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Unsurpassed Bravery
by Karen C Vanderlaan
Tuesday, January 01, 2008
Rated "G" by the Author.
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My sister shared with me her fears of being weak as she struggled with her fears surrounding her treatments and hospital stays. I looked up some words to describe how i see her in this battle;
Strength: The ability to last or resist
Noble; having or showing very good character
virtue: what is good
Honorable: worthy of being respected
Valor: Courage and bravery in battle

 Please donít feel that your tears make you weak

Or that sharing your fears make you less

Know, dear one, that true bravery is found

In the ability to share those honest and true emotions

And to give each sentiment its due

To deny they exist, or hold them at bay

Would be the only cowardice


So much bravery shrouds your persona

And true valor you demonstrate each day you do battle

With this cancer who has dared

Raise its ugly head, in the presence of one so true

You hold your noble self tall

And with great dignity you carry on

Showing virtue and honor true


I must say to you I am honored

That you have shared with my humble self

A bit of your fears and some of your tears

As your battles ebb and flow

With my great confusion of all that just is

I am there with you in spirit,

Can you feel me, Iím holding your hand

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Reviewed by Barbara Smith 1/2/2008
Karen, your voice allows this reader to feel the fears and honesty your sister has shared with you. It is comforting to her to know she has you to listen & to console her during this trying period in her life. She will never forget your kindness and your kind ear for listening...there will always remain a solid bond between you two. I pray she will come through all of this in flying heart goes out to the both of you. God Bless
Reviewed by Andy Turner (Reader) 1/2/2008
Indeed, it can't be bought, taught, it must be caught...
Top one..
Reviewed by E T Waldron 1/2/2008
Karen, this is exceptional and the encouragement and support you show your sister,is splendid as is her bravery in the battle she faces! Thank you for sharing! My prayers go with her, and you too!

Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 1/2/2008
Most outstanding offering Kaern...filled with so much compassion!!

Love Tinka
Reviewed by Felix Perry 1/2/2008
Sweet and tender are your feelings for your sister and the pain and suffering she is so breavely enduring. I am sure she will truly treasure this write.

Reviewed by Mr. Ed 1/2/2008
true bravery is found
In the ability to share those honest and true emotions

What a truly heartfelt piece this is, Karen, and what a marvelous picture.

Reviewed by Amber Moonstone 1/2/2008
What a beautiful way to channel some energy. You are courageous and brave, and a very loving sister. Prayers and healing energy continue to flow for her, may this battle be won quickly and she is returned to you as soon as possible.
Peace, love, and light,
Amber "V"
Reviewed by Rose Rideout 1/2/2008
It is so important for one to share their strength as you are doing with your sister, I'll keep you both in my prayers Karen.
Newfie Hugs, Rose
Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 1/2/2008
Powerful write, glad you are there for her! You and your sister are both in my prayers!

(((HUGS))) and much love, your friend in Tx., Karen Lynn (who's been there; glad that's all behind me now!!). :(
Reviewed by Paul Berube 1/2/2008

The two of you fit the bill of your introduction. Your Love and Strength will see you both through. Peace, Love, Blessings and Prayers Always, Paul.
Reviewed by Ted Bossis 1/2/2008
Willingness to offer such genuine depth of soul is Unsurpassed~God bless _love (Ted)
Reviewed by George Carroll 1/1/2008
Miracles can and do happen. Your love for your sister and her struggle with cancer, reminds us to ever keep her in our prayers. God Bless her and in His mercy spare her.
Reviewed by Christine Alwin 1/1/2008
Tears are not a weakness, rather an emotion. Nice to give strength and concerns to each other..prayers go out to you and your sister.
Reviewed by m j hollingshead 1/1/2008
prayers continue
Reviewed by Staci Gansky-Wagner 1/1/2008
A wonderful write to show you are there for your sister. Think positive, have strength, and never give up. She can lean on you.
Reviewed by Art Sun 1/1/2008
I view two souls who are the brave ones here...I have walked the same path, though many years past, still it takes great courage and honest emotions to walk a path alongside a soul, friend, relative, son, daugther, mother, father...a brave soul who is being held by one so brave as herself...

My Best and My Prayers to the both of you...

Love and Peace...

Art Sun...

Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 1/1/2008

It's those facing adversity who prove their strength, the resolve they didn't know was inside them comes forth and takes my breath away. I always thought my twin sis was the weaker of the two: when she was in hospital at the end of 2006, she showed me! Numerous tests and painful procedures; three surgeries in four days...I couldn't have done it. She's my warrior. :) A powerfully thought provoking, inspiring write; (((HUGS))) and prayers to you and your sis.

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.

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