Courageous Woman Essay

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Carmen Flores Professor Hosterman English 1301 October 8, 2012 Through my own experiences in life I have been able to define the true meaning of courage. Courage is to have the ability to know right from wrong and stand up for what you believe in even in the face of great adversity. In my lifetime I have rarely been called upon to display courage, but I clearly remember one specific person who never failed to show her courage in her struggles against cancer and being a mother; My aunt Sofia. When I first came to live with her, she was always eager to initiate conversation with me about the simplest things. I was young, scared, lost and afraid of what things would be like with her. I still wonder today if she knew that I had my mind elsewhere, as she would talk and I would nod in all the right places, barely listening. She was persistent and resolute. I have since found that when she found someone she liked, she was relentless until she could solidify the friendship. I decided then, rather than to ignore her to actually appreciated her persistence. I believe that this persistence and ceaselessness is what helped her battle the disease. I cannot imagine taking these serious subjects and smiling and joking about them in the manner that she was able to, but she somehow always did. Taking on the role as the mother of me and my 2 sisters, plus her own 2 daughters; she never showed that things were too much for her to handle on her own. She lived her life to the fullest and, I think in some small way her cancer made her cherish what she had even more. She would tell me of her life stories, her hopes, her dreams, and her philosophy of life after learning of her diagnosis. I feel I owe it to her to showcase her lovely life and timeless triumph. I learned so much about how things change, but how they still remain the same. Love is timeless and universal and
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