Hope & Healing Through Photography and Poetic Expression

Reflecting: On You

 

In
the
dawn

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of
my
quest

~

I
take
pause
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and
assess;

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All
the
light

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I
have
known

~

in
this
sphere

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I
call
home;

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It’s
your

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unyielding
grace

~

like
a

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sea
of
embrace;

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Sharing
beauty

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and
song

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Lending
hope

.

ever
strong;

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Now
I
stop

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and
reflect

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Waves
of

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love
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and
respect;

~

Knowing

.

while
we’re
apart

~

in
your
hands

.

rests
my

heart.

~

©Robyn Lee

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To YOU:  my precious friends,

Do not worry — I promise to return as soon as I can! The time has come for me to embark on more in-depth medical explorations. It has been nearly 3 years since having undergone  bilateral hip surgeries gone wrong.  I have since learned that my hip sockets were extremely shallow from the start, and having a very flexible body-type, the surgery designed to repair my labrum and eliminate impingement by shaving bone, only served to make my hips more unstable.

Although I have given my all to an extensive program of strength and movement training, and conservative healing in every possible sense, I continue to experience progressive severe and constant daily pain and ongoing hip dislocation.

Unfortunately, I spend the majority of my waking hours exercising (non-weight bearing), and manipulating…trying to persuade my femur to stay its very shallow, unstable hip socket (I have no bone covering the front and side of my femoral head, and a labrum that is detached again). I spend a lot of time on the floor!

I  truly hoped to avoid this next leg of my journey, as I would so much rather spend my time at the beach and here with you! Nonetheless, even as I have achieved optimum strength and fitness, obtaining  glutes of steel, and legs appearing fit enough to run races, I cannot go on living with this level of pain and functional limitation on a daily basis.  The simple acts of walking, and sitting in a chair elevate my pain to levels I won’t even try to describe.  Thankfully I have been able to continue my biking and mat routines, squatting etc.   The truth is, I love life way too much, and want to participate in ALL of it.

I am scheduled to undergo several specialized tests this week at an esteemed orthopedic hospital in NYC, and will be consulting with surgeons and specialists over the next few months  in an attempt to formulate a sound plan of action for my complex case.  In the meantime, I will be posting on my blog  less often, but will do my best to continue visiting all of yours,  and providing updates whenever I can.

Please know how much you all mean to me … your love and support has been a true lifeline over the past two years.  I am not sure how I could have survived this challenge without all of you incredible souls.   Deep Thanks ~ and loving wishes always.

With all my heart,
Robyn

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222 responses

  1. Robyn – you are a Hero to all of us! Come back quick and healthier!
    Sending warm thought and baskets full of love and care…
    My prayers are with you, dear.

    July 26, 2013 at 12:49 PM

    • So much thanks for your encouraging words and warm wished dear Malgosia.
      Those are lovely baskets indeed :) x Love, Robyn

      July 26, 2013 at 4:26 PM

  2. artscottnet

    good thoughts and best wishes your way…

    July 26, 2013 at 12:52 PM

    • Thank you dear Scott. I truly appreciate that! x RL

      July 26, 2013 at 4:27 PM

  3. with tears i read your words, knowing how deeply you feel them. my heart and mind is with you, dear one, and always will be. know that over here, up on a hill, rests a woman who knows your path well. i will be always aware of your journey, sending you strength and love. there is light all around you and your strength is beyond measure. you will find what you seek and most of all, in the end, there will be peace. always there are new rocks we have yet to turn over to find the gold on the other side. be well and be at peace. most of all, know you are loved. xxx linda

    July 26, 2013 at 12:53 PM

    • Thank you dearest Linda. That means so much to me…. though no tears for me – just love and good wishes and your own continued path to healing and wellness. I will keep that beautiful lady “up on a hill” in my heart always. I have no clue where this will lead, but I’ve avoided visiting orthopedists this entire year (since being informed of the hip dysplasia issue) – hoping I could do this on my own… and although I’ve made some strides – there is still a huge monster in the room (if you know what I mean)… At least I need to get perspective and hopefully come up with a gameplan that includes more than rolling around on the floor in pain all day. Thank God for my blog family ~ truly – All my Love x Robyn

      July 26, 2013 at 4:31 PM

      • good evening my dear… i completely understand why you are taking these next steps. pain is the leveler in these things and everyone who lives with it’s constant, knows how you feel. there comes a time… i have a fused cervical spine but waited almost a full year before undergoing surgery, believing somehow i’d find another answer in alternatives and everything else minus what’s lurking under rocks. one day i found myself in the ER in such frightening pain upon awakening, i thought i might just die. then the constant pain meds and their lovely side effects…. in the end i had my surgery and had another year of hell but it was a complete-very rare-success! now i do not look back and do not regret it. sure, can’t turn my head so well nor look up but at least i can use my hands and it doesn’t hurt. it did leave my other half completely messed up along with my dwindling immune system but still, i don’t regret having that surgery. we do what we must.

        so i feel hopeful you will too. you will find the answers you need, even if it means more surgery. like you, i know how that feels to contemplate, but then again, i know what chronic pain and debilitated bodies feel like too so…. you do what you need and you will know when you know what is best. i am here for you should you need a listening ear, dear heart, but then again, you do know that. ;)

        much love and gentle hugs i send you across the clouds… i pray they part soon for you and the moon’s gentle glow brings you peace and comfort.

        July 27, 2013 at 1:17 AM

    • Hi again Linda… just wanted to thank you for checking back in and sharing your experience with the cervical fusion. Oddly, I had a similar ordeal with my lumbar fusion.. though I had pain for 10 years before succumbing to that, and although I fused successfully, the gigantic surgery did not address my pain (the theory it was always the hip!!) – can you imagine.. so have been chasing this body around now for a very long time… I just hope this time I get it right!! You are an inspiration to me Linda – you have an amazing spirit and the beauty that flows from your artistic soul is beyond incredible. I loved this : “much love and gentle hugs i send you across the clouds… i pray they part soon for you and the moon’s gentle glow brings you peace and comfort.” and will remember these words as I navigate the path ahead! Much Love ~ x RL

      July 27, 2013 at 11:16 AM

  4. George Ellington

    Your strength and determination are so inspiring, Robyn. I wish you well in this and in the long and healthy and active life that I believe awaits you after this treatment is complete and your own ongoing healing continues.

    July 26, 2013 at 12:58 PM

    • George I soooo appreciate that. Thank you dear friend. I hope one day I can realize this wonderful wish. Blessings and Love, Robyn

      July 26, 2013 at 4:34 PM

  5. Tom

    Robyn, prayers and healing grace … always.

    July 26, 2013 at 1:00 PM

    • And always, I appreciate dear Tom. Thank you with Love – Robyn

      July 26, 2013 at 4:35 PM

  6. Much love to you my precious friend with a most deep and loving spirit. I will be up lifting you in prayer and sending much love and many hugs your way. Blessings to you my dear for a successful journey. XO Robyn

    July 26, 2013 at 1:02 PM

    • So much thanks Robyn. That means so much to me… Hugs and Love to you my friend ~ x RL

      July 26, 2013 at 4:36 PM

  7. Julie Catherine

    Dear Robyn, I read this with tears flowing for you. You are so strong and determined, and such an inspiration to us all. I read this as I experience a new level of pain that has been unlike any other these past few years – and your words give me hope and strength. Thank you for all you are and all you do. As always, I keep you in my heart, my prayers and my thoughts, and send you much love and gentle hugs, dear friend. ~ Love, Julie xoxox

    July 26, 2013 at 1:09 PM

    • Oh Julie – no tears allowed, you hear?! Thank you so much my dear friend. I worry now about your new pain… I hope and pray it is something that will pass.Do stay strong and I will try too. Please keep me posted – k? I appreciate your loving wishes always ~ Gentle Hugs and much love, Robyn

      July 26, 2013 at 4:38 PM

  8. I was just wondering how you were doing when I saw you had posted another poem/photo. Good luck on this next leg of your journey and you will be in my thoughts and prayers.

