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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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#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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Story: American Red Cross Volunteer and her Therapy Dog Support Disabled Veterans and Their Families

3 Jul

I love it when animals and people find ways to work together to change lives

American Red Cross Disaster Newsroom

This story is written by Red Cross volunteer in Public Affairs Allen Crabtree.
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The American Red Cross has provided support to our military and their families throughout its history as a key part of its mission to serve the American people.  No matter what time of day, any day of the year, the Red Cross quickly sends emergency communications to deployed service members on behalf of their family during a crisis, provides access to financial assistance in partnership with the military aid societies, information and referral and assistance to veterans.

There is another aspect of the Red Cross’ support to the military that is not widely known – the Red Cross partnership to make available pet therapy animals that visit military hospitals to help the healing process for disabled veterans and their families. There are thousands of active duty and retired military personnel and their families living in theColorado Springsarea…

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The Passing of #AndyGriffith

3 Jul

The Passing of #AndyGriffith

Looking back on a time of innocence

I am saddened to hear of the death of Andy Griffith. Having grown up with him, and then growing older, it makes me reflect on the type of world that existed when Andy was seen on television. It was certainly a much simpler time. No IPads, IPhones or electronic playthings. Merely skipping rocks across a pond could entertain the average child, and bring a sense of peace and happiness. We went fishing as a family, and took rides together in the car to nowhere in particular.

When I look around me I sometimes long for those days. I sense that young children nowadays are missing out on so much, even though their lives are filled with gadgets.

Andy was well-respected and honest, Aunt Bea was revered as the matriarch, and Barney was, well, Barney. We’ve all known a Barney or two in our lives. Back in the day we didn’t bully, ridicule or make fun of those Barneys. We instead chose to go out of our way to boost him or her beyond where he or she thought possible.

Do you miss those times as I do? Or were you born later on, and now find it hard to believe that simpler times ever existed? I come from a family of four children. My mother often said that it was easier with four children than just one or two. She also sometimes said that it would be easier to raise chimpanzees—but she didn’t feel that way very often, thank goodness. We always found something interesting to do, and we had someone to do it with. I observe many young children today that haven’t had that experience, and I tend to feel sorry for them. We had to wait in line for what we got, and it wasn’t always something new—just new to us. We learned patience because we had to wait patiently. There is much to be said for “hand-me-downs” and playing with toys older siblings had already played with, and then grew too old to use. You had a sense of belonging to something bigger and more special than yourself.

Yes, Andy, you will be greatly missed. From Mayberry to Matlock, you portrayed characters that could be respected and emulated. I don’t see that so much anymore in the actors currently working. I miss that.

Rest in Peace, Andy. I will silently hum “Bringing in the Sheaves” one more time, and smile when I think of what you gave to the world. You certainly left the world better than you found it, and I am grateful for your legacy.

All my best!

Betty Anne

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Wake up the positive energy within you!

2 Jul

New day, new desire, new direction!

Wake up the positive energy within you!

I’m sure that most of you reading this today are reasonable people. With reasoning comes the ability to come to agreement, and work toward a common goal.

See any of that happening in the political world around you? I don’t.

The only time I ever feel hopeful about the world around me is when I feel hopeful about my own life. When I am tempted to dwell on the negative and refuse to see anything in a positive light, I ultimately am the one affected by my decision. I can’t imagine it is much different for my fellow Americans.

There are ways to change your reactions to the happenings in the world, and that really is the only control you have in life. Your reactions are yours alone—you can’t blame anyone for them, and no one else can take the credit. Your reactions are always directly related to your inner energy. Now don’t get me wrong. I’m not talking about evil spirits, or holding séances, or even seeing ghosts. Those topics scare me so none of that in my blog!

What I am talking about is taking what you feel inside—gathering together all of that motivation and desire to see the world as a better place, and putting it to action. Maybe your energy is depleted because of marital problems or financial worries. Even worse, illness may be draining you from the inside out. Believe it or not, even in those circumstances you still have the opportunity to take whatever amount of positivity you have left and bundle it together with others in order to bring about hope and happiness in your world.

I’m tired of Americans fighting with each other, and against each other. If you don’t think the same way as someone else you are not considered to be as smart as them, or as enlightened. Where has this negativity come from? Why are we so ugly in our interactions? Are you tired of the constant battles?

