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A Daughter’s Gratitude

Besides turkey and stuffing, we usually associate this Thanksgiving holiday time with family. My family recently suffered a great loss. Since I originally posted this blog, my Daddy passed away on November 8th, 2018. Dad’s favorite part of the Thanksgiving meal was devouring Mom’s homeade pies — pumpkin, pecan, gooseberry, chocolate, coconut — all 100% homemade with love from the…

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The Greatest Blessing

In honor of my son’s recent 13th birthday, I’m sharing a sneak peek into one of my very favorite Stumble to Rise chapters, “The Greatest Blessing”  In the book, I share experiences about how I deal with and conquer adversity. I blame the MonSter (as I not so lovingly refer to it) for a lot of my biggest struggles but since I’m…

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Giggle More, Cry Less!

Have you ever read a great book and dreamed of talking to the author? Well I did just that! First through e-mail, then on the phone and now we’re even Facebook friends! Yes, I stalked her. Can you tell I’m a little smitten?   The Author: Yvonne deSousa. The Book: MS Madness! A “Giggle More Cry Less” Story of Multiple…

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What Are YOU Putting Off?

What’s something important that you keep putting off until later? What’s hanging over your head? Exercise? Building your business? Changing your diet? Are you waiting for the perfect time? Does this sound familiar? When I get everything else done, then I’ll be able to do it. I’ll be ready after my next birthday or after this year or after my son/daughter…

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A Day In The Life…With an Invisible Disease

If I had a dollar for every time someone told me that I don’t look like someone with MS, I’d be able to afford my health insurance! But seriously, do you know someone who has MS or another invisible disease?  Or maybe you have one yourself and you wonder if anybody understands.   Meet Chadd Bartlett He’s a really kind,…

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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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