    July 26, 2013 at 1:27 PM

    • Oh wow Dan… interesting timing then! Thank you so very much. I do appreciate your good thoughts and prayers my way. Blessings and Love to you ~ x RL

      July 26, 2013 at 4:57 PM

  9. Robyn,
    Wishing you good health, and best wishes for a speedy recovery and return to these pages (and to the beach), where your poetry and photos bring us light.

    July 26, 2013 at 1:57 PM

    • I really like your wishes dear Bumba! Thank you. I have a process ahead of me…but hoping for some clear direction and assurance that I will make the right choices. Hope to be back for visits soon. Much Love and Light ~ Robyn

      July 26, 2013 at 4:59 PM

      • Again, all the best and see you soon.

        July 26, 2013 at 9:36 PM

      • You will Bumba! Thank you ~ x

        July 26, 2013 at 10:41 PM

  10. In our hearts you’ll always be, so go and find that strength for thee. In your absence our hearts are strong, until you return the days will be long.
    Such silence does the sun give solace to your grace.
    Namaste
    Mrs.Robyn

    July 26, 2013 at 2:48 PM

    • So very beautiful dear friend. Thank you so much, and you just take good care of you. I will return…can’t stay away from this pace for very long – you know that… and will keep a watch on your incredible paintings in the interim. They always lift me up!
      Much Love, Robyn

      July 26, 2013 at 9:34 PM

  11. Have I ever mentioned that I hate things? LOL! I hate how I can be so careful and thoughtful in my post and then get the ‘you can’t post’ error. :( Hate it……but so love you.

    Rest assured that already they wait with grand plans to heal you, making room in their heart for you (they will be so surprised)……. I share one of my favorite quotes and hope you are reminded of it while away – there will come a time when you believe everything is ended – that will be the beginning. Beyond what we know, another world we should sense.

    Know that we shall wait with our hand on the porchrail and our eyes on the road……… I promise to keep the lantern burning and a fresh pot of coffee on the stove. Should you need anything, I know you know the way. I’ll drop you a note with my contact information should there be anything at all I can do for you.

    Always, you are here……..never think for a moment that you aren’t. ~ Ever with love for you, dear friend – dear Robyn. ~ Bobbie

    July 26, 2013 at 2:49 PM

    • Oh dearest Bobbie thank you so much. The quote is truly wonderful, and so much aligned with what I’ve always “known” somehow. Your words and wishes here are just beautiful. They will stay with me now, and give me added strength as I try to figure out what to do next! … Thank you wonderful lady ~ for the light and the coffee – and your everlasting hospitality always. I so appreciate you ~ Love, Robyn

      July 26, 2013 at 9:41 PM

  12. Take your time, Robyn. Get yourself healed up. We’ll still be here waiting for you when you get back.

    July 26, 2013 at 3:15 PM

    • Thanks so much dear Alastair – I will peek in on you often… and although I sense this will be a lengthy process ahead, I am keeping positive and hope to get posting again soon enough! much love, RL

      July 26, 2013 at 9:43 PM

      • I will keep you in my thoughts, and send out healing wishes to you

        July 27, 2013 at 5:45 AM

  13. Robyn, this poem is stunning. I think it’s one of my favorites of yours so far… I am so sorry to hear about your continued pain and the next steps you are being forced to take. My own father is an orthopedic surgeon, therefore it is easy for me to recognize just how complex your case must be… I will pray for wisdom for your doctors and the healing of His hand. I want you to be able to enjoy ALL of life, too. Blessings and peace to you, Jess

    July 26, 2013 at 3:54 PM

    • Aww … thank you dearest Jess! I am so happy you enjoyed the poetry — heartfelt for sure, as I debated just taking a silent break for a while, but felt my relationship with my friends and followers here is too important not to be totally upfront and honest. I usually like to reserve my space here for “escape” – but every now and then I need to get real and let everyone know what’s going on. Thank you for your prayers and understanding… and yes, as the daughter of an orthopedic surgeon, I am certain you have some insight as to the complexity of this condition…it’s usually one that is picked up at a much younger age, but my body was very good at compensating. I so appreciate your blessings ~ x much love, Robyn

      July 26, 2013 at 9:48 PM

  14. “Knowing
    .
    while
    we’re
    apart
    ~
    in
    your
    hands
    .
    rests
    my
    heart.
    ~”
    … deeply moving poetry!

    Robyn, you are such an inspiration to all of us.
    Please know that you’re in my thoughts.
    Love, light and healing
    Always,
    - Noora

    July 26, 2013 at 4:10 PM

    • Thank you so much dearest Noora… I am very touched that you enjoyed the poetry ~ just flowed from my heart in my effort to express emotion and my current status to all of my loved ones here. I appreciate your thoughts and healing wishes for me, and hope to be peeking in on all of my blog friends on a regular basis! Much Love ~ RL

      July 26, 2013 at 9:58 PM

  15. Robyn, you know pain and love, and it has been through pain that your love for life (and everything within it) has strengthen, and it will be love, the healing drop, one by one… making rain.

    Best of luck dear friend,

    OOO-clarice-OOO

    July 26, 2013 at 4:21 PM

    • Thank you so much Clarice. Deep appreciation! Much Love ~ Robyn

      July 26, 2013 at 9:59 PM

  16. All our best. All our love. All our prayers. All our hopes. May they wrap you in a blanket of peace.

    July 26, 2013 at 4:48 PM

    • All my thanks dearest Noah ~ I can feel that blanket as a warm and wonderful cozy place to nestle!! So appreciate your loving wishes and prayers… and hope to be back soon! Love to you ~ Robyn

      July 26, 2013 at 10:01 PM

  17. You have my thoughts, Robyn. Be well.

    July 26, 2013 at 5:24 PM

    • Truly appreciate that dear Joseph ~ I will do my best! So much Love, Robyn

      July 26, 2013 at 10:02 PM

  18. Okay, here’s the thing Robyn. You have my email, I need you to update me (just as you can), so I feel okay about how you’re doing! (have I made you feel guilty yet!) I will worry dreadfully if I don’t know! Take bestest care of you, my most special and dearest friend, my thoughts, and prayers (during these next few steps of testing and exploration) are right there with you. All my love to you along with my heart, most cherished friend! Penny xo

    July 26, 2013 at 5:42 PM

    • Of course Penny (no guilt here :) ) ~ I know this will be a longish process as I’ve completely been in state of denial and have not even had imaging studies in close to a year. Truly thought I could skip this part and jump right to “GO” – as in getting my life back without medical intervention – but as I’ve gotten stronger and more aware, I know in my heart that there is something ‘bigger’ going on here and need help figuring out exactly what to do next. I am hoping to be back with occasional posts (my muse will torture me if I completely neglect her right?) … and for sure will fill you in as I know more. All my love always my most beloved friend ~ Robyn

      July 26, 2013 at 10:23 PM

  19. Reblogged this on By the Mighty Mumford and commented:
    COME BACK TO US WHEN YOU CAN, ROBYN.

    July 26, 2013 at 5:50 PM

    • Thank you Jonathan… you are always so kind, and I am very honored you have shared my heartfelt post today. I promise to come back soon — will miss everyone way too much if I don’t!!! Love and Blessings ~ x Robyn

