Living In The Garden of Optimism is an independent site devoted to those who are living with Chronic illnesses. Founded in 2017, the mission is simple: To enhance lives through patient advocacy, awareness and support!
As someone who has been diagnosed with multiple chronic diseases, I understand the struggle firsthand. And I know how essential balance is to daily living. Optimism is the key to finding it.
I am not a member of the medical community. I am an advocate. There is a difference. The information found on this site is not intended to be a substitution for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.
My posts are based on personal experience, or on reference sources. These references are provided with the corresponding posts, for readers to examine. I have chosen to include them, because much of what is found on social media is only opinion. Facts must be provided for information to be adequate and actually helpful.
Over the years, I have worn many hats — as a wife, mother, daughter, neighbor, volunteer and caregiver. Professionally, I’ve worked in business and out — in early childhood education, as a freelance writer (Christian and other genres), a patient advocate, an inspirational speaker and blogger. Through it all, I have trusted in my faith and optimism to sustain me.
If you are interested in planning a “Garden Party” (a casual speaking engagement) for your church/organization, please feel free to contact me by email. You’ll find the necessary information below. I’d be happy to discuss ideas with you. The theme is fun and lighthearted to appeal to all, no matter their physical limitations. If you prefer a “traditional” speaking engagement, that too can be arranged. Together, we can plan an informative event that is unique to your group. We can sow the seeds of hope that so many need. We can grow the optimism that is essential to managing any Chronic illness. Dare to care!
Please, note that a Speaking Fee is required.