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Category: The Tell Us Your Story Project Category
When things get rough, someone will most likely tell you that struggles make you stronger. Remember the good. Never, ever give up. Resilience is a great life trait to have, and this next story is just about that. Larry Lombardi, the subject of this week's Tell Us Your Story Project, has faced several major injuries and obstacles in his life. However, after each setback he faced, Larry seemed to come back even stronger. He truly never, ever gives up. Read More
It's an interesting title for a blog post, isn't it? I actually can't take credit for it. Brian Delozier, the subject of this week's post for The Tell Us Your Story project, has this phrase tattooed on his back as his personal philosophy. His father, David, explained "Even though my son's physical abilities are limited, his life is not. He is so full of life." Read More
As soon as I wrote this post's title, Bob Marley's song "Three Little Birds" popped into my head. "Don't worry about a thing. 'Cause every little thing gonna be all right." (If you didn't sing it in your head too, re-read it!) This week's post for The Tell Us Your Story Project is about Andrew Reid, a proud Jamaican, whose positive attitude and upbeat personality reminded me to always remember the good, because everything will be alright. Read More
We all have titles. For example, some of my titles might include: intern, student, daughter, or friend. Not one title defines me, yet the combination of them gives you a sense of my personality, responsibilities, and identity. Today as part of The Tell Us Your Story Project, I want to share two stories about two different men who both have multiple, unique titles. However, they are connected because they have one extremely important title in common: "grandfather." Read More
Facebook. Twitter. Instagram. Now-a-days, most people use at least one form of social media (if not more!). More interactions are happening online, and the world is truly becoming one of technology. For most of us, social media allows us to stay connected with friends, get updated on the latest news, or just remain entertained. But for Katy Blake, social media gave her a voice and an opportunity to achieve her dreams. Read More
Fun fact: I've never ridden a horse. It's not that I'm afraid of them (I think they're beautiful creatures), I've just never had the opportunity! My roommate at college is an avid horseback rider and often volunteers at local barns. When she comes home from volunteering, smelling faintly of horse and hay, she always has the biggest smile on her face. Her horses help her to relax, just like a very special horse helped Amber, the subject of this week's The Tell Us Your Story Project. Read More
Pictures can say a lot. Sometimes they can even tell whole stories, without a single word! As part of The Tell Us Your Story Project, today I want to share three interesting pictures that don't really need a written explanation. I'll try to keep my descriptions short and let the pictures do the talking. Read More
At the beginning of the summer, I was lucky enough to spend 6 weeks in Italy. One of my favorite parts about my abroad adventure was the opportunity to travel. I had to learn how to book hotels, read train schedules, navigate bus terminals, and avoid ferry seasickness. Fortunately, there are countless ways to get from point A to point B, and sometimes you have to get creative with your combinations of transportation. Read More
Writing has always been a passion of mine. (I guess I picked the right major, public relations and journalism!) While I've had my fair share of 20-page research papers, I've also dabbled in some creative writing. I journal a couple times a week and there was a brief time that I attempted poetry. However, my poetry phase didn't last too long because, honestly, I wasn't very good at it! Creating a certain rhythm and specific mood is difficult, so I definitely respect poets whose stanzas seem effortless.
Dana Ritter submitted a poem last August that I really enjoyed. I chose her to be part of The Tell Us Your Story Project because her words beautifully portray the life of a caregiver, a role that deserves a ton of recognition. I have a new-found respect for all the caregivers out there. Your job may not always be easy, but you definitely have the kindest, warmest hearts. Read More
As long as I can remember, my dad has been a runner. Every morning as I finish my breakfast, my father finishes his 5-15 mile daily workout. There are Runner's World
magazines constantly littering the living room, and ice packs, ready for sprained ankles, wait in the freezer. As a runner's daugther, I'm familiar with the training, determination, and of course, the world of marathons. It truly boggles my mind that my father actually enjoys
running 26.2 miles and has done it multiple times. (I think we're at 8 marathons and counting!) But I when see the joy and pride on his face every time crosses that finish line, it's only then do I understand why he loves it so much. Read More
I don't know about you, but I love kids. There's just something about them that makes you feel younger, happier, lighter. I admire their remarkable spirits and pure optimism that most adults can't muster. But I think the thing I like best about kids is their constant ability to bounce back. Too often I've had to deal with a toddler's tantrum (I'm a frequent babysitter), yet it never fails to amaze me how within seconds
their tears can turn into smiles. Instead of dwelling on what made them upset, they focus on the new thing that is making them happy, and suddenly the meltdown is over. It must be nice to have that emotional on-off switch! Read More
So I'm an intern. One minute I was in a college classroom, and now I'm sitting in a cubicle wearing "grown up" clothes. When I first started working with the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation, I really didn't know what to expect. But in the time I've spent here, I've learned valuable new skills and gained a greater perspective, specifically about spinal cord injuries through some amazing stories. Read More