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Folks i thought maybe we could post some stories about anything inspiring that catches our eye, sad, happy, touching, anything really..never know one or two could come in handy to any of us someday

I'll start with this one by 18-year-old Allyson Dias

How did this happen to me? Why did this happen to me? What will my future look like? Will I have a future?

On May 4th, 2006, I was diagnosed with Adenoid Cystic Carcinoma of my left submandibular gland, or salivary gland cancer. My life was put on hold, and my priorities changed from worrying about my SATs to fighting cancer. Three risky surgeries left me with a six-inch scar tucked under my jaw and a droopy lip. The battle wasn't over: I still had seven weeks of radiation therapy 1,683 miles away from home.

I was scared, vulnerable and powerless. As a dancer for the past twelve years, I have learned the relationship between mind and body. Through music, dancing connects my physicality and spirituality. Cancer instantly broke that bond. I felt disconnected from my body and betrayed that it would allow a malignancy to grow in me.

During radiation, my upper body and face were covered by a netted wax mask which was nailed down to the table to prevent me from moving. A stent, two sizes too big, was placed in my mouth to protect my tongue from radiation beams. While most teenagers spent their summer involved with a program in Spain or counseling at YMCA camp, I spent mine fighting for my life. My fears, along with claustrophobia, came when I was left alone in the gloomy, cold hospital chamber with the monstrous radiation machine. On the third treatment, track four from the Christina Aguilera album made a debut from the stereo; I could name this song as in the key of G major, a trick I picked up from ten years of piano:

"Cause if it wasn't for all that you tried to do. I wouldn't know just how capable I am to pull through. So I wanna say thank you. 'Cause it makes me that much stronger. Makes me work a little bit harder. Made me learn a little bit faster. Made my skin a little bit thicker. Makes me that much smarter. So thanks for making me a fighter."

My radiation therapist, Jennifer, put "Fighter" on repeat, saying, "Allyson, this is your theme song." I didn't understand what she meant until after she locked me to the table and left. Naturally, music makes me want to get up and dance, but the mask physically restricted me and forced me to lay still, absorb the song and understand its message.

Strapped to the table and hostage to the radiation machine, I realized how lucky I was to be treated. My questions, resentment and fears for cancer vanished, and I was left with a new outlook on my life.

Cancer has tested me over and over again, and the more I fight, the stronger I become. Although I have cancer, cancer does not have me. "Fighter" changed me from a victim to a survivor. As a victim, I wasn't sure if cancer would take my life. As a survivor, I know it will not. I have established a foundation to help other children fighting cancer become survivors.

July 2006

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True Story

His name is Bill. He has wild hair, wears a T-shirt with holes in it, jeans and no shoes. This was literally his wardrobe for his entire four years of college. He is brilliant. Kind of esoteric and very, very bright. He became a Christian while attending college.

Across the street from the campus is a well-dressed, very conservative church. They want to develop a ministry to the students, but are not sure how to go about it. One day Bill decides to go there. He walks in with no shoes, jeans, his T-shirt, and wild hair. The service has already started and so Bill starts down the aisle looking for a seat.

The church is completely packed and he can't find a seat. By now people are really looking a bit uncomfortable, but no one says anything. Bill gets closer and closer and closer to the pulpit and when he realizes there are no seats, he just squats down right on the carpet. (Although perfectly acceptable behavior at a college fellowship, trust me, this had never happened in this church before!) By now the people are really uptight, and the tension in the air is thick.

About this time, the minister realizes that from way at the back of the church, a deacon is slowly making his way toward Bill. Now the deacon is in his eighties, has silver-gray hair, and a three-piece suit. A godly man, very elegant, very dignified, very courtly. He walks with a cane and as he starts walking toward this boy, everyone is saying to themselves, "You can't blame him for what he's going to do. How can you expect a man of his age and of his background to understand some college kid on the floor?"

It takes a long time for the man to reach the boy. The church is utterly silent except for the clicking of the man's cane. All eyes are focused on him. You can't even hear anyone breathing. The people are thinking.

The minister can't even preach the sermon until the deacon does what he has to do and now, they see this elderly man drop his cane on the floor. With great difficulty he lowers himself and sits down next to Bill and worships with him so he won't be alone. Everyone chokes up with emotion.

When the minister gains control he says,

"What I'm about to preach, you will never remember.
What you have just seen, you will never forget.
Be careful how you live.
You may be the only Bible some people will ever read.
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Fantastic Max

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Thank you kindly  here is another one:
 
Shake It Off And Step Up

A parable is told of a farmer who owned an old mule. The mule fell into the farmer's well. The farmer heard the mule 'braying' - or - whatever mules do when they fall into wells. After carefully assessing the situation, the farmer sympathized with the mule, but decided that neither the mule nor the well was worth the trouble of saving. Instead, he called his neighbors together and told them what had happened...and enlisted them to help haul dirt to bury the old mule in the well and put him out of his misery.

Initially, the old mule was hysterical! But as the farmer and his neighbors continued shoveling and the dirt hit his back...a thought struck him. It suddenly dawned on him that every time a shovel load of dirt landed on his back...HE SHOULD SHAKE IT OFF AND STEP UP! This he did, blow after blow.

"Shake it off and step up...shake it off and step up...shake it off and step up!" he repeated to encourage himself. No matter how painful the blows, or distressing the situation seemed the old mule fought "panic" and just kept right on SHAKING IT OFF AND STEPPING UP!

You're right! It wasn't long before the old mule, battered and exhausted, STEPPED TRIUMPHANTLY OVER THE WALL OF THAT WELL! What seemed like it would bury him, actually blessed him...all because of the manner in which he handled his adversity.

