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LAUREN'S LIFE: Life Is Precious; Enjoy It Now

Learn to appreciate the big and small, and the exciting and the mundane

Enjoy the little things in life, for one day you'll look back and realize they were the big things.

And as time goes on, and things in all of our lives change, many of us go through experiences that may give us a different view of life itself.

Sometimes it's small things; our beautiful son or daughter learns to ride a two-wheeler for the first time or can finally do the doggy paddle and doesn't need the swimmies anymore.

For others, it's a new job that we've been hoping for or went to school for all those years. It's signs that we know life will be different now, albeit just a little for now, but we are headed in a new direction.

Some of us have gone through things that were pretty major.  And don't get me wrong, my 3 daughters are my life and every tiny accomplishment they achieve to me is absolutely wonderful. They are all brilliant and beautiful.

It's just the older I get, and the more looking back at my life that I do, I realize that the most difficult time in my life - undergoing an operation to remove a benign brain tumor - was really a blessing in disguise.

I hadn't realized it at that exact time, but it was shortly after my arrival home from the hospital that I became well aware of just how precious life is.

From there I became stronger about what was important in life and what wasn't.  I learned how to toughen up and not to settle for things that were not acceptable for my girls or me.

It is all still a process in the works for me because it has just been three years, but during this time I have also learned just how incredibly important friends are.

There have been many tough times during these past few years when I was feeling pretty crummy.  Things started happening in my life that my instincts told me were leading to some major changes as time moved on.

It was during these rough times that friends, old and new, came to my rescue and let me know that all would be okay.  It's these friends who don't need explanations They're there for you if you just feel like crying or better yet, want to go and laugh really, really loud.

It's these special souls that to this day give me more and more strength to head down my path in life with my girls.  I combine that strength with my faith that life will be good and things will all play out the way they are supposed to.

And as things play out, and time moves on, we all have each other to enjoy the good times, help each other through the tough times, but in the meantime, know that this is life.

Every second we have here is a gift, and we all really have to try to look at life that way.

Mema June 24, 2011 at 06:44 PM
Miss Lauren, I have always known how important friends are (mostly "girl"friends) we just have a way of understanding each other. However, "YOU" have taught me just how precious life is! I and many others (I know for sure) thank you! May you not forget the infinite possibilities that are born of faith. May you continue to use those gifts that you have received, and pass on the love that has been given to you.
Lauren Jager June 27, 2011 at 11:38 AM
Here come those tears again again Miss M...thank you and love you.
Cathy Falke Kelly June 27, 2011 at 10:20 PM
Lauren - you are doing a great being an advocate for brain tumor patients. As you know I am also an advocate, not only for the patients but for caregivers. Keep up the great work. I enjoy reading your stories and they hit so close to home. I think it was fate the way we met and are meant to be good friends!!!

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