Archive: Nov 2014

  1. Being Thankful for the Wonderful Year I Had Running RYV!

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    “There is always, always something to be thankful for.”

    Since Thanksgiving is two days away (can you believe it!?!?), I decided to take a moment to show how thankful I am for all the amazing accomplishments and surprises that has taken place in 2014.

    Starting the year with RYV! being six months in the making, I was not sure exactly what would take shape as time passed.  I was, and still is, navigating this ship the best way that I can, but throughout the year, I received direction from my readers and supporters with the emails, comments, and reshares that took place that displayed how fortunate you all are that RYV! exists, and how you appreciated the work it takes to speak out on imperative topics week after week.  Now that RYV! has reached its 16 months of existence, I am more confident in steering and guiding this vessel because of each of you.

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  2. Seeking Your Input on What Should Be Published on the RYV! Blog in 2015

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    It is the middle of November, and I am already brainstorming and gearing up blog posts ideas for 2015.  I have been incredibly pleased with the exceptional amount of sharing and views of the articles posted on the blog this year.  I aim to continue publishing high-quality, at times controversial, articles that get my readers thinking and taking in 2015.

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  3. Tools You Can Use series: Modified Power Wheels Cars for Toddlers with Disabilities

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    As a former disabled child, I am very adamant about ensuring that our disabled children and teens receive the best healthcare, education, and support system in order to grow and prosper in their environment as beautiful human beings.  For our youngest disabled children, assistive devices that would afford them the opportunity to gain independence by moving freely in their homes is a considerable and serious gap that exists for them.  The University of Delaware and Fisher-Price aim to change that by offering affordable, adapted Power Wheels cars to our disabled kids who cannot afford to be slowed down by their disability.

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  4. Brittany Maynard’s Assisted Suicide Decision: Choosing Quality of Life Over Quantity

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    Late Sunday evening, I was saddened to learn of Brittany Maynard’s death by assisted suicide via social media.  Like many of us, I became aware of Brittany’s story earlier in October when a video about her making the decision to end her life on her own terms went viral on social media.  Her story was significant to me because she and I are the same age, and I could not phantom making such a permanent, life-ending decision as she did.  Her strength and courage to come forward with her truth resonated with me as an advocate, and I wanted to discuss her choice, and the controversy surrounding it.

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