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About Norvie L. Cherry

Hello, my name is NORVIE L. CHERRY, I am a 3rd stage Breast Cancer Survivor, Storyteller, Motivational Speaker, Blogger and Published Author. I have written a book, "I Survived 60 Years to Get Cancer,Then Kill it/The Norvie L. Cherry Story." The book is based on my own personal experiences. I started this blog because I have a couple of things to say. NOW that will be a hoot since I have a robust sense of humor. I love a good story and I love telling one. Enjoy! Purchase book at: Join website at:, or e-mail me at:


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I don’t know about you, but I am a 3rd Stage Cancer Survivor who is I am tired of talking about what cancer did to me.  I prefer to talk about what it did not and could not do.

When I first read the poem What Cancer Cannot Do, (I don’t know who the author is) it left me with an odd feeling that something in me wanted to come out.

I soon found myself dissecting each verse for a better understanding of why Cancer is so limited it can’t cripple love or shatter hope, corrode faith, eat away peace, destroy confidence, kill friendships, shut out memories, silence courage, reduce eternal life or quench the spirit.

In 2008 I had cancer, and the more I thought about it, the more I understood just how limited Cancer really is.  It was obvious to me that cancer couldn’t cripple love simply because most know relationships don’t last because of the good times.

Relationships last because of love, respect and caring, coupled with the healing spirit we received from God.

Cancer cannot shatter hope.

No one I know plans to live a hopeless life.

Hope is a feeling we have that the feeling we have is not permanent.  So if you have hope, you have what you need to press forward.

Cancer cannot corrode Faith. 

I know faith can go far beyond what the eyes can see, so focus on the fight, not the fright.

I am living proof that no matter what the statistics say, there is always another way.

I suggest when you reach the end of your rope to tie a knot and hang on because your seeds of faith are always within you.  Sometimes it just takes a crisis to nourish and encourage their growth.   Did you know if we feed our faith through Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, our fears will starve to death?

Cancer cannot eat away peace. 

It matters what we do, but peace cannot and will never be kept by force.  I suggest we not be in a hurry while doing everything quietly and in a calm spirit.

Did you know no matter how much havoc cancer may wreak on our bodies, it does not have the final say?

Craig T. Owen’s analysis tells us If God doesn’t take cancer out of us on earth, He will take us out of cancer, and home to heaven.

Cancer cannot destroy confidence.

Confidence is the foundation of all success and achievements.  Then again, not everyone will be saved.  That’s Life!

Be confident that cancer is not a death sentence for all, take your chances by using the Power of the Holy Spirit, while listening to your doctor, not the wagging of tongues.

Help yourself by being mentally and physical humble in your confidence, yet courageous in your fight, and remember confidence is feeling good about yourself without anyone having to tell you how beautifully bald, or how brave you are.

Cancer cannot kill friendships. 

When someone has cancer and you are a friend, be that friend.  Don’t miss your opportunity to reach out and touch the things you know as a friend and use them to help.  No pity parties allowed.

And just so you know, some friends can’t manage their own fears, so they may be unable to support you.  We need to understand, if that was to happen, it’s not always about you.

Cancer cannot shut out memories.

If you attempt to shut your mind down, that action allows depression to strengthen its hold.

And just in case you are not brain dead or planning on it, take into consideration Bill Watterson’s point of view, he calmly reminds us, The mind is like a car battery, it recharges by running.

Cancer cannot silence courage.

Courage is moving forward, not a disease you fear when wondering what’s ahead.  And just like all success is not final, not all failures are fatal, it is the courage to continue that matters.

Did you know with Jesus Christ you are stronger than you struggle and fiercer than your fears?

By developing discipline and strength, you can move far beyond any setbacks, and you will gain the courage to embrace who you are and your divine purpose.

Cancer cannot reduce Eternal Life.

We are eternal beings, and we that love God will never die.  Christians sometimes make themselves into elephants afraid of mice.  You have The Creator on your side, not to mention you’ve already been given Eternal Life.  Whom or what shall you fear?

