Feeling Better Amisdt Tragedy

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FAIRVIEW HEIGHTS, IL (KTVI)-- When a story about a massive explosion in Texas that kills dozens of people is not the top news item of the week, you know we are living through some difficult days.

For many of us, it has been downright depressing, but Julie Weir of Fairview Heights says it is all in the way you look at it.

"I`m glued to the TV watching these horrible things but you can`t let that overwhelm you," Weir said.

And she knows what it is like to be overwhelmed by difficulty and tragedy.

In 1983, Weir was diagnosed with terminal cancer.  But she beat it, and the essay she wrote about it won her a contest leading to her likeness being cast in bronze and displayed for years at St. Louis Centre.

Then in 2007, her husband Jack survived being impaled by a large tree limb.  And this summer, she spent 46 days in the hospital having her heart valves replaced.

"Life is very difficult. This isn`t heaven people, this is earth and on earth we struggle. That is just the way it is," she stated.

When her struggle last summer was especially tough, she posted a picture of her shadow on Facebook, saying she was in the valley of despair.

But she always seems to find her way out of the valley.

"It seems like it will never be over, that these horrible things that are happening are going to continue but it is not the status quo. It is going to my granddaughter's event where she gets an award, it is watching my other granddaughter at gymnastics competition, it's doing those kinds of things that are the high points of our lives that make us feel happy," Weir said.

"I have been accused of being Pollyannaish and I am not ashamed of that. If you don't have hope, you've got nothing."

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