Helping women with chronic illnesses


“Healing takes courage, and we all have courage, even if we have to dig a little to find it”.
— Tori Amos, musician, singer, songwriter, pianist

“Although the world is full of suffering, it is full also of the overcoming of it”.
— Helen Keller, U.S. blind & deaf educator (1880 – 1968)

“Peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek, but a means by which we arrive at that goal.”
— Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., (1929-1968) American Black Leader, Nobel Prize Winner, 1964

“Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the saying, “I will try again tomorrow.”
— Mary Anne Radmacher, writer

“Each one has to find his peace from within. And peace to be real must be unaffected by outside circumstances”.
— Mahatma Gandhi, Indian Philosopher, internationally esteemed for his doctrine of nonviolent protest, 1869-1948

“You know that saying, bad things don’t happen to good people? That’s a lie”.
— Tori Amos, musician, singer, songwriter, pianist

“Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new”.
— Albert Einstein (1875-1955), theoretical physicist, philosopher

“Life’s most urgent question is: What are you doing for others?”
— Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., (1929-1968) American Black Leader, Nobel Prize Winner, 1964

“When you cease to make a contribution, you begin to die”.
— Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962), U.S. First Lady, diplomat, human rights activist

“Never underestimate the importance of having fun. I’m dying and I’m having fun. And I’m going to keep having fun every day, because there’s no other way to play it”.
Dr. Randy Pausch

“Neither fire nor wind, birth nor death can erase our good deeds”.
— Buddha

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel”.
— Maya Angelou (b. 1928), poet

“We cannot change the cards we are dealt, just how we play the hand”.
Dr. Randy Pausch

“True heroism is remarkably sober, very undramatic. It is not the courage to surpass others at whatever cost, but the courage to serve others at whatever the cost”.
— Arthur Ashe (1943-1993), professional tennis player, civil rights supporter

“There was never a good war or a bad peace”.
— Benjamin Franklin

“If mankind recognizes that war is impossible…that all national rivalries are foolish…if they get together any kind of an extension of detente… then we may pull out of it all the better for it”.
— Tori Amos, musician, singer, songwriter, pianist

“Once you choose hope, anything is possible”
–Christopher Reeve

“If I only had three words of advice, they would be, tell the truth. If I got three more words, I’d add, all the time”.
Dr. Randy Pausch

“Medical science has proven time and again that when the resources are provided, great progress in the treatment, cure, and prevention of disease can occur”.
— Michael J. Fox, Founder of The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, activist, actor

“Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.”
— Mahatma Gandhi, Indian Philosopher, internationally esteemed for his doctrine of nonviolent protest, 1869-1948

“The firmest friendships have been formed in mutual adversity, as iron is most strongly united by the fiercest flames”
— C.C. Colton

“Shared suffering brings people together faster than anything else does”
— Unknown

These two quotes were provided by Ed Madara – Director of N.J. & American Self-Help Group Clearinghouse. I love them because I have made so many wonderful friendships with fellow patients… people I most likely never would have met if I were healthy. I truly believe that shared suffering can help people forge a strong bond. It is validating to meet someone else who “gets it”. Here’s is the contact information for Ed Madara, who generously provided me with support information to help others…

Phone: 973-989-1122 (Ext. 15)
Website: NJ & American Self-Help Group Clearinghouses/Saint Clare’s Health System

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