Brave Women

I want to whine today.  My back hurts, my foot hurts, I’m tired, I have too much to do and too little time.  My son is in the Bahamas, with a tropical storm expected before he leaves.  I’m traveling all next week for work, when I’d really like a vacation.  (and yes, that was all kind of whiny)

But, you know what?

My friend was diagnosed with Lymphoma yesterday, and talks with an Oncologist for the first time today.  She is younger than me.  She has young kids.  She has a husband, and a job, and a life, and plans for next week and next month and next year.  But she’s taking a detour.  Today, she’s learning what the plan is, and for the next several months it will be about the fight.  She’s only had about 12 hours to process it.  And she’s cried.  But she’s strong and she knows she’ll beat it.  And have no question- I also believe she’ll kick it’s ass.  But today?  Today sucks.  Big time.

And then there is this.

The three young women who were held captive for years in Ohio, and were just freed two months ago (read my original post about it here) have released the video statement below.  They are showing us that you can walk through hell and not just make it out alive, but do it “with a smile on my face.”  Take 2 minutes and watch.  They are the face of hope.

So today, I will whine {less} and hopefully we can be inspired together by these brave women. 

All four of them, including my friend.




  1. Thanks for this beautiful post, Anita. It helps some days to have a reminder that we’re not alone in our struggles. And I believe our challenges come to show us that we have the strength, wisdom and power within us that we may have been searching for outside of ourselves. It’s just a matter of remembering.
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  2. I will have to watch the video later. Situations like that are always a really big trigger for me after surviving five years of something very similar. It is definitely not as easy as it looks and the smiles are often hiding a whole lot of pain. I am sorry to hear about your friend. I think all of us at some point worry about the possibility of cancer and its so emotional to witness it in someone you love. I hope you all get through this together and understand the ups and downs of this roller coaster ride. Remember, that though everyone else seems to have bigger problems that your issues are big for you and allow yourself to have those moments to whine so long as your grateful for what you do have 🙂
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    • Marisa, I fully believe that their smiles are hiding a lot of pain. What I pray is that their smiles mean that they know that they have the love and support they need to heal. I’m so sorry that you’ve faced something similar.

  3. Gwynne Montgomery says:

    It’s all about perspective, and watching how other women pull through the incredible challenges in their lives definitely does help to put things into perspective. Thank you for sharing about your friend and for sharing this video. Incredibly brave women, all of them.
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  4. Deanna Wharwood says:

    Wow! I really appreciated reading this article. A reminder to me as well to keep it all in perspective. I appreciate you being so honest and open with you’re feelings. Great post!
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  5. Ya know, sometimes that “whiney me” pops up for a visit in everyone’s life. We forgot others have ***&&R&) going on … I call it having a Pity Party for 1 and definitely have been there many times over the last few weeks. And then, like you, I have a friend who is facing a detour that none of us want, that many of us fear and that can be a catalyst for growth EVEN when it hurts like hell and we’re going through hell.

    It isn’t always easy and honestly, that’s why I’m so thrilled there are women like you who are sharing and creating a community where we can, well, be.

    Thank you for your honesty my dear…

    Laugh Lots, Love More!
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  6. Wow. I’m so sorry to hear about your friend. Our next door neighbor is fighting cancer right now…as are a few of my friends. It’s just horrible and scary. I have every hope and prayer that your friend beats this all the way, and quickly. Thanks, too, for sharing the story of the young women who now have their freedom back. Prayers too, to them, to heal and find the support they need.
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  7. My prayers and thoughts for your friend. And these brave women have deserved – earned every step of the way – their freedom. Great post, Anita.

  8. Elizabeth @ Rocks, No Salt Mommy says:

    Thanks for helping us keep things in perspective today. I hope your life calms down and you get a bit of rest, soon!
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