three to six months, one day at a time

I have been told I have three to six months left to live. I have decided to document this in one photo per day (most days I should say). The only rule, the photo should be the opposite of dying. I hope you find it inspirational. I am making memories and living life to its fullest. I smile most of the time. My glass is certainly half full, if not runneth over. I wish the same for each of you.


08.18.12

08.18.12

08.17.12

08.16.12 -Kyle

8.16 deserves two photos of the day. Of course me at the doughnut shop. But this extra one is special. This is my nephew, Kyle, in his dorm room. See, this is his first day at college, and I got to see it. Love you Kyle.

08.16.12

08.16.12

08.14.12

08.12.12

08.12.12

08.11.12 – Mama came over to love on me!

08.07.12

08.07.12

08.06.12

08.06.12

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07.29.12

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07.28.12

07.24.12

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07.23.12

07.23.12

07.22.12

07.21.12

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7.19.12 I can no longer ride this, but you can. Buy a raffle ticket at www.rallyforronnie.org

07.18.12 Banana Bread from Riley’s Railhouse

07.17.12

07.16.12

07.15.12

07.14.12

day nine

07.13.12 – in home reiki healing massage

day eight

07.12.12

day seven

07.11.12

07.10.12

day five

07.09.12

06.12.12 – a little out of order, this is from our recent Dream Foundation trip to California

day three

07.08.12

day two

07.06.12

day one

07.05.12

I did not write this but I beleive it is true.

Life is like a camera. Focus on what is important, capture good times, develop from the negatives, and if things just don’t work out, take another shot.

38 Responses to “three to six months, one day at a time”

  1. Patty Kious Says:

    You are an inspiration and I will look forward to seeing the new photo each day !!!


  2. you truly are an inspiration and the sharing of your journey is such a gift to all of us. Your experience has so much to teach us about life, love and the things that are truly important. May God bless and those you love.


  3. Love you Ronnie! You are an inspiration beyond imagination.


  4. Ever since we met through Operation Bellavida, you have continued to amaze me! Much love and prayers to you all!!

    • Nanette Kosht Richards Says:

      Ronnie, I saw the pictures, knew you were fighting cancer, but just read the blog, my father cried. I had no idea what you are dealing with. I was in the 8th grade when my mom died from breast cancer. You are writing the things I wish she could have written to me. God bless you and your family as you take this journey together. Nanette

  5. deborah von der Linden Says:

    Lots of love and prayers Ronnie!!!! Pictures are awesome!

  6. Alvina (Triggs) Perry Says:

    Ronnie, I have to admit that I have been selfish and self consumed in my life and my itty bitty problems so I’m just reading your blog. I’m sitting here with tears streaming fiercely down my face. 2 reasons.. one because I have had the pleasure of working side by side with you, watching your creativity, your remarkable talent, quick-witted humor, and adorable personality. So my natural self believes this is unfair to you, your family, and the world!! And second because you have the best approach to facing something we all fear – DEATH. My faith teaches me that death isn’t the end, it’s the beginning, so celebrate girl… LIVE IT UP. As I have sat in awe of you many times before, you are a legend!! You leave a wonderful legacy. BIG HUGS to you and God Bless.

  7. Jennifer Says:

    Thinking you ~ thanks for sharing your pictures and journey with us! xxx

  8. Laura Blair Says:

    Sending you all the love in the world Sparkle!

  9. Kevin Norwood Says:

    I found your blog from Reiter Photography by chance. I thought I would take a peak. I did more than that. I read the entire thing. I have never been so glad to read something. I wish something could be done so that your kind of soul can be spared and kept here for us all. Then after thought, I take that wish back. When you are gone, the same inspiration will be left behind to build your family for generations, but now you will get to be with the Lord. Isn’t that what the meaning of life is all about. As long as you have put your essence into the embodiment of your girls and planned as you have, you are no longer needed. Only wanted. Godspeed and have a wonderful adventure watching over your family for eternity.

  10. Carolyn Engel Says:

    Ronnie, you are amazing! My prayers are with you always.

  11. Jackie Puzniak Says:

    Love this daily photo journal. Great idea. Look forward to each new picture. Love and hugs to my hero.

  12. Betsy Happel Says:

    What a cool idea!!!!

  13. Wendy Kenville Says:

    Ronnie, you not only inspire me, but you reminded me to enjoy each day and to never take life for granted. I knew the talent you possessed when working at “the bear”, but I never could have imagined the amazing courage you have. Your girls will grow up to be so strong because of your strength. I will keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers…hugs…Wendy

  14. Mama Says:

    I am so proud of my daughter and I wish I could be as strong as she is. But I can’t because I am her mother, I love her so much, I can’t even think of my life without her in it and no mother could.


  15. I love this. What a gift.

  16. Desiree Says:

    You always leave me deeply touched & totally speechless… and I KNOW your mansion in heaven is gonna rock! Praying for many more blessings in the days to come… ❤

  17. Dara Says:

    Have you thought about making this a facebook page too for people to follow? You may or may not like canswear.net. Best.

  18. Dara Says:

    Have you thought of making this a facebook page for people to follow? You may or may not like canwear.net. Best. : )

  19. Jeanie W Says:

    Hi Ronnie – just found your blog after being referred here by CTMH consultant. I need to do some catching up to get whole story, but wanted to say “You go girl!” Love your thought to do a photo a day. My mother dies from metasis of breast cancer 32 years ago and wish I would have had the knowledge to help her through the final journey I myself am a 7 year survivor so know some of the challenges. Thank you for sharing. You are giving all of us a gift with your great words, thoughts and photos. Love you, sister!
    Jeanie

  20. Heather Barksdale Says:

    Love, love, love you and your amazing family. Always, my friend.

