Who Am I To Be So Brilliant…?

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

Forget resolutions, I never make them, mainly because I never keep them. I just try to improve my life everyday I try to make better decisions. It is something I can do every moment, every hour… It requires me to think before I react, think after I react and probably think more often. It gives me constant chances to improve. It gives me various opportunities to love, forgive and renew. It opens me up to limitless possibilities.

Limitless possibilities reminds me of a very recent incident. Last night My husband and I were attending a New Years Eve event. It was just after midnight as we were passing an older man, my husband looked at him and said; “Happy New Year to you sir.” The man replied; “Happy All the years.” We didn’t ask for clarification we just continued to walk. However, the message I received from his reply was don’t just limit it to one year life has unlimited possibilities! So Happy All the years Everyone!

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Who Am I to Be So Brilliant…?

God’s healing touch

Published 11:04pm Friday, October 29, 2010

Regina Foster knows, without a doubt, what the touch of God’s hand can do.  Early on Friday morning, May 21, 2009, she ran her hand across her breast and felt a lump.  “I’m not going to say that I checked my breasts because that would not be true,” Foster said. ‘I just didn’t do it. So, I know that it was God’s hand that put my hand on my breast that morning. I know that.”  Foster’s mammogram in October 2008 was normal but that didn’t ease the concern of finding a lump.

“I went to my gynecologist in Enterprise, Dr. Warren Banach, and he sent me to another doctor and I had an ultrasound done and it came back ‘normal,’” Foster said. “But Dr. Banach said he didn’t like the wording of it. He said there is nothing normal about a lump that was not there eight months ago.”  Further examinations revealed that the lump was even bigger than the ultrasound showed and, in July, Foster was told that she had cancer, carcinoma.

“The doctor told me that because it was the type cancer that it was, I didn’t have to make a decision right away about what I wanted to do, but not to take months,” Foster said. “I had a friend that had been diagnosed with cancer and she helped me and I prayed and I came to a decision.”  On July 22, 2009, Foster had her breast removed. “My breasts don’t make me who I am,” she said.

Foster’s cancer was stage two and required three chemotherapy treatments, given every three weeks, September through November.  In December, Foster began radiation treatments and, after the first treatment, she found a lump under her arm, which was determined to be only a blood pocket.  Following the chemotherapy, 35 radiation treatments were prescribed for Foster and she drove herself to every one of them.

Between those times, she was having a difficult time being alone at home.  “For me, it was a mind thing,” she said. “It was like the walls were closing in on me. I had to get back to work.”  Foster works in financial services at Troy University and the university made arrangements for her to come back to work while she was taking the radiation treatments.  “Being around people kept my mind occupied,” Foster said. “It kept me from wallowing around in what I was going through. I didn’t let cancer take over my spirit.”   Co-workers were surprised that Foster could take a radiation treatment and come back to work the next day, seemingly feeling good.  “They would ask me if I felt as good as it seemed like I did,”

Foster said. “It was hard but I trusted in God because I know there is nothing too hard for Him. “Now, I’m not saying that I didn’t cry because I did. My daughter was a senior when I was diagnosed, and I thought that I might not see her graduate but God said otherwise.”

What is so amazing to Foster is that having cancer has made her stronger. “I used to be a real cry baby,” she said. “I’d cry at any little thing. I have always prayed and had a strong relationship with God but I have become stronger and stronger as I’ve had to deal with this disease. I know that God is with me because I can do nothing by myself.”

The strength and courage with which Foster has faced cancer has been an inspiration to others.

in my family so it can happen to anyone. And, when it does, you’ve got to stay positive and trust in God to see you through. He has been so good to me. I know how blessed I am.”

Foster’s radiation treatments stopped in February but she has had another close brush with the disease. “The doctors noticed two nodules on my lungs but they don’t think the spots are cancer,” she said. “They think the chemo treatments could have caused them. If it had been cancer, the radiation should have shrunk them but they’ve not changed in size.”

Foster is a choir member at Bethel Missionary Baptist Church. Her pastor, the Rev. L.C. McMillan, told her that he had no idea what she was going through but “Now, you’ve got to believe in what you’re singing.”  And, when Regina Foster sings of God’s love, His mercy, His grace, His comfort and His help in time of need, she believes every word of it – “without a doubt.”

Who Am I to Be So Brilliant…?

There are some words that we in society have allowed to be tainted and distract us from the true meaning and respect they carry. Father is one of those words. In this land of absentee fathers, deadbeat dads, sperm donors and a few more negatives. We have forgotten to give spotlight to the men who honor fatherhood. I have done much thinking about this today and been encouraged to recognize my blessings. It is my fortune to be surrounded by a very large group of men who take seriously their responsibility of teaching, loving and caring for their sons and daughters. These men stand proud as they provide for those in and out of their care. They deserve whatever praise can be given them for a job well done. So I have decided that I will not be distracted by the few that I have encountered who are not up for the job. Instead I proudly remember my father Mr. Percy Goodman. I give admiration to my husband and the many men like him who bring honor the word father every day. I solicit you to take time to encourage these kinds of men often and especially today join me in saying thank you; we love you and Happy Father’s Day.

Who Am I to Be So Brilliant…?

Have a Happy Mother’s Day !!!

Every day brings me thoughts of my loving mother, Fannie M. Goodman.  Hope you all enjoy this poem I wrote a few years ago in her memory.

 

They Never Forget

A mother never forgets her real source of joy

She never forgets the thrill of holding her little girl or boy

Never does she forget the personality of each individual one

She never ever forgets

A son never forgets time spent in his mother’s arms

He never forgets the heart that made his so warm

Never does he forget the source of his strength

He never ever forgets

A daughter never forgets that her mother is her best friend

She never forgets the simple things like her smell or her grin

Never does she forget her role model for life

She never ever forgets

And if they are ever apart

These gems are in their hearts

And no matter how tough their lives get

Mothers, sons and daughters never forget

Who Am I to Be So Brilliant…?

