Never, ever give up

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“Never, ever, ever, ever, ever give up.”

 

Gail Snow

There may be additional “evers” I should have included, but this was a message I saw regularly during the past five years when I visited the office of Dana Farber Community Care for very regular IV iron treatments. Since I’ve always had a fighting ...

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Then I will just have to do it today…

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I am just about to turn thirty. I have the most wonderful two-year old daughter. We are blessed to live near the ocean and I love to put her on the back of my bike for the joys of the seaside. Yet my vision is becoming bizarre. My eyesight seems to wobble, then I lose vision in one eye and, thankfully, it returns before I lose vision in the other. My eye doctor refers me to a neurologist. An unfeeling, ...

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The Power of Faith

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It was the time of my life young, healthy and fearless starting a career. First it was Milan, then it became LA Requests were pouring in, no casting no more. My dreams were just a step away from becoming real.

Dizziness and headaches all the time, doctor cannot find anything wrong It must be stress or exhaustion. Perfect timing, going home for a gig. Holidays with family and friends is just what I need.

The dizziness was never so ...

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Alison Shapiro: A Story About Stories

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My name is Alison Bonds Shapiro and I have a story about stories to tell.

Although I have spent most of my professional career in the business world, I have always had a passion for painting and drawing. Ever since I was a child, I’ve dreamed about illustrating a children’s book. With my own children grown and out of the house, at last I had the chance to concentrate on reaching for that dream. And while I was still working I ...

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The Power of Motivation

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Gino Vos

I wish that nobody would have to live through what I experienced without guidance.

My name is Eugene Vos. Born in Seattle in 1958. I was a very athletic and active child as well as artistic and creative. When I was in the 4th grade I was reading novels, and writing constantly. In the 6th grade I wrote, directed and acted in a play at ...

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The Story of Mary Ann Sheridan-Woods

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On October 21st of 2015 I suffered a stroke. I was transferred from Miriam Hospital to the Pawtucket Memorial Hospital  of Rhode Island Rehabilitation Unit. At this point I was both angry for what had happened to me and scared for what would happen to me.

I was totally paralyzed on my left side which included my leg, arm and mouth. It was not a pretty picture. I preferred to not look at myself in the mirror. My left arm and hand ...

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My Path to a Life Less Traveled

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I don’t know if we each have a destiny, or if we’re all just floating around accidental-like on a breeze, but I, I think maybe it’s both.
–Forrest Gump

Last year, as I watched my IVIG medicine slowly drip, drip, drip into my body, I had a thought: “I wonder how many millions of events had to occur – exactly as they did – to bring me and my wife, Angela, together?”

The love of my life had just left the infusion ...

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