About Mary Carwile
I’d heard the following quote somewhere a long time ago but it did not have much meaning to me at the time. It was only when several of life’s unpredictable surprises pushed me into making a leap of faith.
When you come to the edge of all you’ve known and step into darkness one of two things will happen. Either there will be something solid for you to stand on or you will be taught to fly.Patrick Overton
Being divorced in my mid-fifties and then surviving breast cancer, I began to look at my life a little differently. Uncertain and terrified about my future, I accepted a “dare” from a friend to apply to become a flight attendant. This was a huge leap, given the fact that I don’t like to fly and I’m afraid of closed spaces. After being told I’d made the cut, I found myself asking, “What have I done?” I’d earned my wings; now it was time to fly.
In the course of learning my new profession, a pattern began to emerge. Passengers – strangers – began to open up to me. They felt comfortable sharing their stories. What started as a story retold at a dinner party has become a book filled with heartwarming and sometimes tearful stories.
Oh, my friend, it is not what they take away from you that counts. It’s what you do with what you have left.H.H.Humphrey, Jr.
Sometimes in the most painful moments, you can find joy. My second book provides hope and comfort to not only breast cancer survivors but to their families and friends, as well. I had just been separated a few months when breast cancer knocked on my door. It was unexpected…and uninvited. What came out of that experience was a new confidence; a strength I didn’t know I had. My daring to take a few leaps of faith were just what the doctor ordered.
I have two grown sons, Ross and Cole who are my proudest accomplishments. My husband Ernie and I live in Phoenix, Arizona.