As we approach the end of what has for many been a very turbulent year, we’d like to share with you the reading that our friend and fundraiser Asha Umrawsingh wrote for us for our recent Carols by Candlelight:

A Message of Hope

“I am a wife, a daughter and a sister
I am also an A&E Dcotor, and I am also living with Stage 4 Breast Cancer.

Everyday brings it’s own set of challenges and one way which I deal with them is by choosing HOPE.
But what is it about hope that makes it the one thing that I hold on to?
Perhaps it is that HOPE can be found everywhere.
I realized that HOPE can be found everywhere by putting aside the ‘Rat Race’. I stepped back and really looked at my life, and truly questioned what is was that I wanted out of life.
Did I really want to continue to strive for material possessions and social acceptance? Living my life how others wanted me to?
No I did not.
It was then that I found HOPE in the simplest of things.

HOPE is the calming warmth on a cold winter’s day. It is also the cool breeze on a hot summer’s day.
HOPE is in the smiles of the people we meet….a random stranger on the street.
HOPE is the sweet, loving embrace from a dear friend; the reassuring touch and smile from a nurse or a doctor.
Hope is present every morning when we wake up.
And there is HOPE in every moment and in every breath we take.

And for me personally it is easy to remember HOPE because my name, Asha means HOPE. There is so much room for HOPE in our lives.
It is my wish and that of my husband Stenny, that no matter how turbulent this world or our lives are, we can all have HOPE.
For where there is HOPE there is FAITH.
Where there is FAITH, there is LOVE.
Where there is LOVE, there is PEACE.

May today and each day bring more HOPE and LOVE into our lives and may we all have a HOPEFUL and peaceful 2017.”

From everyone at Dimbleby Cancer Care we wish you peace and happiness for 2017.