      July 26, 2013 at 10:25 PM

  20. dearest Robyn,
    know i am sending love and healing grace
    know that i will think of you daily
    know that you are an inspiration

    {{{ h u g s }}}}

    July 26, 2013 at 7:03 PM

    • Such poetic and beautiful sentiments! Thank you my dear friend… I do KNOW these things ~ and will hold this KNOWING close to me as I progress with all this unfun stuff. :) I will think of you too – especially when I look out at my swing from here on! So much appreciation and love,
      Robyn

      July 26, 2013 at 10:29 PM

  21. Thank you for that beautiful piece Sexy-Legs and know that a wee bit of Irish luck goes with you.

    July 26, 2013 at 7:12 PM

    • Mike — you are so funny. I am very glad you enjoyed the poetry, and the legs (have been looking at them lately trying to picture 9 inch scar :( )— but I will most definitely take that bit of Irish Luck you generously offered ~ Blessings and Love to you dear one ~ x Robyn

      July 26, 2013 at 10:31 PM

      • Felicitations and festive greetings to you and yours (;

        December 21, 2013 at 7:16 AM

  22. Yaz

    Robyn, while I walked the camino, I thought of you often. The long ardous walking took its toll on my non-athletic body and at night, I experienced such intense body pain that would not be relieved by medication, and made me get up and walk around so as not to focus on it. For me, the only time relief came was when I focused on the pain and delved deep to find its source in ideas that needed release. The intensity of the pain made me realize I was feeling just a tiny tip of the iceberg of what you had to go through every day of your life. Although it was unpleasant, I was glad to be able to be in a place that brought me closer to you and your burden. I so hope you find relief, Robyn. I will be there with you.

    July 26, 2013 at 7:15 PM

    • Oh Yaz… thank you so much… I am so sorry you had this encounter after your Camino Walk… though I hear it is a magnificent trail, I can imagine how rigorous it must be. Your way of handling it is very familiar to me… medication is not a remedy for my usual pain either… for me it is very much mechanical so needs me to reduce a joint that is out of socket. I then try to use methods like the one you describe, and other meditative techniques to try to stay aligned for as long as I can…. it’s a constant effort, I admit. You are so dear to think of me during all this, and I am wholeheartedly grateful for your compassionate heart. So much Love and appreciation for your presence always, Robyn

      July 26, 2013 at 10:38 PM

  23. Such strength and determination! Blessings to you!

    July 26, 2013 at 7:29 PM

    • You are most kind, and I so appreciate your warm words and blessings ~ With much love, Robyn

      July 26, 2013 at 10:39 PM

  24. Robyn, I offer you no comiseration, sympathy, or tears. Your strength of spirit requires none of these. I offer you wishes to find the right answers and procedures to correct the problems, hope for good, knowledgable and skilled physicians, faith, that if they do their part all will be better, not just for a while, but for a very long time, the ability to rely on your strength of heart and of spirit to see you through this trying time. I’ve felt for a while that there were more problems as there were fewer posts and there was a subtle difference in what I felt when I read them. Just remember, as you embark on this adventure, this one salient fact – YOU ARE INVINCIBLE !!! My prayers and love with you through the coming weeks/months until you are recovered. Love ‘n’ a Big Hug.
    Paul

    July 26, 2013 at 9:47 PM

    • Paul you wishes are perfect. I thank you will all my heart. All I really want is to be sure that whatever decision I make is a sound one that will lead me in the direction of healing. I have had way too many surgeries that promise to “fix” the problem, but instead created more complex ones. I guess my case is confusing this point since I’ve gone down so many wrong paths already. I will try to remember I’m Invincible – yes :) I am sure it will be a long road ahead, and I don’t want to rush into anything so I’m hoping to stick around here when I can, posting and checking up on my beloved friends like you~ Gratitude and Love to you – and a huge HUG ~ x RL

      July 27, 2013 at 10:50 AM

  25. Such a beautiful verse to end this current blogging period of your life. Best Wishes for a positive outcome on this next stage of your Healing Journey. I think of you constantly and send lots of love and positive thoughts across the miles in the hope that this constant round of pain and lack of mobility improves real soon.

    But in my heart know that there’ll be many more challenges which you face in the near future before you see some signs of relief.

    Life is not easy for some of us, but lovely people like you seem to have got some of the very worst of Health situations to deal with.

    Your difficulties remind me how lucky I am to have most of my chronic pain & health problems reduced in retirement. I don’t think I would have your strength and resolve to deal with such pain and debility as you have been experiencing.

    Lots of Love
    Vicki
    x

    July 26, 2013 at 10:42 PM

    • Thank you so much Vicki… the words here came so quickly and naturally. I really have come to love this land – and all of you wonderful people who inhabit it. Was a hard choice for me to decide to take a break, but I feel I will need to really focus on the decisions I will face these next few months.
      So appreciate your good wishes always, and I wish only the most abundant health and wellness for you too. Yes – I am sure this will be a long haul – but I’m maintaining hope that somewhere I’ll find the rainbow — you know, where I can run around with my DSLR and all the gear and take those long hikes, taking photos and not having to lie myself down on the floor every 10 minutes!! :) I never expect to be free of pain, but there just has to be a way to stabilize what is moving so much out of joint. That is the most frightening/painful part for me… In any case – I will be in touch for sure… So much Love to you ~ x Robyn

      July 27, 2013 at 10:56 AM

  26. Take care of you first & the rest will come along as you get better. Please do keep us posted when you get a chance. Will like to know how things are going & hoping you are on your way to healing & feeling better.
    Best wishes & blessings to you!

    July 26, 2013 at 10:44 PM

    • RoSy, thank you so much dear friend! I will take your advice and take good care of me… and then hope and pray I find the right answers. I’m hoping to return here as soon as I get my bearings and report on any decisions I make… and also get back to posting fun stuff! One day at a time, as they say :) I so appreciate your loving encouragement. Blessings and Love ~ Robyn

      July 27, 2013 at 11:02 AM

  27. eremophila

    Robyn, each time I pick up my knitting needles, I’ll think of your body being knitted back into a seamless pain free joyous life. ♥

    July 26, 2013 at 10:59 PM

    • What a fantastic visual dear eremophila!! Knit me a nice tight joint capsule that holds my hip good and secure – allowing it to move with ease and grace!!! :) I am holding on to that notion dear friend ~ so appreciate!!! x Robyn with Love

      July 27, 2013 at 11:04 AM

  28. Wishing you well, Miss Robyn…sending you good thoughts.

    July 26, 2013 at 11:12 PM

    • Always appreciate your wonderful wishes dear Scott… promise I won’t be a stranger and will keep an eye on your gorgeous work during my recess too :) ~ your unsent letter piece (reblog of older piece) really choked me up yesterday !!! Much Love ~ x RL

      July 27, 2013 at 11:06 AM

      • You are most welcome, Robyn…and thank you for your kind words about my letter post…glad you felt it with me. :)

        July 30, 2013 at 9:24 PM

  29. Wishing you all the best and God’s speed in a resolution and a recovery. Always a friend.
    Stan

    July 26, 2013 at 11:53 PM

    • Oh I so much appreciate your kind wishes dear Stan.
      Thank you with all my heart. Love and friendship always,
      Robyn

      July 27, 2013 at 11:08 AM

  30. Good luck with that, Robyn and hope to see you soon

    July 27, 2013 at 12:25 AM

    • Thanks so much dearest nightlake. I’m hoping I can sneak back here often… and continue to visit everyone’s blogs fairly often.
      So appreciate your good wishes! x Robyn with love

      July 27, 2013 at 11:10 AM

  31. Dear Robyn, your courage and inner strength awes me. You have my total admiration for the way you face your challenges.
    MY thoughts and prayers will join those of all your other blogging friends. So well, and may the Light sustain you.