One way to take your focus off the battles is to turn off whatever news you listen to, and get out in your community. Begin to spread the kind of energy you want to see in others. Just as negativity and ugliness can spread like wildfire, so can compassion, care and concern. We aren’t really in a battle to take the country in one direction or another. We are in a battle to join forces for the ultimate end result: the best United States for every American.

Will you join me in the process of bundling our positive energy together to attain what our country needs? Are you willing to reach out to others with a smile, a handshake and find agreement on common ground?

We all love our country, and we have to find some way to work toward the future United States of America together. Please, my dear friends… use your common sense and our common ground to begin to build a better America. Join me in moving toward a brighter future and a happier world.

All my best!

Betty Anne

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SUNDAY SILLIES 07-01-2012

1 Jul

Bungee jumping for old ladies

Now that’s what I’m talking about

I have a few things to share with you that people who have met me personally already know: I can be quite the contradiction. I once jumped out of my car at an intersection to yell at a real “Hell’s Angel” for cutting me off in traffic because my very young children were in the car. In my mind I jumped immediately to the place where one of my children could have been injured, and I was there to protect them. That act of valor (stupidity) on my part, that surely drew confusion from the biker (this lady must be crazy if she’s yelling at me), prompted an apology from him that I will never forget. “Lady, I’m sorry—I’ll never do it again”. He backed away from me sheepishly, and politely got on his bike and waved me ahead of him to make my left turn. He was transformed in just a heart-beat from an imposing threat to a real-life teddy bear. I must warn you: I do not promote the type of behavior I exhibited that day—DO NOT TRY THIS AT HOME!

On the other hand, WHAT A RUSH! I faced the lion and it retreated!

Oh baby! Give me some more of that!

Here’s another side of me: I bungee jumped from a 171 foot tower (17 stories) above a swimming pool when I went to #Las Vegas for my dear niece’s wedding not too long ago. But I will not participate in any activity that poses the threat of breaking one of my nails. Like bowling.

No. There will be absolutely no bowling for me.

Imagine being my Mother! She tells me I was an easy child to raise, until I turned 40! Well, I guess I had a lot of wild activities to catch up on by then. One thing I can tell you: the fear of bungee jumping never entered my mind. I was more fearful that my plane could crash on the way to Vegas and I’d never get the chance to bungee jump.

I had that chance, thank goodness, and I took it with absolute pleasure. My son and niece jumped off of that looming tower before I did (one of them happy to do it, the other one feeling that a personal challenge had been issued). Actually the worst part of the experience was stepping on that hideous scale! Thankfully they measured our weight in kilos, and the number scrawled on my hand was approximately half of what it would have been if measured in pounds.  Funny, I even felt thinner when I read that number!

I moved bravely into the bungee-jumping position with both of my feet hanging off of the platform, balancing on my heels precariously. I was then instructed to wait until the moderator gave me the countdown to fall forward and allow gravity to take me plunging toward the earth. He was going to county to three, and I was going to do it!

Keep in mind that you are the star of your own bungee-jumping video when you push the envelope and take that free fall jump from the tower. And jump I did! I screamed the entire way down… And I Quote—“NOW THAT’S WHAT I’M TALKING ABOUT!” No fear, no doubts, no tears…just yelling at the top of my lungs with more excitement and sheer joy than I had ever experienced in my life.

After hanging like a piece of meat from a butcher’s hook for what seemed like an eternity, I was safely removed from the bungee harness and my feet touched terra firma. I realized when I took my first step that I hadn’t anticipated that bungee jumping could injure me. I knew I could die, but I hadn’t acknowledged in my brain that I could somehow break an ankle! Fortunately I didn’t break any bones, but I did hobble around Las Vegas for the next six days—happy to share my bruised ankle and bungee jumping story with anyone who would listen.

The operator of the bungee company announced to the waiting crowd when I was leaving the building that I had jumped with no fear, and that I demonstrated the ultimate way to bungee jump. My only statement to him was: “I thought you were going to count to 3—but you never did!”

His answer to me was “Lady, you jumped on number 1! I didn’t even make it to number 3!” 

NOW THAT IS THE WAY TO BUNGEE JUMP—and an awesome way to learn to live without holding back! 

All my best!

Betty Anne

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