Don't waste the time you're given
Me and Leuk
by Jim Smith
3w ago
My daughter, her husband, and their two children moved in with us while their new house was being built. This physical closeness (there were six of us in a very small house!) gave us all a chance to develop a spiritual closeness as well. My daughter has a wonderful heart and cares deeply about almost everything. I, of course, already knew this – I raised her after all – but living in such close quarters I was reminded of it. One evening in particular we were watching a movie in which the main character got cancer. When I see such a movie of course it makes me think of my situation with leukemi ..read more
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Getting spiritual with CLL leukemia
Me and Leuk
by Jim Smith
1M ago
How to have a spiritual life when you have leukemia ..read more
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Smashed finger took my mind off leikemia
Me and Leuk
by Jim Smith
1M ago
I just came up with the perfect distraction to take my mind off leukemia. Although I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone else. Last week I was trying to unhook a utility trailer from my car. As soon as the trailer left the car's hitch it rolled forward and, like the idiot I am, I tried to stop it. The next thing I knew the tongue of the trailer fell, crushing the little finger of my left hand. My wife rushed me to the emergency hospital and they sewed me up, but they said I had to see a hand surgeon as soon as possible because it was a crush injury with a severed tendon and broken bone. Yesterday ..read more
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First leukemia and now this!
Me and Leuk
by Jim Smith
2M ago
Throughout this podcast I've tried to encourage people with CLL leukemia that they can have a well-lived life in spite of their disease. Well, now it's time for me to take my own advise as I face a new challenge: bladder cancer ..read more
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Embracing the changes leukemia brings
Me and Leuk
by Jim Smith
2M ago
Like so many things in life, leukemia brings change. When CLL came into my life, I still felt the same physically. But in my head I felt suddenly different. I knew the future was no longer going to go as I'd planned. The question was, and still is, how will I deal with that change? Do I fight it or embrace it? Do I let fear and doubt rule me, or do I push through it -- acknowledge my new life and move forward. Hopefully this podcast will have some answers ..read more
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New Year, New Goals despite CLL
Me and Leuk
by Jim Smith
5M ago
Don't let leukemia stop you from enjoying life. One of the best ways to do that is by setting and accomplishing goals. The aim of this episode to to encourage you to live a full life, no matter how long you have ..read more
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Don't let CLL stop you
Me and Leuk
by Jim Smith
7M ago
Yes, you have leukemia, but if you allow yourself to take your time you can accomplish more than you think. It's okay to take longer to do a project than it did before you had CLL. On today's episode I talk about my adventure tiling our bathroom. It took me three weeks! A job that most would do in a few days. Now, some of that time was spent learning how to do a job I'd never done before. But I also had to work at a slower pace. But I did it. So don't give up on yourself. And don't let Leuk convince you that you can't accomplish things ..read more
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Leukemia getting you down? Take a day off
Me and Leuk
by Jim Smith
9M ago
CLL leukemia, it ain't fun. Though my leukemia can seem like an invisible disease, sometimes leuk raises his ugly head and I just have to take a day off. That happened a couple days ago. So, of course it was a bit frustrating, but I didn't let it get to me. I didn't let leuk control my thoughts. It's okay to take some time off if you need to. Tomorrow will be better. Don't be hard on yourself if you can't accomplish ever thing you want to in one day. It's okay. You're okay. And, you are not alone. The rest of us deal with it too. I hope this episode will encourage you to keep on being who you ..read more
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Disc Golf: getting back out there
Me and Leuk
by Jim Smith
9M ago
Those of us with CLL leukemia can tend to narrow our lives down, letting leuk change us. But there is a whole life out there that we shouldn't let go of. Recently I spent a day playing disk golf with a friend. I was reminded that there is more to me than the leukemia. I can't let my disease stop me from being who I am. Leuk may be changing me physically, but I don't have to let him change me spiritually. I am still me ..read more
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Fight leukemia with goals
Me and Leuk
by Jim Smith
9M ago
There are ways to beat the fear and worry of having leukemia. Today we talk about setting short-term and long-term goals and how that can have a positive influence on your life. Don't let Leuk beat you down. Engage in Life again ..read more
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