    July 27, 2013 at 4:25 AM

    • You are a most beautiful soul Valerie. I thank you for these words of encouragement and love.
      Big hugs and so much appreciation ~ Love, Robyn

      July 27, 2013 at 11:17 AM

  32. You have all my good wishes. Would have liked to pay you a visit in person, but distances… :( and, I am not saying this just for the heck of it.

    Do update us on your progress time to time.

    July 27, 2013 at 4:38 AM

    • Oh dear Tatsat, thank you so much. You are a most generous loving soul and I so appreciate. Certainly I will come back soon…visit whenever I can, and also update. I love all of you and this place too much to stay away for long!! Love and Light ~ Robyn

      July 27, 2013 at 11:19 AM

  33. May your spirit be surrounded by positive vibrations Robyn ~ these are such a beautiful words you wrote here! sending love and healing grace to you ~ and of course ~ see you soon here :) much love ~

    July 27, 2013 at 5:11 AM

    • Thanks so much dear poojy — I am so delighted you could feel the pulse of my words here – I truly feel this way about my blogging family … it’s a bit of a love affair for me here! ;) I appreciate your sending positive vibrational waves my way — and certainly – I will see you soon! Much Love sweet friend~ x RL

      July 27, 2013 at 11:21 AM

  34. I will miss you… but with what you’re going through, I pray that all goes well and a solution found… that when you return you have an answer and an end in sight to your pain and suffering… go well my friend, knowing that my thoughts are with you at all times… while you’re away I’ll practice my poetry so that when you return I’ll have something to send you…

    July 27, 2013 at 6:10 AM

    • Thank you dear friend, that means so much to me. Yes just needing some reassurance that taking a leap into surgical solution is the fix. Up till this point the surgeons have been very reluctant since I am outside of the box for Total Hip Replacement. Dysplasia (unstable shallow sockets) are usually addressed with another surgery that works well in the 20s age-range! I’m beyond unfortunately. The tests i’m undergoing this week will tell us more hopefully. I’ll be checking in – not to worry – watching your amazing blog projects, and updating when can. YES – practice your poetry – you are totally a natural … don’t think too much about it – just let it flow –always the best for me. Then you can go back and fine-tune – play with the layout etc… but I find if I keep it simple I do better with it! You are a gem Bulldog – Much Love to you and Linda ~ x RL

      July 27, 2013 at 12:47 PM

  35. ghostwriter55

    My thoughts and heart are with you my friend as you undergo this trying time in your life… Your photos and writings will be missed, but most of all I will miss you… Get well soon my friend!

    July 27, 2013 at 9:23 AM

    • So appreciate that dear gw. Thank you for all your loving wishes – and I will be popping in and out of here, since I know my quest will be a lengthy process of consultations and decision making. In the meantime you be well ~ happy and joyful always, Love and Blessings ~ RL x

      July 27, 2013 at 12:52 PM

  36. Thoughts and prayers with you daily Robyn. I’m so sorry it has come to this, but I hope you will get the respite and result you hope for
    Take care of yourself. Susan ❤

    July 27, 2013 at 10:37 AM

    • Susan than you so much! I truly appreciate. Hopefully with some expert guidance I will be able to make some good decisions and optimize my outcome as much as I possibly can. Sending hugs and lots of love your way ~ x Robyn

      July 27, 2013 at 4:10 PM

  37. Dear Fairy God Sister Robyn,
    My love’s energy pours into your Blue Venus Bubble filling it with the spirit of a friendship I never knew could happen in this electronic world.
    You mean so very much to me, inspire me, en-fire me, embrace me with your warmth and generous soul.
    All you’ve given me, I give back a hundred-fold to accompany you on your journey to complete healing.
    Write me any time. You are in my thoughts and heart, and will remain so.
    It is hard to hit that “like” button knowing what you are going through, but I will … in support of you, and it is an amazing poem that I truly do like.
    Much, much and lots and lots of love, hugs and kisses forever. F-G-S _Resa xo

    July 27, 2013 at 10:41 AM

    • Resa Resa Resa – you got me so choked up with this comment. My bubble is overflowing ~ with all kinds of emotion and gratitude for your wonderful wishes and beautiful open heart. I feel the same about you my F-G-S ~ and can only scratch my head in bewilderment about how we can feel so close to people we have bonded with over these “waves” of technology. I will most certainly be in touch – and watching your gown collection evolve – as I know this process won’t be quick or easy. I am only at the start of it, and need to find the wizard of hips now as I follow my ‘yellow brick road’ … I really don’t want to undergo another huge surgery if it’s not going to address my pain and dysfunction… and there is a lot of controversy about my case and what is the best path to take. Just feel it’s time to get on the mission – since I’ve been just hoping and hoping I could ‘fix’ it myself! :) * see I really do believe I have magic super-heroine powers! lol

      I can only say that our connection means the world to me… and you are a remarkably special soul. So much much much love ~ kisses and hugs right back beloved friend ~ x Robyn

      July 27, 2013 at 11:41 PM

  38. The poem was a prelude to the faith which controls everything we can’t or need others to accomplish; your description of your day to day routine was so satisfying and soothing, that a person would never think you were suffering. I watch people with no worries, worry about scrapes and bruises; yet you’re enduring so much but continue to be durable. You inspire the way inspiration should be inspirational; through word then actions. Youre truly using flesh to show spirit….continue on continuing!!!! AB

    July 27, 2013 at 12:08 PM

    • AB you darn near blew me away with you incredible comment today. You have a remarkable gift with words my friend – and you have captured so much truth here in this small space. Yes – I so agree that folks should embrace life – let the small stuff slide and find the joy and love every place they can. Life is so short ~ and love is so GOOD! I am touched, and oh so grateful for your good wishes. Much Love always, Robyn

      July 27, 2013 at 11:47 PM

      • My religion is LOVE and I just love to see my faith given life. It’s our ability to put the small stuff in prospective that keep us so large. Yes, you’re in pain and Yes, it can consume you at times; but No, it’s not going to stop you from consuming life and No, your not going to be a victim….you’re going to use it, to show other’s how to be heroic. That’s optimism realized; a mentality that only few can make a reality. Hope your pain is resolved and pleasures is the reward of your resolve. Thanks for the compliments…. My words are from the heart!!!! AB

        July 28, 2013 at 12:19 AM

    • I know they are AB– and can feel them penetrate mine~ Thank you my friend; Your outlook and your “religion” are just incredibly wonderful – and refreshing… I will march on…and see you again soon here– Love to you – RL

      July 28, 2013 at 10:17 AM

  39. The love and support you receive on this page is so positive, it will carry you through to a successful outcome. Good luck Robyn.

