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  1. Dr. Katie Garnett

    Getting Past No…

    Back in 2006, I was certain my life was over. I was in a dark night of the soul and there seemed to be no ‘up’ for me. I decreased my work to care for my ill mother, and ultimately quit work to care for her full time after she went into full renal failrue and was put on dialysis three days a week. Not long after her kidneys failed, I was diagnosed with cancer.

    Following the cancer and while still caring for my mother, the next four years brought fibromyalgia, osteoarthritis, CSF, adrenal collapse, high BP, hypothyroidism, well…you get the idea. Not long after my mom passed, I ended up needing a wheelchair to get around outside and canes and walkers indoors.

    By the end of 2006, I had fallen to my knees and exclaimed a deep prayer, that if I had to stay on the planet, then I would find meaningful work. I had no idea how this would happen. I had gained a lot of weight after the cancer, I had severe vitamin deficiences, I could barely walk, I couldn’t stand and was told by a doctor that fibromyalgia was a ‘made up’ disease, the CDC not withstandiing. Teaching was entirely out of the question as i couldn’t stand for more that a few minutes, and I didn’t feel I had the energy to help people with coaching and counseling.

    A dear friend of mine told me about some amazing work, something extremely compatible with all the work that had gone before in my life, from counseling psychology to teaching at university, to volunteer work. It literally changed my life. No more wheelchair, no more despair over whether or not there was a future for me, a true reason to Be.

    So, bottom-line, to quote Churchill, Never, never, never, never give up! There is always a tomorrow and this moment is the begining of that possibility.

    In gratitude, Katie Lynne

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