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Thursday, September 27, 2007

Normally I try not to go for a sappy post, but I just can’t help myself. Okay, okay, I hear you groan and your eyeballs are rolling back in your heads, but bear with me.

As you all know I’ve been struggling through some health issues since June. We’re still unclear on an absolute diagnosis, (currently, we think it’s B Cell Lymphoma) but we’re getting there. Some people know about my health issues, some don’t. Word of mouth has reached a few, but I’ve never really announced it anywhere but here.

Okay, so I go to the conference, and the support, words of encouragement, hugs, prayers, cards, you name it, have totally blown me away. When Hot Tropics was announced as the first place winner for the lit category, as THRILLED as I was with winning, the absolute best part of it all was the support I received as people stood up and hugged me as I made my way to the stage and back. Unbelievable. That touched me in a way that I will never forget.

The thing is God knew I needed a positive in my life right now, and you, my friends, graciously offered it to me.

Please don’t think this post is all about me. It's actually all about YOU. Because you never know how much your smile, your hugs, your words of encouragement can help someone else, whether you know they’re in need or not.

I thank God for you and pray that I can “pay it forward” to others the way you have blessed me.
Diann Hunt  
posted at 10:07 AM  
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At 11:33 AM, Blogger Sabrina L. Fox said...

Diann, I remember going through a really tough time once and felt like I was on the verge of a breakdown. I remember getting some really fun and encouraging news and I said to my girlfriend through the tears, "God knew I needed a little happy."

I'm so thrilled God gave you some happy Saturday night. You deserve it. Continuing to pray for you girlfriend!

 
At 11:34 AM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

You pay it forward every day of your life! This was a little payback!

 
At 11:38 AM, Blogger Kristin said...

Well, I'm glad it's not all about you, Di, because I think it's all about ME. ROFLOL

I couldn't be more thrilled about the big win. You deserve it. NOw tell them to put a new cover on that thing!

 
At 11:51 AM, Blogger Malia Spencer said...

I was so happy when I found out you had won. I know what needing happy feels like. I did get a box of chocolates to bring to you but alas, I didn't make conference due to my own health issues.

I'll make sure to eat them in your honor. :)

 
At 12:46 PM, Blogger Ane Mulligan said...

I agree with Colleen, Diann. You do pay it forward and I'm a recipient of that. You deserve the happy and the girls of Hot Tropics deserved it, too!!! ;o)

 
At 2:57 PM, Blogger Deborah Raney said...

Diann, it was SO great to see you in Dallas! I didn't know you were coming until the last minute (maybe you didn't either?) And to come and WIN was just awesome! Warmest congrats!!

 
At 4:53 PM, Blogger Katy McKenna said...

I can't imagine a more delightful honor than hugging the heck out of you over your win. You deserve all the happy that comes your way! But here's what I want to know: I'm reading through the member directory of ACFW people and it lists your name as PATRICIA. You've asked me my "real name," and now I'm asking you. If you answer, we'll BOTH be happy. :)

 
At 7:32 PM, Blogger Julie Carobini said...

Diann--I got the warm fuzzies seeing you standing there in the hallway of the conference, and had to fight tears later when you won. Let the good stuff continue, my friend!

 
At 1:48 AM, Blogger Anna Marie said...

I'm so happy about your win.
Your always in my prayers sweet lady!

 
At 8:09 AM, Blogger Kristy Dykes said...

Congrats, congrats, congrats, Diann. I am sooooo happy for you. I just saw the results of the BOTY yesterday (finally! whew), and when I saw your name, I was thrilled for you! You're a great writer.

 
At 10:36 AM, Blogger Diann Hunt said...

Our Internet is down at home so this is the first chance I've had to respond to your kind responses!

Thank you so much for your continued encouragement and prayers. Today I find out exactly what we're dealing with and where we go from here. I'll let you know if I have to go wig hunting. If I do, I'm going top of the line, baby! Shoot, when all is said and done, I may not want to give it up! *g*

 
At 10:58 AM, Blogger Rhonda/WA state said...

Diann,
Your books have given me something to laugh at and have taken me away from the stresses of life. When I'm down, all I have to do is pull out one of your books. Thank you for that!

My thoughts are with you regarding these health issues.

Congrats on the big win! You go girl!

 
At 6:12 PM, Blogger Brittanie said...

Diann I am praying for you as well. I noticed on Amazon that they have you putting out a book in January. Are you still going to be able to do it? ( I love your books but we all want you well ;)

 
At 9:02 PM, Blogger Diann Hunt said...

Thank you so much for the encouragement, Rhonda!

Brittanie, thankfully that book is already written, so it will be out on time. I do have a November 1 deadline for my current manuscript and I'm struggling to finish. Prayers appreciated!

 
At 9:49 PM, Blogger Robin Caroll said...

I know....I cried for you, too. And since I knew you'd won some time ago (had to order the awards) I was jumping for joy when I saw you'd registered! Many blessings, my dear friend...you greatly deserve them all! :D

 

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