The Stories

  • The One Behind My Courage

    My grandmother was one of the strongest, most courageous people that I have ever known. In a particularly difficult period of my life, I found out that she was suffering from pancreatic cancer. Being the great Southern lady she was, she endured her illness with the grace and strength that she had displayed her entire life. A month and a half after her diagnosis, she passed away. I felt hollow without her in my life. She had always been an inspiration to me, someone to emulate, and she was my best friend. A dear friend of mine gave me a...

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  • Believing The Best In Me

    A little over a year and a half ago in December of 2012 I met the most amazing man online. You made me feel like I had a purpose in life after going thru a rough time. I battled depression for about 2 years and was alone with many walls up because I trusted no one. Day by day you broke them down. I had doubts at times but when we talked you made me feel like everything would be ok and I started trusting you. You made me BELIEVE that not everyone is going to hurt me. You also...

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  • Inspiring Through Hard Times

    Our grandson Adam has been absolutely fantastic with kids since he was young! He was meant to be a teacher. However the employment market has been really tough for young graduates. He has struggled gallantly piecing together part time jobs .. coaching and substitute teaching. Living a pretty Spartan existence. He has FINALLY found a teaching job! No, not in his ideal geographic area .. but finally a job in his field! Hurrah! So when we read an article about "The Giving Keys" we felt it was a perfect opportunity to say CONGRATULATIONS! Grandpa chose the word "INSPIRE" because he...

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  • Fighting For Courage

    One of my very best friends from high school, Lindsay, was recently diagnosed with breast cancer. She has two little girls and handled her diagnosis with a grace and dignity that I could never have mustered. She's decided to make her battle very public and has stayed connected with me even though we are half a country apart. She's having a double mastectomy and is undergoing aggressive chemotherapy. She didn't want her children to be shocked by her hair falling out so she started gradually cutting her hair until it started coming out by the handfuls when she decided to...

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  • A Little Extra Courage

    I sent my courage key to my cousin Tara. Her 18 month old daughter isn't walking yet and has to have an MRI next week to rule out any problems. She is a single mother of 3 little girls and one of the strongest women I know; but, we can all use a little extra courage from time to time!

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