I believe in hope, faith, and love.

Sara - Phoenix, Arizona
Entered on May 12, 2009
Age Group: 18 - 30

My life has tremendously changed over the past year. I have learned to have faith in god when my aunt passed away in July and when my father was diagnosed with cancer that very same month. My friends gave my hope to keep on living. Without them I would have never been able to keep myself from falling apart. My friends and family have given me the strength to keep hoping that things will get better. I always think that things are worse than it seems with all that I had to deal with. But nothing will keep me from having hope and faith.

My aunt told me to always have faith in myself because I am the one who can solve any problem if I believe in myself. After she died I learned that she will always be with me in my heart. My love for her will always be there and our memories together will always be with me as long as I remember her. She was everything to me because she was always there to help guide me in the right direction. With her gone I felt like I had lost all hope and faith, but it was gradually restored when my friends and family told me she was in a better place. I thank her for teaching me to cherish all the moments you have with someone because you never know when it is your last time together.

I am more than lost without her guidance this year, having to deal with everything on my own because my siblings are younger and do not understand what is going on. I had once told my friend, “I love you for keeping me happy and making sure that I was okay.” At the beginning of the year I knew that I had grown a different kind of love for my friends. They took care of me when I was too caught up in taking care of my four other siblings. I am sure that my friends are the reason that I have faith in people; they bring understanding into my life. I know that love is different to everyone but everyone deserves some kind of love in order to live or survive in this world. I believe that love mixed with hope and faith can cure anyone’s doubts about life.