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.