Beyond Adversity

Enjoying Life After Adversity

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Changing Careers

“I hate my job,” she said, “I really hate my job. I am ready to quit today.” Today was not the first time I heard those words, but this time there was a noticeable change in her voice and body language. Rather than offering unsolicited advice, I asked my friend if she wanted to hear my comments. She was open …Continue reading →

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Searching for Happiness

Looking at the picture of a wooden bridge is enough to cause some people to feel anxious, uncomfortable, nauseous, or disoriented. Another person may view the bridge as an opportunity to cross between two parts of their life. Although there is some risk in crossing the bridge, it is important to recognize there is also risk in not crossing the bridge. In …Continue reading →

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Changing Something

It usually begins with the faint acknowledgement something is not right. Perhaps, you have a goal and realize you cannot achieve the goal based on the direction you are taking, the time you are spending, or a feeling you are having. Maybe somebody who cares about you is suggesting it is time for change. You are simply on the wrong track. Perhaps, you …Continue reading →

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Accepting Change

Quote All great changes are preceded by chaos. Strategies Let go of the past. Change may lead to something better. Develop coping skills. Participate in a support group. Look for the benefits of change. Be thankful. Set new goals. Plan to succeed. Questions Why do people tend to think of change as a bad thing? Why do people assume change …Continue reading →

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Doing Things for Awareness

I am not questioning whether or not it works. I am simply asking what works best. As a survivor of cancer, brain injury, ataxia, impaired vision, and hearing deficits, I support several charities. At least once per year, each of the charities, and people affected by adversity, host events to increase awareness. I agree walks, runs, skates, rolls, swims, cycling, …Continue reading →

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The following post is an excerpt of an article By Carol Glazer | Time OUR SOCIETY SHOULD TELL PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES THEY CAN WORK AND LIVE EQUALLY Twenty four years ago my son, Jacob, was born with hydrocephalus, or water on the brain. After several surgeries, doctors told us Jacob would be living with both physical and intellectual disabilities. They …Continue reading →

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Stimulating Your Brain

I have shared several posts about games in the Torture or Teacher series. Games such a Sudoku, Mind Benders, cryptograms, and word ladders were crucial to my recovery, but I understand games are not ideal for everybody. As such, I compiled a short list of activities, other than games, that might help your cognitive recovery. Just as with games, the following …Continue reading →

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**** About The Author ****

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.