Needles Are Easy…Life’s a Challenge

This is part 1 of 2 of what we call “longreads”, or stories that are longer than 1,000 words.  On a warm sunny Sunday in late May, my grandfather and I opened up the shed in his backyard. Back in early December, Grandpa said that he had some boxes of stuff that belonged to my mom,…

One Year, Three Lessons

One year ago this week, I was diagnosed with advanced-stage diabetic retinopathy. Diabetic retinopathy is a condition where the blood vessels around the retina of your eyes began to swell and leak blood, causing severe vision impairment. If not treated immediately, it leads to blindness. There is no cure for retinopathy, only medicinal and laser…

The Health of the Organization

I need help.  I can’t think of another way in putting this out there but I will.  Fundraising and talking is something I have feared for a long time.  I hate asking for money and public speaking is something I can’t do at all.  Marketing, well, I couldn’t market or sell you a lemon torte,…