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I tied my shoes this morning—and I’m typing about it with my own hands. Rode my bike to the coffee shop too. Small tasks for some, major feats for me. I guess I’ve begun to learn more about the lives other cancer warriors experience. Diagnosis, treatment, acceptance, struggle, support, love, the need to plan—but there’s reluctance to stretch the horizon of that plan. Veterans of the battle know all this. They’ve swallowed the fistfuls of pills; some effective, others gut-tearing and wrong. They’ve been lifted as they regain strength or have been ready to just rest and take what comes their way.
For me, I want more tomorrows like yesterday. Susie and I had our van parked at Swami’s near the Encinitas street fair by 7 AM. Stayed until the PM opposite. Graham and Susie jammed for hours. Christine and Mike Arme cruised in on the Street Glide. I think someone said we were “pimp”. The park was cool. There were no waves so it was a quiet day for locals. Busy for young European visitors and colorful people doing cool stuff like Tai Chi or slack lining. We’ll be back there very soon.
The moment I’m living in now is what I’ve got and it’s one with working hands, healthy, blooming roses, plans with my crew.
At the moment, couldn’t be better.
loren…love reading about your journey. pray that everything works out for you and your family. god bless
Now I’m like, well duh! Truly thankful for your help.
Tell Graham that would make a great song title…..”More Tomorrows Like Yesterday”, continuing to send love and prayers!
Enjoy each day I have been doing that since battling cancer for the last 10 years
Thank you for your eloquence in sharing your story. I’ve been following since i first heard about your battle through mutual friends. I’m always so inspired by stories like yours, especially having dealt with my dad’s own fight. Thank you for making us all want more tomorrow’s like yesterday.
Wow, excellent news dear friend, Loren! Your new “more tomorrows like yesterday” write-up gave me chills of happiness for you, Susie, Hannah, Graham & Britta! Julian & I are again, sending our love, support & my prayers for your continued, better health & positive attitude! Love & Hugs, Susan & Julian Wise
A crack in clouds is a ray of sunshine. It wasn’t long ago that you and I would sit up in the bleachers, watch Graham and Michael play ball. We had a special spirit (wink wink – smile). That same spirit, or in the spirit of those spirits is what got us to where we are. The blessings are just those; blessings. Stay strong because tomorrow is not promised to any of us. You have a lifetime ahead. With prayer from all your loved ones; this too shall pass. It won’t be long before we’re up in those bleachers watching our grandkids play ball. Keep that thirst for life that you’ve always had. To me, you’re the most Magnificent Man in the World. Stay thirsty my friend.
You have the right attitude Loren. As a cancer fighter too I know you just hold the little things tightly. Kind if wish I had lived this way before but always felt there were lots of tomorrow’s to do that. Now, I super an each day to make sure I cram in everything good I can. Hang tough, brother.
Love and live each day as your are doing. This is a gift from you for your family and friends. It brings happiness and smiles to their faces when you embrace life as you do. My healing wishes are with you.
Loren, being able to do the simple things in life is indeed quite a blessing. You have the right attitude and you will continue to heal. I wish you and your family well.☺
You teach with your attitude of gratitude. Thank you.
Wow, that’s such good news of the improvement on the use of your hand! Is that because your brain is healing, or because of physical therapy? Thanks for sharing the good news, I look forward to each and every post!
first of all have to say you look great on your Bike and wish you the very best and wishes for a good outcome on your future tests.take care.
Hold onto all of that…revel in more such days….heal.
So glad to hear your voice again. Your spirit drives you. To healthy, happy days. Thank you for sharing your journey. You inspire me to do more with my days. I too have been working with my hands in my garden and I am so happy I still can.
BTW, congrats on you latest accomplishment, the typing yourself and the bike. WTG!!
Loren, you may have cancer, at this moment, but life in fact terminal. I wish we could all realize that, and live each day to the fullest, be kind to each person we come into contact with, and do all we can to respect, beautify and preserve Mother Earth. You re such a fine example of what we all should be and be doing – appreciating each day and finding joy in simple things. I am certain that such a good man as you will be around a long time, sending us blogs from your lil’ cabin @ the beach as a very old man. ❤ Hugs, Jeanie
Loren… i haven’t seen you in a while but i xo you! i have been following. let me just say that your posts, (especially today’s) are inspiring. you are handling all of this so amazingly. and little do you know that the words you write here are relevant to people reading for all sorts of reasons that you may not even understand. just like always you are using your journey to share, and not hide…. which is so giving to other people. love you ….eileen b.
thanks Loren. Keep the journey going towards good health.
As I find myself complaining about one thing or another, I get and read your blog. Like cold water in the face, it makes me realize how lucky I am. At least in this moment in time. Thanks for a dose of reality Loren, I needed that.
The jam suddenly and weirdly jumped into a Loren green-screen environmentally-friendly production: “they say a weed is any plant growing where you don’t want it”. Truer words were never spoken. Meanwhile, life is, in the words of Thornton Wilder (Our Town),: “So all that was going on and we never noticed?…oh Earth, you’re too wonderful for anybody to realize you…Do any human beings ever realize life while they live it?–every, every minute…”.
God bless you and your family on this journey.
