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Share Your Story – Ginger Smith

Share Your Story – Ginger Smith

The first “Share Your Story” of 2014 is a testimony to courage, resilience and faith. It is the story of Ginger, who took a risk and discovered a personal path to peace and possibilities. Ginger was going through a difficult time maintaining her highly visible and very demanding front-office position while also dealing with her teenage son’s behavior problems and mental health issues. Her days were filled with episodes that involved the Department of Human Services, multiple placements, missing person reports, and witnessing her son’s struggle with drugs and depression – ramifications of the murder of his beloved father figure, Ginger’s significant other. Ginger tried to hold it all together but was in constant stress. She found it almost impossible to smile and maintain the required engaging persona on her job. She also missed time from work while attending to her son’s affairs. Unfortunately, her supervisor was neither supportive nor […]

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Share Your Story: Patricia Saunders

Share Your Story: Patricia Saunders

When Patricia’s mother died, her world crumbled. He mother was the foundation of her family and was Patricia’s best friend. Her mother was initially diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 2004, and her health began to deteriorate soon after.  Fortunately, Patricia had made a career change from a corporate environment to being self-employed. This allowed her the flexibility to care for her mother. However, her mother’s health took a dramatic turn for the worse in 2006. Patricia took her to the hospital when she suddenly began to complain of breathing difficulties. Patricia initially thought it was pneumonia, but never expected that her mother would never come home again. Two days after Christmas, having run a series of tests, the doctor explained to her that her mother was going to die. The news devastated Patricia. From that point forward, she could not focus and had to close her business because she was unable […]

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Share Your Story – Lucille Divine

Share Your Story – Lucille Divine

For years Lucille helped people build their businesses into “overnight successes,” but she was never able do this for herself. She always invested time in other people’s dreams and neglected her own. Her turning point came when she lost a business due to a poor partnership a little more than five years ago. At that time Lucille also realized that she needed to spend more time with her daughters. Her challenge was how to reshape her direction to focus on her own goals and her children’s needs. She decided to no longer invest her energy in someone else’s dreams. At first she was terrified that she would fail. This fear was fueled by her lack of self-confidence. Even more defeating was the total lack of support from her mother, brother and sister. Finally, Lucille decided that she needed to rely on her own instincts and not rely on validation from […]

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Share Your Story – Anne Marie Wilson

Share Your Story - Anne Marie Wilson

Being a military wife often means making sacrifices. For Anne Marie, it has meant that she has moved four times since 2011 (which she admits is not a lot compared to other military families). However, the multiple moves have also caused her to place her own career aspirations on hold while she focused on helping her family through the transitions. Although her immediate goals were interrupted, she still managed to earn a Master’s Degree, and she knew it was only a matter of time before she could begin to move ahead professionally according to her plans. Then other news pre-empted everything. Her young son was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. This devastating diagnosis was Anne Marie’s personal turning point. Her son became her priority as she cared for him and took him to his treatments. His well-being was her highest concern. Instead of working full-time in a traditional office setting, she […]

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Share Your Story – Keya Woods

Share Your Story – Keya Woods

Keya’s childhood was one that no child should ever have to face. Her biological father was her grandmother’s boyfriend; she was molested as a child, raped as a teen and became a mother before she could put her teenage years behind her. She could not turn to her own mother for help because she considered Keya a competitor who was “ruining her life.” At her most vulnerable point, Keya became involved with an abusive boyfriend who put a gun to her head and pulled the trigger. It was a miracle that she didn’t die. She believes that no one but God saved her. Keya accepts that her scars may never be fully healed, but each day she tries to “elevate to a greater dimension” in her healing process. The turning point that caused Keya to take control of her challenges – and her life – was when she became a […]

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