Whose HOPE is it anyway?

got hope?

Every single one of us, that’s who. I’m a little fired up today because of something that happened to my friend. Her name is Jen and she’s full of hope. Literally, she is an Ambassador of Hope with this organization. Check out her incredible interview here. So, hope. What is it really? Does it really work for people in their lives and who, if anyone, has the right to take it away? My answer to the last question is no one has the right to take our hope away….or even try to. We all have the right to hope for a better future, to hope for that better job, for forgiveness, for a cure. Hope is what keeps us going. No matter what the situation, you are not a statistic. I am here to tell you that miraculous things, unexplainable things, happen every day. So for some ‘beeeeeeeeeeep’ (insert your very own colorful word here) to feel the need to give you some tough love and tell you what they think you need to hear? You know what? No. It is never someone’s “place” to tell you that you are reaching too high, that you will never get that job, that you are not qualified enough or educated enough or strong enough to attain that goal. And no one can tell you what the exact outcome of a disease is going to be. But this is precisely what a psychiatrist tried to tell my friend. (Did you get the part where he’s not an oncologist?) Wrong move. Did he realize he was dealing with an Ambassador of Hope for crap’s sake? Don’t be fooled by how cute and sweet she looks. Seriously, do not mess with this woman or she will kick your you know what, just like she is kicking cancer to the curb. Hope lives in our hearts and it is something very precious indeed, something that needs protecting. So hold on to your hope, folks, always…and know that no man can take that away from you. Ever.


About Alisa

I'm a woman in "the middle place" living in a town we call "Mayberry". I'm a wife, mother, daughter, sister, cousin, aunt, friend, cancer survivor.....taking care of my family and my people the best I can, living a life of quiet dignity as loudly as I can.
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3 Responses to Whose HOPE is it anyway?

  1. Juliana says:

    This is exactly what I needed to read as I dragged myself out of bed with a baby at 5:30 a.m. Again. We all need a reminder to LET ourselves hope, too, because our society is constantly telling us that it is foolish to do so. Thanks for that.

  2. MK Mercurio says:

    Hope is what keeps us going and to take that away through “tough love” is disrespectful to the person. Nobody knows the reservoirs of strength that people have, their past experiences, their desire and focus to live a healthy life.

    Your friend Jen has the right attitude and so many reasons to live. Her friends and family, especially her son are her beacon. I love reading about people like Jen who refuse to accept what a doctor has to say, who takes 10 min per day to be sad and focuses on being healthy. Thanks for sharing this!

  3. Alisa says:

    I love that I get to be a conduit to allow others to get to know Jen and her amazing courage. She teaches me every day to remember the good stuff and that the good stuff is just the miracle of the every day.

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