    July 27, 2013 at 1:22 PM

    • I so agree dear Teri … I could not ask for a more beautiful blogging family than this! Thank you so much for your good wishes ~ I do believe in love… and can feel it all around me here. Blessings and Love to you, Robyn

      July 27, 2013 at 11:52 PM

  40. Warm thoughts and best wishes! Trust we will see you here soon again – feeling much better.

    July 27, 2013 at 1:56 PM

    • Thank you so much dear one. I am trusting in the same ~ and expect to be back before long to say hi and update too! So appreciate your warm thoughts ~ Love to you, Robyn

      July 27, 2013 at 11:56 PM

  41. take care Robyn

    July 27, 2013 at 2:50 PM

    • So much thanks Stacy ~ I truly appreciate :) x Love to you – Robyn

      July 27, 2013 at 11:56 PM

  42. I shall think of you every day and miss you loads and loads and then some more. our words are always an oasis in a mad world and I shall be rereading your posts to keep me sane…give us all an update if you are able for we all worry about you and will be happy when you are back amongst us. xx

    July 27, 2013 at 4:55 PM

    • Oh Ste J – not to worry – I will come around — and this quest I am beginning will be a long arduous road before decision making time, I am sure … so no way I can go into complete hiding. Plan to sneak on here whenever I can and haunt all my beloved friends like you! I would definitely go into some kind of withdrawal if I did cold-turkey approach here… You are so very kind – and I am quite fortunate to have found your friendship (and book-reviews) here :) ~ We will talk soon! Love to you! x RL

      July 28, 2013 at 12:03 AM

      • We would also go cold turkey and possibly all shrivel up and be miserable without your words. I hope all will go well for you my good friend. I think I am equally fortunate to have found you and got myself an awesome friend who writes some kick ass stuff and has the most evocative accompanying pictures as well. x

        July 28, 2013 at 2:49 PM

  43. And know how much you mean to us! My prayers and hugs are with you. <3

    July 27, 2013 at 7:50 PM

    • Thank you so much dearest Patty! I truly appreciate, and will be back soon ! x Much Love and Blessings ~ Robyn

      July 28, 2013 at 9:37 AM

  44. Robyn, your poem is a lovely “see you later” to all of us and I wish, as a friend, I could take your pain away, but you will be in my positive thoughts and prayers. Return when you can and know you’ll be surely missed, but take care of YOU! Sending warm hugs your way, Lauren xoxo

    July 27, 2013 at 9:24 PM

    • Thank you so much Lauren ~ yes just a break … the words had to be said… as I really could not just make a quick exit for a while without informing all of my wonderful friends here some of what is going on with me in the moment. I truly appreciate all your good thoughts and well-wishes… and I know they will stay with me as I navigate this next stage of my journey. So much Love ~ and gratitude, Robyn x

      July 28, 2013 at 9:40 AM

  45. So many thoughts to you Robyn and much love. Such difficult choices to make and I hope that you will gain as much as is possible as you embark on this next stage. I’ll miss your posts (this one is another beauty) but I’ll be thinking of you and I’ll keep in touch with you. Sending love across the sea, Ruth xx

    July 28, 2013 at 5:46 AM

    • Ruth thanks so much for all your good wishes… I will have some tough decisions to make, but it is time for me to gather more expert opinions and try to understand if surgery will stack the odds in my favor somehow. I’m preparing for lots of ambiguity and mixed opinions, which seems to the pattern with this condition. So pleased that you enjoyed my this post; I am just so grateful to have this community’s love and support ~ and needed to express that before I took a break. I will check in soon though ~ could not stay away long …. and hope to continue to visit everyone when time permits! Love and Light across the sea ~ :) Robyn x

      July 28, 2013 at 9:48 AM

  46. You are such an inspiring girl, best wishes from here… :-) ;-)

    July 28, 2013 at 10:10 AM

    • Drake – I thank you dear friend ~ and always appreciate your heart! x RL

      July 30, 2013 at 12:42 AM

  47. I will be thinking of you constantly Robyn.

    July 28, 2013 at 11:21 AM

    • Thanks Julie ~ will be in touch… love to you- x RL

      July 28, 2013 at 11:44 AM

  48. Jill

    Can’t wait until you are back posting new pictures again. BELIEVE it will happen!

    July 28, 2013 at 5:15 PM

    • Thank you Jill ~ I will defitnitely plan to be back, and posting soon. I needed to take this break to focus on the medical for a bit, but my blog has been like oxygen for me. I would surely come undone if I did not have this creative outlet and incredible community of friends here. …so even if I’m posting photos and poems featuring scars and scrubs :) I will find a way! Much Love ~ RL

      July 28, 2013 at 11:06 PM

  49. Hi Robyn, my heart goes out to you. You are an inspiration with your courage, poems and actions. Sending you prayers for healing, health & happiness. Thanks for sharing your journey. Blessings to you and yours, Brad

    July 29, 2013 at 11:06 AM

    • You are so thoughtful Brad. Than you truly. I can feel your good energy and prayers coming my way – so much appreciated! Much Love ~ Robyn

      July 30, 2013 at 12:44 AM

      • More to come! Keep up the faith, You are appreciated, worthy and wonderful. :) cyber hugs! brad

        August 10, 2013 at 1:15 PM

  50. Wishing you all the best and God’s blessings

    July 29, 2013 at 12:10 PM

    • Gratitude and Love ~ thank you so much! ~RL

      July 30, 2013 at 12:44 AM

  51. xoxo tony

    July 29, 2013 at 1:50 PM

    • xoxo right back to you dear tony! Being a NYC girl last few days – and was thinking of you performing here … somewhere! 🎤🎼🎵🎶🎸👏

      July 30, 2013 at 12:47 AM

  52. Tara

    OMGosh! I will miss you!! I read every beautiful poem and love your pictures so much. Our journey has been too long. I think of you all the time. I too have some tough decisions to make. Stay strong my friend. I love you always…

    July 29, 2013 at 7:29 PM

    • Oh – Beautiful Tara — we need to catch up. Thank you for your wonderful words – I did not know you were still reading my bits of joy here… Means so much – and I think of you all the time. With loads of Love always ~ x Robyn

      July 30, 2013 at 12:51 AM

  53. I just saw your blog for the first time and read about the incredible pain you have endured. I know what chronic pain can do to a person’s character with the hours of strength and the days of weakness and pain that collide to make you want to wash out to sea. You seem to have an awesome force of friends who will be by your side, but I will pray for you and send angels of peace to surround you during your surgery. I love your creative photography and poems. God has blessed you with a tender talent that touches others’ lives with gentle moments. Thank you! I pray you’ll be richly blessed with success.

    July 30, 2013 at 12:06 AM

    • Thank you so much manellibochelli. I truly apprciate your very throughtful comment today, especially as I am in the midst of testing last two days in hospital. I feel very blessed to have stumbled on this wonderful medium of the blogsphere with unlimitted potential for creative expression and such a rich community of people who are sensitive and caring. I am not sure where these next exploratons will lead — my case is complex and we were hoping to avoid more surgery, but it is time to investigate given the fact that my level of pain and funciton has not improved over the last several years of conservative attempt. Again ~ so much thanks for your note. Blessings and Love ~ Robyn

      July 30, 2013 at 10:31 AM

  54. Kev

    Keep positive Robyn. We are all supporting you in our own little ways.

    July 30, 2013 at 2:12 PM

    • Thank you dear Kev! I will and I soooo appreciate all your warm wishes. So much Love, Robyn

      July 31, 2013 at 10:52 AM

  55. For sure, wishing good things are coming your way! :)

    July 30, 2013 at 5:33 PM

    • You are so kind, and I do appreciate!! Love to you, Robyn

      July 31, 2013 at 10:53 AM

  56. You take care my friend. This poem has a great rhythm and I found myself singing it softly. Anyway, sending some of my over-abundance of energy (too much coffee) your way. I would love to do another collaboration with you, a photo and poem.

    July 30, 2013 at 9:20 PM

    • Thank you very much William! That is such a lovely compliment ~ several have mentioned that my pieces have this “lyrical” quality – and it’s very cool to know you found this to be one of those! So appreciate your good wishes and vibrant (even if caffeine-induced) energy. Yes – we can work on a collab again soon for sure!! Would be great ~ much love to you, Robyn

      July 31, 2013 at 10:56 AM

      • Great, look forward to collaborating again. If you have a photo in mind, send it on over to me.

