Strong Woman Hiding

By Terri Ray Going from being a strong woman hiding behind fears to being empowered by grace in strength is like moving from invisible to being transparent. Your fears keep you hidden, but recognition of yourself makes you visible to the world. The subject of this...

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Victory Over Cancer

By Verlie McAlister Edwards September 2019 was an extra special month for my family. My cousin, Barbara Sneary, completed 12 months of chemotherapy and “rang the bell!!” If you aren’t familiar with this tradition, it’s when cancer patients “ring the bell” following...

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Asking for what you want and need

By Janet Favorite People are often surprised to hear that there is a syndrome that mimics food addiction. You may not have heard of it.  It is called Prader-Willi Syndrome. If I were to say that some people lock up food to keep it away from their children, you might...

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Motivated by Love

by Kathryn M. HolmesI was petrified when suddenly I collapsed in my bedroom doorway, numb from my waist to my toes. After my husband’s frantic 911 call, the paramedics transported me to the nearest hospital. My entire body was weak; my mind was scrambled. The pain...

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Then came the ROAR… The beginning of the end!

by Tracy Jones Blair Born with a bilateral, sensory-neural and conductive hearing loss, Tracy relied on auditory training combined with visual cues and speechreading to help her to “hear” all her life. Her most severe loss was in the middle frequencies (affecting...

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Living With Cancer

By Barbara Sneary, as told to her cousin, Verlie Edwards There will not be any ‘Pity Parties.’ This is how I have approached the last 20-plus years of living with cancer. A major part of my adult life has been spent being diagnosed with and overcoming cancer six...

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Words

By Brittney Wells “Don’t Worry God will take care of it.” Those were the last words my grandfather ever spoke to me. He had rushed across a parking lot after church that Sunday; gently wrapping his arms around me, he spoke those few words I so desperately needed to...

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The Muck and Murk of Grief

By Cathy Knutsen My son has Neurofibromatosis, or NF, a genetic central nervous system disorder in which tumors can form on any nerve of the body. It can cause deformity, learning disabilities, scoliosis, vision disorders, mental disabilities, epilepsy, cardiovascular...

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It Is Well

By Lynette Norris On Wednesday, November 25, 2014, we were completely blindsided by the news that I had Stage 4 Ovarian Cancer with two inoperable tumors in my pelvis.  I won't ever forget telling my daughters this news.  I felt as though I was telling them that I was...

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Heartbeat of Love

By Missy Stagers Life ….the beating heart, the breath we take in, the moment we become aware of living. This is just simply about a sliver in time, when all those things came to one second and decision of whether my daughter was going to take the next step…a heart...

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Slaying Dragons

By Clare Buie Chaney“You need only arm yourself with perseverance, empowering thoughts, loved ones, and laughter and cradle yourself in the love of your God…and oh, what an adventure life will be!”I would like to share the words I have gleaned from others regarding...

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