Wednesday, December 1, 2010


"May you find serenity and tranquility in a world you may not always understand. May the pain, that you might know, and the conflict that you experience, give you the strength to walk through life facing each new situation with courage and optimism. Always know that there are those whose love and understanding will always be there, even when you feel most alone. May a kind word, a reassuring touch, and a warm smile be yours every day of your life, and may you give these gifts as well as receive them. Remember the sunshine when the storm seems unending."

My love for my daughters, my sister, and my mother are unconditional and never ending. They are the reason that my heart beats. Together, there is nothing that we can't achieve, and I will move heaven and earth to make it happen.

Yesterday, a random meeting with a kind stranger made me feel special. He spoke to me like I was a friend and took the time to listen. This chance encounter may seem insignificant, but to me, it meant the world because my world has been turned upside down and nothing is what it's supposed to be. Words can hurt deeper than a knife, but they also have the power to heal. Thank you "Dave" for making me smile.


  1. Hey Joanne,
    I just wanted to let you know my family and I are thinking of you... Alexis asks me just about everyday if I've seen you. I think she wants to ask about your hair, but she can't figure out how?!?!?!?!
    We miss you. Stay strong, LOVE YOU!!!

  2. MOM!!!! You are going to make me cry! I love you more than you will ever know! See you in FIFTEEN DAYS! CAN'T WAIT! xoxo

  3. I read this last night before i went to bed and it made me cry too. You're an amazing person, an awesome sister, and the most incredible mother to your children (human and furry). You radiate sunshine and you always have such a postive attitude. You've touched so many people's lives in more ways than you'll ever know. You just keep on being you. I LOVE YOU.

  4. You are a very special person!!
    You are so strong and I know you will beat this!! Always know that you are in my thoughts and prayers!! I Miss You!!