Let's Hear Your Story (LHYS)

September 10, 2019

“Let Them Know We Stand” by B. Cox   Let the cowards know! We Stand Let the world know! We Stand Knees scraped, hearts broken, yet spirits strong We Stand Less in number yet no less in will We Stand Together in pride and honor We Stand Together in grief We Stand And we ...

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My Journey to My New Normal Begins... by Maryann Levine I was involved in an auto accident on January 30, 2019, and lost both of my legs below the knees. I left Jersey Shore Medical Center on February 22, 2019. I had been in ICU for nine days with four surgeries trying to save one of my legs, ...

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Hope Dies Last by Adaria Looking at me, most people would never know something is “wrong” with me. I will never forget one of the first times Tony and I spoke on the phone. It was late afternoon, and I told him I was just getting out of bed. Tony sat there, thinking to himself, “What was the ...

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A Little Girl With Big Courage by Brendan Kappler   A typical day for Heather would start with waking up, and waving good-bye to her sister (Amber) as she boarded the school bus. Heather was just seventeen months old in October 2003. One particular day, she did not wave good-bye to Amber.

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Erin by Julia Smith My story is simple. Girl meets girl. Girls become best friends. Girl gets sick. Girl loses girl forever. I know this story line sounds tragic, and it is, but it’s so much more. My best friend in the whole wide world was Erin Smith. This girl was everything I wanted to be.

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“Excuse Me...Can You Tell Me Who I Am?” by Nicole Let’s start when I was ten. That’s when the “black cloud” first seemed to descend upon me. I was having a bit of a problem “in my own skin.” I had gained weight and the kids did not seem to think too much of me, but there was something more to ...

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Untitled 11 by Candace Grande   Where to begin my story? From the beginning I suppose! When I was very young, I always remembered being sick. I got sick all the time and it seemed to last longer than everyone else! But I was young. I didn’t get it. I just missed a lot of school. I ...

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I’m Very Proud Of My Dad, The Man With MS by Daniel Room It’s funny how life throws obstacles our way and we have to “play the cards we are dealt.” Whether it’s a life of luxury or massive frustrations, we all breathe “the same air.” Currently, I’m a freshman at Monmouth University. Oh say, ...

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Until the Sun Shines by Kimberly Tanella My story begins (or should I say ended) on February, 19, 2003. I remember because it was my dad’s birthday. It’s because of him that I fell in love with being on a basketball court in the first place. By the time I got to the third grade, success on a ...

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A Chance Finding: How This Family Came To Be by Jo-Ann and Al Vargas We began our life in adopting foster care children in 1996. It has been a wonderful experience for me and my husband Al. Since 1996, we have had twenty-one children come to live with us. Some stayed only an extended ...

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Making It Through The Storm With Help From Strangers by Brian Kappler   “Imagine falling from the sky and landing flat on your back with nothing to your name except for the clothes on your back.” That is the feeling that Tom could best describe when he learned that his house had caught ...

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The Decision to Donate Bone Stem Cells to a Complete Stranger, the “Golden Rule” and a Certain Level of Empathy by Matt Hoffman   The decision to donate Bone Stem Cells to a complete stranger was one that followed the “Golden Rule,” and a certain level of empathy. To me, I believed that I ...

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Keep Grasping Just Beyond Your Reach, and Never Ever Quit By Didi I was born the sixth child of eight in my family. My parents were both addicts. We got our food from the food pantry or we stole it from the grocery store. My clothes were from the church or the school nurse. I can remember ...

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I May Have Lost Part of My Leg, But I Keep Right On Going by Nancy Still   My amputation is just something that represents a “slight setback” in life. A while back, I saw an amputee on one of Oprah’s shows. She was a Mom who lost both arms and legs. She manages to get around while taking ...

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A Letter And Some “Earthquake Insight” by Cindi   From my cousin in Sendai, Japan where she has lived for the past decade teaching English: Hello My Lovely Family and Friends, First, I want to thank you so very much for your concern for me. I am very touched. I also wish to apologize ...

