This ad from John Lewis Insurance Co. really hits home. A young girl plays ballerina to the Elton John song “Tiny Dancer”. Sit back, hit play and enjoy.
Because it is Friday – here are some cute and funny memes to start the weekend off right – with a laugh!
(Takes Years of training!)
(Those are the cutest marshmallows I’ve ever seen!)
(According to my cats, all dogs are.)
(Very funny – that was me trying to cook dinner…)
(The Pooper Scooper strikes again!)
And I hope your weekend is beautiful too! 🙂
As someone with ME, and as someone with a daughter on the Autism Spectrum, this discovery is one of the most important medical events in recent history. Times are changing and researchers are finally picking up the pace studying neuro-immune issues. As my ME progresses, the hope for better understanding of the disease and better treatments may see fruition. Many with ME, MS, and Autism, to mention some of the many misunderstood neuro-immune diseases suffered by millions, might see a flicker at the end of the tunnel.
“They’ll have to change the textbooks.” This statement, by Kevin Lee, PhD, Chairman of the UVA Department of Neuroscience, is the result of a study at the University of Virginia School of Medicine. The study, awarded to the UVA Health System and funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), has shown there are heretofore undetected lymphatic vessels connecting the brain to the immune system.
Researchers knew there was a connection between the brain and immune system, but the vessels were completely hidden. Now, there are many new angles to exploring neurological disease.
This is a stunning discovery. It is difficult to explain how these vessels in the brain were overlooked when the lymphatic system was explored. New avenues of discovery are now possible and beneficiaries might be MS, Autism, Alzheimer’s and maybe even…
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I consider my Mom a hero. The advocating for ME and Autism she does is amazing. She is the one person I can count on to show understanding and unconditional love to a daughter who’s road is rocked by chronic illness. All my love, Mom, today and always.
The following story is from “Time”
Written by @tcberenson
From saving a drowning couple to rescuing kids from a bear
It’s true that every mother is a hero, which is why we have Mother’s Day. It’s just one small day of the year for people to appreciate everything mothers do for their families. But it’s also true that all acts of maternal heroism are not created equal. Dealing with the daily challenges of raising kids is one thing, but saving children from a bear is quite another. So here, in honor of Mother’s Day, we present five hero moms of the year.
Cheryl Treadway was being held hostage with her children in Florida and figured out how to escape — using an order from Pizza Hut.
With Treadway’s boyfriend holding her and her three children their home at knifepoint this week, Treadway ordered from Pizza Hut on her phone and asked, in the comments section, for someone to call 911.
Thanks to Treadway’s creative thinking, an employee at Pizza Hut called the police, who then rescued the family.
That resolve ended up being life-saving when she saw a couple drowning off the coast of Cancun last December. There was no lifeguard on duty, so Loiselle, a single mother of two, dove in herself, swam out and brought the couple safely to shore.“Words cannot describe my gratitude but I’ll try,” the man said in an interview. “You saved my girlfriend’s life and most certainly mine too.”
Tamara Loiselle and son, reading a letter of graditude from the couple.
Morgan Stone, mother of five, had only seconds to spare to get her entire family out of their Indiana home before it was engulfed in flames last December.“It took me a second to really realize what was happening. When I opened the bedroom door and it was full of smoke, it took me a minute to grasp that this was a serious house fire,” Stone said.She sprang into action and got her five kids, her father-in-law and her pets out of the house before the whole structure burned.“He says I’m a hero,” Stone said of her fiancé, “But I don’t think I’m a hero, I’m just a mom who got my kids out safely—nothing means more to me than them.”
The Mom Who Saved Her Neighbor’s Kids From a Bear
Candace Gama saw her neighbor’s 6-year-old sons waiting for their school bus. Then she saw the bear.
The black bear was about 20 yards away, so Gama drove her car between the bear and the kids and yelled at them to get in the car. Then to speed things up, she grabbed the boys by their backpacks and dragged them inside.
According to a local Montana newspaper, Gama’s 5-year-old daughter said her mom was the hero of the day.
The Pregnant Mom Who Saved Her Family After a Terrible Car Crash
Erika Grow’s car hit black ice on the road in Wyoming last November and flipped three times, throwing her husband and sister from the car and leaving her two young children trapped in the back.
Even though she was eight months pregnant, Grow was able to clamber to the backseat and unbuckle her children, ages 3 and 21 months. She put them in suitcases to keep them warm in the freezing Wyoming weather.
Grow’s husband and sister went to the hospital, but her two children and unborn baby were unharmed.
Photo taken after birth of the newest Grow family member.
Since the last time I blogged about myself, a lot of things have happened. I have been introduced to many new doctors and a few new tests. Thanks to Dr. Vera at NOVA, I am on some new medicines for ME and Fibromyalgia (which have practically gotten rid of my brain fog!) We are still experimenting with dosages to see if more improvement will be possible. (Fingers crossed!)
