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Apr 22, 2015

My submission to the Meredith Vieira Show, Digital Make a Wish Booth

I was diagnosed with bacterial meningitis in 2011.  Since then, my number one hero has been Karen Forbes.  She saved my life by insisting that I go to the hospital when I was so sick I could barely make sense of the world.  She has helped me recover, supporting me when the world fell away leaving us alone.  She was there when oil had to be ordered in 50 gallon amounts because we couldn't afford full orders since I was unable to work.  She does the dishes even though it is my responsibility when I can't keep up because of constant migraines, which is my after effect from the bacterial meningitis.  She has done this while maintaining at least one and sometimes two jobs.  I am just amazed at how strong, powerful, and supportive she is.  I admire her stamina, and ability to maintain a positive affect through tough times.  I have had to reorder my life from a useful and happy worker bee, to one of a disabled person and relearning my new normal.  To say that this has been a simple easy road is a laugh.  Karen has been my rock through that process and continues to be so when the road gets really rough.  We also have a puppy that she insisted we get.  At first, I was angry about him and his unpredictableness, but he has grown into a great therapy dog.  He knows when the migraines are hard.  Karen's best idea. Thank you.