Wednesday, February 06, 2008

My desire to help people creatively face and transcend life’s challenges, to find the meaning and growth available in them, extends beyond my memoir, Riding Grace. Check out, The idea for, came to me one morning at 4 a.m after 12 years of dealing with chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) and healing the wounds of childhood sexual abuse.

Sitting in the darkness, I found myself thinking about other people facing challenges and waking up in the middle of the night, like me—in pain, feeling sad, anxious or lost. Most of all, I imagined those individuals feeling alone—as so many dealing with challenges do—not wanting to wake a friend or family member, unable to call a therapist , even if they had one. Perhaps they didn't even feel like talking to anyone, but needed help. The idea for the website—something people everywhere could access anytime for support—unfolded in an instant.

Facing illness and abuse had completely altered my life, perspectives and relationships, and taught me as much about living fully and compassionately as about handling adversity. I learned many lessons about issues like forgiveness, grieving, courage, healing, developing a support team and found that they represented universal themes that could be applied to anyone's adversity. These and other topics became categories for The emphasis is on perceiving life’s challenges as opportunities for growth, creativity and transformation.


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