From Chicken Soup for the Soul Daily Inspirations for Women

November 18

I ended up sitting next to Julie by chance at a motivational seminar. At the end of the day, we exchanged business cards and promised to meet again soon. When we got together for lunch, Julie casually mentioned that she’d been having random and disturbing pains in her lower legs. After endless agonizing medical tests gave her no conclusive answers, Julie began doing research of her own.

Her research pointed to Lou Gehrig’s disease. She educated me about the symptoms, treatments, side effects and, worst of all, prognosis. Unfortunately, her suspicions were confirmed.

Five years after I met Julie, she was dying. We had many conversations concerning her beliefs about death and dying, how she did not want to be a burden and wanted to pass from this existence with dignity. This was a difficult yet special time for me, as I learned to honor the present moment when visiting with her.

After her death, my husband and I went to our beach cabin for the weekend. There I was able to heal and reflect on this amazingly strong and courageous woman who had taught me so much about the miracle of the human spirit.

Marlene King

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