“I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.” Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela (Mvezo, 18-07-1918 – Johannesburg, 05-12-2013)”—
That heart ripped out of your chest kind of feeling.
Over a year ago my 18 year old cousin Kate was wrongly diagnosed with lymphoma, for a year she received treatment for a cancer she didn’t have. She spent more than a few occasions in ICU and suffered from chemo induced seizures as well as other awful repercussions caused by treatments. Within two weeks of being in remission the cancer returned and Kate was back in hospital receiving treatment. In cancer’s true roller coaster ride style Kate experienced many ups and downs with her condition whilst maintaining such courage and strength throughout her fight. It wasn’t until September this year when Kate had finally found a doner for a stem cell transplant that we found out the pathology department had wrongfully diagnosed her and Kate actually had leukaemia. At a time in her life where she should have been finishing school, partying, having formals, travelling and experiencing many other rites of passages my lion hearted girl was fighting for her life. There are souls in this world who have the gift of finding joy everywhere, and leaving it behind when they go. The kind of presence created by their love never leaves and allows you to have a peaceful heart. I’m so grateful and proud to have such an incredible family.
No more pain my love, may angels lead you in xo
“Renewed, restored, refreshed, meditators will return to sweep and tend the garden of the world, bringing with them a quieter mind and a wiser more caring heart. You too can make a place to sit amidst the winds of life, to become restored and refreshed, to bring a caring heart to the world. We will be sitting with you.”—Jack Kornfield (via meditationsinwonderland)