I would like to dedicate this book to four extraordinary women who have been a huge part of my life, and who helped defined who I am today. First, to my grandmother, who was like a second mother to me, especially when my own mother had passed. You were always there, even through your own illness. She gave to me the second person I dedicate this book to, my mother. Thanks, Mom, for making me a strong woman who was able to raise two beautiful children to adulthood, my two daughters, to whom I also make this dedication. Having you two in my life gave me strength to pull through my battle with cancer and win. You gave me a reason to get up in the morning and to face what life had to offer. And don’t we have the greatest adventures?

My love, always and forever,


The Light that Shines

Though the tempest is raging and the gales are roaring, all is not lost. For there is a peace within that calms the waters and stills the air. When all hope seems fleeting and despair encompasses you, be not afraid; for a refuge is within your grasp. It shines like a bright light beckoning unto you. This light glows within our hearts helping us to overcome adversity, giving us strength to endure, and inspiring us for a better day. But above all else, it can tie all of us together, our family and friends.

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