In the darkest night....
Monday, August 9, 2010
In a previous post, I spoke of a friend who wrote a book that I've been reading my way through.... she continually amazes me with her courage and the stories that would utterly paralyze me with fear and despair. But, somehow she mustered some kind of courage to fight her way back from the pits of hell. I find that her stories encourage me, they lift me up and they give me courage. I hope somehow to impart a bit of that to each and every woman I encounter through this project.
Meet Stephanie V. and her new friend through cancer, Maureen N. They brought such LIFE into the studio... Talk about a fun session. I think Maureen should have a second career as a comedienne. It was difficult to concentrate on what I was doing, I was laughing so much. We had a session that lasted twice as long as anyone else, we were having such a good time. But, you'd never know that these women both have been dealt a pretty big blow. The both suffer from the identical cancer, just different stages. One stage 3, one stage 4. Not fair for such young and vital women. Not fair for anyone. They currently are finished with Chemotherapy, but are undergoing radiation and then more continuing chemo... one of them for another TWO years!
But, they both are facing this head on, educating themselves, sharing treatment options, encouraging each other and with a big dose of humor. They were a delight. Stephanie says, "Cancer is a gift I was given." See the positive attitude? She knows that she wouldn't be the person she's become without cancer.
All that to say. It is only in the darkest of the dark that a small spark of light can be seen the brightest. Think about being in a cave and then lighting a match. That single light source will light that entire cave. Not enough to see all the details, but enough to illuminate a path to move forward, till you see the next few feet of the path... and again and again. We can be that small spark of light in someone else's darkness. We can encourage that spark of hope. We can help another to see that tiny bit of light. Sometimes with humor. Maureen shares, "Attitude is one of the few choices you have." Make someone laugh today.
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