Perspectives From LifeSurvivor's Founder

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A Rigged System

It’s ironic to me how much of our focus, actions and thoughts continually circle around what we supposedly “know to be true”.  We ignore the yellow caution lights and screaming red stop signs - all in the name of “I KNOW this to be true”.  Many times we are so focused on our “TRUTH” that we fail to open ourselves up to the possibility of seeing it differently.  Until we open ourselves up to another perspective, we will constantly fall victim to a rigged system.  #StoryWisdom #LIFESURVIVOR

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You Used to be....

I went to the DMV to get a new driver's license and the worker was able to pull up my old photos from previous licenses.  While looking at the photos she said, "you used to be a little thing and had all that long hair".  I laughed and moved on to get my license.  The lady of course didn't know the other things I "used to be".  I used to have cancer, thus the long hair has since gone away.  I used to be in my twenties which is probably around the time most of the photos were taken; hench why I was much smaller. Now I'm about to turn 41 years old - Enough Said.  #StoryWisdom
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Happy New Year from LifeSurvivor

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Merry Christmas from LifeSurvivor

We wish you and those around you a joyous and memorable Christmas!

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Alice’s Perspective About Her Battle with Rheumatoid Arthritis

My name is Alice and I’ve lived with Rheumatoid Arthritis since I was eight years old. Since age eight I’ve had to endure multiple surgeries including total hip and knee replacements, years of physical therapy, various drug treatments, losing the ability to walk, joint deformities etc...  As a teenager I would go into isolation and cut myself off from the outside world. I would become depressed because of the pain and not being able to do the simplest things most people take for granted. Many times I let the disease dictate who I was as a person. It controlled my interaction with others, my social life and the perception of myself.

Having to deal with the way I looked on the outside and how I felt on the inside made me feel embarrassed to be me. I knew I couldn’t go on living life the way I was living it. I was tired of feeling depressed, lonely and ashamed. I finally realized through prayer and my relationship with God and family to learn to love myself. I am who I am and if I don’t accept and love the true me I can’t ask anybody else to do the same.  It’s been a long journey and I still have some mountains to climb but I’m learning to be comfortable in my own skin and love myself. This disease hasn’t destroyed or defined who I am as a person. What this disease has done has created a courageous, determined and strong woman.

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The Holidays

The Holidays are all about love, celebration and compassion.  Holidays provide the opportunity for us to show love to those most important to us, celebrate life and overcoming its’ challenges and show compassion to others.  Our vision at LifeSurvivor embodies the spirit of the Holidays.  Through our products, we inspire you to continue living life to the fullest and pursuing happiness in spite of life’s challenges.  During the Holiday season LifeSurvivor will be launching a series of social media campaigns to reinforce the message behind our products.  Our products can be used to express the love, compassion and joy that exist, in spite of what we face. We look forward to sharing more about our vision over the next several weeks.

Happy Thanksgiving from LifeSurvivor.

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My Heart Goes Out to Paris

Several years ago I had the absolute pleasure to visit a peaceful, beautiful city that many people put on their “bucket list”.  I visited Paris, France.  I got to walk down the Champs-Elysées, climb the Eiffel Tower and eat at the great cafes.  Those memories of that wonderful time in my life are now overshadowed by the recent evil events that took place in France.  How can a place that has represented love, peace and romance, be a target for terror? It baffles me, I just can’t understand how another human being (s) can have so much hate in their heart for others. 

Despite what these evil people tried to do, they will not win.  Let’s show compassion, live with peace in our hearts and not react in the same nature as the terrorist did.  Although my heart breaks for the victims, it will heal along with Paris, France.  Love always conquer hate.  Love always wins.  Let’s pray for the victims and their families.  #SilenceForParis

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What Lies Beneath?

I was reading an article that provided images of the remains of an ancient church that is emerging from underwater due to a recent drought in an area in Mexico.  The Temple of Santiago was built by monks back in the 1770s.  The original assumption was that the area where the church was being built would be a highly populated area with the church being the “center attraction”.  Unfortunately the church was never finished.  The article stated that construction on the church was abandoned halfway through because the plague spread through the area around the time it was being built.  Almost two centuries later, the area was flooded when a dam from a nearby reservoir was built.

The eerie images of the sunken structure and the title of the article, “What Lies Beneath” is reminiscent or ironically similar to our life when you think about it.  A lot of us can admit that we start off with high hopes, big dreams and much excitement about the future.  We map out the blueprint of how our life will be; marriage, great career, children, friends, good health etc…  We start building our temple and then “the plague” shows up.  We go about our daily life trying to survive the “plague” and abandon the high hopes and big dreams. 

Over time the remnant of the “plague” which represent the aftermath (fear, doubt, bad decisions, loss, pain) of the hardship can flood our life and cover up what lies beneath.  What have you abandoned?  What lies beneath the surface of your everyday grind and hustle-and-bustle?  What will become visible once the “flood waters” recede?  My hope is that you ask yourself sooner than later if what lies beneath is worth resurfacing.  If the answer is “yes”, I say get to it LifeSurvivor :o)

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LifeSurvivor Founder Featured in Breast Cancer Awareness Blog-a-Thon

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