Flapdoodle ~ My friend Deni has survived and overcome some trials in her life that would defeat most of us. Besides nearly two decades of extreme ill health, she has had to cope with the sudden, unexpected loss of her daughter and grandchild. Her blog is relatively new, but her story is an ancient one from which other women can learn courage and iron-willed tenacity in the face of the worse experience with which a mother can be hit.
Kay's Thinking Cap ~ Reading Kay's ongoing account of how she became the woman and person that she is inspires me no end. Having suffered a stroke at the young age of 31, she not only survived but overcome it through humor and sheer determination. Whenever I begin to feel sorry for myself, I re-read her other blog, How I Got to Be Me.
Life in Shades of F-Major ~ Lynette isn't making this list because she's my partner, she's here because of her years of work with her daughter, Lauren. Lauren was born with cerebral palsy and her doctors told Lynette that she would grown up learning-disabled and probably in a wheelchair. Lynette's reaction was, "Not my daughter!" and she set to work, taking on Lauren's physical therapy and life-training. When other mothers would have given in, Lynette buckled down, dedicating her own strength and vision to her daughter while successfully raising two younger children.
Dear World ~ This blog is out of alphabetical order because it belongs to Lauren, our miracle child. Not only did Lauren learn to work with her CP, she surmounted it. Learning disabled? Hah! She's an honors student at OU, with aspirations to be an interpretter with the United Nations. She just spent a year in France as a foreign exchange student sponsored by Rotary. And as for the wheelchair prognosis, as a child she learned to a bike, swim like a fish, play softball and do everything other kids do. Hell, she types faster and more accurately with one hand than I do with two! She may begin as an interpretter, but I predict she'll be president one day. And when she is, both she and her mother will deserve a standing ovation.
Mrs. Hall ~ Mrs. Hall is remarkable because she cares for folks that other people usually choose to overlook. She is a psychiatric nurse practicioner who spends a good amount of time going into inner city neighborhoods to care for her patients while raising a family, maintaining a sense of humor and spirit of compassion. Kudos, Mrs. Hall! The world needs more women like you!
The Daily Bitch ~ First, let me clear up a confusing matter. The word "bitch" in this title refers to the blog, not the blogger, as in "The Daily News". Aka_Monty (her online name) is anything but a bitch regardless of how much attests to be. I've met her and she's sweet, shy and humble. As a single mom, she's raising 14 year-old twins, one of whom is serverely disabled. If I were a millionaire the first thing I would do, once the money hit my bank, is set Monty up with in-home professional care and a Caribbean cruise for herself and the celebrity hunk of her dreams!