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Lisa’s Journey with Hope

By Cassandra Sales, ILS Program Manager

If you have been to a Carrville Camp or retreat in the last few years, you have probably met Lisa. Lisa is a hardworking mama who is navigating the world through some health issues. Pain can be an everyday occurrence in her world and over the years she has worked diligently and courageously to be more active, make healthier decisions, and to choose Hope.

Something to Cling To

While at the Carrville Camp for ILS this year, she was having a moment of pain and she pulled out a rock and rubbed it. Almost like a magic genie, her wish for her pain in that moment to subside was granted. When asked about the rock, she told the story of how her Life Coach, Kelly, gave it to her to cling to hope even in the moments it’s tough. The inspiration given to her by Life Coach manifested as something powerful.


Desmond Tutu said, “Hope is being able to see the light despite all the darkness.” It has helped Lisa through so many dark moments. Despite 8, yes 8, falls and many surgeries in the past year, Lisa has not missed out on one moment. She has worked persistently to get more steps in, to make health choices with food, and her goal for the next year is to lose 50 lbs.

Light for Others

What Lisa’s story shows us regardless of what you are going through, there is always something to cling to and it will get you through. Next year you will see Lisa on another Carrville adventure, and plenty of other once in a lifetime moments as well. When you do, take the time to hear her story of triumph and ask her how her dream of losing weight is going. Hearing her story and progress might just be the light that gets you through a dark day too.

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