Tell us a little bit about yourself and what you do professionally. I am a wife, mother of 2 living in Maryland. As the RN author of 2 inspirational self-help books, “Patient Persistence,” and my new book, “7 Pathways to Hope,” and “The Inspiration Café” blog, I write about the close correlation between health, optimism and faith–the mind-body connection. My books provide hope for those who are hope-challenged; and who isn’t from time to time?
I started writing inspirational books when I had to leave nursing due to health challenges some 28 years ago. Due to myasthenia gravis syndrome, a progressive neuromuscular disease, I am presently speech & mobility impaired, walk with a walker, and am on a Bipap respirator 16 hours per 24 hour day. I revel in the precious hours I am not on my breathing machine, and feel called to encourage others through my writing with the time that I am not bedridden, including working with the homeless.
What do you enjoy most about your profession and why did you choose it in the first place?
I have known that I wanted to be a nurse since I was about 4 years old, and have been writing since I was about 10 years old. When I had to leave nursing, it broke my heart, as I loved working in pediatric neurology and the newborn nursery at a large teaching hospital in Baltimore. However, I had to find new avenues to pursue when I left my job.
I especially enjoy providing others with the encouragement they need to make a difference in their own lives and communities. People really need to cultivate and embrace optimism to succeed in life. My books provide them with important tools to keep going despite obstacles that may present themselves.
What was the inspiration for your company/project? When I became disabled and had to retire from nursing, I experienced major depression as I missed working as a nurse. Soon, I began to learn new ways to cope with the loss, and subsequently found out how vitally important hope really is to daily life and wanted to help others grow in hope, as well. Optimism is everything! Especially when combined with prayer, it can rejuvenate sagging spirits at the end of a challenging day, and improve cardiovascular health, arthritis and even help in the treatment of cancer. In “7 Pathways to Hope,” I reveal 9 recent ground breaking medical research studies on the medical benefits of optimism and prayer. In fact, chapter 2 can change your life! About 10 months ago, I started The Inspiration Café blog to provide regular encouragement to others.
My husband and I started Silver Lining Communications, Inc. when my most recent book, “7 Pathways to Hope” was published to promote my mission of hope.
Tell us about the non-profit/charitable/community organizations your company supports?
Women of Vision The Samaritan Women Local Homeless Shelters
Why did you choose them? As a member of the Baltimore Chapter of WOMEN OF VISION, I serve as co-chair of Spiritual Life. That is, I pray for the needs of our organization. Our group is growing by leaps and bounds as we support international causes such as microloans for women in dire need in other countries. Locally, we provide support at local homeless shelters and are preparing to work in Baltimore City with The Samaritan Women helping prostitutes come off the streets and start anew with compassionate retraining in areas such as the culinary arts.
How do you support them? For instance, do you volunteer, donate products and services, money? Do you serve in a leadership capacity within the organization?
This Fall, I will join Women of Vision & The Samaritan Women at one of 4 strategically located “Spa Houses” provided by The Samaritan Women designed to give the women hope for a new life. There, the women can come off the street for a shower, a meal, and a manicure. Eventually, it is our hope that they will want to relocate to The Samaritan Women Houses to begin a new life in faith. As Spiritual Life co-chair, I am praying fervently for the women we serve in this ministry as well as the volunteers.
How has your support impacted the organization? You/your company? From writing inspirational books to volunteering, I am able to provide others with the optimism necessary for major life change for the better, thus creating a ripple wave effect enabling others to grow in confidence.
Tell us about any new projects you have coming up. I am presently working on my next book: From Broken to Blest: The Mind-Body-Faith Phenomenon.
What is a typical day like for you? Upon rising in the morning, pray then write my blog, “The Inspiration Café,” carefully beginning with a short scripture passage from the bible. This devotional blog is designed to reach women & men through the cultivation of hope and faith. Most days, I write through the morning and early afternoon, then get on my respirator for 3 hours in the afternoon before cooking dinner for my family. 1-2 mornings per week, I also work with the prayer team at local homeless shelters with the poor.
What is the biggest risk you ever took professionally and/or the biggest obstacle you have overcome? The biggest obstacles I have overcome is depression from living with a progressive neuromuscular disease, and the disease itself as it at times has seemed daunting. Happily, I have come to a point in my life where I am hope-filled and look forward to each new day. I am healed of the depression, and am eager to help others that face this hurdle through writing..
From where do you draw inspiration? I draw inspiration from the many women in my life who have made a difference in my life and that of my family. Who have been your role models, mentors, etc? I have many close women friends who have helped me get to this point. Their example and encouragement and prayers have been a beacon of light for me, ever leading me to in turn, inspire others.
What do you do to keep yourself sharp? I write something everyday
What one thing have you done in the past year that has made a significant difference in your life/your business? I published my 2nd book with American Book Publishers
What one thing would you like to learn this year? I would like to learn to expand the readership for my blog and share my new book, “7 Pathways to Hope” on Oprah!
Where do you see yourself in 5 years? I see myself with 2-3 more books published
What do you do for fun/relaxation/entertainment? I write, sew, knit, make rosaries for catholic missions abroad, volunteer helping others
Is there anything else you would like to share with our readers? Hope is vitally important to optimal health in body, mind and spirit. I am very interested in writing an inspirational article for WE Magazine.
What’s the best way for our readers to connect with you?
My books are available on Amazon.com
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