Beyond Adversity

Enjoying Life After Adversity

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Post Adversity Hobbies

After adversity, you may or may not be able to continue doing the hobbies you enjoyed prior to adversity. If you can, continue the hobbies you enjoyed. If you cannot, choose a new hobby. Prior to adversity, I used to enjoy bike riding, spelunking, rappelling, camping, chess, and scuba diving. Most of the hobbies I used to do are difficult, …Continue reading →

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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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A New Direction

By Sarah Trainor | CBC News Michelle Bartlett was never expected to come out of her coma, but more than 10 years after her ordeal she’s helping brain injury survivors improve their quality of life. Two days after open heart surgery in 2004, Bartlett suffered an anoxic brain injury. “They don’t know why, but my lungs stopped working and heart stopped. It …Continue reading →

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The Dash

I first heard the poem long before I started Beyond Adversity. A few years later, cancer obliterated, scrambled, and hid many of my memories — including memories of the poem. Recently, Fantastic Frank mentioned to poem in one of his posts. Nearly 10 years have passed since I first heard the poem, but thanks to Linda Ellis (who wrote the poem) …Continue reading →

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Dreaming Big

I’m fairly certain Charles Schultz never imagined a situation in which his Peanuts characters would be used in a post about overcoming adversity, but that is exactly what you will see here. Being a survivor sometimes means you will have to reinvent yourself because you are uncomfortable with the new you or you simply cannot function as you did prior …Continue reading →

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Normal vs New Normal

One of the many reasons I believe a new normal is better than an old normal has to do with social security disability. I think it is fairly safe to conclude nobody who is a recent survivor of life-threatening adversity is in charge of, an adviser to, an auditor for the United States social security disability fund (SSDI). This means all …Continue reading →

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5 Amazing People

Excerpt of Article Written by Justen Charters | Independent Journal Review Victimhood has become a popular trend in society. There was the teen who tried to sue her parents because they would not pay her bills. The man who brought his wife to court because he was unsatisfied with her physical appearance. There was the recent story about a woman …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.