Glenda Standeven, a Chilliwack author and inspirational speaker, has been published once again.
She has been included in the latest compilation of heart-warming stories collectively known as Chicken Soup for the Soul. This edition is titled Think Positive, Live Happy, 101 Stories about Creating Your Best Life.
Standeven is a cancer survivor, and her treatment included surgery to remove her entire right leg, hip and pelvis when she was a young mother. Her latest story, Good Morning, Five Toes, chronicles the impetus of her life as a speaker, and that defining moment when she decided how to spend her time.
Decades later, Standeven has been a beacon of light to others in the community, through her talks, her writing and her enthusiasm. She published I Am Choosing to Smile to share her story, and when her husband Rick went through prostate cancer, she wrote What Men Won’t Talk About… And What Women Need to Know.
She has also been published in two previous editions of Chicken Soup. I Just Needed to Say Goodbye, was chosen among thousands of submissions for inclusion Dreams and the Unexplainable. The second one was The Miracle of Love, and Standeven’s story was Some Men Run.
“I Just Needed To Say Goodbye was about how I worked through my grief after losing my 16-year-old brother in a tragic car accident four days before my 22nd birthday,” Standeven told The Progress. “And Some Men Run is about how my husband stood by my side through my cancer journey and amputation.”
Again, her newest Chicken Soup story focuses on the positive in times of heartache.
“This one is about how my attitude of counting my blessings rather than my losses has helped me live a happy life as an amputee – hence the title – Good Morning Five Toes (I’m very glad to see you!).”
Standeven is pleased that she was able to set up an author meet and greet to sign her book for fans and to chat with community members. That will be on Monday, Nov. 25 from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Sardis Library meeting room.