What does HOPE mean? Not necessarily ‘a CURE.’

If you ask a cancer survivor what HOPE means to them, their answer may not necessarily be 'a CURE.' It may be 'feeling well enough to attend a family event in two months,' or 'accomplish a task within the week', or  'have a pain-free moment'. After my presentation at Grand Rounds, I had a tour [...]

Talk For Hope: Overcoming Limitations from Cerebral Palsy

A story not silenced. When I spoke to this radio interviewer, I heard words are slightly slurred  and others annunciated with a struggle. Very quickly into the conversation, I got past the struggle and heard the strong vice and smart mind of this man who has a passion to improve the world by being an example himself [...]

Talk for Hope: Foster Child Asking For What She Needs

A story not silenced. She was raised by a single mother in upstate NY. She was a 'good kid' and stood out as a great dancer. By age 12, she knew she was gay and became outspoken about her discovery, causing unmanageable friction in the house. In this day and age, there are still parents who just [...]

Talk For Hope: Given a Second Chance

A story not silenced. A story can change worlds. Mr Gillard shares his story, inspiring us with how to turn adversity into opportunity. "In my heart of hearts, I wanted to do the right thing, but selling drugs was easy. Everyone was doing it. I mean, I'm not using that as an excuse, I made [...]

Suicide Prompts Poem

A friend recently walked in memory of a young woman who took her life. I saw this poem and slightly adapted it to remove the religious tone.  Those who fight  suicidal thoughts may find some comfort in this poem:     A Higher SelfIn this moment I choose to recognize that there is within me a perfect Self.A [...]

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Talk for Hope: Vietnam Wounded Warrior Inspires with his Attitude

A story not silenced. A silver-haired man in a white t-shirt and jeans was going through Atlanta airport’s TSA in a wheelchair. He had no legs and only one arm. I thought to myself, how does he get into the airplane seat? How does he get over the thin ramp into the plane with the wheelchair? [...]

Sudden Death – What to Say?

My friend's husband retired just one year ago.They took a bucket-list trip to Israel. Mostly, they were planning for the next stage of their lives, hoping to be grandparents and moving to be near their children. Then, the unexpected happened. While pushing the snowblower up their steep driveway, her husband had a massive heart attack [...]

By |2016-10-14T15:18:17+00:00February 8th, 2014|Making Life Meaningful, Survivorship|0 Comments