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Finding something positive out of tragedy

Wednesday, December 09, 2009

I have to admit – today I am sad. My brother-in-law’s sister died last night at the age of 43.
Her death was not preventable. She didn’t smoke or drink to excess. She didn’t have eating issues or drive drunk. Instead she got incurable brain cancer several months ago, and it took her far too quickly.
As I was thinking about her death this morning, it made me think of all of the choices that I, and many of you, have made over the years that could/did cause damage could lead to an early death. Things that ARE preventable. So I just wanted to take a minute and say to anyone reading this, if you are short on motivation right now, then just think about Michelle who is going to miss her grandchildren grow up along with the wedding of her youngest daughter. And the many many more events within her family that she will only see from above and remember that YOU can make changes today not only to lengthen your life, but to make it so much better!! I am so grateful that one morning in August I woke up and thought – today is the day that I am going to make a change. I know what a gift if was for me to have stumbled upon SparkPeople because it has helped me to make wonderful and EASY changes in my life so that I will be here longer. I hope this blog might motivate someone to keep moving forward – keep heading toward that goal that was set. The bottom line is this – NO ONE knows how much time you have in this life, whether you live a healthy lifestyle or not – why not do whatever you can to make the time you have here the very best for YOU and everyone else around you. Happy Holidays to everyone and I am stepping off my soapbox now.
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  • SCOTTY51
    My sincere condolence to you and all your family. Your positive attitude is a wonderful blessing. Thank you for sharing.
    4074 days ago
    awe :'( i am so sorry to hear that! You are totally right about the fact that we can try and make our lives the best possible. Thank you for sharing! =D, you have motivated and encouraged me 2x today!!! ... thank you =)
    4099 days ago
    Hey Sweetie,

    Sorry for your loss. Wonderful, touching words regarding that in your blog.

    4100 days ago
    Pam, your blog is SO TRUE! My precious brother died at the age of 47 a few years back of an inoperable brain tumor. He had two little boys. How tragic that many times we take our health for granted! I'll be thinking and praying for you tonight, even though I missed your blog until tonight. emoticon emoticon Lori
    4100 days ago
    I am sorry for your loss.
    4105 days ago
    So sorry for the loss that is being experienced right now but thank you for blogging, it makes a great deal of sense. I pray that some good will come out of this sadness.
    4105 days ago
    What a gift that you could find something positive from her passing - surely that's a tribute to her as well.

    ...and the extra motivation is much appreciated too.
    4105 days ago
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