        August 14, 2013 at 9:04 PM

  57. Robyn, you are an inspiration.
    May the lord guide you through this tough period.
    And may you come back healthier than ever.

    Just know you are in my prayers. God bless. :)

    Love to you,
    M

    July 31, 2013 at 6:17 AM

    • Oh Mamta – thank you so much for your loving words and wishes. I truly appreciate and they mean so much!
      Much Love to you ~ x Robyn

      August 1, 2013 at 12:10 AM

  58. Take care dear Robyn, sending loving thoughts and well wishes your way, come back soon! ♥

    July 31, 2013 at 9:42 AM

    • Julie – thank you dear one. Can feel your love and good wishes and appreciate! I will definitely be back when things simmer down some…. I already miss it here and have not been away a week yet! ~ x Love to you, Robyn

      August 1, 2013 at 12:12 AM

  59. Dearest Robyn…I am woefully late in posting this comment…but I have kept you in my prayers and thoughts every moment!! I know you will make the bestest choices and that those choices will allow you do all you wish….I was rereading an old comment of yours on my blog from about a year ago…about you sending a wish for me out on the tide of your majestic ocean….I think of that now…only it is me sending out my wishes and prayers for a solution to this ongoing trial you’ve borne with more than admirable grace….I love you so so much and will continue to pray and send healing thoughts and of course….all my love….always to you beloved friend ♥♥♥♥ !!!!!

    August 1, 2013 at 7:49 PM

    • Thank you Christina, beloved friend…. please never worry about timing with me… we have a bond that truly does not even require verbal communication — I really feel that, and know your wishes for me are always genuine and wonderful. It is amazing that all this time has evolved since our connecting here in this wonderful space… I can vaguely recall that ocean wish for you – and certainly know what it was! Always in my heart – and always with love and gratitude ~ xxoo Robyn

      August 2, 2013 at 11:00 AM

  60. Hi Robyn hope everything well now. You write beaautifully:)

    August 2, 2013 at 5:05 AM

    • Thanks so much vichalbheeroo ~ I so appreciate your good wishes, and am very happy you enjoyed reading! :) ~ RL

      August 4, 2013 at 10:06 PM

  61. Oh dear Robyn, I am just beginning to get caught up on my emails, of which I have a few hundred, and am now reading this beautifully moving poem. My heart aches at what you must endure each day, yet you give so much of yourself to lift others up. My prayers and much lightness and love are being sent your way that you can finally come to a place of peace which includes no pain, or a level of pain that will still provide a much better quality of life for you. Much love to you and your family Robyn.

    August 2, 2013 at 4:33 PM

  62. LuAnn – that means so much to me. Thank you. I have a big month ahead (tests and consults) , so truly do appreciate your prayers and good wishes. I hope you are doing ok over there ~ hubby too. I am sending hugs and lots and lots of love your way dear friend ~ x Robyn

    August 4, 2013 at 10:09 PM

  63. I trust and hope you are in and with beautiful spirits as you heal and gain strength. We have serious hip issues in common but that share is for another time and place. Be blessed and well.

    August 5, 2013 at 2:34 AM

    • Thank you so much dear Eric. I am delighted to receive your lovely comment today… Please forgive my late reply as I’m out of town at the moment pursuing some medical/physical rehab consultation. Would be most interested in your experience with hip pathology …. It wasn’t till very recently that I learned I have dysplasia — was misdiagnosed for many years as a spine patient! ~ Hope you are well and thank you for your blessings and good energies my way ~ Love and Light, Robyn

      August 11, 2013 at 9:25 AM

  64. divinechaos

    I pray you are blessed with the correct procedures and physicians to alleviate your pain. I am sure your strength and perseverance will be rewarded with a peaceful and quick recovery. My very best wishes to you and yours and the journey you are about to embark upon. Please keep us posted on your recovery.

    August 6, 2013 at 3:11 PM

    • Thank you so much for your thoughtful and loving wishes. You are so kind… and I truly appreciate ~ Much Love to you ~ x Robyn

      August 12, 2013 at 11:15 PM

  65. Hey Robyn… You are awesome! Thank you for being you and sharing who you are. My thoughts are with you as are my prayers and love! Thank you for taking the time especially since yours is so in demand to share with me.. I look forward to what you may share in the future with a smile! :) Joe

    August 6, 2013 at 10:20 PM

    • Hey there Joe- thank you so much for your kind and loving thoughts my way ~ sending love your way ~ :) Robyn

      August 13, 2013 at 12:01 AM

  66. On my first visit to your blog, I was mesmerized by what might be my favorite poem ever, then captured completely by the story that followed. I feel as if all of us could each take an equal portion of your pain, we would. I see how loving and loyal your readers are, and I’m eager to shuffle myself in and become part of it.

    Love and strength to you, friend, although the strength you have is enough to sustain all of us, it seems. And not just because of those glorious glutes of steel.

    Can’t wait to read more of you.

    August 7, 2013 at 9:44 AM

    • Thank you coachdaddy! You are way too kind…. I am very flattered and ever so grateful. Hope to be back at least periodically soon ~ but welcome to you and please enjoy my humble space here… It’s a pleasure to have you visit! Love and Light ~ Robyn

      August 13, 2013 at 12:03 AM

  67. What a lovely, generous poem and gorgeous photos. I am new here, but send you all strong energy for healing and comfort. May you reap all the abundant beauty, inspiration and love you have so obviously sown. Blessings and love

    August 7, 2013 at 4:49 PM

    • Thanks so much Sirena… I so appreciate and apologize for my tardy reply… as I’m out of town for the moment. I am most touched and so appreciate your loving wishes…
      Gratitude and love to you ~ x Robyn

      August 11, 2013 at 9:17 AM

  68. Hi Robyn… I must have missed this post, I’ve been thinking I haven’t seen a post from you in a while and now I know why… I hope you find the answers you’re looking for and you can finally get yourself mended and pain-free… Take care of yourself, Robyn and much love to you…x

    August 8, 2013 at 12:40 PM

    • Thank you so much Chris…still looking for those answers (as I know you are too)… currently out of town consulting on another physical therapy method. This is so very complicated as I know you understand. Keep me posted on you ~ and sending much love across the pond! x RL

      August 11, 2013 at 9:22 AM

  69. Robyn, I’m thinking of you. I hope you find some relief, some comfort, some nourishment, and some rest — for your body, mind, heart, spirit. I think of you so often and how lovely you are, dear Robyn. Your life — your pain and your beauty — inspire such loveliness in this world. I know I always tell you this, but I believe it and I know it. Your presence – as painful as it has been in this body – is absolutely a gift to this world. Many blessings, Lisa

    August 9, 2013 at 3:14 PM

    • Thank you so much Lisa… Your words are always so meaningful to me – and I am honored by your presence here… even while I am away. You are a lovely wonderful soul ~ Blessings and Love, Robyn

      August 11, 2013 at 8:57 AM

      • Robyn, really thinking of you throughout the day. I was telling a friend about (what I know of) your life — how such divine poetry and pictures come from you, how you hold a lot of pain in your body, and the presence you have here online. Deeply regarding you, Robyn. Blessings, Lisa

        August 12, 2013 at 9:49 PM

    • Oh Lisa – you are an angel. Thank you so much… marching along here – couple more weeks should have more insight, and hopefully start to post again too! Love to you – x R

      August 14, 2013 at 11:45 PM

      • Sending love and healing…and insight and relief to you.

