September 5: Flash Fiction Challenge

September 5, 2019, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story that shows true grit. You can use the phrase or embody the theme. Who or what has true grit? Go where the prompt leads you!

She refused to give in to it, to feel sorry for herself and let it take over her life.
Determined to smile, she’d make jokes about losing her hair and choosing a variety of wigs in colours and styles she’d only ever dreamed to try.
She sought out others, raising their spirits, encouraging positivity rather than misery and defeat.
She exuded unbounded energy, forever upbeat, offering a listening ear, hand to hold, or shoulder to cry on.
When her time came, she met it full on, surrounded by friends and family, and died with a smile on her lips.

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About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! Due to a nightmare of a house sale in 2014, 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat until April 2017. We made strong friendships both on and off the water, and enjoyed swan and duck families for neighbours. Sadly times change and we now reside in a small bungalow a short distance from the beach on the Lincolnshire coast.
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14 Responses to September 5: Flash Fiction Challenge

  1. That is true grit – being able to push through to the end with satisfaction!

  2. Sadje says:

    Love the positive note and tone of this story.

  3. Nobbinmaug says:

    That’s an amazing outlook to have. When my dad was dying of cancer he tried to stay positive and look at it as a new challenge. For the most part, he was upbeat. It was also the only time I ever saw him cry.

    • I based my post on my best friend as she was always so positive. I am so sorry for your loss.

      • Nobbinmaug says:

        I’m sorry for your loss as well. Cancer is horrible.

      • Thank you. It is, as it affects the entire family.
        I was one of the lucky ones as we caught mine early and only needed radiotherapy. I had some amazing support from fellow bloggers and friends.

      • Nobbinmaug says:

        It is so important to catch it early. I wish we had more of a prevention-based health care system. My dad didn’t even tell anyone he wasn’t feeling well until it was far too late. Then, the doctors were slow to refer him to oncology. Nobody wanted to say, “Cancer.” They just wanted more tests.

      • I am convinced that had I not lost weight (an incentive of 12 weeks free membership to Slimming World due to diabetes and being overweight)
        we would not have found it so early. I had excellent care, surgery within 6 weeks and my 20 sessions of radiotherapy were finished by the end
        of January 2017. If we had been anywhere else in the country at the time, I don’t think I would have received the same treatment.

      • Nobbinmaug says:

        I’m glad you caught it early and received the proper care.

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