Criss Jami points out; To be afraid of death or anything other than God Himself, in his and my opinion, is like an insult to Him.

Cancer cannot quench the spirit.

The word quench in Scripture is speaking of suppressing the fire.

Ephesians 6:16 tells us above all, taking up the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. 

I know cancer is wicked, but it’s your belief in God and trust in your doctors that will put the fires out.  I believe that because it was done for me.  I also believe what is written in the Bible as the Gospel Truth, so because of that, I believe Jesus Christ is the reason I am alive today.

I am not trying to take anything away from the seriousness of cancer, but I found the best way to cope, for me, is to treat cancer just like I would any other illness, setback or life event as just another part of life we will have to deal with, So deal with it.

It’s Something To Think About!

To God Be the Glory!

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Should have. Would have. Could have. DIDN’T.

I am thankful to all those who said No to me. It’s because of them that I am doing myself.  Albert Einstein

The words I should have has been the inaction of those who could have acted; the indifference of those who should have known better; the silenced voice of justice when it matters, has made it possible for evil to triumph.

I should have done a lot of things, but I didn’t for a lot of reasons; I was leaving a job, for the sake of love, got a divorce, I should have taken some of the advice I gave to others, etc…

Instead of working on myself I was literally building another’s story instead of mine.  My focus was on what they were doing instead of what Am capable of.   The price was precious time.  

The most precious gift to the living is Time!  We need it like water to the body.

When the Know It All’s want to give advice using baseless opinions about what I should or should not do I say No Thank You.  But, oftentimes the word No means nothing to those who proclaim their advice is the best out there.

First of all, I don’t recall asking for advice or suggestions.

What I do know is, when it’s all said and done I am usually in a better position than the information givers; If they were to take the same advice they give, one thing is for certain, they will find out if its good or not.

Did you know a part of a fool’s job is to give advice, but not for himself?

There have been times when I should have taken the advice of others but I didn’t.   I should have excepted challenges under my own terms instead of following the guidelines of the unproven.  I should have known to never take the advice of someone who has never suffered my type of trouble or pain.

There were plenty of times when I knew better than they, coupled with a better solution, all because I have a mind of my own and able to reason for myself.  Sometimes we have too much respect for the opinions of others and not enough of our own.

For me, giving advice is like cooking–you should try the receipt before you feed it to others.  And just for the record, a lot of times I should have taken the advice I was giving to others.

Then there were the times when I should have known better than to start something I knew I couldn’t finish.  When we lay a foundation and are not able to finish it, most who see it will see us as a failure because we couldn’t or wouldn’t finish what we started.

I should have let go when I knew I couldn’t do or finish something by not accepting the responsibility and consequences of my in-actions.  And I should have known no one can make me feel inferior without my consent. 

No one can take over your body and mind if you choose not to give them that type of power.  What you should know is No one can compete with you on being you.

I should have traveled further to find my happiness.  I know now that It’s the Spiritual experiences of living every minute with love, grace, and gratitude that defines our joy.

Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goals; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude.  Thomas Jefferson

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I have heard good things come to those who wait…What I know is, Greater things come to those who get off their assets and do something to make it happen.

I have done a lot of traveling in my day, I was always looking for the next best thing to find joy.  What I discovered was Joy cannot be traveled to, owned, earned or worn. It is the Spiritual experiences of living every minute with love, grace, and gratitude.  Denis Waitley

If you’re wondering how to get things done, just remember the distance between dreams and reality is called, action.  And, the only difference between a rut and the grave are the dimensions.  

Next time you get into your feelings, remember others have feelings too, and if you don’t realize that or too self-centered to care, your feeling will be hurting all the time.

Dying is something we have no control over, so why miss your life being afraid of it.  Living life to the fullest is our only priority.  But, when death does arrive it’s not our job to keep it alive, it’s our job to secure the memories?

