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... the tales of two sisters

Dana lives in Seattle, and Tracie lives in Germany. We are businesswomen, writers and humorists. We write about life, dating, and today's modern women.

Be Remarkable! Here’s to Life!

Have you ever awoken with that euphoric feeling that you’ve accomplished something? I mean, that you really did it?

I hope so. My euphoria lies in the fact that it is slowly dawning on me that my book, Incompatible with Nature–A Mother’s Story will be published in German and available October 2017.

I have suffered.
I have struggled.
I have cried.
I have prayed.
I have stood on the edge.
I have survived and lived to tell the tale and never dreamed that in telling my story I would inspire so many people. This is amazing and I am so very humbled and THANKFUL to be in a position to boost and encourage others on their life journeys.

A highlight of my book tour last month in America was speaking before the students at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Rockford in Illinois. I was so very honored at this opportunity because not only was my presentation open to all staff and students, it was mandatory for the second year medical students to attend. I again thank the Regional Dean of the University, Dr. Stagnaro-Green, Andrea Langs Bear and the entire university student body and staff for so warmly welcoming me.

Though my address was directed to these medical students, the roots of what I had to say were not exclusive to them. Some of what I had to say applies to humankind collectively. That means you and me and you and you and…

In part, I told these aspiring doctors and medical professionals to remember that words matter; that patience and communication are vital. We need to encourage and support each other; we all have the same goal and that is to save, preserve, protect and enjoy life.

And I shared my father’s manifesto that he instilled upon me as a little girl and which helped/helps to lift me up and set myself in motion when I just don’t think I can go on. Grammar poor, but so very rich in content and I’m sure this was purposefully intended, it is: “It ain’t no givin’ up and no givin’ out.” So when you get tired, when you feel you just can’t put in another minute, keep your eye on the prize. You are on a mission!

And my 3 Cs: be conscientious, competent, and compassionate in everything you do. You can’t go wrong.

And in the event there are some in the medical field reading this post today, this is specifically for you:

Use your diagnostic tools and instruments, specifically your stethoscopes, your symbol of being a healthcare professional, to listen for all the sounds of life–all of its rhythmic beats and whooshes and whispers and sighs; listen for every high and low and hope and triumph. You will never acquire this skill unless you practice, practice, practice and remember that oftentimes, the scarier, the bigger and the more painful the challenges, the greater the rewards. 

And carry this standard from the Hippocratic oath always with you: I will remember that there is art to medicine as well as science, and that warmth, sympathy, and understanding may outweigh the surgeon’s knife or the chemist’s drug.

It’s Thursday. It’s a good day. Everybody, take care of yourselves and be remarkable because remarkable is where miracles happen!

Here’s to Life!
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