It has been 3 1/2 years since I was diagnosed with ovarian cancer and I still wonder why. Sometimes I still ask God why.
Sometimes I get paralyzed in my fear of a recurrence. Most of the time I try to live my life looking forward instead of behind me, looking around me to lift other people up and encourage them that it will be OK, no matter the outcome.
Sometimes it’s really hard.
Sometimes it’s not so hard.
Making the decision to apply for the Teal Diva Retreat was easy. I knew I wanted to be around women who really could understand what I had been through and was still going through. That is exactly what I encountered. Amazing woman, God inspired women, strong women, that all shared a common theme of fighting and living. Each and everyone different, unique, beautifully and wonderfully made. And, brought together under undesirably circumstances yet smiling and laughing, hugging and allowing friendships to form.
It has been several weeks since I had the pleasure to meet such amazing women whom I now call my friends. As I sit and reflect, I close my eyes, I can still see the beautiful smiles in that room, I can still feel the joy, the laughter and the encouragement that we gave to each other. I can smell the crisp air and the flowers outside rambling through a walking path. But, mostly I remember the ladies, I remember their stories, and I remember the impact that each and everyone of them have had on me.
God, thank you for placing the right people in my life at the right time. Your uncanny timing is nothing short of miraculous.