Saturday, July 6, 2013

Essay Contest: Who Inspires Your Chronic Resilience?

What a great question! 

Danea Horn suffers from kidney disease. She was born with just one kidney that, as she says “has issues”, and is on the national kidney transplant list. Her first book, Chronic Resilience: 10 Sanity-Saving Strategies for Women Coping with the Stress of Illness, is due out in August.

In honor of the release, an essay contest has been launched for you to say why and/or who inspires you to keep on going while living with your chronic condition or illness. The winner will receive $250!
This is Ruby. 
 She was just 1 year old when she was diagnosed with a brain tumor.  When I met her on Twitter, she was 5, and in hospice.  She spent most of her short, beautiful, and very hard life being shuttled back and forth to hospital for treatments and doctors appointments.  She is now gone, but her loving parents keep her legacy alive.  She has her own hashtag, it's #rememberingruby.  Look at that face--humble yet strong.  She inspired me then, she inspires me now. (tears) 

Here are the main eligibility requirements, but there are a few more (they're easy).

  1. You must be a resident of the U.S.A.
  2. Live with a chronic illness or condition.
  3. 1,000 word maximum.
  4. Submit by 7/26th at 11:59pm PST (Pacific Standard Time)
for more eligibility requirements, go to:


When you're finished with your essay (make sure you meet the requirements), then send here:

Second and third place will receive a Spa Gift, and all winners will be recognized and have their essay posted on the these two websites: and

Danea is a blogger! Be sure and check her out at . You can also sign up to get her newsletter, she loves inspiring quotes!

So, get going! (I just may write one myself...) Remember, the deadline is July 26th. It's Pacific time so if you live on the east coast, you'll need to get it in early that day.

Good Luck! 
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My Forever Inspiration

You can read my tribute on a wonderful pet site.