Grandmothers are the brightest diamonds

Happy Mother’s Day!

This week I’m participating in the Grandmother Power Blogging Campaign.

We always love our grandmothers, but how often do we really stop to think of how strong they are, and how amazing they are?

Grandmothers are true powerhouses. They have gone through a long, tough life, raised children, put out emotional fires. They worked outside the home and kept a family. They shaped the world for us women as we know it, and shaped our minds with their wisdom.

Beautiful Dianne

Beautiful Dianne

I always like to say that people are like diamonds in the rough. They have to polish themselves in order to allow their light to shine out.

Grandmothers have done just that – polished themselves through their life experiences. They shine the brightest light, which allows them to love the most.

Everything we do is either done out of love, or out of fear. Grandmothers live in more love than most of us. They have learned the power that love has over fear.

Today, I would like to introduce to you a special grandmother.

I met Dianne by pure chance. As a good friend of some of her family, I was amazed to discover this amazing woman who only had sweet words for everyone. Throughout the years, I have witnessed her generosity and sweet, gentle nature. She was always encouraging, always with a smile on her face, always spreading love.

More recently, I have also witnessed Dianne’s bravery. A few months ago, she had a stroke. At the hospital, they discovered that she had stage 4 lung cancer, that had metastasized to her brain.

This news devastated everyone who knew her. I stand testimony to the fact that she deeply touched everyone who met her, even if they didn’t know her well.

Despite the bad news and the chemotherapy she has been going through, Dianne has kept her wonderful smile and upbeat attitude, and continues to always care more for others than for herself.

Dianne has long been an inspiration for me, and I have looked for a way to show her my admiration for quite a while. When I saw this Grandmother Power campaign, I was grateful that the perfect opportunity had finally shown up.

I asked some of Dianne’s grandchildren to write something about her or to her.

Here is what her granddaughter (and my good friend) Kyrie says about her amazing grandmother:

23 years ago my mother gave birth to me. My father wasn’t around much, so my grandmother stepped up to help. From the moment she cut my umbilical cord, we formed a bond that will never be broken. She has helped to raise me, shape me, and mold me into the mother and wife I am today. From the jewelry to the clothes, from the “Nana advice” to the traits inherited. Without her I wouldn’t be half as strong as I am. I will never take for granted all the wonderful things she has given me and taught me.

She has always been a strong woman. A kind woman. A caring woman. She was always the one who had the answers. The one who helped everyone. Now it’s our turn. Our turn to help her. Our turn to try and give her some answers. Although no one can give you an answer as to why you are chosen to have cancer. Why you are the one who has to fight so hard to live such a simple life. Nana has touched so many lives. And she continues to do so now. Now that she is fighting even harder. And showing us that she is even stronger than we ever thought possible.

No words could ever say how much love and respect I have for my grandmother. She is and always will be everything to me.

Love,

Kyrie

Dianne’s sweet granddaughter-in-law Kelly also had some beautiful words for her:

I have to say that your smile is amazing, it’s so warm and from the moment I met you I felt as I had another grandparent, a “nana” I never had one of those before, you made me feel accepted as part of a “new family” I love you as though you were always my “nana” and though we are far apart you mean a lot to me. I don’t know if I have ever seen you not smiling. I know if I ever needed just someone to talk to you are there.

You are a very strong woman, I hope I can become half the woman you are.

I love you Nana.

Hugs and kisses.

Love,

Kelly

Dianne, I sincerely hope and pray that you will conquer this cancer with your inspiring courage and big heart. You are truly an amazing woman that I deeply admire and look up to. One day, I hope I can be half the grandmother that you are.

I posted this partly to thank Dianne for how wonderful she is and to show my admiration for her, and partly to inspire you.

You don’t have to have a perfect life to be happy. You don’t have to have a lot of money to be generous. You don’t have to be in perfect health to enjoy life.

Happiness is in your hands.

Let’s learn the power love has over fear from the gentle, gracious, generous, and loving grandmothers in our lives.

What have you learned from the amazing grandmothers in your lives?

Update: Dianne has sadly passed away. She will always be remembered by her friends and family as a strong, joyful woman who could always bring a smile on your lips and sunshine in your heart. She will be sorely missed.

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Comments

  1. Dianne LaPointe says:

    Words are inadequate to express how deeply this tribute touched my heart! Thank you!

    • Dianne – thank YOU for being such an amazing, inspiring person. You have touched my life in more ways than you think. I don’t believe I have ever met a person quite as kind, sweet, gentle, and generous as you before. You have opened my eyes to an entirely new way of looking at the potential we all have inside of us.

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