Words of Wisdom

I’d reconnected with a colleague from years back.  We were sitting in a booth having lunch and trying to catch-up on both our lives.  She has grown her business and is a very successful woman.  She always was an upbeat, positive thinker.  She has found a great husband who supports her business sense and together they are enjoying a good life together.

She knew Leroy had died, but couldn’t remember how long ago it was, BUT, when we were talking about him, she said “I read his blog every day.”

I was surprised to hear it.  She had no cancer in her family, she didn’t know him well, but she explained to me that his daily words weren’t just for cancer patients.  She said his strength, his understanding of life and death were words to live by.  He’d taught her to live life differently.

I’ve heard this so many times, I don’t know why I’m always surprised to hear it again.

It’s time to revisit that treasure trove of guidance…..Thanks, Leroy

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Nan Holmes January 10, 2014 at 10:50 pm

Well Leroy certainly changed my thinking and I will be eternally grateful for it. That is a BIG contribution, in my book!


Ned Lemon January 9, 2014 at 12:59 am

I always feel a bit lost when I can’t readily point towards Leroy when I encounter someone trekking into the cancer fields.I still find NPR’s sterile handling of the heart of one of their own as shocking and dim.I really appreciate Johns Hopkins (and Laurie) for keeping this resource alive.I know the greatest lesson we can take from Leroy is to carry on and to accept change the best we can,but you don’t let go of the hand of a family member.”My Cancer” should have been highlighted-not boxed away.Maybe the cancer beast just took too much from me and I’m left with an unhealthy cynicism.I respect and depend on public broadcasting,but you have to have some reservations about a communication complex that didn’t bother to truly reflect on or to appreciate pure,honest,courageous …communication.


Laurie Singer Sievers January 9, 2014 at 5:51 pm

Thank you Ned…


Laurie Hirth January 8, 2014 at 9:29 pm

I totally agree with Mo.. there are so many wise words.. so many from people that touched our lives and are no longer with us…It’s a wealth of information on how to live…


Maureen (Mo) January 8, 2014 at 8:30 pm

This is why we’ve always said, ‘Put it all in a book!”
I periodically go back and re-read, too. Leroy was inspirational to so many.


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