Wisdom from Joni Aldrich

Six years ago, my life changed forever, when my 43-year-old husband was diagnosed with cancer. Two years to the day later, cancer claimed him. For a while, cancer was the last thing I wanted to think about. But God kept calling me to tell our story. Finally, with a huge leap of faith, I turned my life upside down for the second time in a decade, and dedicated my life to helping people survive cancer, grief, and loneliness.

People often ask me how I do what I do–the basics are simple:

From childhood, I was taught never to say, “I cannot.” To this day, I excel at whatever I’m doing, especially if someone tells me that I can’t do it.

Be true to your core beliefs. Go where God leads you, even if you feel like asking “who me?” God will bring the people into your life that you need, when you need them. In short, He will take care of the details.

Aristotle said, “Where your talents and the needs of the world cross lies your calling.”

Set your goals with this in mind–make sure that what you do will matter. There is no better feeling than helping people by what you do….Continue reading at InspireMeToday.com.

Joni is an author, speaker and an expert on survival.

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Elisa F.
Elisa F4 years ago

Great advice. Thanks for sharing.

Danuta Watola
Danuta W5 years ago

Thanks for the info.

Debbie Crowe
Debbie Crowe5 years ago

Joni: I liked when you said, "Don't believe everything that you read or hear. If your oncologist tells you that you have six-months to live, then do the following:
•Live today like there is no tomorrow (you should be doing that anyway).
•Spend time loving your family and friends (you should be doing that anyway).
•Make your peace with God and pray often.
•Use the remainder of your precious time in an effort to make that oncologist eat his words! You are not stamped with an expiration date."

My Mom died of Alzheimer's 2 years ago. We spent as much time with her as possible; we made peace with God for her and we prayed that she would get her mind back when she went to live with him; and we used the remainder of her time here to be as comfortable as she could be. I miss her so bad. I will always grieve for her.

Robert O.
Robert O6 years ago

Thank you for sharing your story.

Lynn C.
Lynn C6 years ago

Thank you for telling your story.

Dawn G.
Dawn Harvey6 years ago


Patriczia P.
Patriczia P6 years ago

For your consideration: "It has been experienced throughout the world that if someone feels sad because of some tragedy, it is hard for him [her] to assemble in his mind all the suggestions and goodwill with which others try to console him. But, if he starts the practice of Transcendental Meditation, within ten minutes her finds that his mind calms down, doubts begin to be dispelled from inside, the tension begins to resolve, and compassion begins to glow." [Science of Being and Art of Living, Maharishi Maharishi Mahesh Yogi]. http://www.tm.org/ p.s. I have been a practitioner for 35 years of the TM technique. Always pack Lite.

Katie K.
Katie K6 years ago

I lost my Mom to cancer 2/3/02, 10yrs ago tomorrow and I miss her more and more everyday. I wish I could say it gets better with time but I can't.

Gabriella Bertelmann
G Bertelmann6 years ago

Thank you for your story and the Aristotle quotation - some things prevail no matter the century

Debbie W.
Past Member 6 years ago

Why does it always take PERSONAL INVOLVEMENT in sickness or other tragedies to slow us down to a point of soul-searching as to what's really important in the long-term -- and then, finally, put our own personal gifts to work helping one another?

People come and go, or stay, throughout life (and in hindsight we see their imprint). God makes no mistakes ... and His timing is perfect.

So much of life is wasted. Very sad.