Beyond Adversity

Enjoying Life After Adversity

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Seven is Her Goal

The article referred to in this post was written by Zaina Adamu, CNN. I chose to share the article for two reasons: Charles Apple, whose opinion I value, sent the article to me. The article is about a overcoming adversity, a theme relevant to the readers of this blog. In the article, we learn brain cancer survivor, Beth Ann Telford is …Continue reading →

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Looking for Meaning

Many caregivers, especially family caregivers, spend significant time wondering why adversity affected their spouse or family member. Knowing the answer will not change the past and may have little impact on the future. Perhaps, a better use of time is to help the survivor strengthen his or her deficits and/or help the survivor learn compensation skills address the deficits. I …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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Spouses of Stroke Survivors

Excerpt of article by Reuters and seen on Fox News Spouses of stroke survivors may themselves face lasting mental and physical health issues, according to a new study. Caregiver spouses are at an increased risk of mental and physical health issues even seven years after their caregiving, said lead author Josefine Persson, a Ph.D. candidate at Sahlgrenska Academy, University of …Continue reading →

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The Flip Side of Adversity

Even though I read the article and watched the video many times, writing this post was challenging. I wanted to share a story and an idea without offending military personnel who have suffered adversity that I cannot imagine. This post is not an attempt to say the loss of limbs, lives, and the old way of doing things is a beneficial outcome …Continue reading →

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Survivor, Savant, and Synesthete

Leigh Erceg used to be a rancher who enjoyed ATVs and NASCAR, but now she is an artist, poet, and mathematician. Although I cannot think of another female artist, poet, and mathematician who used to be a rancher, that is not why she is referred to as a one-of-a- kind accidental genius. The dramatic change in her life is the …Continue reading →

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Surviving a Brain Aneurysm

Stories about aneurysms aren’t often good ones. In fact, according to the Brain Aneurysm Foundation every eighteen minutes someone suffers a ruptured aneurysm. Nearly half of those people die. Ana Tovar not only beat the odds, it seemed almost impossible she would suffer a brain illness in the first place. “Everything happens for a reason,” Tovar says with tears in …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.