In October I had the opportunity to listen with intention to my dear friend and inspirational speaker, Susan Major, founder of "Joyful Journeys" at the Awaken Retreat Event hosted by Laura's List. Diagnosed with breast cancer at age 39, Susan has shown that living with joy, even in the midst of great struggle, is a daily choice. As she shared humor and personal stories, light illuminated on the possibility for every woman to live in hope, despite our life's challenges.
In this moment, memories of my Nana flashed before me. As a young girl, I watched my grandmother Rose emerge from breast cancer. I learned from her actions that if given the opportunity in life, we must sow seeds of hope for others.
Nana and Susan were the exact same age, 39, when diagnosed and share a common belief that faith can be an instrument to healing. In this serendipitous moment, I knew God placed me on this earth, to create these forums for women to share their real life stories.
Learn more about events and authors, read Laura's blog and find out how you can Sow Seeds of Hope for Women! Visit www.laurasbooklist.com. Laura Ponticello is an author of true life stories, local columnist, blogger, and national book reviewer.