Martin Luther King Jr. gave a sermon about death shortly before his own and he warned us in his speech that “You maybe 38 years old, as I happen to be, and one day some great opportunity stands before you and calls upon you to stand up for some great principle, some great issue, some great cause. You refuse to do it because you are afraid…Well, you may go on and live until you are 90, but you are just as dead at 38 as you would be at 90”

Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass. It’s about learning to dance in the rain.  Vivian Greene

The older I got the more I realized I don’t hate people, I just don’t like their ways.

I thought I knew what I needed until I learned Necessity is blind until it becomes conscience. Freedom is the consciousness of necessity.

“That which you call your soul or spirit is your consciousness, and that which you call free will is your mind’s freedom to think or not, the only will you have is your only freedom, the choice that controls all the choices you make determines your life and your character.”   Rand

I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or want. I can do all this through him who gives me strength.  Phillippians 4: 11-13

When it comes to resolutions: I want to be the person that looks forward to not restarting old habits, or to start bad ones like binge eating, drinking too much, etc…I only want to be content.  And I don’t want to wake up after another 365 days wondering why I didn’t become a better person.

Can I tell you a secret?  There are no secrets.  And when you put yourself above the rest, the truth comes in at a close second.

To gain control over another person is to remain calm and unruffled under all circumstances.  Thomas Jefferson

Just because you are old doesn’t mean you can lead.  Especially if you can’t embrace change.  And in case you didn’t know, Adaptability is the simple secret to Survival.

Did you know the mark of an educated mind is to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it?  And, It’s not necessary to hold all the cards in life, but it is important how well you play with the cards you do hold?

It’s too bad, an opportunity is missed by most people because it’s dressed in overalls and look like work.  And, did you know for the top to survive, the bottom has to stay low.  Get up.

Some of the best advice I have ever received came from my mother.  She told me to be authentic and transparent.  She said I was irreplaceable, and I believed her.

It’s Something To Think About!

Jesus is Lord!

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There are an array of meanings about the word resolutions such as; a promise to yourself to do or not do something; this one is closely associated with New Year’s Eve… some resolutions refer to pixels and highlighted colors for picture quality on a TV or computer screen.

The resolutions am talking about are the ones that rely on a jury of our peers, and or the voting process to resolve problems related to the masses in general, with consistency.   What’s good for the goose should be good for the gander.  That is what The Supreme Court is supposed to be all about.

The all for one, and one for all crowd like judges, state and local representatives should be free of racial practices and personal imbalances, including those seeking un-warranted gain, others wanting to defraud the public, deceitful representatives of power, thieves and things I cannot name.

Let us choose those who have tactical and forward-thinking techniques, coupled with experiences and an awareness of not only the big ticketed items but also the lesser-known issues that can impact the good of all.

These are the Technicians I want to represent me in situations where we have to acquire representation (voted in or chosen) while believing they are the best person’s to get the job done sitting at The Table For Resolutions. 

We need hands-on people with experience when it comes to situations that we need to know and fix.  We need to hear from those with the capacity to produce the best results in life or death situations.

In my opinion, the battle driven are the ones on par to produce an accurate and reliable account, coupled with the best solution because of their on-site privilege to knowledge which gives them the expertise to rule.  I haven’t forgotten about the Common Folks; everybody needs to be a part of something, even a fool will give good advice, oftentimes without their knowledge… 😦

The respected and accredited with the first-hand experience must also have Great Minds, and an ability to share while working with others, so let’s allow the Problem-Solvers to join the team in-order to sort through a vast array of worldly problems by allowing them to have a seat at The Table For Resolutions along with the Rational People and the Inventors to make a way out of noway

You don’t need me to tell you a fool always finds himself a seat at every table.  The thing is, we never see him coming. When he/she told us who they are when we met for the first time, we didn’t listen.  As far as the imposter is concerned you ignored not only his words but also his questionable actions.  

Ever thought about if you didn’t listen then, he assumes you aren’t listing now?

I suggest we be mindful of our mindset, the results may not be all that matters; some gains are ill-gotten, and just so you know, they are rarely reliable.  Some say it’s back to square one or the drawing board.