Your courage and love of living is inspirational. I remember you as a newscaster in Albuquerque in the late70’s and followed you here when I moved to San Diego.
Keep up your amazing attitude.
thank you Loren…you are making me appreciate my days so much more! I wish you enough…
Loren – I love how you are taking your life and living the best you can. My dad fought the good fight for 3 years with liver cancer. That was without chemo or radiation. They just took as much as they could out and that was it. He always had a handlebar mustache and he did not want to part with it. Even when I was born he had it. He was just ornery enough to last as long as he did… And I have a feeling you’re going to be enjoying life for years to come. Gotta be a little ornery sometimes!
Loren……is it not the most awesome feeling when you start feeling better!!!!! Cancer definitely teaches us about living in the moment; it’s just too bad it takes something like this to fully get us to understand the concept. So, so happy for you. Keep up the good work!
Funny huh, how we appreciate the little things in life 🙂 I know I do these days. My Multiple Sclerosis, really brings me some bad days…. I really like hearing your voice, its a friend forsure…. Blessings, Loren
I am glad the weather was perfect for you. Nothing like spending some time at the coast with family, great music, family dog and of course a fun bike ride :).
Sometimes we are in such a hurry in life, we forget what is right in front of our eyes, in our own backyards. Sometimes this huge slap in our faces, called cancer, wakes us up and reminds us-Hey you-stop and look around! Hate that it’s cancer, but you don’t make the 10 yr out plans, but the 10 minute plans…the 10 day plan. And that’s ok too. It could be cancer, it could be a bus as you are crossing, but never look back and say “I should have done….” Do it now. And sometimes the backyard at Swami’s is just the place to do it. Always praying for you!! Always keeping hope for you and so many others.
Glad to see you are out and about. I had 5 by pass heart surgery in November 1998 and I thank the Lord above each day that I am able to view this great earth. Life is a great journey and you are living it to its fullest. May God Bless you and your family. I am enjoying another beautiful day with my family here in Eugene, Oregon..
Truly loved hearing that comforting, down-to-earth voice, again. Your segments always made the “news” so much easier to bear, bringing us back to a simpler everyday reality that was within range in the day-to-day lives we live in.
Big smiles today because of this blog. Hope all days are as kick back and fun as yesterday for your whole family. Hugs!
Loren, your at your best in present time. It feels good saying hugs and prayers for you… I had open heart surgery 5 way bypass and living on borrowed time, but living is now not tomorrow. And today was a beautiful day!
Great to hear your voice so strong and true. You made all our days Hugs to you and your family.
Loren – Hearing your voice is a balm to the senses. Knowing that you typed and rode a bike brings joy to my heart. And I know that every little feat makes your family’s hearts soar, as well. Keep up your spirits…and stay “pimp.” Love and prayers to you all.
(ps. hope Gumby got to go on that bike ride! He likes to go on outings)
Thank you for all you do. You are an inspiration to all. May the Lord Bless you always.
I so agree with Yolanda. Love reading and hearing about your travels and all you are sharing with us. God Bless you and your family. Praying for you everyday.
So sorry you are going through this battle. You are in my thoughts & prayers. I’ve always enjoyed you on the news. You have always been so informative & joyful. I hope you are better soon.
:Loren, so glad to hear of your “accomplishments” Each one a great milestone in your recovery. Congratulations.
Present time consciousness. Thank you for demonstrating the benefits. In this moment all is right with the world. And all we truly have is this moment. Because our journeys are tied together, your peace, love and joyousness are uplifting. God’s continued blessings on your head… literally and figuratively. ❤
God bless you Loren, I look forward to your everyday. You lift me up & make me feel so good every time I hear from you. I’m so happy for your progress, keep up the good work. You & your family are in my prayers Love Linda Gloria
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You are therapy for each and every one of us who are following your blog. And . .am so impressed you are typing it yourself. What a delight to see the weed removal video. It is as if you have never missed beat. Keep up the great attitude and feel the love coming from all who know you.
“At the moment couldn’t be better” I was just reading from “Everyday Zen” before I saw your newest post. Loren, as you speak from the heart, you touch our hearts time and time again. We ALL should rest in the wonder of each moment. I pray that you fill your tomorrows with so many more moments like yesterday 🙂
Lovely to keep up on your improving news. Take care and keep on keepin’ on, Loren!
Loren, I had complete faith in YOU and in God that you would make it to this point! Now the tables are turned and you MY inspiration for putting first one foot on the floor in the mornings and then thanking each of you that I have one more day to make a difference in someone’s life!
Your journey is far from over, as is mine, but we will take the small things and appreciate them one by one, day by day!
As always, my love to you and yours! Deb
You are a living legacy…the strength, hope, guidance you share with those of us who are walking your path with you. And, along the way, you are showing us all how to live in the moment and enjoy what matters in life the most. Thank you and prayers.
Lauren, 13 years ago I had a spinal cord tumor removed, not malignant but still dangerous to remove. I had to learn to walk again and am now doing triathlons in honor of my sister who was a triathlete as a breast cancer survivor only to be claimed by it 2 years ago May 1. I wish you the best on your journey and appreciate you sharing it so intimately. God bless you and your family.