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Courage Training 101

I’m listening to the audio version of Brené Brown’s book, Dare to Lead. At one minute and fifty-three seconds into the book I hear this.... “I looked at these brave soldiers and said, ‘Vulnerability is the emotion that we experience…
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A Perfectly Imperfect Christmas

Our favorite ornament on the tree was received by my husband 16 years ago. A round red globe holds a small framed photo of our children. When you press a button, 3 little voices ring out in an offbeat chorus, "I love my Daddy! I love my Daddy!…
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How to Be Thankful in All Things

Are you thankful in all things? Does it matter? On Friday I learned I have a basal cell carcinoma on my lower leg. Although yes it is skin cancer, it can be removed and cured without likelihood of follow up treatment. And yet, I’ve been angry…
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March 1st 2018

March 1st will forever be an extraordinary day. On this day in 2014, at approximately 8:00 PM Central time, EMTs raced my hemorrhaging body into an emergency room in Wichita, Kansas. I was given less than a 5% chance of living. As one surgeon…
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”FEARLESS”

Each year I choose one word to be my focus for the year. Typically by the last quarter of the year I already know what my Word of the Year needs to be. For example, 2016 was a brutal year that included the death of my beloved grandfather…
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The Extraordinary Impact of Gratitude

This time of year, most Americans focus on thankfulness. (Canadians were thankful last month.) Social media abounds with posts touting gratitude, service, and reconciliation. Let's all come together! And then January happens..... With…
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Go… And Be of Service

In a mere 14 days, people around North America came together to raise over $54,000 to get a woman back home to her family. A strong and supportive team that had worked day and night to keep this woman alive transported her out of an ICU on Good…
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Put Others First

If I had died, my organs would have been donated to someone in need. I've always believed in the value of organ donation. I survived, but unfortunately my kidneys did not. My family was devastated as I was left with only 13% kidney function.…
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The Price is Right

What is your life worth? To the medical community the price for my life last year was $2.3 million. The cash register continues to ring regularly. Money isn't all that has been paid. The price for my LIFE was a deeply costly sacrifice…