A day with Claudia

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Education & Training with J29 Project

I am blessed to have a wonderful, dear friend by the name of Claudia Thurman.  She is a mentor, coach, guide and is always willing to give me a kick in the backside when I need it.  I can't imagine what life would be like without her influence and inspiration.  I had the privilege this weekend to spend Saturday with her.  She worked my tail off, but the pay off can't be measured.

Jennifer Harris, Claudia Thurman and Sheila O'Mara

Jennifer, Claudia and Sheila during Tea Time Prep!

 

Claudia owns Claudia's Tea Room, in Sonora, KY.  It is located in a renovated family estate of her husband, Charlie Thurman.  It is a magical place - both the Tea Room and the Guest house.  Claudia and Charlie moved back up to KY from New Orleans and renovated the house into what it is today about five or six years ago.  Like I said it has a magical quality to it - serene and peaceful - just like Claudia.  She is a hoot though - she is a ton of fun. This is a picture of us at a recent Mardi Gras Networking Party.  She made us the finest Jambalaya I ever did eat!

Claudia Thurman and Sheila O'Mara

Claudia and Sheila celebrating Mardi Gras!

 

Shortly after coming to live in Kentucky Claudia was diagnosed with Breast Cancer.  She is a survivor and has been in remission for a while.  Claudia is a fighter and tries to be at one with the universe and knew that it wasn't her time yet.  She recently has been diagnosed with stage IV cancer that is in her bones and liver.  She is in a great deal of pain, but keeps on trucking.  Saturday she had a bridal shower at the tea room and asked if I would help her out. I was so honored.

It was a very emotional day for me.  Claudia is one of those great women that you could never glean enough information from.  She has taught me so much and to spend time Saturday learning how to put her magic into "tea time" was such a highlight for me.  I understand why she is as successful as she is and I was so humbled by the opportunity to learn so much from her.  My daughter Shannon was with me and I was so grateful that she got to learn from Claudia as well.

Shannon and Claudia

Shannon and Claudia at Shannon's 11th birthday party at the Tea Room!

Not only did we learn about tea, but all of the other life lesson's that she packed into the afternoon.  She is a font of wisdom and she is willing to share, and I soaked up every word hoping to incorporate her spirit into my everyday living.  Throughout the course of the afternoon, I think I even got her to agree to let me write her life's story.  What an honor and a privilege!  I look forward to the day that I can advertise the finished product with you all.

Claudia's spirit is tremendous and she needs all of the love and prayers that she can get right now.  I am asking my Active rain friends to say a prayer for this amazing woman.  She believes she is going to be a survivor again - as long as she gets love and prayers from all those who come across her story.  I am being selfish for sure - I want Claudia's story to finish with triumph and truly feel we can get there with your help!  Thank you in advance for helping me with my request!  To know her is to love her and I want to continue the blessing as long as I can!

 

 

 

 

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Sheila Kennedy

Owner of Staged SO Right

Creator of J29 Project, Draw the Line, Eye on the Prize and Hear My Voice Programs

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Esther (Essie) Cruz
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Hi Sheila,

I truly enjoyed reading this post--thanks for sharing!

-Essie

Apr 11, 2010 02:12 PM #1
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Lori Donegan
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So touching and heartfelt Sheila.  I will certainly be praying for your friend and for you!

Apr 11, 2010 02:16 PM #2
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Vickie McCartney
Maverick Realty - Owensboro, KY
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Hi Sheila~  It looks like Claudia has a great zest for life!  Her outlook is phenomenal as I am sure she is too!  Friends like her don't come along too often!  I am going to have to figure out where Sonora, Ky is....

Apr 11, 2010 02:17 PM #3
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Sheila Kennedy
J29 Project - Rochester, NY

Thanks Essie - she is a fabulous lady!

Lori - Thank you so much - I know she is in good hands now!

 

Vickie - She is an amazing lady.  You definitely need to check out Sonora - it isn't too far for you.  Her daughter Mischelle Miller lives in Ownesboro- you might know her.  She runs the Buckle Up for Megan Campaign!

Apr 11, 2010 02:33 PM #4
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Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
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What an inspirational story. What a gift to have this very special woman in your life.  I'm loving her mardi gras outfit!  I will be praying for Claudia and her family.

Apr 12, 2010 02:52 AM #5
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Sheila Kennedy
J29 Project - Rochester, NY

Thank you Sharon - she needs your prayers especially today.  She was admitted back into the hospital yesterday! Hopefully just a bump in the road, but a concern nonetheless.  Thank you for your kind spirit!

Apr 12, 2010 11:10 PM #6
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Sheila Kennedy
J29 Project - Rochester, NY

Thanks Adam - prayers are helping her for sure.  She told me yesterday that she feels them everyday!  I appreciate you taking the time to pray for her!

Apr 16, 2010 11:55 PM #8
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Kristen Allen

I am sad to hear about Claudia's setback!  My mother and I spent a wonderful weekend with her in May 2007!  Our shared passion for the tea party caused our paths to cross through Hosparus. She is a very awesome lady and I say lots of prayers for her. I have not had the opportunity to speak with her since our wonderful time, but I think of her often. To know her is to be blessed.

 

Jun 09, 2010 05:19 PM #9
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Sheila Kennedy
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Kristen - What a blessing she is!  So are you for remembering her this way!  Thank you for sharing your memories of her with me!  She is hanging in there!  It has been a rough road, but she is taking it in stride and handling it with all of the grace you wuld expect from the Tea Lady.  I will pass on your comments to her - it will certainly touch her heart.  She gets so inspired from all of the love she receives from people thinking of her and praying for her.  Thank you!

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