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Keeping It Together With A Full Plate by Christina Palmeri   “I know God will not give me anything I can’t handle. I just wish He didn’t trust me so much.” Mother Teresa For me, the year 2006 was the year when God decided to trust me a whole lot of “stuff.” Within a time span of six ...

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It Will Never Happen To Me by Ashley Meyer “It will never happen to me.” This is a phrase that so many of us say throughout our lives. I will admit that I even used to say it. When I first learned what cancer was, I used to always say that such a horrible disease could never affect me or my ...

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The Strength Of A Marine Mom And Nam by Frank Lazeski   I have a chair that sits in the middle of the garage looking out toward the road where I sit and do my resting and thinking between the activities of the day. I don’t start any project without consulting my “Thinking Chair.” Many a ...

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My Beautiful, Typical Little Baby by Darlene Russo   My daughter was born on January 11, 2006. A beautiful typical little baby, reaching her milestones at six months, twelve months, eighteen months. Smiling, laughing, dancing. At twenty-four months, she was vaccinated with an MMR ...

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Motorcycle Wreck by Dewayne Morgan   September 8, 2009: I was riding my motorcycle and “met” a car on my side of the road. I hit the car head on. I flew off my motorcycle and into the oncoming windshield. I then flew 100 feet and landed in a yard. Of all the places to land, it was in a ...

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Be Grateful For The Little Things…They Give You The Strength To Get Past The “Big Bad Things” by Adrienne Balarino-LaGressa   This morning, I spoke to my friend on the phone. She began lamenting about her son and his laundry which would “both be home” soon from college. I said, “After ...

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Finding Hope When You Least Expect It Anonymous I was going through a really bad day while living in Levittown, New York. I went to a Hoover vacuum cleaner distributor to buy a replacement belt for our machine. I was in such a bad state of mind. I was fighting so hard to hold the tears ...

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Love The Life You Live by Noelle McNeil On August 2, 2005 at the age of 20, my world got turned upside down. I was riding a four year old horse for some friends at a horse show. I was a nationally ranked equestrian, had ridden since I was five years old and had trained horses for years. I ...

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My Miscarriage…Is This Going To Stop My Life? No! by Sabrina   I miscarried at twenty weeks gestation. It was very emotional and difficult to bear. The most frustrating part was: 1...No reason for it. All tests came back negative according to my doctors. 2...After the procedure, I ...

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Tarawa...November 20, 1943 A Horrific Greeting On The Beach by John B. USMC I'm eighteen years old. I'm a United States Marine. I am totally convinced that I'm tough...real tough...invincible. The landing craft is quickly approaching the beach. I hear weapons firing. I hear explosions.

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My Hero Joe...The Viet Vet by Tony Lombardo This is part of Joe’s Obituary: “Joseph John Germano, 67, passed away on December 24, 2014 at his home in Barnegat surrounded by friends and family. Joe was born on June 1, 1947 in Kearny and was a proud veteran of the U.S. Army. He served in the ...

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I was living on Staten Island and commuted with my partner regularly. We had an understanding that I would not wait for him if he were late (which was more often than not). I always wanted to be early; afraid that I would miss something. We worked in Bedford Stuyvesant, Brooklyn; an area that was ...

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Wiggly Roads On The Path Of Life by Angie Square   Wiggly roads are like the path of your life,  Bumps and holes may cause some strife. Don’t take too fast those ups and downs, Check them out to avoid personal failure and frowns For you don’t know, Crossing and parting, ...

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I Want To Wake Up One Morning by Deanna Dantas   I want to wake up one morning And look at my reflection And not focus On all my imperfections.   I want to wake up one morning Feeling okay And not allowing anyone To take that away.   I want to wake up one ...

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Things were going very well for me until December 7, 1941. In very short order, I was drafted into the US Army. I L-O-V-E baseball. While on furlough in 1942, I participated in a tryout with the Brooklyn Dodgers at Ebbet’s Field. Playing on the infield was like playing in my living room. The ...

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