  21. Caron Hughes Says:

    I didn’t get to work with you long, but your strength, your inspiration, and your enormous capacity for loving others – enough to share this time with us – is breathtaking. I am in awe of you young warrior, and I pray for peace and comfort during this ultimate journey. May God Bless you, and may He keep an ever watchful eye on your family through this transition. Lots of love, Caron

  22. Carol Engleman Says:

    Ronnie, Thank you for sharing your life with all of us. Your journey has brought us all to our knees thanking God for a life well lived with a joy that passes all worldly understanding. I stand is awe and respect of the life you chose to live, one filled with the utmost grace and compassion. I pray for your peace and joy as you move through the remaining days. Jesus is with and He will lead you home.

  23. Brenda Redwine Janik Says:

    Ronnie, you are an inspiration for all women, mothers, daughters, sisters, grandma’s etc., your courage is larger than life it’s self, good luck and god bless and thank you for being you. Love Brenda Redwine Janik

  24. Donna Mason Spier Says:

    I remember the first time we met….standing in a photography studio staring at our photos….you told me then that I was the reason you had those pictures taken. I look at that picture of you now with your boxing gloves in the air….looking up at God and letting him know that you were gonna fight….not just a little fight, a real fight. And fight you have. I like to think that our time here on earth is about many things….loving, learning, teaching….its up to us. Some of us do more than others. You my friend have taken this journey and turned it into one of the greatest learning experiences most of us will ever have. Because of your willingness to share not only your battle, but your feelings both good and bad, you have opened all our hearts and minds to what life is really about….each and every day is a gift, there are no guarantees of another healthy day. And what we choose to do with these days is up to us.
    So now, I can say to you that you are the reason that I see life the way I do. Its not about how long we are here, its about what we do with the time we have.
    Im proud that my photos hung with yours….and I will cherish the lessons you have taught me.
    Donna Mason Spier

  25. Kim Mosley Says:

    Thanks for sharing your path. You are facing what we all are hiding. And you are enjoying the cake knowing that it will be eaten. You are a wonder, Ronnie.

  26. Elizabeth Says:

    Wow Ronnie. Thanks for the honesty and bravery. You inspire.

  27. Beth Edmonds Says:

    Wow, you truely are amazing. And thanks for sharing your story. As a survivor myself, I admire your courage and strength and what a wonderful thing you are doing

  28. Claire Blair Says:

    Something or someone brought me here I was diagnosed in September 2006 with mets right from the start !!!! Breast, liver and bones !!! I was given 2 weeks to live !!! Keep smiling keep believing and keep fighting !!! Xxxx

  29. karen missler Says:

    The legacy you leave your girls is going to be an amazing one. What strength you are giving them that they will carry through life is so admirable. You have to know how courageous you are and what your family is learning from this journey is Just amazing…

  30. Barbara Jarvis Says:

    Ronnie you are such an inspiration to me. Love your blog and all the pictures. I do miss you on Mondays , but know that you are doing what is your highest priority. Use your energy wisely.
    Lots of Hugs
    Barb

  31. keri Says:

    Ronnie, the multitude you’ve touched and inspired with your words and your photos celebrating life are a testament to your strength, and just a part of your amazing legacy. Stay strong! (I know I don’t need to say that last part…you do it anyways because that’s who you are).

  32. mom hasek Says:

    Did Ronnie work at Build a Bear? My deepest sympathy to her family. Get through the next few days the best you can. Just live through it. Remember to breath. Mom Hasek


  33. What an amazing women… RIP

  34. Laura Says:

    I will miss you so much, Ronnie. We did not see or talk to each other every day, but you were/are always on my mind, sometimes showing up in my dreams, sometimes on my laptop, always in my heart. You were a blazing bright spot in the landscape of my 41-year life. You reminded me of what is so easy to forget. I will do my best to honor you by not forgetting…anymore.

  35. earl smelser Says:

    Ronnie and Family

    As a 62 year old wounded VietNam Vet. I to had the faith of live every day as the last for many years but as always as people we have lost that thought till I saw your pictures and story what a wonderful person you areI never knew you I have known you all my life thank you for making think the right in this trouble world and for brave way of life you have shown the worldNothing is better than the present take it by the horns and run with it I will think of you often now as I go through life Thank you for your life for us left behind see you soon
    Earl Smelser
    Herculaneum mo.

  36. Jamie Casillas Richardson Says:

    RIP Ronnie! I know you will be so missed by all of your family, friends, and even those that know you only by your amazing blogs. I am grateful for your ideas of keeping such a diary of the good and bad of your life. So many parents pass away without being able to tell their children/grandchildren, friends, & loved ones stories and most importantly how much they will always love them. I am so glad you were able to share with everyone your thoughts, feelings, and wishes for the future. You are such an inspiration and I’m sure you know that. Your family is so proud of you and you are so loved and it brings peace to know that you did realize that and you know that your loved ones will be alright. As I read your blogs, that is what you wanted to know. You are such a strong and courageous woman and have made such an impact on so many lives. God Bless your mom, dad, Tracy, your 3 beautiful girls, husband, and all your friends and family. I will think of you each time I see a sunflower or smell freshly baked bread!

  37. Mike Hazelton Says:

    Erin, your mom looks like a wonderful person! I had no idea you were going through this. My heart breaks for you and your family today. You are in my thoughts!

    Mike Hazelton


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