Choosing to Smile

Sunday, January 16th, 2011

Last year I met three amazing women; Julie Houlker, Glenda Standeven and Michelle Rickaby. These three women are great friends who have encountered similar, extraordinary life circumstances; cancer, to be specific.

Their book, Choosing to Smile, is a must-read. It is beautifully written, honest and so very inspiring. Their message to anyone facing diversity in their lifetime is simple: choose happiness above whatever life throws your way, choose to smile.

In late 2010 Julie’s health began to deteriorate and she is now in hospice. Through her struggles she has added something to her bucket list that each of us can help her out with: she wants to see Choosing To Smile become a Canadian Best Seller.

Since being published less than one year ago, Choosing To Smile has sold over 1500 copies. To become a Canadian Best Seller, they need to reach 5000 copies. You may purchase the book online, or at several locations throughout BC.

A committee has been formed to help Julie’s dream come true, by collecting funds to purchase the books for cancer survivors. Donations to this initiative can be made at any Envision Credit Union, to account #1455864.

Please help to complete Julie’s bucket list. The book is truly inspirational, and so are the stories of these three amazing local women. Bless you Julie, Glenda and Michelle.

Contributor: Kristi Ferguson

Kristi Ferguson is the Founder & Editor of The Pulse. Her company, Double You, offers online communications consulting, project management and event planning. Kristi is a proud mama who loves to explore, shop, laugh & create. She is passionate about promoting all things local. Twitter: @pulseblogonline @MrsKFergie

2 Responses to “Choosing to Smile”

  1. An “oldie but a goodie” (my partner, Bob) deserves to go to the motorcycle show.He’s definitely one of the good guys

  2. I have just heard that Julie passed away last Friday. The world has lost a kind and gentle soul. Let’s all take action and help get this wonderful book to women, men and children fighting their own terrible battles with cancer. I know I was moved and inspired by Michelle, Glenda and Julie’s stories and by their spirit to never give up. Buy a book for a friend or yourself…pass it along and help spread the word. Julie believed in the message of hope…so should we!

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