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jack3son

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Review for Inheritance of Hope , Pisgah Forest, NC, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

I thought it would be weird to tell a stranger how I felt and what my fears and dreams were. I thought it would feel weird to tell them my deepest darkest fears. But the words just fell out of my mouth. I laid a lot of things out there. To my surprise, I wasn’t alone. I wasn’t alone in the fear of speaking them and I wasn’t alone in the fear of how they’d be received. In the end, these people I thought I’d never see again brought me a new feeling of hope. A new feeling of peace. A new feeling of companionship. I didn’t feel alone at all. I felt warm and loved. When you are forced to think about your death, you really gain a sense of compassion for others and respect for their wishes. What you don’t think about is being happy in these moments. I learned a lot from each of them and what that happiness might look like. I saw so many smiles and so many tears all in the same moments. I watched a young mom cry her first day because she had to leave her son for a bit. She was fearful. By the end, I saw that disappear. I saw a woman with teenagers who were thriving even though she thought they may not be. I saw children talk to adults about “getting better”. I saw comfort from complete strangers. I saw so much pure genuine kindness and love. It truly was a sight to see! I never knew that coming on this trip would bring me a whole new set of family. I never thought I’d see my family discuss anything with anyone because they’ve all been hoping for the best. And while that’s great, you have to get it out. It was great to see them do that. Having cancer is not all doom and gloom people. It’s just a phase of my life I have to go through. I don’t stop living. I don’t stop loving. I don’t stop doing. I don’t stop fighting. What I do is be intentional with my time and energy. As long as I remember that, I’ll be okay. What IOH gave me is comfort in knowing that even if my time gets cut short, there are still things I can do to be here. And in the meantime, LIVE baby, LIVE!

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