THAT'S LIFE! If we face our problems and respond to them positively, and refuse to give in to panic, bitterness, or self-pity...THE ADVERSITIES THAT COME ALONG TO BURY US USUALLY HAVE WITHIN THEM THE POTENTIAL TO BENEFIT AND BLESS US! Remember that FORGIVENESS--FAITH--PRAYER-- PRAISE and HOPE...all are excellent ways to "SHAKE IT OFF AND STEP UP" out of the wells in which we find ourselves!


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Super, i luv these!!



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Man Randomly Gives Couple $100,000It's like an episode from the old TV show "The Millionaire," in which a man who never appeared onscreen — except for his hands — gave out shockingly large checks to people on the condition that the source of the money never be revealed.

It was a script come to life for a couple named Alissa and Barry as they ate last Thursday at Dr. Salami's Cafe in Pella, Iowa."He basically just came into the restaurant and just came in and started talking to us," Barry said in an exclusive interview on "Good Morning America" today.

He was most interested in whether they had any children, Barry said.After they replied that Alissa did indeed have a 2-year-old child, the man slid a check across the table and asked the couple to fill out the check with any amount they wished. The two assumed he was joking and made the check out for $100,000.The benefactor signed the check and said, "I'm good for it," Alissa said.

The next day Alissa and Barry were unsure of what they were going to do with the check."We're either going to throw it away or try it. Let's give it a whirl," Barry said. "We really didn't think it was going to happen. It's too rare for something like that to happen."So they endorsed it and, to their stunned delight, the check actually cleared and they received the gift of a lifetime.

There were conditions on their enjoying the money. They were not to reveal their last names or to identify the source of the money. They were to use the cash to buy or build a house. And if they have a child together, they must name the child after the benefactor.What little Alissa and Barry were willing to reveal about their newfound friend was that he is in his late 50s and said he was just passing through Pella on his way to Des Moines and had stopped to get gas.

He also said he had done this before. One thing he liked to do, he told Alissa and Barry, was to wait outside a Wal-Mart and buy carts full of groceries for people. And he once bought someone a car, he claimed.The man told them that he regretted that he had never had grandchildren, which was why he asked them to name their next child after him, Alissa and Barry said.The couple said they will honor his request about the name. Alissa, whose birthday is today, said she hasn't decided whether she and her boyfriend will buy or build a house because they are still dealing with all that's happened.

"It's been a pretty stressful week — too much time to think about details," Alissa said.But the man's generosity didn't end with Alissa and Barry. He tipped the waitress $100."I hope no one finds out who he is because that is the way he wanted it. He is just a nice guy," the waitress said. "You never know who is sitting next to. You never when you when you can make a difference in someone else's life."


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I've tried to delete the error there but i can't

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Approaching Each Day...

I woke up early today, excited over all I get to do before the clock strikes midnight. My job is to choose what kind of day I am going to have.

Today I can complain because the weather is rainy or I can be thankful that the grass is getting watered for free.

Today I can feel sad that I don't have more money or I can be glad that my finances encourage me to plan my purchases wisely and guide me away from waste.

Today I can grumble about my health or I can rejoice that I am alive.

Today I can lament over all that my parents didn't give me when I was growing up or I can feel grateful that they allowed me to be born.

Today I can cry because roses have thorns or I can celebrate that thorns have roses.

Today I can mourn my lack of friends or I can excitedly embark upon a quest to discover new job relationships.

Today I can whine because I have to go to work or I can shout for joy because I have a job to go to!

Today I can complain because I have to go to school or eagerly open my mind and fill it with knowledge and adventure.

Today I can dejectedly murmur because I have housework to do or I can feel grateful for shelter for my mind, body and soul.

Today stretches ahead of me, waiting to be shaped, and here I am, the sculptor who gets to do the shaping. What today will be like is up to me. And I shall decide what kind of day I shall have!"

How will you live THIS DAY?


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Words of wisdom:  I've learned that ......

I've learned that you cannot make someone love you. All you can do is be someone who can be loved. The rest is up to them.

I've learned that no matter how much I care, some people just don't care back

I've learned that it takes years to build up trust, and only seconds to destroy it.

I've learned that it's not what you have in your life, but who you have in your life that counts.

I've learned that you can get by on charm for about 15 minutes. After that, you'd better know something.

I've learned that you shouldn't compare yourself to the best others can do, but to the best you can do.

I've learned that it's not what happens to people that's important. It's what they do about it.

I've learned that no matter how thin you slice it, there are always two sides.

I've learned that it's taking me a long time to become the person I want to be.

I've learned that it's a lot easier to react than it is to think.

I've learned that you should always leave loved ones with loving words. It may be the last time you see them.

I've learned that you can keep going long after you think you can't.

I've learned that we are responsible for what we do, no matter how we feel.

I've learned that either you control your attitude or it controls you.

I've learned that heroes are the people who do what has to be done when it needs to be done, regardless of the consequences.

I've learned that learning to forgive takes practice.

I've learned that there are people who love you dearly, but just don't know how to show it.

I've learned that money is a lousy way of keeping score.

I've learned that my best friend and I can do anything or nothing and have the best time.

I've learned that sometimes the people you expect to kick you when you're down will be the ones to help you get back up.

 

I've learned that it's hard to determine where to draw the line between being nice and not hurting people's feelings and standing up for what you believe

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For Those In Doubt 
 


Have confidence in yourself to do what you think is right.
Fear not what others might say.
Press ahead with determination and dignity.
Strive with all the energy you have.
Ignore criticism from those who cannot see.
Have the strength to pursue your vision.
And in the end you will achieve your goal.
For what is right will succeed.
It is then that others will learn from what
you have done, and make it all worthwhile.


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I've learned that you should always leave loved ones with loving words. It may be the last time you see them.


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Nice ones Max and Oldbill

"Never say you 'believe',that just means it can be doubted...you 'know'
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