Sadness is a God given emotion which protects us from continuing in our mistakes. In all of our losses we look for meaning and if we find meaning we can accept the loss easier. Sue had everything going for her. Not satisfied with a master's degree in elementary education, she decided, in mid-life, to persue a career in nursing. First with many night courses and finally after quitting her teaching job Sue attended school full time and accomplished her goal. Her life seemed so complete. Through a routine check-up, the doctor found a lump in Sue's breast. It was cancerous and the breast had to be removed. This came at a time when it seemed life was just coming together for her. She couldn't believe this was happening to her. She had always been so active in her church and prayed daily for God to give her the strength to meet the trials that came her way. After trips for chemotherapy, she would return home so sick and would say to God, why me? What have I done to deserve such sickness and misery? She even thought, if only she had taken the time from her days of pursuing another career to have a physical, all of this could have been avoided. She got to the point where she did not want to leave home with the effects of chemo showing physically. As time passed, she began to accept this as a part of her life.