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Rick – Opiod ADDICTION is in Our Own Backyard

My daughter was 19 when she lost her mother to cancer. She was deeply troubled by her loss and turned to her mother’s opioid meds for an escape from ...

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Ed – Service Should TRICKLE DOWN from One Generation to the Next

I retired from the Sheriff’s Office after 23 years on the job. Helping people always made me feel good. That’s why, at 84, I drive to Winchester to ...

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Ibby – VOLUNTEERING is a Lifestyle Choice

With so many women working full-time jobs now, nonprofits are finding it hard to attract and retain volunteers. I hope that others will find a way to ...

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Losing a Job with Four Babies to Feed is Scary

Shortly after buying a home for our family of six, my husband and I both suddenly lost our jobs. We were unemployed for a full 3 months. With 4 babies ...

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Cesar: Life Does Not End When You Flee to Another Country

Nine years ago, my family and I fled Venezuela when a dictator took over. I was terrified for my wife and two young children. So, I abandoned a ...

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Connie: It’s Time to Erase the Stigma of Mental Illness

If you met me, you would never guess I have struggled with mental illness my entire life. I have had a high-powered, lucrative career. I am married. I ...

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Veronica: Down’s Syndrome Cannot Silence My Voice

I was born in 1997 with Downs Syndrome. As a teenager, I felt all alone. I was a wallflower at school, just trying to avoid the bullies who teased me. ...

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Sean: Autism is a Diagnosis NOT a Life Choice

Since as long as I can remember, I have been different. I really wanted to be more like my classmates—to be normal. But I just couldn’t. Eventually, ...

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Josette: We Must Free Ourselves from Domestic Abuse

For more than a decade, I was a victim of domestic violence. I stayed in the marriage because I did not know I could get help. But I was determined to ...

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Olivia: I am So Much More than My TBI Diagnosis

I was only 3 when a car hit our minivan from behind and drove us into a guardrail. When I was 10, my parents told me that I had suffered a traumatic ...

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Amy: I Won’t Let Cerebral Palsy Interfere with My Life’s Purpose

Twenty-one years ago, I was born 11 weeks premature and with Cerebral Palsy. As a result, I have been confined to a wheelchair most of my life. It was ...

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Danni: Medicine for Me or Food for My Family?

Every day, I have to decide between feeding my two daughters or keeping my MS at bay. That reality was almost unbearable for me. There seemed to be ...

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