Originally posted on Unbreakable & Unashamed:

Courage“Courage is not the absence of fear but rather the judgement that something is more important than fear; the brave may not live forever but the cautious do not live at all.” ― Meg Cabot, The Princess Diaries

I have tried to write this post so many times and I can’t help but think that the reason it never gets finished is because I am afraid. Deep inside myself, I’m scared to death of what others will think of me when my story gets out. I am wary of the potential judgment I could face in the eyes of people who refuse to understand what I’ve been through. I can only imagine their questions. I share some of the same.

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A New Bloom

Originally posted on The Purple Jacket:

Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant. Robert Louis Stevenson

Plant 12 Plants on the patio

I have never considered myself to have a green thumb and until recently, quite frankly, always found gardening a little boring.  (Well, not as boring as fishing, but that is for another conversation!)  However, over the past year, I have acquired a few plants and have become fascinated by their growth, their response to water and their placement to the  sun.  It has been interesting to move the plants from one area to another, watching them respond with spurts of growth.  Heck, I’ve even gotten my hands dirty and re-potted a couple of plants.  Talk about going out on a limb! (No pun intended!)

Plant 6 Lovely yellow and green leaf plant

I wouldn’t say that I know all the names of the different plants, but I do know…

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“We R Who We R”

Originally posted on Animal Testing:

Many celebrities are against animal testing on beauty products. Among these starts include Ke$ha, Cobie Caillat and Paul McCartney. Here’s a few of my favorite quotes provided by The Humane Society.

Keha-Your-Love-Is-My-Drug-music-video-400x285“True beauty doesn’t come from cruelty. That’s why I want to see an end to the testing of cosmetics and personal care products on helpless animals. Please join me in supporting The Humane Society of the United States’ Be Cruelty-Free campaign.” -Ke$ha

“If every cosmetic tested on rabbits or mice had a photo on the packaging showing these animals with weeping swollen eyes and inflamed skin, I believe everyone would leave cruelty on the shelf.” – Paul McCartney

“Everyone wants to look their best. And it’s great to know we can look and feel beautiful without causing pain to animals.”- Colbie Caillat

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What is the challenge to having a disability? By Lorre Leon Mendelson

Originally posted on Disability Visibility Project:

What is the challenge to having a disability?
Lorre Leon Mendelson

April 13, 2015

What is the challenge to having a disability? Nothing. People I’ve met with disabilities don’t view disability as problematic or something to overcome unless told so by others.  We are not brave or courageous by definition of disability. The problem is not social reaction to us, the challenge is reaction to disability. Rather than recognized for our academic, athletic or professional accomplishments; we are celebrated or disparaged for perceived differences.

One person who is blind is often asked, how long have you been blind, can’t you see anything? can you sign your name?  joking about his blindness to him. In a gathering few come over to say hello to him. Why? We believe eyes are the “window to the soul.” What happens when people:
  • Cannot make eye contact to connect with others? Isolation.
  • Cannot access businesses because of steps…

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7 Years and 8 Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) Awareness Months of Forward Motion

Originally posted on IBS IMPACT:

by Nina Pan, IBS Impact founder and primary blogger for IBS Impact.

Two years ago, on April 24, 2013, I wrote a post for IBS Awareness Month that began with some reflections on my personal experiences with IBS, as well as my motivations for IBS Impact. At that time, I had been living with IBS for over five years, and 2013 marked my sixth April with IBS. I observed how for me and  many other people with IBS dealing with the numerous actual or potential effects on a day to day basis often makes it difficult to recognize when progress is being made, either for us as individuals, or for the IBS community as a whole. I stated that it is only with the passage of time that I have begun to realize how some things are indeed changing, albeit slowly, for the better. In the rest of the post…

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Week of the Young Child

Originally posted on All About Autism:

This week is the Week of the Young Child, an annual celebration sponsored by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). weekoftheyoungchildThis week was created in 1971 in order to focus the public’s attention to the early childhood programs and services that young children so greatly need. Early childhood years, which are generally considered to be birth through age 8, are vital to a child’s health and development and will lay the foundation for a child’s success in school as well as life. This week is an ideal time to come together as citizens of a community, a state, and a nation to think of ways we can continue to improve the education and services for young children everywhere.

PNC Bank’s Grow Up Great program is just one of many organizations that is committed to celebrating this week. Volunteers from PNC will be reading to children…

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108 Every Day

Originally posted on Pink is Complicated:

Yesterday I celebrated my 53rd birthday, my fourth birthday since being diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer (mbc). While I was able to celebrate another year of life, 108 others with mbc in the United States died. Today, another 108 people will be robbed of their next birthday and tomorrow 108 more.  Each and every day 108 mothers, sisters, friends, cousins, husbands, brothers and sons with metastatic breast cancer die. It has to stop.

This past weekend I attended the Living Beyond Breast Cancer conference in Philadelphia with over 300 others with mbc. The conference began by asking those in attendance to stand up according to the number of years they have been living with mbc.  First, those diagnosed 2 years and less stand, then those diagnosed 2-5 years ago and then 10 years or more.  The largest number stand for 2 years or less.  By the time we get to…

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