I don’t know about you, but when I read newspapers, magazine or books, I am always looking for stories about people who have overcome a tragedy or some other kind of obstacle in their lives.
I am always amazed when I read about how someone who has experienced the death of a loved one or another kind of personal crisis then manages in the midst of this personal pain to find reserves of inner strength to work through their conflicting feelings and move forward to pursue something positive. The same is true of someone whose life seems full of things going wrong yet somehow works through those obstacles and turns their life into something constructive.
In reading about someone else’s story, no matter what the situation, I find that something clicks within me and I am reminded that I am not alone in my healing journey. Life hands you choices that you don’t expect and frankly don’t like at all.But life then also shows you that others have burdens or baggage, if you will, and I am inspired by people from all walks of life who expose their human and vulnerable side to the world and aren’t afraid to recount what has happened to them and how that sadness affected their world but they decided to rise above it.I love sharing these stories with you, my fantastic readers, and I hope you find them inspirational too! I know I can’t do it alone and I when I read about how other people handled their tragedies, I say to myself that if this person moved forward with their life then I can do it too!
This particular story that I read recently in The Washington Post is very uplifting to me. It concerns a mother named Annette Weller and her daughter, Lauren Weller Sidorowicz, who sadly lost her valiant battle with bone cancer in 2011. One day during Lauren’s eight year stay at the pediatric unit of the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center, a pediatric cancer psychologist dropped off some colored markers and told Annette that she could draw on her daughter’s window if she wanted.
|Photo Courtesy of The Washington Post
The human spirit can be resilient in its ability to take a wide range of feelings and thoughts and channel them in a therapeutic way through drawing, painting, writing, singing or even sewing that can lead to a healing of broken heart.
Please read this touching story about Annette and Lauren and how Annette now uses her art to help others: