About the Author

It would be very easy to relegate The Courage to Do It Again to a specialty market for the physically disabled. In truth, people with multiple sclerosis only comprise about 1 percent of my audience. By being open about the M.S., I bring an honesty and unexpected vulnerability that helps people realize I am not pushing my agenda on them, I am encouraging them to excel in whom they really are.

“I have been blind, paralyzed, numb from the ribcage down, unable to walk, unable to talk, and had no balance. I dance.”

This is my response when someone tells me that something is impossible, demonstrating a real-life example that anyone can succeed.

Having fought my way back repeatedly from over half a lifetime of the ravages of multiple sclerosis and a severely abusive marriage, I take every-day experiences and communicate a deeper understanding of life.

The intimate, personal relationship with readers and the willingness to share my vulnerability make The Courage to do It Again a unique book that does not gloss over the surface.

A very brief message from a nephew who had never before initiated a conversation with me shows the impact of my words. “OMG” was all he wrote in response to a piece entitled “Family Secrets.”

“Oh, My God.” The link is forged.

Many years ago I was a Certified Project Manager. I have worked in IT at IBM and in public relations at the University of South Florida College of Engineering. I’ve also scripted for a video production company, done courtroom art for a CBS affiliate, and tried to sell computers, computer training, and life insurance. No, I am not a sales professional.

I have a Masters Certificate in Project Management from George Washington University, a Master of Science in Management Information Systems from the University of South Florida, a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Indiana University, and three years toward a Fine Arts degree from Indiana University, where I had top scholarship.

Today, I am a professional coach and write résumés, integrating my coaching to help people determine what they really want to be doing. I tells my clients, “If I write a résumé to help you get the wrong job, I haven’t done you any favors. What do you want?”

Men and women have walked into my office crushed in on themselves and walked out in two hours with a new vision of where they want to be going, and a bounce in their step because they really believe they can do it. More than once, I have received affirmations from those whose lives she has touched, telling her that yes, I made a difference. Because of my teaching, they are living the lives they want. . .and it’s a nice feeling.

In a very simple way, I acknowledge my impact with my signature statement, “I change lives.” And I sincerely believes that each person has the same potential, to change both their own and that of those around them.

Other work that has “found” me includes writing bios for the University of South Florida College of the Arts, preparing newsletters for Florida Lift, ghostwriting, grantwriting, book cover design, and book marketing strategy development including query letters and proposals.

[A Medical note: In 2007, I started Hyperbaric Oxygen Treatment which STOPPED the deterioration from the multiple sclerosis. In 2008, on Mom’s recommendation, I discovered Low Dose Naltrexone therapy and have experienced remarkable stabilization and even improvement. If I had used these two treatments thirty years ago, I would have had a different life. Entirely. And there are a wide variety of conditions these are useful for, even if not FDA approved for a particular application. They are both highly safe…and in my case, effective. Drop me a note if you have questions.]

And my phone number? 813.935.7760. Or email me . . .

5 Responses to About the Author

  1. Thank you for giving us such a fine presentation on writing at the Tampa Writers Meet-Up at the Fox Jazz Club this Tuesday night. I know that having a presentation even in a dark nightclub private room is not the typical lecture site.

    M.C. Bob Leonard

  2. jgharry says:

    LDN therapy…what long-term benefits?

  3. Sandra says:

    Five years ago, I was housebound. My speech slurred. I now haul concrete blocks and pavers around the back yard when I’m setting up the garden, work out at the Y, can hike up to 6 miles, and speak at Toastmasters and other public places. My cognitive abilities have improved dramatically. I used to have a difficult time reading and remembering things . . . I am now in the process of learning web development CSS. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE having the mental playground back. Flus and colds come by — I don’t get them. This medication is AWESOME! The only side effect is “vivid dreams” — which works for a writer.

  4. Sandra says:

    Long term benefits? I have done nothing but improve over the past eight years. From being housebound eight years ago to being able to work a full day, physically, in the heat (I am a Master Gardener and a beekeeper.) Slurred speech is now clear (I’m a Toastmaster.) I think clearly and express ideas well (I’m an MBA student Leadership Coach.) My hand is now steady enough to do my art. My goal over the next thirty years? To take back the thirty that were stolen by the disease.

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