Archive | January 2012

One Girl, One Voice…A Million Ways to Make a Difference

Many know Shaun Robinson as the  TV host of Access Hollywood. She is also an Emmy award-winning journalist and author of  “Exactly As I Am”, a 2009 book dedicated to building the self-esteem of young girls.

Most recently she has created the ‘One Girl, One Voice: A Million Ways to Make a Difference Movement’. In her words, “I want to create a sisterhood of young ladies who know that individually and collectively, we are a POWERFUL force and can manifest the change we wish to see in the world!”

With so many negative images and influences that surround our youth – especially, in entertainment – Shaun is definitely a wonderful role model, who uses her celebrity to encourage and uplift others.

Young girls can benefit from her book and  website. If you know any young girls, please share the book and the site with them. There can never be too many positive influences.

Follow Shaun on twitter for very positive and inspirational tweets!/MsShaunRobinson

Check out the site here and watch the video below.

“Ten Rules for Girls with Strong Self-Esteem”


How to Be Successful

There are so many excellent points in the following video. One of my favorite parts is where he lists how many times he failed…and STILL kept going. DON’T STOP.



Don’t Mind Criticism

Don’t mind criticism.

If it is untrue, disregard it.

If it is unfair, keep from irritation.

If it is ignorant, smile.

If it is justified, learn from it.

(source unknown)


And, to those who criticize….

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World Happy Day

On World Happy Day – February 11, 2012 – thousands of people will join together in communities across the globe to experience the film HAPPY and begin their journeys toward healthier and happier lives.

HAPPY is the winner of numerous awards and is the latest film from Academy Award nominated director Roko Belic.

Please watch the short trailer and click on the link below the video for more information on how you can participate in WORLD HAPPY DAY.

Please share with others  so that everyone can be a part of ‘World Happy Day’ 🙂

Feed Each Other

I posted the following on my blog over a year ago and love the message so much, I decided to re-post it for those who may have missed it.

A holy man was having a conversation with God one day and said, “God, I would like to know what Heaven and Hell are like.”

God led the holy man to two doors.

He opened one of the doors and the holy man looked in.  In the middle of the room was a large round table. In the middle of the table was a large pot of stew, which smelled delicious and made the holy man’s mouth water. The people sitting around the table were thin and sickly and appeared to be famished. Each person sitting had a spoon with a very long handle strapped to their arms.  While this allowed them to scoop the soup from the pot, they could not scoop the soup back into their mouths. The holy man shuddered at the sight of their misery and suffering.

God said, “You have seen Hell.”

They went to the next room and opened the door. It was exactly the same as the first one.  There was the large round table with the large pot of stew which made the holy man’s mouth water. The people were equipped with the same long-handled spoons, but here the people were well nourished and plump, laughing and talking. The holy man said, “I don’t understand…”

“It is simple,” said God. “It requires but one skill.”

“You see they have learned to feed each other, while the greedy think only of themselves.”

Atlanta Nurse Donates Kidney to Hospital Patient

By ALICIA TEJADA | Good Morning America 

Atlanta Nurse Donates Kidney to Hospital Patient (ABC News)

Allison Batson has given a whole new meaning to “the gift of life.” Going above and beyond her duties as a nurse helping to save patients’ lives, she donated her kidney to one last week.

The recipient is Clay Taber, whose kidneys failed nearly two years ago. The Auburn University graduate was being treated at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta in the summer of 2010 when he met the 48-year-old transplantation nurse.

Taber, 23, had just graduated from Auburn in Alabama and moved back with his family in Columbus, Ga., when he became ill.

“I kept having night sweats and then that developed into fevers and chills,” Taber said. “Then I felt a lot of fatigue and completely lost my appetite.”

Taber had already lost more than 20 pounds, his mother frantically doing everything possible to get his appetite back to normal. They decided to go to a physician for help. The doctors immediately ran blood tests.

Taber’s mother, Sandra Taber, received a call from their doctor Aug. 27, 2010, saying her son needed to be rushed to the hospital immediately because he’d gone into complete kidney failure.

Taber was admitted into Doctors Hospital in Columbus, where after five days of testing he was diagnosed with Goodpasture’s Syndrome, a rare disease that affects about 1 in a million people per year.

Researchers don’t have a full understanding of how the disease surfaces, but it is an autoimmune disease in which the immune system creates an antibody that attacks the lungs and kidneys.

Taber began dialysis for his kidneys as well as plasmapheresis, a treatment for Goodpasture’s Syndrome where a patient’s blood is filtered in order to separate the red and white blood cells from the plasma and then returned to the body.

