Glenda Standeven was diagnosed with cancer in 1987, and lost her entire right leg to the disease in 1988. Because of the ordeal that Glenda and her family experienced, she feels it is important to give encouragement and hope to others facing adversity. In 1990, before the birth of their second son, Glenda won two silver medals in the BC Winter Games in the Slalom and Giant Slalom skiing events. Glenda was voted her hometown’s Woman of the Year in 2003, received the Governor General's Caring Canadian Award in 2005, and the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2013, for her exemplary volunteer efforts in her community. Glenda Standeven's mission is to share her “choosing to smile” message with everyone she meets. She is also a sought-after speaker for professional organizations and groups of all kinds.
The book you are about to read is not just another cancer story. It does not begin with cancer and it does not end with cancer. This is the true story of an ordinary woman who lives with extraordinary optimism. When faced with adversity, she realizes that she has a choice: she can live with bitterness and regret or choose to smile as each hardship becomes a lesson in appreciation.