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Summer reads? It’s not too late!

11 Jul

Summer reads? It’s not too late!.

A Special Needs Child in the Family – 2

11 Jul

What your neighbors don’t know about your life

After weeks in the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia which was about an hour’s drive from our home, no one could explain how or why my daughter survived. Doctors peered into her tiny isolette and shook their heads sadly, one after the other. In her protected environment my daughter was on display for all to view. There she received the utmost attention from the loving nurses with their gentle touch, acting upon their keen instincts and vast experience to nurture and care for our precious one. Through our interactions with them they passed along their vitality for their careers, and that always included sharing love, hope and encouragement whenever possible.  

There was no explanation for her ability to gain strength and continue to take breaths on her own. Sometimes I even saw a glimpse of “she lived even without my intervention” look in the eyes of the doctors in charge of her care. I’m sure it would have made more sense to some of her doctors if an operation or surgical procedure was what had saved her life. She was quite a puzzle, my little angel.

It was an absolute miracle that she had lived through childbirth to achieve three weeks of age.

My first attempt at breast-feeding took place in front of a large pane of glass overlooking the City of Brotherly Love: Philadelphia. Now that was quite an experience—sensing that anyone looking in our direction from the tall buildings nearby and the buses driving past—could witness the intimate act of feeding my newborn child. Talk about stress! Thankfully, I knew in my “mother’s heart” that it was more important to focus on her needs than my embarrassment, and I toughed it out.

Experiences such as mine, and the challenges we overcame, brought about advances for countless new parents facing similar and even more difficult circumstances in the years that followed. My daughter’s birth took place long before hospitals had any idea how to deal with such a sick child, or how to interact with and educate the parents of such children as they embarked on an unknown journey. Each day brought a new reality, special delights we couldn’t have imagined, and an uncertain path that at times seemed treacherous…

Check back tomorrow to learn more about my Auburn Angel, and her affect upon the world!

All my best!

Betty Anne

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A #SpecialNeedsChild in the Family

10 Jul

What your neighbors don’t know about your life

Hello to everyone reading this post. You’ve come to the place where truth is spoken and answers are sought. I want you to share in my journey, and feel free to share your journey with me.

I am the proud mother of a special-needs child, and my baby is now 32. I know—you’re thinking “she’s no baby”… But she’s my baby, and that she’ll always be!

Many years ago I enjoyed an absolutely wonderful pregnancy, marveling at each kick of my unborn child. Feeling my little one toss and turn, and specifically delighting in the activity that taking a bath brought about… Yes, pregnancy—a miracle of life.

Just a few weeks before my first child saw the light of day, I started to feel ill. My doctor attributed my uneasiness and discomfort to the fact that this was my first child and I was making something of nothing… He was so wrong!

Two weeks before my due date, I experienced such excruciating pain that I was unable to eat or sleep. No labor yet—it was foolish to go to the hospital, or so I was told. Thankfully I became so uncomfortable that I had to go to the hospital… and eight hours later—for the purpose of saving my life—the doctors performed a cesarean section just in time. They saved me, and my daughter… but the life to come was no easy journey.

Follow the journey here, and I’ll share what my neighbors didn’t know about my life, and may only be finding out now.

Maybe your life will have similarities to mine—or be something completely different!

Share your thoughts with me at bettyanne@sunsetdreambooks.com. Together we can spread the word that having a special needs child is an experience you would not generally request, but is a blessing to you and all those around you! Come along with me—and together we will enlighten the world!

All my best!

Betty Anne

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Top 5 personal finance FAQs answered…

6 Jul

Proof that books like mine are necessary… Top 5 personal finance FAQs answered….

#Bankruptcy is a fresh start, not a disgrace

6 Jul

Make the smart choice to push the reset button

The most devastating financial situation a person could ever face is bankruptcy. In the minds of many it is the ultimate neon sign of failure. As a paralegal, I observed that individuals will run from it, hide from it, ignore and condemn it—and in the process they generally seal their fate of filing it.

What I want you to realize is that bankruptcy is not the evil monster you have been taught to believe. It is a legal means of moving beyond true financial despair toward a life of hope. There is no time in history that ever screamed the word bankruptcy as a viable means of survival than the one in which we currently live. The world-wide financial markets have bottomed out—revealing the reality of fraudulent investments, limitless greed and financial ruin.

If you find it difficult or even impossible to pay your monthly financial obligations on time, you should think about the possibility of filing bankruptcy. Learn about the realities of the process and how the law could benefit you personally. No two situations are alike, and what might work for a friend or neighbor may not be the best solution in your situation.

