May is Lupus Awareness Month. Did you know 9 out of 10 adults with lupus are women? And the average length of time for a woman to be diagnosed is 6 years? Unfortunately, my husband falls into the 10% of men who are diagnosed with it. Lupus, in the beginning, literally took him and me… Continue reading Lupus Symptoms: Signs You Shouldn’t Ignore (A Video Interview)
Month: April 2020
How to Be Calm in the Storm
This story started over 6 years ago which seems like a long time. I lived in a reality which I will call herding (living a life without meaning… doing what everybody else did) until I lived my very personal melt-down. Then I had a massive reboot; it was time for me to “grow up.” That… Continue reading How to Be Calm in the Storm
How to Go From Surviving to Thriving
I'm sure you've heard stories of women suffering with postpartum depression. There are some who make the news because of the violent acts they commit. Andrea Yates from Texas is probably one of the most famous cases because she killed her 5 children in a bathtub after suffering with it. On the other hand, there… Continue reading How to Go From Surviving to Thriving
Diabetes: What You Need to Know (A Video Interview)
Do you have diabetes and don't know it? According to a report on the American Diabetes Association website, 1 in 3 U.S. adults 20 years or older have prediabetes (88 million), and 1 in 10 Americans 20 years and older already have diabetes (34.2 million). These statistics are alarming. With diabetes being so prevalent, it's… Continue reading Diabetes: What You Need to Know (A Video Interview)
Thank You Front Line Workers!
As I started writing this week’s article, I saw on the news where a Giant worker in Maryland lost her life to coronavirus. She was 27 years old. During the interview, her mother said crying, “She loved her job doing whatever they needed her to do to help people.” Apparently, her mother tried to convince her to stay… Continue reading Thank You Front Line Workers!
Breast Cancer: A Story of Survival and Triumph
Article Written and Interview by: Debbie Stokes I remember years ago during the days when I owned a beauty salon, one of my customers came in with watered-filled eyes, and when she saw me she burst into tears. She was so distraught she made me cry. She wasn't talking like she normally did. After a… Continue reading Breast Cancer: A Story of Survival and Triumph
You Can Thrive Through Mental Illness
Article Written and Interview by: Debbie Stokes Did you know there are people suffering with depression, anxiety, OCD, biopolar disorder, and so many other types of mental illnesses who work and function in society everyday among you? Many have been suffering for years, and as long as they take their meds, it's possible you may… Continue reading You Can Thrive Through Mental Illness
Comedian Carla Simpson Brings Laughter in the Middle of the Covid-19 Crisis
Article & Interview by: Debbie Stokes During these times of family lockdowns, social distancing, and executive orders being placed on its residences by city, state, and the federal government due to the coronavirus pandemic; people are finding ways to be creative. They are experiencing self-discovery, shifting prospectives, rediscovering family, implanting themselves in their faith, and… Continue reading Comedian Carla Simpson Brings Laughter in the Middle of the Covid-19 Crisis