“I am bigger than any challenge that comes into my life.”

Gloria Loring (ex-Liz Chandler) continues her interview with Soaps.com, sharing her feelings about her sister Peggy who died earlier this year of cancer, as well as what she thinks would be a great way to welcome Liz back to Salem.

Soaps.com: I saw you dedicated this book to your sister Peggy. Was she a big support throughout this process before she died?

Loring: My sister didn’t really know much about it and in fact never got to read it. She passed away about five months ago. But she was a shining example of being willing to have the courage to face everything life asked of her. When she got cancer she decided that she was going to change her life immediately. For five years she was trying to leave the agency she was president of and spend more time with her children, spend more time with spiritual pursuits. She just needed time. She had been working since she was 13 years old. She was always trying to be everything for everybody else. For five years she had been telling me she had to get out of the agency but every time she tried to leave they needed her so much. The day she found out she had cancer she said, “That’s it, I’ve had enough. I have to have time to heal.” And there is a difference between healing and curing. She was never able to cure her cancer but she healed so many things for herself and by the time she left she was so at peace. She had gathered all the parts of herself together and she was one whole person. And she was a mentor and a shining example to everyone around her. She was a light to everyone. She used those 3 1/2 years to such great advantage to her own heart, for her won spirit, for her family. And the fact she left at peace with herself is the greatest gift she could have given us. And she did exactly that. She and I would talk about this. We put all the principles in the book to work because she and I were great confidantes. I quote her in the book when she asked, “Why do bad things happen?” She wanted to know because coincidence can bring all of this goodness into our life. And I don’t know why. We can spend a lifetime asking why. A better question to ask is, “What is this asking of me?” And Peggy always would look to when it got really though, when she was in a terrible state of pain or anxiety and she would call me and I would talk her through it and she would be calm again. And so we were mentors for each other. Peggy is my baby sister and I was already old enough to feel that when she came home from the hospital she was my baby. Our family had been fractured. Peggy was only 3 when our family broke up. We had some contact but by the time she was 5 or 6 I was out of the house and on the road working. I was quite a bit older than her.