|Lifted to the Light|
From Kayelle Allen: This week on Romance Lives Forever I'm sharing stories by authors who have faced cancer either in themselves, or a family member. The importance of friends and family, and having a support system is vital. One key to success is being able to ask for help -- and then being willing to accept it. It's a lesson I've had in my own life during various times. I don't accept help well. It's something I fight with all the time. I'd like to think "I've got this" but sometimes I don't have as good a grip as I thought I did. I have a friend who's dealing with cancer right now. A friend's brother died from cancer last year. Cancer affects all of us. I hope I'm even half as good a friend as those you'll read about in this series.
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From Lifted to the Light
A Story of Struggle and Kindness. a Memoir by Alice Orr.
I've always loved the Statue of Liberty because she stands so powerfully erect even though she's profoundly alone. She holds the lamp for others to see and guides them to a life of possibility. She does all of that from a tiny island surrounded by rip tide currents and she does it on her own. That was the woman I thought I should be.
I also thought I should be like my grandmother Alice Jane Rowland Boudiette. She was a role model closer to home than Liberty Island and warmer than copper and stone. My grandmother exemplified two things for me. The first was service. "If you're not making the world a better place why are you here?" she'd say. The second was stoic strength. She did everything for everybody – including me – and hardly anybody did anything for her.
This was my vision of strong womanhood and what I should be. I should stand strong and steadfast. I should press on always forward and I had to do all of that by myself. I didn't resent this. I simply assumed it was the way of things and kept on going – until I was stopped in my tracks by a reality too formidable for me to power past in solo drive.
That reality was breast cancer and in its clutches I would learn the most valuable lesson of my life so far – that I am not on my own after all.
When I could no longer do for myself others did for me. By accepting their deeds and my need of them I became more than I'd ever been in all my years of prideful independence. I emerged from the experience with a startling new vision of myself and of life.
I'm no longer the lone warrior woman I once aspired to be. I no longer believe I have to wage solitary battle to make my way. I know now that I have an army around me – an army I've come to think of as my angels in human form. They've been with me always from Grandma on. I know now that I haven't been alone after all.
Lifted to the Light, a Story of Struggle and Kindness
A Memoir by Alice Orr
At the beating heart of this moving story a woman struggles - most mightily against herself.
All her life, Alice has taken care of herself and believes she must always do so. Now she faces an adversary too formidable to battle alone. She fights anyway with all of her strength, until that strength is gone. Caring individuals appear, one by one, determined to help. As they reach out, she learns to reach back and comes to think of these generous souls as her angels. When she's too weak to lift herself, they carry her through on wings of kindness.
Lifted to the Light is a real-life story of resilience and growth in the face of terrifying circumstances. Each thread of powerful storytelling leads to another in a dramatic, emotional read.
About Alice Orr
Alice Orr loves to write. Especially Romantic Suspense novels of danger and romance. She's well known as a workshop leader, book editor and former literary agent. Now she lives her dream of writing full-time, especially romantic suspense. Alice has published thirteen novels, three novellas and a memoir. About her novels, Amazon says, "Alice Orr turns up the heat." Alice also presents workshops on writing for publication and/or pleasure. She is a former book editor and literary agent. Alice has two grown children and two perfect grandchildren and lives with her husband Jonathan in New York City. Most of all, Alice wants to hear from readers.
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Other Alice Orr Books
A Wrong Way Home – Riverton Road Romantic Suspense Series Book 1 – the eBook – is free at http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00T9RVGGC It is also free at Barnes and Noble and iTunes and KOBO and other online platforms.
A Year of Summer Shadows – Riverton Road Romantic Suspense Series Book #2 – is $2.99 at those same platforms including http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00ZBOTH5O These are my 12th and 13th novels. Writing this series Lifts Me to the Light. Alice Orr – www.aliceorrbooks.com
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