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Together, we can overcome the most devastating adversities. Connect with the everyday woman who struggles with real, life-altering situations. It’s as easy as reading the heart-healing articles in this section – or choosing to smile at the face your own mirror. By sharing these testimonies, our goal is to inspire you and provide access to community resources that can aid you in your own struggle. If you’re facing a difficult situation, please don’t hesitate to get the help that you or a loved one might need. Read these stories, hold up your head, stay strong, pray and trust in God. See how your challenge can become a similar testimony!

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Living Begins at 86

March 3, 2011

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Mary Mary Lou Smith of Laurinburg, North Carolina calls herself a young-old woman! After seeing her in action, you might say she embodies an enthusiasm for life rarely seen in even young people. At 86 years young, Mary Lou looks twenty years younger and does everything now that she did when she was a much younger woman. “The key to life is to continue doing for you. I still clean my house, my car, and I still work in my yard.” She still enjoys reading, golfing, playing bridge, sewing, and exercising. “I take an aerobics class three times a week because I always believed in watching my weight. If I don’t watch it, who else is going to watch it?” she chuckles...more »

Hidden Treasure

October 1, 2010

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Carol Talley has been a group fitness instructor for 15 years. She also has accomplished personal training and competed as a body builder. “I love being a fitness instructor! It’s my passion!” Her background as a fitness instructor, personal trainer, and body builder shows that Carol is no stranger to rigorous training programs. However, she had no preparation for the challenge that would ultimately prove to be the biggest fight of her life!

On May 26, 1999, Carol gave birth to her son, Anderson Talley, who was born with cerebral palsy from a placenta abruption. Carol said he was initially thought to be stillborn, but he was resuscitated. Cerebral palsy is a type of neurological disorder, occurred when Anderson’s brain was deprived of his first moments of oxygen. In Carol’s case, Anderson drowned in the amniotic fluid surrounding him in the womb...more »





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