Troy University in Montgomery, Al is  offering the Rape Aggression Defense (R.A.D) course during the month of June.  This is a 12 hour course that provides realistic self-defense tactics and techniques.  Classes will be taught 6:30-9:30 PM on June 6, 13, 20, and 27.  You must attend all 4 classes to complete the course. The course is open to any woman interested in attending.  There is no charge for active (currently registered) Troy students, faculty, or staff, but there is a $25 fee for all others payable by check, money order, or cash on the first night of class.  If you would like to register for the course, please provide your name, email address, and Troy identification number to Student Services by email at mss@troy.edu or sign up in Whitley Room 431 no later than May 31st.  Questions:  contact Student Services at 241-9532.

 

 

 

What is the R.A.D. System?

 

The Rape Aggression Defense System is a program of realistic, self-defense tactics and techniques. The R.A.D.    System is a comprehensive course for women that begins with awareness, prevention, risk reduction, and avoidance strategies, while progressing on to the basics of hands-on defense training. R.A.D. is not a Martial Arts program. Our courses are taught by certified R.A.D. instructors. All participants receive a lifetime free return and  practice policy. The R.A.D. Basic Defense System is currently being taught at many Colleges and Universities and is the only self-defense course endorsed by the International  Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (IACLEA).

 

 

Sincerely,

 

James E. Smith

JAMES E. SMITH

Associate Dean of Student Services

Troy University Montgomery

Phone:  (334) 241-9532

Who Am I to Be So Brilliant…?

God’s healing touch

Published 11:04pm Friday, October 29, 2010

Regina Foster knows, without a doubt, what the touch of God’s hand can do.  Early on Friday morning, May 21, 2009, she ran her hand across her breast and felt a lump.  “I’m not going to say that I checked my breasts because that would not be true,” Foster said. ‘I just didn’t do it. So, I know that it was God’s hand that put my hand on my breast that morning. I know that.”  Foster’s mammogram in October 2008 was normal but that didn’t ease the concern of finding a lump.

“I went to my gynecologist in Enterprise, Dr. Warren Banach, and he sent me to another doctor and I had an ultrasound done and it came back ‘normal,’” Foster said. “But Dr. Banach said he didn’t like the wording of it. He said there is nothing normal about a lump that was not there eight months ago.”  Further examinations revealed that the lump was even bigger than the ultrasound showed and, in July, Foster was told that she had cancer, carcinoma.

“The doctor told me that because it was the type cancer that it was, I didn’t have to make a decision right away about what I wanted to do, but not to take months,” Foster said. “I had a friend that had been diagnosed with cancer and she helped me and I prayed and I came to a decision.”  On July 22, 2009, Foster had her breast removed. “My breasts don’t make me who I am,” she said.

Foster’s cancer was stage two and required three chemotherapy treatments, given every three weeks, September through November.  In December, Foster began radiation treatments and, after the first treatment, she found a lump under her arm, which was determined to be only a blood pocket.  Following the chemotherapy, 35 radiation treatments were prescribed for Foster and she drove herself to every one of them.

Between those times, she was having a difficult time being alone at home.  “For me, it was a mind thing,” she said. “It was like the walls were closing in on me. I had to get back to work.”  Foster works in financial services at Troy University and the university made arrangements for her to come back to work while she was taking the radiation treatments.  “Being around people kept my mind occupied,” Foster said. “It kept me from wallowing around in what I was going through. I didn’t let cancer take over my spirit.”   Co-workers were surprised that Foster could take a radiation treatment and come back to work the next day, seemingly feeling good.  “They would ask me if I felt as good as it seemed like I did,”

Foster said. “It was hard but I trusted in God because I know there is nothing too hard for Him. “Now, I’m not saying that I didn’t cry because I did. My daughter was a senior when I was diagnosed, and I thought that I might not see her graduate but God said otherwise.”

What is so amazing to Foster is that having cancer has made her stronger. “I used to be a real cry baby,” she said. “I’d cry at any little thing. I have always prayed and had a strong relationship with God but I have become stronger and stronger as I’ve had to deal with this disease. I know that God is with me because I can do nothing by myself.”

The strength and courage with which Foster has faced cancer has been an inspiration to others.

in my family so it can happen to anyone. And, when it does, you’ve got to stay positive and trust in God to see you through. He has been so good to me. I know how blessed I am.”

Foster’s radiation treatments stopped in February but she has had another close brush with the disease. “The doctors noticed two nodules on my lungs but they don’t think the spots are cancer,” she said. “They think the chemo treatments could have caused them. If it had been cancer, the radiation should have shrunk them but they’ve not changed in size.”

Foster is a choir member at Bethel Missionary Baptist Church. Her pastor, the Rev. L.C. McMillan, told her that he had no idea what she was going through but “Now, you’ve got to believe in what you’re singing.”  And, when Regina Foster sings of God’s love, His mercy, His grace, His comfort and His help in time of need, she believes every word of it – “without a doubt.”

Who Am I to Be So Brilliant…?

survivor shirt

I am so excited about our team this year!  We have 16 walkers!!! I must say to each of you I sincerely thank you for joining in the vision.  Our team really exemplifies winning the fight with cancer.  We are fortunate enough to be accompanied by two survivors, Regina Foster and Lynn Watts who have the honor of being able to adorn pink shirts. They are our physical examples of the blessing of research.  Join me in thanking both of these ladies for their daily determination to show vibrant life.