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About pamvbradford

I am a fifty seven year old banker specializing in government banking. I have a beautiful twenty-one year old daughter and a wonderful husband. My husband and I recently downsized, and purchased a beautiful condo in Watertown MA. We love our new home. I know I am a very fortunate person. I am surrounded by supportive family members, by supportive coworkers and by the marvelous support of our faith community at Sacred Heart Parish in Lexington MA. As the Psalm says, "There is nothing that I lack." My whole life changed on July 18, 2012 when I was diagnosed with a brain tumor. The news came from out of the blue. My tumor was removed by the marvelous Dr. Mark Johnson and his wonderful team of surgeons at the Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. The surgery truly was a miracle. I couldn't possibly have gotten better care. Now the 'easy' part is over. The tough part is to learn to walk with God in the midst of danger and surprise. My mood shifts from gratitude to fear and back again but I know God has a purpose for me. There's a reason I didn't die on the operating table. There's something that God wants me to do. This blog is my effort to share with others, with all of you, what it is that I am learning as I put one foot ahead of the other, live each day as it comes, and discover what it is that God has to teach me. Your prayers keep me going. Your love comforts me. Your knowledge and faith guide and teach me. God bless you all!

On news stands now!

To all my wonderful supporters: I don’t know how many of you realize this, but I wake up every morning well before dawn — and I spend my first waking moments praying for Five O’clock to arrive.  It’s at that … Continue reading

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Lights! Camera! Action!

Dear Friends, Well, as if it weren’t enough for the Benson Babes to be promoted in next Sunday’s Boston Globe Magazine (available on September 22) we’re now primed to make a big splash on your TV screen.  A crew from … Continue reading

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Extra, Extra, Read All About It

Friends, I want you all to be sure to grab a copy of the Boston Globe on Sunday (September 22) and check out Cynthia Thomas’s story in the Globe Magazine.  It’s called “The Coat” and it’s about the way the … Continue reading

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My Precious Little Girl

To my wise, strong, beautiful Angelique: It seems, these days, that you and I can’t speak to each other for longer than a minute before one of us says something to upset the other.  Everything between us is out of … Continue reading

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Shoes and Rice

To all you wonderful people: You know, I really think this means more to Paul and Liqa than it does to me; but today is the day I’m finally able to get out of the house and over to our … Continue reading

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To My Dear, Dear Friends

Let’s sort this all out… As many of you know, there is no cure for glioblastomas — only treatments.  Treatments designed to help the cancer victim function better and live longer.  One treatment is surgery.  I’ve had two brain surgeries, … Continue reading

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Anniversary Day — Is it “Happy”??

Dear, dear friends, I’m going to give you all a little test.  I wonder how many of you can remember what you were doing on July 18, 2012.  I’ll give you a clue, it was a Wednesday — does that … Continue reading

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