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We All Need Hope
by John M. Ricco

We all need hope, with or without cancer. It is important to all of life, but even more so in times of adversity. Hope brings out the best in all of us. The hope that we display inspires those we come into contact with on a daily basis. When we have a good attitude, hope is fueled. We are motivated to try harder and to do more in life.

Promote hope all around you. Doing things for others will provide hope for you and the friend.

We will have bumps in the road, and we may even fall off our bike along the way. That's life, but the most important thing is to get back on the bike. We need to continue the ride and be determined, because there is so much for us to see, to do, and to contribute, that we must squeeze as much as possible into our daily lives. We must live everyday to the max!

Throughout our journey, we must step back and count our blessings. We are more fortunate than maybe we realize! Over time we may have taken things for granted. We have so much to be thankful for: our families, our friends, our gardens, sunny days, home, a great country to live in, and the list goes on. Really think about your surroundings, and you will be amazed at how much you have.

Appreciating what I have was one of the biggest positives that came out of my cancer. As a result of the whole cancer experience, my focus has changed. What is important now tends to be more personal things, such as family. The focus has shifted away from career and work. Small things are much more appreciated.

When we have appreciation for everything – from the simple fact that we are alive to all the little things in our lives – we build our hope beyond our immediate cancer concern. In fact, if we step back we should realize that adversity, even cancer, is a gift. It teaches us to be better human beings. We appreciate everything we have, starting with the opportunity to open our eyes each day. Cancer refocuses our attention to what is important. Hope provides an opportunity to travel a whole new road in life after hitting a bump of challenging times.

Life takes on new meaning from the hope that is out there. Hope is a powerful driver on a trip through adversity.

Excerpt from: The Ride of Your Life: Fighting Cancer with Attitude; Ricco, John M.; Ferne Press, 2008

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