        August 15, 2013 at 9:03 PM

  70. My prayers are with you Robyn! We will miss you :D hurry back!

    August 12, 2013 at 5:06 PM

  71. Kev

    Robyn, already I miss your beautiful poetry and the strength that its lends to us all. I read my followers every Monday and have missed yours for the past two weeks. Even though I had read and responded to your last entry and knew you would be gone for a while I still noticed your absence when going through my emails. I really hope things are working out for you and that you return soon. It will be even more blessing to find you on the up and up. I Look forward to seeing you again soon as I’m sure many of your followers are. Miss you Robyn. x

    August 14, 2013 at 1:22 AM

    • Aww – Kev you are so sweet. Thank you. I so appreciate your loving words. It has been a busy time for me… this will be a lengthy process of evaluating opinions and trying to formulate a good decision — but as soon as things settle a bit I will try my best to get postng here again, as I miss it so much – and miss my connection with lovely souls like you . Sending Love and Hugs, and thanks for your friendship ~ x Robyn

      August 16, 2013 at 10:18 AM

  72. Robyn, I just saw you liked my latest, so I’m wondering how you’re doing..hope you’re okay and just know you have been missed, my friend. Sending many hugs and much love your way. xoxo

    August 15, 2013 at 10:52 AM

    • Hi Lauren… thank you for checking in. Has been a busy time for me — running around to medical consults and trying to come up with a good strategy. I really miss it here … and hope so much to be able to return in a couple weeks. In the meantime, yes – I am reading whenever I can and checking in with my beloved friends here as much as possible. So grateful for your reaching out – and Sending love and hugs always, Robyn

      August 16, 2013 at 10:20 AM

      • Well, just know I’m keeping positive thoughts for you, Robyn! Take care and hugs and love again, Lauren xx

        August 16, 2013 at 10:23 AM

  73. My fingers crossed for you, Robyn! Love ya loads. Keep smiling always! God bless. xoxo

    Rahul

    August 16, 2013 at 3:19 PM

    • Rahul ~ thank you so much dear one — Always, i appreciate! x RL

      August 31, 2013 at 11:21 AM

      • You’re most welcome, dear! Have a good Sunday ahead. God bless. xoxo

        Rahul

        September 1, 2013 at 1:35 AM

  74. Dear Robyn – I woke in the night and thought – I’ve not seen a post from Robyn in a very long time. I am so sorry I’ve missed this one. My only excuse, I’ve been overwhelmed with being turned into a full time caregiver for my husband and learning I have more damage in my right hand and arm than I originally knew about. God bless you and keep you. Know you are in my thoughts and prays. Sheri

    August 29, 2013 at 11:40 AM

    • Thank you so much dear Sheri.. you are so sweet to think of me… and I know how much you have going on too. It has been hectic here this last month… I hoped to be able to post and visit… hopefully soon. Sending hugs and lots of love! x Robyn

      September 5, 2013 at 11:33 PM

  75. I’ve read your blog from time to time, found it through Benjamins and you are always such an upbeat inspirational person. Your poetry gives me rest, your photos, peace. I wish you safe travels, a body of lightness, and a heart brimming with love. Good luck Robyn! I hope this is the time all will be right again in your space of fresh salt air. Namaste

    August 30, 2013 at 10:20 AM

    • Oh Thank you so much Caoimhe ~ I am most touched by your warm and beautiful words – and forgive me for a late reply. I truly appreciate all your good wishes ~ Blessings and Love, Robyn

      September 6, 2013 at 11:24 PM

  76. Dear Robyn, Words fail me in expressing my admiration for all you have overcome…the pain, the constant battle, and your ability to remain positive and calm. This very careful and deliberate decision making sounds so right. I love you very much and wish you the vey best. Abundant blessings and love on you . . . your body, mind, heart, and soul . . . and all your endeavors. Mindy

    August 31, 2013 at 11:44 PM

    • Dearest Mindy – thank you from my deepest heart… Has been rocky roads over here – but I’m working to find a path, and I so appreciate your loving thoughts and blessings ~ So much love, Robyn

      September 6, 2013 at 11:26 PM

  77. Still thinking of you, dear Robyn. Still holding you in prayer – your heart, your body, your spirit. Blessings, Lisa

    September 3, 2013 at 10:25 AM

    • Thank you Lisa – that means the world to me — miss you~ x RL

      September 6, 2013 at 11:27 PM

  78. I am sorry Robyn I haven’t been here for long time…I hope you are fine now…Sending all my thoughts and good wishes and prayers for your good health…you are needed here Robyn…all this people love you a lot…you are a light yourself…So come back soon with the health of a stallion my friend…My thoughts and best wishes with you…..Smile~Run~Laugh out loud~Love~Cry~Then Smile~LIVE….That’s what I wish for you…ONLY Smile…
    God Bless You ~ Kazi

    September 6, 2013 at 6:06 PM

    • Kazi … you are a lovely lovely soul – thank you my dear friend… I am working on it ~ in the midst of a lot of difficult decisions, hoping i can return to you soon ~ much love, Robyn

      September 9, 2013 at 2:53 PM

  79. I salute you Robyn. Best regards for the weekend!

    September 6, 2013 at 6:11 PM

    • TBT ~ thank you soooo much. I truly do appreciate ~ Love to you, Robyn

      September 9, 2013 at 2:54 PM

  80. sweet Robyn, i am only stopping by to say you are in my thoughts all these long weeks. i hope all is well, things moving along as you would wish them. hoping to hear from you soon. much love to you, dear heart. xxx

    September 6, 2013 at 6:54 PM

    • Thank you Linda…so very much! I hoped to be back posting again by now but this road I’m on has gotten more and more twisted – more difficult than I anticipated — I know you understand… I miss you! ~ Love and Hugs, Robyn

      September 9, 2013 at 2:56 PM

      • Oh dear Robyn ~ Well, I am not surprised. Seems sometimes the more we look for answers, the more questions we give ourselves. I too am facing some of these quandries without any idea what to do. Be brave, dear heart. And take care of you. XX

        September 9, 2013 at 2:59 PM

  81. You are in my thoughts and prayer Robyn. Such incredible sense of resilience you possess. I know you will return. Please do so soon. Best wishes.

    September 8, 2013 at 5:49 AM

  82. I will try, do miss it here ! ~ Am sending my love and gratitude your way… x RL

    September 9, 2013 at 2:57 PM

  83. Hi Robyn

    I’m only just now catching up on some blog reading, and your blog is always one I will return to.

    It’s testament to your spirit and nature that so many people on here – a good many you have never met in person, and I include myself in this – have such kind words and well-meaning thoughts to give you.

    You are an inspiration to all of us, which is why we keep coming back to your blog, and will continue to do so.

    Keep smiling :) x

    September 9, 2013 at 3:27 PM

    • Hi Darren… thank you so much for your incredibly kind words… and forgive my tardy reply. I am so honored to know you here, and appreciate your loving encouragement. Do miss my humble home at WordPress – but life has been keeping me guessing and I’m needing to focus a great deal on the decisions at hand. Hope to see you soon ~ and wishing you love and light always~ Robyn

      October 3, 2013 at 9:47 PM

  84. Robyn dear friend, I’m late to your post, I also had my family events that altered my presence on the blogs of my friends. Life goes quickly and although we are not in connection every day, here’s a friend who always reminds you with heart. You are a warrior and a flower that grows in desert and why are so many people who appreciate your brilliance and beauty.
    Thank you for teaching that you can always a little more.
    Carlos tu amigo del sur…

    September 10, 2013 at 9:54 AM

    • Carlos – warm thanks and appreciation mi amigo. I do hope all is well by you, and I apologize for my absence as well. Life has gotten a little tricky these days… I will come back as soon as I can ~ and in the meantime – send you lots of love and hugs ~ Robyn x

      October 3, 2013 at 9:49 PM

  85. Be strong, sis

    September 14, 2013 at 9:22 AM

    • Thank you so much Crystal ~ I appreciate more than you know! x RL

      October 3, 2013 at 9:50 PM

  86. Tom

    Thought about you off and on most of the day. Miss you!

