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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 Writers International Society of Authors, and Patient Leadership Council. I WILL NOT USE YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS FOR ANY OTHER PURPOSE THAN CONTACTING YOU DIRECTLY. ALL ORIGINAL CONTENT COPYRIGHT 2011 THROUGH 2018.

Monday, January 8, 2018


There are two couples who are truly inspirational to me. They are my neighbors, Harry and Annabelle, and long-time friends, Stan and Jayne. They are the perfect example of a complete marriage, which means that each person respects, honors, and loves the other.

Harry and Annabelle have encouraged and supported me from the very beginning of my new life as a cancer survivor. They sent cards, made telephone calls, and daily prayed for me. They attended my recent book launch, purchased a copy of Outshine: An Ovarian Cancer Memoir, and after reading the book they said, "Karen, you are an inspiration."

In the ten years I have known them, they have been an inspiration to me by the way they live and treat each other. For Harry and Annabelle who are 92 years young, God is the center of their lives; their love is unconditional; and they follow the Golden Rule. After 72 years of marriage they have heard and seen it all, yet they are not hardened, scornful, or unforgiving. Life has not always been easy for them yet they have been caregivers to each other, family and friends. Their sense of humor, positive outlook, and having looked at life through youthful eyes has helped them to be independent and productive.

Stan and Jayne amaze and inspire me with their complete love and devotion to one another. Their lives are also God-centered. Even during the difficult times of job losses, deaths of parents, and frequent moves they have stood together and faced each challenge with faith and love. I have known them for thirty years and I have not heard them complain nor feel sorry for themselves.

When I was first diagnosed with cancer they immediately were by our side. Their prayers, visits, and phone calls were filled with love and encouragement. Stan has a beautiful gift of creative design and word expressions. He remembers birthdays and anniversaries and sends out cards, some of which he has designed. Jane is always smiling and has a contagious and recognizable laugh. She is a good listener, loves to give hugs, and is there to give support wherever needed.

These two couples are inspirational because they are God-centered, loving, generous, kind, and giving. Is there a person or couple in your life who has influenced you in a positive way? Do you believe you are an inspirational person to others?

We all need positive role models especially in our growing-up years. In closing, this quote sums up the message of this blog: A loving heart is the truest wisdom. (Charles Dickens)

Thank you for stopping by. I welcome those people or couples who are inspirational to you.
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  1. Beautiful tribute to your friends. You are very lucky to have them in your life. I can feel the joy they bring you through your words and see how much strength they get through being God centered. The world needs more of them.

  2. I am blessed to have them in my life. Even though Harry and Annabelle have passed on, they are still very much in my life. Like the song goes, "What the world needs now is love...."

  3. What a lovely post, Karen. You are blessed to have such amazing and wonderful friends and neighbors. This tribute expresses just how much they have impacted your life. Thank you for sharing.

  4. Jan, I am so fortunate to have these people in my life. I could name many more. I am very glad to have you visit my blog today. Wishing you a blessed day.

  5. After surgery and during chemo treatment I had many friends and family offering support. Two of my friends, both artists, living in 2 different cities sent me a hand made post card or greeting card created with their art work every week. I have kept the cards and treasure their creators. Life is good.