Beyond Adversity

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Being Somewhere

If you could be anywhere, where would you be, and why would you be there? The “somewhere” you choose may be a location, or it may be a state of mind. Somewhere might be in the past, present, or future. It could even be associated with land, sea, or air. The goal of this writing prompt is to provide your …Continue reading →

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Attending Aphasia Boot Camp

By Michele Munz | St. Louis Post-Dispatch Nearly every weekday for a six-week summer boot camp, they meet for group therapy in a classroom at Fontbonne University. They all suffer with aphasia. A stroke has limited their ability to communicate their thoughts, find the right words, read or write. Each week has a theme, such as current events, entertainment, or …Continue reading →

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Mendability: It’s Not Just A Word . . . It’s A Possible Solution

According to the TEDx Orange Coast Beautiful Minds program, “Eyal Aronoff is a co-founder of Fuel Freedom Foundation, which is dedicated to ending America’s oil addiction by opening markets to cheaper, cleaner, healthier replacement fuels such as ethanol, methanol, natural gas, and electricity.” His other passion is “autism therapies. Aronoff is one of the largest financial donors for clinical trials …Continue reading →

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More Proof That Words Matter

Several years ago, when I first saw the following video, I watched it a dozen times in a row. I then downloaded the video because I knew someday I would want to share it with friends. Even though I had written posts (We Already Know Words Matter and The Power of Words) about similar topics, I forgot about the video …Continue reading →

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The Power of Words

Words have the power to inspire, motivate, encourage, persuade, influence, arouse, and reassure. Words also have the power to destroy, discourage, demotivate, dishearten, depress, dampen, disappoint, dissuade, and demoralize. The words we use, and the words we hear, have enormous power. A medical condition does not define you or what you can achieve. In the following video, Aimee Mullins talks about …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.