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Sunday, February 23, 2014

Channel Your Brave Glen's Story

Who I am?   My name is Glen, and I am just a guy who believes that there is good in the world if you are willing to look, that YOU can be the change that you want to see in the world, and the nape of a woman's neck is something that should be cherished.. always.
Glen runs a facebook page promoting random acts of kindness. Be sure to visit!

When I was asked about coming up with an essay on Channeling the Brave, it took me back a little.  Me? Brave?  I mean I am a nice guy, I do what is right when I can, and I help people if I am able, but how does that make me brave?  So I asked a few trusted confidants, as well as my wife… What would you say was the bravest thing I ever did?   I got a couple of answers, but none of them spoke to me or bravery in my mind, until my wife said something:  “You married me!”
My wife is disabled, she slipped and fell at work once, right before we had met, 14 years ago.. and it ruptured some disks in her back, and triggered the disease called Fibromyalgia.  For those who don’t know that is basically a chronic pain disease where the pain receptors in the body don’t turn off when you are in pain.. so your body always thinks it is in pain.  

We don’t choose who we fall in love with, it just happens, you find someone who Is the other half of your soul and there is nothing you can do.   When you are married, you say to someone in front of family and friends, that I will take you, for richer and poorer, better or worse, sickness and health.  These are not idol words, not just things you say because you are supposed to, you say them because you mean them.  We have gone through some really rough times, times where the meds have basically taken her from me, mind and body, where she put on 100 pounds from lying in bed 23 hours a day, unable to get up from the pain, to moments where she barely remembered who I was.  But we got through it... I fought doctors for her, and ensured that we were able to get her back to me, where she belonged.   She is much better now, but she still suffers pain every day of her life.  It would have been very easy for me, when it got really dark and difficult in our lives to run away.  That is the easy thing to do… what takes bravery, is fighting for what AND who you really love.. because THAT is what the right thing to do is.


Courtney's Book, Faking Normal, which this whole celebration is about goes on sale February 25th. Do yourself a favor and check it out! 
Alexi Littrell hasn't told anyone what happened to her over the summer. Ashamed and embarrassed, she hides in her closet and compulsively scratches the back of her neck, trying to make the outside hurt more than the inside does.

When Bodee Lennox, the quiet and awkward boy next door, comes to live with the Littrells, Alexi discovers an unlikely friend in "the Kool-Aid Kid," who has secrets of his own. As they lean on each other for support, Alexi gives him the strength to deal with his past, and Bodee helps her find the courage to finally face the truth.

A searing, poignant book, Faking Normal is the extraordinary debut novel from an exciting new author-Courtney C. Stevens

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