"Hi, my dearest. I am so glad you called," Aunt Arleigh answered her telephone with her usual brightness and enthusiasm. I smiled and let out a sigh of relief. I had put off calling her because I was concerned I would hear that she was very sick. She is 86 years young, has COPD, and works as an actress in Hollywood, mainly doing television commercials. She is my bright star!
For the past two weeks I have received too many phone calls about someone who has passed away or is seriously ill. A wonderful young mother died of ovarian cancer in Michigan. She was diagnosed 6 months before me. A dear friend went in for back surgery and has not been well since; another friend is fighting for every breath due to the long term affects of agent orange; and my brother-in-law has been diagnosed with bladder cancer. A dear friend just learned that her 45 year old son has Stage IV colon cancer and it is inoperable. Heavy burdens for so many.
"If God brought you to it, He will bring you through it." I do not know who deserves credit for this quote, but I think it is powerful and appropriate for today's blog. The fact is that life is full of challenges, diseases, and even death. I am sure you have seen pictures of trees or flowers stretching up toward the sun through the smallest of cracks in a rock. Sometimes they seem to defy gravity. That is the image I keep in my mind as I pray for strength, courage, and understanding when I am faced with what may seem to be an overwhelming challenge.
Like Aunt Arleigh says, "I am not ready to go now, but if God is ready for me, I will go with a smile on my face." She always reaches through "the cracks of life" and shines in God's love.
- Karen Ingalls
- Ovarian cancer will be diagnosed in 1 of 72 women; 14,000 will die. Please know the symptoms and risk factors: read Outshine: An Ovarian Cancer Memoir. Books at www.amazon.com. ALL PROCEEDS GO TO GYNECOLOGIC CANCER RESEARCH. I am a member of Rave Reviews Book Club and Rave Writer's International Society of Authors, and Patient Leadership Council for Tesaro, Inc. I WILL NOT USE YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS FOR ANY OTHER PURPOSE THAN CONTACTING YOU DIRECTLY. ALL ORIGINAL CONTENT COPYRIGHT 2011 THROUGH 2018.