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Find The Funny

People around me often wonder how I’m able to keep moving forward with a smile in spite of my challenging situation. Let me ask you this, have you ever been at a funeral and found yourself feeling guilty when you laughed at something humorous? It happens. Even in our darkest times, our funny bones can get tickled. Bottom line, our…

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It Takes a Village

“It takes a village.” That statement takes on a new meaning when looking back at pivotal people in our lives. Today is a chance to spotlight a few of them who are mentioned in my Stumble to Rise book. No, I didn’t change their names. That would make sense if I needed to “protect the innocent” but instead they deserve…

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My Greatest Influence

Stumble to Rise is about my life but like all of us, I’m a compilation of those who’ve influenced me. I feature one of them today: My Dad — Max D. Whitlock. Both of my parents greatly inspired me. But it’s my dad, in particular, whom I’m most like. Due to the cruelty of Alzheimer’s, Dad won’t be able to…

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The Stumble is Real This Week!

When I was diagnosed with MS in ‘95, I promptly joined a gym and chose to ignore the disease I’d strangely acquired. I mistakenly rejected a preventive drug therapy and instead planned to eliminate my MS with exercise. I lived in denial and hid my disease from others. I was afraid of being labeled by a diagnosis. Thanks to wisdom…

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He Runs, He Stumbles, He Rises

Jonathan Davidson is a father, husband, fellow MS Warrior and advocate and oh yes — a Marathon Man! Less than a year after being married, his first MS attack manifested itself in 2001 over a period of a couple months affecting his feet, legs, torso, hands, and arms. In the prime of his life he was diagnosed with the Relapsing…

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The Risk of NOT Taking a RISK!

I find Winston Churchill’s quote particularly fitting on this day; a day that I continue to write and wonder what will become of my project. Have you ever noticed that when you take a risk, the voices in your head start questioning your decision? I’ve been fighting mine lately. “Are you sure about this author thing? You might fall flat…

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It’s Time To Take The Wheel

If an area of your life is out of your control, it’s time to take charge of something you CAN control. Four years ago TODAY was when I took control of the way I fuel my body so I’m celebrating my anniversary with you! MS is a crazy, unpredictable disease that can trash your feelings of control. It’s total helplessness…

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My Inspiration

~ It’s not what happens to you, but how you react to it that matters. ~ Epictetus At the age of 27 I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. MS is a radically different disease for every one of us who is dealing with it. Depending on where the lesions that have attacked your brain and spinal cord are located, the…

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