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Friday I was inspired to blog about the dogs in my life (Furry Foto Friday) and that got me thinking about my stay in the hospital, especially the overnight. I didn’t see any reason for my parents or Jim to stay there with me – they needed their rest and I was well cared for with UIHC staff. I think the day had been more stressful for them than for me. I was medicated and out of it – they were wide awake and wondering how things were going, especially since I was in recovery for over 3 hours – waiting for a room to become available (and it was worth the wait because I ended up in a private room!).  Who would have guessed a little stuffed animal would help a grown 47-year old woman get through the night? (Jim, of course!) That night was rough with the nausea and fear, and each time I awoke in that groggy state induced by pain meds, Hup was there, reminding me that everything would be alright. If you could have been a fly on the wall, you would have seen how I smiled each time I awoke, Hup in my arms or at my side, reminding me of the love in my life. He sits on my bed these days, with a pillow I bought for myself in the spring, reminding me that life is like a garden and I am like a flower. When I make the bed each morning and  place Hup on the pillow, I am inspired to Grow Tall and Be Beautiful!  (Check out the Furry Foto Friday blog for the poem I wrote about ‘Hospital Hup’.)

© copyright Vicki L. Flaherty, Mostly My Heart Sings, 2013

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About Vicki Flaherty

I feel most alive when I am creating, whether through my writing and poetry, gardening and photography, or simply living my life each day. Running and yoga enrich my being. Travel opens me to new possibilities and greater awareness. I am happiest when I’m with my husband Jim. I share my gratitude for all the gifts in my life on my This Abundantly Delicious Life blog. I find a special joy in helping people succeed. I’ve done something valuable when I’ve helped a colleague or friend see their brilliance and express their full potential. I have awesome opportunities to do this as an industrial/organizational psychologist through leadership, mentoring, coaching, career and other talent programs. I try to encourage Leading with Intention at my blog of this name. As a breast cancer survivor, I found comfort and hope in writing. Poetry flowed through me like a river of healing during my diagnosis and treatment, which I share on my Mostly My Heart Sings blog, that I might offer encouragement and a place of grace and heart for those seeking comfort and hope along their journey.

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