I Love New Mexico

About all things New Mexican

Posted by admin on November - 16 - 2012 | 20 Comments

Sometimes you begin a thing without knowing the why or wherefore.  Your heart tells you to go in a certain direction, and you do it, not thinking about profit or recognition, but simply knowing that you have to follow your heart.  That’s how this blog is for me.  Several years ago, on a December night right after Christmas, I read an article about blogging for profit, and it talked about how the only way to blog was to write about something you love.  I wasn’t expecting a profit, but I knew what I wanted to write about immediately.  Thus “I Love New Mexico” was born.

This blog has led me to hundreds of people and places that I wouldn’t have found, or who wouldn’t have found me, otherwise. It’s made me take time to look around. I thought I was good at living in the moment and looking at the view before I started writing it, but I now realize that having a place to put my musings and observations made me much more aware of life and my surroundings. It’s been a gift that I didn’t know I was giving myself.

It also gave me the opportunity to write for several great companies – it’s a perfect portfolio for prospective blogging clients. I started writing for Two Casitas, which led me to monthly visits to Santa Fe, which eventually led me to my recent permanent move to Santa Fe.  I’ll always be a Quay County girl at heart, but boy am I happy to be in Santa Fe now!

Last week I hit a bit of a bump in the road, when I was diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer at Christus St. Vincent Hospital. I was rapidly diagnosed and then immediately sent to Dr. Tim Lopez, an oncologist with their Cancer Center. I start chemo treatments on December 4.

I don’t pass this news along for your concern and sympathy. Rather I just feel like my readers have become part of my base of friends in a way – we love the same places, and the comments I get from you let me know that we are generally of a like mind. We believe in the beauty of a New Mexico sunrise, the unexpected magic of a snow-covered New Mexico mountain, and the laughter and camaraderie of a shared meal of fresh green chile over Anything!

So, because we are like-minded, I ask for your prayers and/or good thoughts and of course, any advice or encouragement you might want to send my way. I feel confident about my ability to get through and then over this health issue, and I’m happy to be treated by a compassionate team of doctors and nurses who act as though my well-being is their only concern.

I’ll continue to write as much as possible – this is what feeds my soul and keeps me sane, besides the love of my family and friends and those New Mexico sunrises and sunsets and vistas and food. Stayed tuned for more of the same, now colored by an additional awareness of how blessed I am to live here.

This will not be my forum for sharing my treatment schedule or health.  For that you can check out http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/bunnyterry.  I hope that sharing my story there may help someone else who finds themselves in the same predicament.

I have amazing support from my family and numerous friends. We’ll eventually look back at this as just one more chapter in our life in New Mexico.

Thanks for checking in.

Bunny   November 2012


20 Responses so far.

  1. Myra Stafford says:

    I am a fellow Quay county girl that now lives in Los Alamos. I was diagnosed with Thyroid cancer and had my surgery, cancer treatment, and body scans at Christus. The staff at the cancer center are wonderful!

    • admin says:

      Thanks for that Myra. I’ve only been dealing with them for a week, but I’ve been so blessed by their care so far. And how are you now?


    • Mark C'de Baca says:

      I will be praying for you and a successful recovery, I trully enjoy your writting out here in Calif but do miss NM! I grew up in Los Alamos and visit my Dad and old friends twice a year, also I bring back the fall freashly roasted frozen green chile and Chimayo red for all my chile addicts here. I saw you will be up dating on Caringbridge so will follow you there, I follow a dear friends son Cade Spinello there to!

  2. So sorry to hear this. You might want to do some research on caisse’s tea. Best wishes.

  3. Sherri Pardo says:

    Dear Bunny,

    Just a quick note to let you know I love your blog, I share your love of New Mexico, and I will praying for you. Miracles – both medical and divine – happen all the time.

    Que Dios te acompañe,

  4. Shera Isler says:

    Dear Bunny,
    Want to tell you how much we enjoy your blog, always look forward to reading about the state we love.Our prayers are with you and will be thinking of you each time I see something beautiful in our state, which is almost every day. You take real good care, I will be following you on Caringbridge.

    Shera Isler

  5. Ricardo Marroquin says:

    I love your blog, keeps me in touch with New Mexico, a place I’ve learned to love. I pray for strength, hope and a your prompt recovery. God bless

  6. Hank Tomlinson says:

    Bunny, I enjoy following you on Facebook. We have a place in Angel Fire but are currently living and working in Vietnam. Your posts help us stay connected to NM which we miss here in dreary Hanoi. If you decide you want additional input on your cancer, MD Anderson in Houston has really helped our family. We will be praying for your full and speedy recovery.


  7. Diane says:

    I started following you’re blog last year because I love New Mexico too. I’m a Texas girl, but was lucky enough to live in Santa Fe for 3 wonderful years. I met my husband in Santa Fe. We still have family there even though we moved to my home state, Texas. I will keep you in my prayers and follow you on your journey. I love your blog. It keeps me close to a state I’ve grown to love as much as Texas. God bless.

  8. Jim Black says:

    Hi Bunny, Paulita and I were saddened to hear of your ailment. We hold you in our thoughts and pray for your speedy recovery.
    A quick story: The other day, I went duck hunting. As another day came to life, I enjoyed a marvelous purple & magenta New Mexican sunrise. I sat on the rust & gold painted banks of our lovely Rio Grande River, but no ducks came by. The air smelled fresh of fall time in NM, and the rich colors gave me a sense of calm. Still no ducks. I became frustrated after a couple of hours & thought, “I’m giving this up. It’s dumb to sit out here for nothing. There are never many ducks to shoot any longer.” Suddenly along came a large group, and I shot & missed. Again a few came by & again I missed. Now I was down, right angry. Then it dawned on me I was in a lovely, quiet place, where many would pay to be. I had so much to appreciate about my life. My wonderful wife, ours & our families health, and so on. So there I sat absorbing all of NM’s beauty and splendor. After another hour, I magically filled my limit of ducks and while leaving, felt as if I had won the lottery of a meal of tasty ducks, but more importantly an intimate morning in my beloved New Mexico.
    Paulita and I hope you too win the lottery, because you already have your beloved New Mexico.
    We love you Bunny!

    • admin says:

      Jim =- Love that story. And love hearing from you. I plan to get through this with a flourish! And my friends like you guys will be why.


  9. Janice says:

    Bunny, I really enjoy your blog. I grew up in Santa Fe and have strong family ties in Quay county – a perfect match as you already know. You have my best wishes that you may stay strong and recover quickly!

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