Your Best Years Are Not Behind You by Patricia Rayborn

Your Best Years Are Not Behind You by Patricia Rayborn

This is written from a Christian perspective, but I don’t think one has to be a Christian to necessarily glean and profit from some of the concepts the author raises.

Your Best Years Are Not Behind You by Patricia Rayborn

I am not 25 anymore, or 45, or even 65. But God doesn’t care. It’s Monday and my phone is ringing. My email inbox is full. My workload is steady. The harvest is ripe, as the Good Book says, and God has work for me to do. That’s the biggest surprise to me about getting older: God doesn’t worry about age. He needs willing workers.

My biggest life questions aren’t about whether I will dye my hair, buff my thighs, or get a Botox shot.

Instead, I’m simply asking: Am I still willing to work for God and not stop?

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It’s Never Too Late: 9 Inspiring Quotes

It’s Never Too Late: 9 Inspiring Quotes  

It’s never too late to pursue your dreams. If you need some inspiration to follow your heart, no matter what your age, enjoy these inspiring quotes.

“It is never too late to be what you might have been.” —George Eliot, novelist​

“There is nothing better in life than being a late bloomer. Success can happen at any time and at any age. You can have a spiritual awakening and discover a new side of yourself. And best of all, love can happen at any age.” —Salma Hayek, actress

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20+ Incredible Makeup Transformations That Prove “Every Woman Is A Hollywood Star” – Bored Panda

From the Bored Panda site:
20+ Incredible Makeup Transformations That Prove “Every Woman Is A Hollywood Star”

Makeup might not heal wounds but it can help people live with them. And that’s exactly what Armenia-born and Moscow-based beauty guru Goar Avetisyan specializes in.

Avetisyan regularly gives makeovers to women suffering from cancer or severe skin conditions, and her work not only dramatically changes their appearance but boosts their confidence, too.

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‘How I Led Amputees Up Mt Kilimanjaro’ by Mona Patel

‘How I Led Amputees Up Mt Kilimanjaro’ by Mona Patel

Partial transcript from video on the BBC page:

Never let anyone tell you that you cannot do something.

You set your limits.

You set your limitations and never say never

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‘How I led amputees up Mt Kilimanjaro’ by Mona Patel – BBC

Mona Patel lost her leg after being hit by a drunk driver. Now she has set up a foundation that supports other amputees.

More:

Hit by a drunken driver at 17, she gives other amputees hope

Excerpts:

On a spring day in 1990, Mona Patel was walking to class at Cal Poly University when a drunken driver slammed into her. She was 17.

“I flew up about 12 feet,” Patel said. “And then he pinned me between his car and a metal railing, and that’s what smashed my leg and my foot.”
Patel’s body, and future, were forever altered.

Weeks later, when Patel got out of the ICU, she underwent her first amputation. It was the start of seven years’ worth of surgeries in attempts to salvage the rest of her leg.

Patel went on to earn a bachelor’s and two master’s degrees, and became a social worker.

But along the way, as Patel continued to struggle physically with her disability, she also struggled to find a support group for amputees.

…Today, Patel’s nonprofit, the San Antonio Amputee Foundation, aims to help amputees rebuild their lives.

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High School Senior Gives Up Playing in Marching Band to Serve as Blind Classmate’s ‘Eyes’

High School Senior Gives Up Playing in Marching Band to Serve as Blind Classmate’s ‘Eyes’

I thought this was a very sweet, uplifting story.

High School Senior Gives Up Playing in Marching Band to Serve as Blind Classmate’s ‘Eyes’  

by Katie Kindelan

When the Laingsburg High School marching band performs on their Michigan school’s football field, one band member marches without an instrument.

Rachael Steffens, 17, gave up playing clarinet in the band for her senior year to help bandmate Autumn Michels, who is visually impaired.

“I was excited to do it,” Rachael told ABC News, adding how much she enjoys having Autumn in the band. “She’s always making jokes, and it makes band a lot more fun.”

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Little Girl Born Without A Face Defies Odds To Make It To Ninth Birthday

Little Girl Born Without A Face Defies Odds To Make It To Ninth Birthday

This story made me tear up a little bit when I saw it.

The family needs donations to help pay for additional surgeries for their little girl, which you can donate to at her GO FUND ME page.

What a wonderful family she has. The article says one of the only reasons the little girl made it this long is due to the love and care of her family.

The family says that little Vitória is being bullied for her appearance – that infuriates me. People shouldn’t be bullying her for how she looks, nor do I care for the comments below the Daily Mail tweet of this where people basically suggesting that her mother should have had an abortion!

Could you imagine if this were you, and you saw online comments from people suggesting you shouldn’t have even been born and all due to a physical disability? I wish people were not so cruel.

I hope Vitória is able to ignore and brush off the haters and just live her life.

Girl born without a FACE defies the odds to reach her ninth birthday thanks to her family’s devotion after doctors refused to feed her and told them to plan her funeral

August 2017

A girl who was born without a face because of a rare condition has defied the odds to reach her ninth birthday thanks to her family’s love.

Vitória Marchioli, from Barra de São Francisco in Brazil, has the genetic disorder Treacher Collins syndrome which prevented 40 of her facial bones from developing properly.

As a baby, with her her eyes, mouth and nose displaced, doctors doubted she would survive her first few hours of life.

They even refused to feed her, told the family to go home and wait for their daughter to die and to start making funeral arrangements.

But earlier this month, she reached her ninth birthday, defying medics who say the only reason she is alive is due to her parents’ thorough care and devotion.

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Formerly Paralyzed Man Trains to Compete in Ironman

Formerly Paralyzed Man Trains to Compete in Ironman

Idaho man working toward Iron Man goal decades after paralysis

Formerly Paralyzed Man Trains to Compete in Ironman

by B. Shiff

August 2017

After more than two decades, Rod Hutchins is finally very close to accomplishing his lifelong goal of completing an Ironman, the grueling, non-stop race that includes a 2.4-mile swim, a 112-mile bicycle ride, and a 26.2-mile run.

But Hutchins was once far from ready to race. Diagnosed with Guillain–Barré syndrome in the 1990s, Hutchins was paralyzed from the waist down, he told ABC affiliate KIFI. The syndrome causes muscle weakness and pain as the body’s immune system starts to attack its nervous system.

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