    September 30, 2013 at 9:09 PM

    • Oh Tom – thank you so very much. Incredible that you thought of me on this day – it was quite a full one — and you must have some special powers to sense I have had a lot on my plate. Thank you dear friend… means the world to me – and I miss you too… hope things settle a little bit down and I can come back soon to this place of comfort and love. x Blessings, Robyn

      October 3, 2013 at 9:52 PM

  87. CLANIMA

    Che Dio Ti benedica !
    Un abbraccio dal mio Cuore
    Claudio

    October 3, 2013 at 10:57 PM

    • Grazie caro Claudio! Sento l’amore! Un abbraccio a voi ~ x Robyn

      October 3, 2013 at 11:58 PM

  88. Glad to see you are still around! :-)

    October 6, 2013 at 3:34 PM

  89. Thank you dear William … so wish i could be here more… just not possible at this point – but hopefully soon! :)

    October 7, 2013 at 1:25 AM

  90. Dear Robyn,

    Do you realise the gift you shower through posts like this? It is the gift of belief. And hope. And courage.

    Believing in yourself and the empowered destiny that awaits. Holding the hope of a better tomorrow. Having the courage to accept the pain of the untried and the unknown……

    So thank you.

    Shakti

    October 21, 2013 at 9:26 AM

    • Thank you so much Shakti. You are so kind and I do appreciate. Thank YOU! much love – Robyn

      February 27, 2014 at 11:14 PM

  91. You continue to be in my prayers sweet Robyn ((((((huggggs)))))))

    October 21, 2013 at 7:48 PM

    • Thank you so much Roxi ~ that means a great deal to me. Hugs and Love, Robyn

      February 27, 2014 at 11:14 PM

  92. Robyn, I’ve been out for a bit sailing but not a day goes by that I don’t think of you or the first day I met you. Come home Robyn, Come home :)

    October 21, 2013 at 11:22 PM

    • Stormy, so very touched by your words… forgive my late reply ~ I am working on healing… some stormy seas for me too, but I will continue trying!
      Love to you ~ Robyn

      February 27, 2014 at 11:15 PM

  93. I let a mention
    congratulations

    http://1cruzdelsur.wordpress.com/2013/10/30/i-am-part-of-the-wordpress-family-award/

    Cruz

    October 30, 2013 at 8:09 PM

    • Thank you dearest Carlos ~ Sending lots of love to you mi amigo! x Robyn

      February 27, 2014 at 11:16 PM

  94. Only today I come to your post abut going to search for better alternatives on your healing path. With all my heart I wish you strength, I wish you success, I’ll keep you in my mind, and shall wait to read your posts again.
    A hug, Vera
    Nov. 9, 2013

    November 9, 2013 at 6:39 PM

    • Thank you dearest Vera. I am just having an opportunity to check in as well … and was so happy to see you and receive your loving message. Sending love and hugs your way! Robyn

      February 27, 2014 at 11:18 PM

  95. thinking of you, Robyn-Lee….
    Hugs from Susi

    November 13, 2013 at 9:19 AM

    • So appreciate your warm thoughts Susi ! Thanks with all my heart ~ RL

      February 27, 2014 at 11:19 PM

  96. Where are you Robyn, we miss you.

    November 21, 2013 at 10:02 PM

    • I am here William ~ just not very often, unfortunately! I am coming along with the healing work, and hope to return soon. Sending Love and Light dear friend! x RL

      March 10, 2014 at 11:31 AM

  97. When are you back Robyn?!

    December 3, 2013 at 4:32 PM

    • Aww – so touched you are visiting ~ I hope to return soon. Still taking those baby steps in healing – now 8 weeks post-op. Miss you and sending Love your way ~
      x RL

      March 10, 2014 at 11:32 AM

      • How incredible! Was thinking about you earlier today then guess who shows up! Praying for your quick and full recovery. All the blessings and best wishes Robyn.

        March 10, 2014 at 2:58 PM

      • See you soon. Blessings to you!

        March 19, 2014 at 2:38 AM

  98. Your joyous words and images are missed. Prayers and much love your way. Be Blessed, Dan

    December 4, 2013 at 9:51 AM

    • Oh Dan ~ I do miss you and your magical words as well. Matter of fact – I will need to make the rounds here at WordPress very soon ~ or I will experience severe withdrawal!!! Thank you always for your love and prayers dear one! ~ Blessings and Love, RL

      March 10, 2014 at 11:34 AM

  99. Thinking of you, Robyn. Sending you love and light and healing. And peace. Deep peace and rest. Love, Lisa

    January 3, 2014 at 7:56 AM

    • Hi dearest Lisa! I think of you often as well ! Thank you so much for always keeping me in heart during my recovery. I hope you and your beautiful family are well ~ Love and Light, RL x

      March 10, 2014 at 11:35 AM

  100. Tom

    Happy New Year! and wishing you an abundance of God’s healing grace. With this hellacious weather descending upon many of us, I hope you are warm and snug in some welcoming place.

    January 4, 2014 at 3:37 PM

    • Tom ~ meant so much to me to receive your message here! Thank you dear friend — I appreciate, and hope you are well – and welcoming spring with open arms! Love to you ~ x RL

      March 10, 2014 at 11:37 AM

  101. Al

    Thinking of you with your surgery on Thursday Robyn.

    Let’s get 2014 off to a fantastic start for you

    January 6, 2014 at 7:47 PM

    • Hi again dear Al! Forgive my tardy reply here ~ I appreciate so much. Love and Hugs, RL

      March 10, 2014 at 11:37 AM

      • Al

        No need for apologies, there has been a lot on your mind of late with getting yourself fit again :-)

        March 10, 2014 at 3:13 PM

  102. Nikunj

    Hey Robyn …

    I came here after really a long time . I wish you good health and good spirit and a speedy recovery. Your readers miss you ……

    I pray for you
    I pick up holy sands
    from the meandering poetic path
    and blow them your way ……
    My metsphors
    shall watch over you
    keep an eye
    on your progress
    and protect you
    from any thing untoward …..

    I send you blooming hugs
    from the spring’s choicest realms
    to soak your dreams
    with love’s scent …

    I send you wings
    so you could fly
    beyond what eyes can see
    where only poetry exists ….

    Love

    Nika

    February 16, 2014 at 8:15 PM

    • Oh dear Nika ~ these infinite magnificent gifts you have sent me …. I am without words to describe how very touched I am by your heartfelt poetic verse. And yes ~ I want those wings! You have touched me deeply, and I will always appreciate. Love and much gratitude dear angel ~
      Robyn

      March 10, 2014 at 3:35 PM

      • Nikunj

        Hey Robyn

        How is your health now ? Hope all’s well. I have been busy with a book on stock markets over last one year or so. I have now finished it , i hope to publish it soon … This book aims at teaching wealth creation through simple tools and means …. I shall be creating a new blog her for the same ….

        March 24, 2014 at 12:04 AM

  103. Hi Robyn, I too was thinking of you today. I saw your gravatar on another blog and it reminded me I hadn’t heard anything from or about you in a while. I’m sending you love, prayers and appreciation for your courage, healing and many talents. Are you hanging out anywhere online that I might keep in touch? Thanks for touching my life. blessings, Brad

    June 7, 2014 at 3:02 PM

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