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Kelly Haney

029: Hard Work and Belief Defeated Ulcerative Colitis with Kelly Haney

By lifewitharwen / February 23, 2021 /

As she weighed in at 84 pounds, new mother and wife, Kelly Haney was too sick for life-saving ulcerative colitis surgery. After being in the hospital for weeks at a time, fighting for her life, the large doses of immunosuppressant drugs helped stabilize her enough to go home, but this 29-year-old would not accept that…

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Molly Dare Hillenbrand

028: Lyme Disease Wasn’t Stronger than Her Will with Molly Dare Hillenbrand

By lifewitharwen / February 16, 2021 /

Tick bites at summer camp led 12-year-old Molly Dare Hillenbrand’s entire body to be ravaged with a severe case of Lyme Disease. She lived in debilitating pain for a year, barely able to speak at times, and trying several medications until the doctors eventually began treating her intravenously. This treatment meant she would spend most…

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Kara Jones

027: God is Awesomer than Cancer with Kara Jones

By lifewitharwen / February 9, 2021 /

When Kara Jones’ daughter was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer, she sat curled up in the fetal position the entire night, cried and prayed. They had no money to pay for treatment, limited knowledge of what might work, and had no choice but to put their faith in God. Over the 2.5 years,…

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Arwen Becker

026: Autism and Insomnia – To the Edge and Back with Arwen Becker

By lifewitharwen / February 2, 2021 /

When Arwen realized she wasn’t able to fix her son’s ADD and Autism diagnosis with proper food, therapy, effort, time, pity or accommodations she felt like a failure. Realizing she had no real control over the situation, she broke down and soon found herself suffering from severe, debilitating insomnia. As months passed by, the situation…

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Cathy Sikorski

025: Caregivers Need Not Sacrifice It All with Cathy Sikorski

By lifewitharwen / January 26, 2021 /

When Cathy Sikorski became caregiver for both her two-year-old daughter and her 92-year-old grandmother, she felt like she’d become trapped in an alternate universe. If her daughter took a snack from the dog’s dish one morning, her grandmother would do the exact same thing, then say, “Well, she’s doing it.” Cathy has been a practicing…

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Kristal Klear

024: Shattered by Abuse, but Unbroken In Faith with Kristal Klear

By lifewitharwen / January 19, 2021 /

Kristal Klear never asked for the severe abuse she suffered at the hands of multiple people growing up, people she looked to for love and protection. That gave way to domestic abuse as an adult. After breaking free from all of that, Kristal does not identify as a victim. With her faith and determination, she…

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Kelsey Erickson

023: Leadership Has No Age with Kelsey Erickson

By lifewitharwen / January 12, 2021 /

Coming down from her first panic attack, Kelsey Erickson knew something was wrong. She thought she’d landed her dream job, but the physical feelings of discomfort she was ignoring proved correct. Her whole body was telling her that something wasn’t right. On the outside, she appeared to be successful. But she wasn’t finding purpose in…

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Arwen Becker

022: Babies Bounce Back, So Will You!

By lifewitharwen / January 5, 2021 /

48 hours after coming home with her newborn, Arwen thought she nearly killed him. As sleep deprivation was increasing, and in her weary-eyed stupor, she accidentally left the space heater on at maximum heat in the baby’s room. By the time she realized what happened, the temperature in the room was over 100 degrees and…

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Linda Travelute

021: Pushing Past the Limits to Become Limitless with Dr. Linda Travelute

By lifewitharwen / December 22, 2020 /

While pregnant with her firstborn son, lifelong workaholic Dr. Linda Travelute was diagnosed with preeclampsia – a life-threatening condition caused by high blood pressure that can lead to the death of both mother and child. Even as she was about to give birth, her nurses were begging her to stop working, but she simply couldn’t…

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Kristen Brokaw

020: Near Blindness Created Clearer Vision with Kristen Brokaw

By lifewitharwen / December 15, 2020 /

At the age of 40, Kristen Brokaw was told by her doctor that she could potentially lose her vision when she found out that she had unknowingly exposed herself to toxic mold. With permanent scarring and vision loss, she didn’t just learn to see the world differently–she also found her mission. After her diagnosis, Kristen…

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