By the way, has anyone asked about your qualifications to lead since you have had a lot on your plate, and did they ask you if you learned anything worthwhile if so?   Am just saying everyone isn’t mentally or physically up for the leadership role, although we may think we are; some still believe they are creditable even after being proven to be part of the problem.

Let’s not forget the ones who have an attitude concerning any responsibilities, coupled with the ones who are without a clue. You know, the wannabees; the people who know more about anything and everything than the actual survivor’s, victims, recipients, whatever whoever.

Those know it alls are handing out second-hand information as if it was gospel and not allowing the ones affected to get a word in.

In other words, as a Cancer Survivor, I was ignored constantly by the ones who know me when I tried to address some inaccuracies; no one was listening, they only wanted to talk about what they heard, but not from the horse’s mouth.  ???

I want positive, living survivors and real victims representing me at The Table For Resolutions, especially when it comes to health and welfare, I want doctors, not politicians.  I want a team, elected or not, that has been there and done that with Eyes Wide Open, including the ones in the know just because they know.  Let’s get fresh ideas while we’re at it.

Let the military men make the decisions about War, not the owner of a weapons depot, who may or may not have dodged the draft…  Let those represent me that stay in their lane with unclogged ears ready to transmit the correct information for the brain to process and resolve.

These are the people a Society need to be sitting at their Table For Resolutions or anywhere decisions have to be made; especially when in the home, hospitals, and places that are near, dear or far, for whatever reasons.

FYI: Let our best warriors plan the tactical strikes, let women sit at the table when it comes to their issues.  All I am saying is the best thing we can do is put our best foot forward by putting our best options out there and have representatives sitting at the table and the seats are occupied by the best minds in all decision making; that is as long as they stay in their respected fields.

Intelligence, compassion, and trustability are just a few of the qualifications needed when searching for the right Mind to Lead.  These capabilities are a must when searching for any candidate to qualify; ( World leaders, husbands, Pastors, family, boy or girlfriends, etc.)  In other words, a reliable and trustworthy representative of and for you.

The key is the candidate has to have a sense of purpose and a clear knowledge of how to handle right versus wrong.  Still, trial and error most likely will occur with or without permission, so keep it fair, balanced and honest without prejudices.

Most of all, we need average people to Champion the underprivileged sitting at The Table For Resolutions with the same power as the privileged.  We AreThe People;

On the need to know basis, we need representatives that are capable of getting the job done Without your two cents.

It’s Something To Think About!

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Common sense is in spite of, not the result of education. Victor Hugo.

It is a thousand times better to have common sense without education than to have education without common sense.  Robert G. Ingersoll

Normally, common sense tells the majority of us not touch fire simply because it’s hot.  A lack of common sense tells us to set ourselves on fire.  Good sense is to use common sense in a manner that is effective for all.

We need more than just common sense to navigate a vast array of stupidity when it comes to being reasonable.  Common sense should attack unreasonable displays of nonsense knowledge when given to us by other means, like stupidity.

We are living in a complicated era that requires more than just common sense, especially when giving our opinions without forethought.  If we decide to dominate the world with our wise and opinionated selves, we need an uncanny ability loaded with uncommon sense to get our point across.

George Washington Carver tells us; When we can do the common things in life in an uncommon way, we will command the attention of the world.  

Heroism is an act of bravery that I believe is suffering from a lack of common sense, although I welcome it; the brave are left with deadly consequences due to their actions.  An example is when an ordinary person steps in front of a bullet so that a stranger may live.

Most know uncommon acts of heroism isn’t for everybody, most are reluctant to get in harm’s way.  At best, most will run and hide, but just far enough to watch the drama unfold while pulling out their cell phone to start filming.

In these types of situations, common sense should tell us to call the police instead of the News.  Anything less than that is uncommon and unacceptable.

I believe common sense is widely accepted for all the wrong reasons, and the biggest misconception is too many claims have been made about having more of it than all the others.  I think self-imposed common sense is unrealistic gibberish that lacks substance just so we can have it our way.  The New Norm?

I know some transitions can be strenuous, but we can’t allow ourselves to abort common sense because of that.

It’s Something To Think About!

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