The most important observation I can share with you today is that the majority of people that could benefit from bankruptcy wait much longer to file than they should. It is in our nature is to pay obligations in full, no matter how hard we have to work to do it. Honestly, there are some situations that are so dire and insurmountable that a person is smarter to wipe the slate clean and use their energies toward rebuilding their finances than suffering under a smothering burden.

Maybe your health is suffering due to the stress of unpaid bills. Everything else in your life is also suffering because your health keeps you from performing well at work, and the ability to provide for your family. What price do you put on your health? What sickness will you endure needlessly because you are too proud to admit that you need to start over?

It is my fervent hope that you make the choice to put your shame and guilt behind you to at least explore the option of bankruptcy. You’ll find that your current fears of filing bankruptcy will prove to be unfounded, and any further delay will just prolong your journey toward financial health.

Visit www.sunsetdreambooks.com today to learn more about the brighter financial future that is well within your grasp—once you take that first, albeit scary, step. You and I will work together toward dispelling those fears and learning how to make informed, sound decisions about your financial future—all in a language you will understand. If you know someone facing bankruptcy, and you want to help them move one step closer to prosperity, order my book for them. Read it yourself and, as a good friend, share it with them as you walk with them toward their best hope for financial restoration.

All my best!

Betty Anne

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Could #BookSmarts ever replace #StreetSmarts?

5 Jul

Are #colleges and #universities the only valid institutes of #higherlearning?

I don’t know about you, but I encounter many individuals who express the opinion that someone who hasn’t attended a college or university is stupid. Not only that, some also demean those who haven’t received a degree after completing high school. I withstood that type of treatment myself until I finally had the opportunity to become a paralegal.

Graduating from high school in a much different time, a woman was only encouraged to attend college if she wanted to be either a teacher or nurse. Neither of those careers appealed to me. Even though my IQ squarely pointed toward higher education, there was no avenue at that time for me to pursue such a thing. There was no college savings account to help me, and I was unable to qualify for a grant. I graduated from high school and went directly into the work environment—with only my high school education, my past experiences and future dreams.

I found myself surrounded by people much like myself because college wasn’t possible for many of us in those days. We worked very hard, learned how to solve problems together, and effectively assist others. We relied on those around us with more experience, because they had learned through their daily efforts how to perform duties more efficiently and effectively every day. Employees like us were an employer’s dream.

When I moved into a field surrounded substantially by college graduates, my experience with co-workers was quite different. Most of those individuals were more concerned with their stature within a company or organization than their cost-effectiveness and overall contribution to the work product. They had been taught a specific way to think, act and react in any given situation. Sadly, their abilities to reason on their own had been diminished because they were one-dimensionally “book-smart”, not “street-smart”. Their text books didn’t contain the answers that only experience and on-the-job training could provide. Their ability to use common-sense in order to solve unexpected problems had been dulled by a belief that all the answers they would ever need could be found in a book written by an intellectual.

The way I see it—neither can do without the other. Book-smart teaching produces amazing doctors and life-altering cures for disease. Street-smart learning produces hands-on results for our everyday lives.

Where do you stand on the book-smart/street-smart divide? Do you believe that one means of education will eventually overtake the other, making common-sense approaches obsolete and irrelevant? Will intellectuals come to believe that individuals who have learned to overcome roadblocks and obstacles through their own experience-related educational paths are indeed vital to—and therefore respected by—society?

Let me know what you think at www.sunsetdreambooks.com. Contact me there to further the discussion of the relevance of street-smarts… and the future of educational approaches designed to empower the masses.

All my best!

Betty Anne

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Many thanks Colonel Chappell #American Red Cross

4 Jul

Many thanks Colonel Chappell

American Red Cross Disaster Newsroom

This story is written by Red Cross volunteer in Public Affairs Allen Crabtree.

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Colonel Patricia Chappell treasures the years she spent in the US Air Force and Department of Defense.  She had a thirty-year career in Health Care and Clinical Services as a Flight Nurse and serving in several senior positions planning and coordinating DOD programs.

“We were a family, my military family, and no matter where I was stationed my family was there,” said Colonel Chappell.  “The other thing we shared was our sense of duty and dedication to our mission.  That was really a common thread that connected my colleagues and I for all the years I served.”

It is that same focus on the mission and sharing with others that attracted Colonel Chappell to volunteer with the American Red Cross.  Now retired from the Air Force, she joined the ranks of Red Cross volunteers in 2004 at…

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