“I was just trying to start my life, start my career, even wanted to propose to my girlfriend soon and then I had to deal with all this. It was frustrating,” Taber said.

He was transferred to Emory University Hospital, which specializes in kidney and autoimmune diseases.

That’s when nurse Batson found out that a young man with renal failure was being transferred to her hospital.

“It hit close to home because I have kids between the ages of 16 and 27. I thought it wasn’t fair,” Batson said, adding that her father died of liver disease in 1995.

Dubbed the “cheerleader of floor 7G at Emory University Hospital,” Batson went into Taber’s room and said, “I heard there’s a good-looking young man in here.”

Batson and Taber’s family grew close in the next month. She offered sympathy and a shoulder to cry on for Taber’s mother, and went on frequent coffee breaks with her.

She even became a friend to Taber and exchanged ideas on how to propose to his future fiancee. “The funny thing is she was rarely the nurse assigned to me,” Taber said. “She would come in on her own every day after her shift.”

Taber was discharged but continued his dialysis treatment in Columbus. He and his family returned to Emory once a month for checkups and would always make it a point to see Batson.

It wasn’t until a year later, in August of 2011, that doctors found Taber fit for a transplant. He would then try to join the 90,000 people living in the United States waiting for a kidney.

Batson said it takes more than a year to get on a deceased donor list because of the Goodpasture’s Syndrome Taber had been diagnosed with.

“The donor networks want to be sure that a patient is well in remission after a diagnosis like that in order to make sure that the transplant isn’t in vain,” Batson said.

He got on a list six months ago, she said.

Dr. Michael Millis, director of the University of Chicago’s Transplant Center, said the length of testing and the wait to get on a list depends on the disease.

“Tests can be done in a relatively short time but if treatment needs to be done before receiving an organ transplant, that treatment may take a while and, in this case, doctors felt it may take a year or so in order for his body to accept a kidney,” Millis said.

Taber’s mother began undergoing testing to see whether she’d be a match. At that point, Batson approached Sandra Taber, 54, with an unexpected offer.

“I discussed it with my husband, I’m the same O-positive blood type, our children are grown and healthy, I’m healthy, so why not?” Batson said. “It breaks my heart he just wanted to start his life. I’ve seen my children start their lives and he deserves that.”

Batson told Sandra Taber that if for any reason she or anyone else in their circle was not able to donate a kidney that she would be willing to.

“My mother came and told me what Allison said and I just broke down crying,” Taber said. “I told her that she didn’t have to do that but that just her offering that is incredible.”

After several tests, doctors determined that Taber’s mother was not able to be a donor. Unfortunately, the lining of her kidneys were too thin for transplantation so it was determined surgery would not be safe. Once again, Batson approached the mother in grief and reminded her that her offer to be a donor still stands.

After several weeks of testing, doctors determined they were a match and Batson was healthy enough to undergo surgery. “I was so excited and I wasn’t afraid at all,” Batson said. “I trust our program and our surgeons and I’ve seen amazing outcomes.”

Taber and Batson underwent transplant surgery last week. They have been discharged from the hospital and say they are well and on the road to a full recovery.

About 37 percent of kidney transplants performed nationwide are made possible by living donors, according to the United Network for Organ Sharing . Most living donors are family members of the recipient but a growing number do not have a family relationship.

Dr. Millis said he has experienced heath care providers donating an organ to a patient at his institution as well.

“We’ve had a transplant financial coordinator donate and others in our organization,” Millis said. “It really demonstrates all the good of society and certainly of health care providers to give this terrific gift.”

Dr. Jeffrey Punch, chief of the Section of Transplantation Surgery at the University of Michigan, said such donations are uncommon but that there are good outcomes when people are not blood relatives.

“Finding a match is much less important than it used to be,” Punch said. “The most important thing is finding a person healthy enough to be allowed to donate that is willing.”

Taber said Batson has now become his third mom. “I have my mom, my fiancée’s mom, and I have her,” he said. “She’s adopted me as a son and she’ll get a special dance at my wedding this summer. I told her she gets to pick the song.”

Batson said her goal is to promote donation in hopes of helping the 112,624 people still waiting for organ transplants.

“It’s not just about signing it on your driver’s license,” she said. “A kidney donation, for example, is just a few weeks from your life that you’re transferring into more years for another person’s life.”



Change Your Attitude, Change Your Day…And, Your Life

If you started 2012 with the same negative attitude that you ended 2011, don’t expect this year to be any better than the last. If you want change, YOU have to make it; it starts with a better attitude.

Take a moment before you react in a negative way. and think about the repercussions of your thoughts and  actions.

A bad attitude never solved any problems. With a positive attitude, you can think clearer and come to a faster resolution of any issue.