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40 comments:

  1. awww. congratulations to grown-up annie! what a good mother! and welcome, little betty! dear BA, i do hope you will win your fight! bless you with strength and good cells and good will!

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  2. Congratulations to the new mother cow. It always amazes me when animals know instinctively what to do with their new babies. God sure takes care of his creatures, big or small. A testament to His constant presence and everlasting love.

    I hope that your friend BA continues to fight her courageous battle and wins. It's so generous of BA to let us know that if caught in time, this cancer can be beaten. I'm sending this courageous lady some loving thoughts and prayers upward for total healing and peace of mind.

    I've been a cancer surviver from stage 3 breast cancer in 2002 and told that I would probably die from it. I'm still here in 2015. I put all my trust in the Lord as He loves me more than any earthly person can love and He will never harm me. My surrender to His will has set me free and I feel at peace. Coming close to dyeing has given me a clearer perspective on the Life, the Truth and the Way.

    Sending BA some blessings for courage and strength and healing and also to you...
    Hugs.
    Julia

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  3. Even though I walk
    through the darkest valley,
    I will fear no evil,
    for You are with me;
    your rod and your staff,
    they comfort me.

    May BA and you find strength and comfort in these words.

    I am also a cancer survivor (over 9 years) and will have my last test next year (apparently if you make it through 10 years your probability of survival equals that of people who haven't had cancer).

    Nice to read that BA has a special bond with this feisty calf and mother (with the indomitable spirit). Bless you all.

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  4. Dear Betty! You are in good company if you and Buttons have been friends all this time. Annie and her new calf are waiting for you, so keep up the fight. Our daughter had a double mastectomy at age 37 and is now 45. Early detection is so important.

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  5. Congratulations to Annie. And oceans of caring to BA.

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  6. Thoughts and prayers to Ba and congrats to Annie.

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  7. Congratulations on the new calf. Annie is quite the looker.

    My sister has battled throat cancer and has won. Every time there's a checkup they schedule them further apart.

    Keep fighting BA. I'm rooting for you. Any friend of Buttons is a friend of mine!

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  8. sending love and good vibes to an amazing woman

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  9. Congrats on the new bundle of joy. Wishing better healthy days for BA. I did have a colonoscopy in March this year. Keep positive and sending along healing vibes to BA.

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  10. So glad to hear they are doing well!

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  11. Miss. B,
    The instincts of animals can really be amazing. Glad that Annie and her calf are doing good.

    Oh cancer, prayers of continued strength and healing for BA.

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  12. I wish BA all the best in her fight. She's right that it can be treated if caught early enough. We might not like colonoscopies but they're worth it. Now this was a neat post how you included Annie and wound around to BA.

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  13. Hold tough BA! I'm sending good thoughts your way. Soon you will be putting hats on the cows, same as your good friend, Buttons.

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  14. Such a cute calf..a miracle! I wish a miracle for BA that includes no more cancer...and no more chemo. Keep fighting!! :)

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  15. Hugs to BA! It was so nice to see last year after sooooo many years. Keep doing what you like to do.

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  16. Hey BA, it was soooo good to have seen you last year, after sooooooooo many years. I keep thinking about you. Keep doing what you like to do. Button is such a great person to have as a friend. Big hugsssss to you.

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  17. Happy to see the new one which has entered to this world. Prayers for you BA to get well soon...

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  18. Best wishes to your friend.
    Your cow is doing what nature intended...good on her..Hugs M xxox

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  19. I can't believe that Annie is now a mom! Look at her, all grown up and so pretty. Please let BA know that I will keep her in my thoughts and prayers. She's been fighting for a long time now and it must be so difficult for her. But cancer cannot beat courage or destroy love. I know how much you love BA, so I will be thinking of you too as you help her in this battle. Sending much love and many hugs to you both. ~ Inger

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  20. BA you have a great optimistic up beat attitude keep it up. It is going to work. It is a difficult journey but you still smile and worry about others. Sending my prayers.

