Friday, April 19, 2013

I Am Far From Over

I have always loved Cher.  There is something about her voice that has always appealed to me.  I can remember as a young girl watching the Sonny and Cher show on Sunday evenings with my family back home in Southern California.  Sonny and Cher's antics were silly but I always remember her solos. "Half Breed" was my absolute favorite song.  And, who can forget her singing, "If I Could Turn Back Time", on the battleship with all the Marines behind her years later?

Her roles in movies have always been well done.  Moonstruck is one of my all time favorites. I can drive Ali crazy within minutes as I speak each characters line; having seen the movie for the umpteenth time.  She was wonderful in Witches of Eastwick, Silkwood, Mask and Suspect.

My mother was a fan of Cher as well.  I remember watching her smile when we watched Sonny and Cher.  I remember one day, before she got ill,  walking to the sidewalk to get into our car.  My mother was walking in front of me and I said excitedly, "Mommy, you have hips just like Cher!".  I meant it as a complete compliment but it took me a few years to understand that it was not a compliment to her.

Today marks the day that I was told a year ago that I had Invasive Ductal Carcinoma of the right breast.  Breast Cancer.  The idea that I had a disease that I watched take over and kill my mother when I was a child was terrifying to me.

Strange as it seems, I gained strength from Cher.  She was in a horrible movie a couple years ago entitled Burlesque.  But, in that movie is a song she sings that I have played over and over and over again.  It has helped me get through the past year.  

The words are below and I know that you will see why I love this ballad and the strength it has given me.  I thank Cher for her beautiful voice and, I thank the writer, Diane Warren.  Her words are striking.


You Haven't Seen The Last Of Me

Feeling broken
Barely holding on
But there's just something so strong
Somewhere inside me
And I am down but I'll get up again
Don't count me out just yet

I've been brought down to my knees
And I've been pushed way past the point of breaking
But I can take it
I'll be back
Back on my feet
This is far from over
You haven't seen the last of me
You haven't seen the last of me

They can say that
I won't stay around
But I'm gonna stand my ground
You're not gonna stop me
You don't know me
You don't know who I am
Don't count me out so fast

I've been brought down to my knees
And I've been pushed way past the point of breaking
But I can take it
I'll be back
Back on my feet
This is far from over
You haven't seen the last of me

There will be no fade out
This is not the end
I'm down now
But I'll be standing tall again
Times are hard but
I was built tough
I'm gonna show you all what I'm made of

I've been brought down to my knees
And I've been pushed right past the point of breaking
But I can take it
I'll be back
Back on my feet
This is far from over
I am far from over
You haven't seen the last of me

No no
I'm not going nowhere
I'm staying right here
Oh no
You won't see me fade out
I'm not taking my bow
Can't stop me
It's not the end
You haven't seen the last of me
Oh no
You haven't seen the last of me
You haven't seen the last of me


4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Of course it's not over, never was. Give yourself a hug. We love you, always. G & W

Anonymous said...

Amazing post. You're always an inspiration....

love,
Julia B

Ana Rios said...

I'm am glad you are back on your feet. Sending you love.

Ana Rios said...

I'm am glad you are back on your feet. Sending you love.