A dear friend who needs a place to stay will be moving in shortly. Lots of planning and packing going on between the two of us. Living in Florida will take some getting used to on her part. It took me two years to feel like I belonged here.
She will be arriving on Thanksgiving. The holidays will be particularly meaningful as we share the joy of being a family, as I consider her a sister. Very excited! (Also, can’t wait for her to see my jewelry studio!)
And speaking of jewelry…I have been keeping myself busy, designing and repairing pieces on commission. Here are pictures of some of my work…
New pair of earrings made to replace old earring with missing partner. Used Swarovski crystal, freshwater pearls and gold-filled chain.
Necklace made for opal and blue topaz pendant, supplied by client. My plan was to honor the pendant, not overwhelm it. Used agate, sterling silver beads, Japanese seed beads and Swarovski crystals. The client was trilled with the results and has ordered earrings to match.
More pictures to come in the future.
As for my Kraftycat Creations Website, I am in the process of revamping – adding new, exciting products! This is a wonderful part of my life. I consider it therapy for a happier, healthier Fern. The “new and improved” Kraftycat Jewelry and Creations will be ready to view shortly.
February 11, 2014
Forbes came out with an article not too long ago entitled “Mentally Strong People: The 13 Things They Avoid.” It emphasized the need for mental strength as a foundation of our lives in addition to the typical physical strength and health people push. Out of this article came a list of a more positively-focused way to look at it, which is the list of habits mentally strong people dopractice. We discovered it and added our own twist to this essential list.
(I added the pictures-my “twist” to this great list. Thank you Rachel Grussi! -Fern)
So here it is. Take it as you need it and apply these practices as you see fit:
18 THINGS MENTALLY STRONG PEOPLE DO:
1. They move on: rough circumstances? Hard times? Unthinkable difficulties? They don’t sit around moping, feeling sorry for themselves. They continue onward.
2. They keep control: they don’t let other things take away their power, whether it’s people or situations that are challenging them. They center themselves knowing that they are in control of their lives.
3. They embrace change: change is a challenge that we all take on whether we want to or not. It’s a matter of how we let change affect us, and to them, they conquer it and find new opportunities, rather than let it overwhelm them.
4. They stay happy: they don’t waste energy on what they can’t affect. Instead, they find the silver lining and zero in on what makes they happy. They certainly don’t waste time on complaining, either, and making their negative words a reality to themselves.
5. They are blessings to others: kindness, fairness, and speaking up for themselves and others are three tenants that they advocate with their own lives. They aren’t afraid of what other people will think about these things, either.
6. They are willing to take calculated risks: living life in a bubble, too afraid to try anything, isn’t living at all. They don’t jump headfirst into danger, either, though. They look at the risks and the benefits, and then decide.
7. They invest their energy in the present: being present is huge. By not expending energy on the unchangeable past or uncertain future, and instead enjoying and centering on the now, they give themselves true freedom and their best performance in the present.
8. They accept full responsibility for their past behavior: mistakes happen, but they learn from them without shame, knowing they aren’t perfect and yet that they need to be responsible for all their own actions.
9. They celebrate other peoples’ successes: they aren’t encumbered by jealousy, knowing they have their own power and contribution to the world. They don’t resent what other people can or have accomplished.
10. They are willing to fail: failure doesn’t deter them from trying and trying with their whole hearts. Even if their endeavors aren’t successful, they don’t give up. To them, failure is a chance to improve.
11. They enjoy their time alone: they don’t absolutely need to be around other every moment of the day. They are confident enough in themselves to be left alone with only themselves. Being alone isn’t scary anymore.
12. They are prepared to work and succeed on their own merits: they know what they are capable of and what they seek, and they don’t expect the world to hand it to them. Instead, they seek to earn what their hearts desire.
13. They have staying power: they don’t expect results immediately. They can out-wait anything patiently once they are invested.
14. They evaluate their core beliefs: they look and aren’t afraid to modify as they see fit. They learn new things every day and reassess what they believe.
15. They expend their energy wisely: they look at the time they have available and make use of it to the best of their ability. They don’t waste time on things that are just blackholes for their energy with nothing in return for the investment.
16. They think productively: thoughts are powerful, and negative thoughts have no place in productivity. They don’t get down on themselves or let insecurity take over. Instead, they hold on to the positive and what they can take away from every situation, good or bad.
17. They tolerate discomfort: they do feel those uncomfortable or difficult situations, but these do not control them. They have the ability to push through no matter what.
18. They reflect on their progress every day: they make time to consider the good things that they’ve achieved, and also time to refocus on the direction they wish to go. Then, they alter their courses from there to be where they want to be, no matter how fast or slow.