A coffee shop reception and a whole lot of inspiration…

Last Saturday, my mother-in-law and I went to a cancer survivor reception at a local coffee shop.

It was great to take time to remember her journey — not the bad parts, but the good: how she beat cancer and has used her experience to help others.
It was great to see her wearing her survivor pin.
And it was great to talk to other survivors there too.
“It’s been seven years since I was diagnosed,” one woman said as we talked about the upcoming Relay for Life event in our area, “and what always happens at the event is I end up meeting someone who was just diagnosed. So I’m able to tell them I remember how that feels and to help them know they’ll get through it.”
The other two women we were talking to, along with my mother-in-law, nodded in agreement.
I admired so much how these women took such a difficult situation and turned it into something positive, to help others. 
It was truly inspiring.  :)
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  1. You and your mother are both beautiful. What a wonderful testimony. :)

  2. How great to celebrate overcoming something as hard as cancer and being inspired to help others. Cheers to many more love filled and inspiring years of life!

  3. WOmen like that are rockstars. I have so much respect for people who come out of such a dark situation and give back. What wonderful examples to have so close to you!

  4. What a great pic of you and your mom! I remember when I first heard the dreaded "C" word! It's amazing to see that no matter what kind of cancer you have, it still hits everyone like a ton of bricks!

  5. What a great way to support other women going through the same thing. Great pic!

  6. Love all your posts, but especially loved this one (and you know why). CONGRATULATIONS to your mother-in-law! She looks like a lovely woman and I'm so thrilled for her that she is cancer-free! She should wear her survivor pin proudly!Peace and blessings to your day and to hers.Jeanine

  7. Thank you for sharing this Genny!! What a wonderful moment!Blessings-Amanda

  8. Thanks for sharing! I have a friend who is going through this right now. She has the most positive attitude! And she will beat it!!

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