Beyond Adversity

Enjoying Life After Adversity

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Habitat for Humanity Home Builders Blitz

Years after I was diagnosed with cancer, when I was well enough to participate in building a house with Habitat for Humanity. I am fairly certain the project was not part of a blitz, but I know the experts and volunteers built the house very quickly. Participating in building a house for another person was one of the best experiences in my life. I wish I started before cancer made this difficult for me.

Although there are many reasons why a post about volunteering to build homes belongs in a blog about overcoming adversity, I will describe only a few reasons in this post. I have no doubt I will write about Habitat for Humanity again, and I will include additional reasons in subsequent posts.

  1. Volunteering, whether or not you are building houses, is educational, informative, heartwarming and a great way to strengthen skills in networking, goal setting, planning, scheduling, performing, evaluating, communicating, and listening.
  2. Volunteering with Habitat is an opportunity to help people less fortunate than yourself. Although donating money is extremely helpful, donating your time is more meaningful — at least it was for me.

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Even after brain surgeries, chemotherapy, and radiation treatments to eradicate his brain cancer, Scott continued to work; continued to study; and earned professional certifications from the Project Management Institute, American Society of Quality, and Stanford University School of Professional Development. How were all of these achievements possible at a time when Scott was struggling with the hurdles of brain injury? The answers are in this blog.

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During the past 13 years, I have been diagnosed with cancer, brain injury, balance issues, stroke, ataxia, visual impairment, and auditory challenges. I have overcome significant adversity! I can explain how to overcome your challenges. I am a very active Toastmaster and a motivational speaker.