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Thursday, January 19, 2012


Without dreams, there can be no courage. And without courage, there can be no action." (Wim Wenders)
I found this quote to be inspiring and helpful particularly when I think about the second line of the Serenity Prayer. I have always had dreams about the kind of person I wanted to be, things to accomplish, and places to see. Some of those dreams have come true, or I am still working on others. For each achievement courage and action had been required.

When I first heard, "You have cancer," for a few days I let fear destroy my dreams, and therefore, my courage. I turned to God for guidance, my family and friends for support, and information from the doctor. Once I allowed these three components back into my life, I was able to dream about my new life with bravery. I was able to face the consequences of the extensive surgery, do things to counteract the side effects of chemotherapy, and become a survivor and advocate. I had courage (and still do) to change the things I can. Therefore, this blog was created, my book is being published (Outshine: An Ovarian Cancer Memoir), and I support ovarian cancer awareness activities.

How have dreams and courage been parts of your life?


  1. Hi, Karen. Thanks for pointing me to your blog. I have always maintained that courage is something that God gives us. He is the great "Encourager". I rest in His care no matter how dire life looks at any given moment.

    1. I agree that God is the great Encourager. I cannot imagine going through life without Him.
      Thank you for sharing your thoughts.

  2. So true~ Thanks for your words here and also thanks for visiting my blog!

    1. And thank you for checking out my blog. We can learn from and support each other, which is so beautiful!