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  21. Wonderful to hear that Annie became a good mama despite her difficult start. I'm sure her affection from her caring humans had something to do with that... And all my best to your dear BA. I hope she finds strength through family and loved ones like yourself to keep fighting her battle. Hugs to you both!

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  22. Thank you Thank you Thank you I have just mailed off all of the above comments to BA and I am sure it will make a big difference in her world. I will be mailing her another letter before the end of the week so keep them coming, it is never too late. This is what I love about my blogger family and the world in general. A world full of compassion and love for others. HUGS B

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  23. Hi Buttons - Sending lots of warm healing wishes to your friend BA ... it sounds like BA is indeed a fighter. Lots of people rooting for you BA ... get well soon! You and I are both lucky to have a caring friend like Buttons. I loved reading about Annie and Betty too.

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  24. Little Betty is so adorable! Glad everything was okay when she was born.
    So glad to hear BA is doing well.
    Lynne x

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  25. Lisa Workman
    7:28 AM
    Annie is a mom! How awesome. Thoughts of healing for your friend BA. She sounds amazing.

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  26. I do hope your friend continues to fight the good fight. Bless you for adding our healing thoughts her way.

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  27. Dear BA, your spirit and strong WILL will see you through this. I pray that all goes well and you see better days ahead very soon.
    Blessings to you for strength and courage to continue.

    Such sweet pics of Little Betty and her amazing mom. Give them a gentle pat from me.
    Hugs, cm

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  28. Congratulations to Annie and the sweet little one . . .
    Sending love and caring for your friend . . .

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  29. praying for your dear friend. My sister and my husband are both colon cancer survivors.

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  30. oooh congrats to all....i always wonder how they figure things out but they have the same instincts that we do!!!! i pray in a different way, i will pray in my purple debbie way!!!!!

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  31. Sounds like Betty the calf has a strong namesake! I want to send BA hugs and strength from CO. I hope she is surrounded by loving family and friends as she faces this round of treatments.

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  32. It's so amazing and heartwarming that Annie knew just what to do with her new calf.

    God bless you, BA. May God, the Great Physician, heal you. I am hoping and praying you will be well cared for in the medical establishment. God grant you strength and comfort, dear one.

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  33. BA: May God bless you in your battle, and give you the strength you need each and every day. May our Blessed Mother Mary protect you just as she protected her Son, and may your guardian angel support you in any weakness. I pray that God will see fit to heal you and that you will beat this cancer for good. Amen.

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  34. Gracie, send you friend the biggest blogging hug that you can, from all of us. I'm adding her to my prayers, and sending good thoughts, and love to her.

    Jen

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  35. Sending your BA all the healing thoughts I can muster. Sending her strength and love, too, to help fight the big fight. Also rooting for that darling little blondie calf and her courageous mom.

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  36. Hi BA! I am B's friend, Holly from Hamilton and she has spoken of you often to me. It sounds like you two have a really strong connection and one that B cherishes. How lovely that B has chosen to name Annie's calf after you - a high honour indeed! My thoughts are with you through this difficult time and I hope that you are well looked after and feel peaceful and comfortable and that you draw strength from all of the many people who love you around you xxx

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  37. All we can do is fight until it's time to let go. I hope with all my heart that your friend start feeling better!
    Good going little cow., way to go being a fighter!

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  38. Please pass on my thoughts and prayers to your friend, BA. My mom had colon cancer at age 58 and is still with us today at age 88!! :D Stay strong!

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  39. Congrats to Annie . Animal Mama instinct always kicks in when needed . I hope both Mama and baby do well ! I am sorry to hear of your friend BA I do hope she gets through this . I will pray for her to beat this and live a long healthy painless prosperous life . Thanks for sharing ,

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  40. Congratulations Annie! I knew you could do it...and a lovely little heifer there. Welcome Betty!
    BA...I pray that you will keep fighting, and win this battle! You have many "friends" out here in blog land, and we are rooting for you!!

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