Hope is wanting something to happen, an expectation. If we use it in a prayerful, spiritual way it is more empowering. When Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr said we must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope it was a deep and well-intended prayer.

It is HEALTH that is real wealth, not pieces of gold and silver. (Mahatma Gandhi). Health is a state of being free from physical or mental illness or injury. There is a definite relationship between one’s sense of well-being and his/her’s physical and mental health.

Your health is what you make of it. Everything you do and think either adds to the vitality, energy and spirit you possess or takes away from it. (Ann Wigmore) We are what we think.

Happiness is a state of contentment or satisfaction; it is something we do, are grateful for, or fulfills a wish or desire. We will have true happiness when we enjoy the journey of one’s life rather than the destination.

Three grand essentials to happiness in this life are something to do, something to love, and something to hope for. (Joseph Addison)

As we celebrate the New Year instead of making the typical resolutions (lose weight, exercise more, get a new job, etc.), let’s deeply and truly look at how we live. How do we use and live the words hope, health, and happiness?

We can make 2021 and the world better by following the words of this quote: He who has health, has hope; and he who has hope has everything. (Thomas Carlyle)


TEAL is the color for ovarian cancer, and September is National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month. Many of the blogs that will be forthcoming this month will be about ovarian cancer. Every female of all ages, as well as those individuals who are or could be their care partners, will benefit from each blog.

T.E.A.L. Tell Every Amazing Lady about ovarian cancer.

Please note that I say female rather than woman. If you have or ever had ovaries, you are at risk, including those who have had a hysterectomy.

Knowledge about every cancer and disease is important. I am a 12-year survivor of ovarian cancer, and I am fortunate to have lived with this disease as long as I have. I say that because:

The American Cancer Society predicts that in 2020, about 21,750 women will be diagnosed, and 13,940 will die. Putting that into perspective, here are a few cities with populations of about 20,000:

  • Farmington, MN 21,086
  • Christiansburg, VA 21,041
  • Forest Grove, OR 21, 083

You will read stories from and about other survivors. I will also introduce some new drugs, ongoing research, surgical techniques, and HOPE. Ovarian cancer is a challenge, but the more each woman knows and acts upon its symptoms the better. To end on a positive note, there are approximately 250,000 survivors in the U.S. today.

For the entire month of September, I will be offering free copies of my paperback book, Outshine: An Ovarian Cancer Memoir. To receive your free copy, send me your name and address in the “contact” section of my website. This information will remain confidential. A symptom card will be included in each book.

Your comments are appreciated. Your questions are welcome. Thank you.