The Unexpected Price Of My Dream Coming True

I had a bill come due this week. The kind of bill they don’t tell you about. The price you must pay for a dream coming true. You could’ve walked right past us and not known what a bittersweet moment was taking place. A simple visit with my two nephews. My brother’s boys. The boys who have been my treasures since the day each was born. Which happened on the other side of the country. No matter. At least four

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The Lesson Waiting For Me On My Shower Floor

This is not the place to boast. Or brag. It’s not what I like to do here. And yet. I find the need to share. To make hooray. For me. For something I did this week. Something that until I did it, seemed far beyond my reach. My possibility. It happened on Wednesday. Okay. Here it is. I shampooed my hair. Reached my arms up over my scalp. And scrubbed. It’s possible I have underwhelmed you, Dear Reader? “Shampoo your

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How A Burn Victim Became An Online Beauty Inspiration And Star

Shalom Nchom, is a burn victim who is known as Shalom Blac to her thousands of YouTube fans. She was severely injured and scarred when she was burned by hot oil when she was a child. Badly scarred, she used makeup as a way to protect herself from bullying. Glamour Magazine has a great piece where Shalom describes what it is to look different, how her pain inspired her to help others. Now, Shalom shares with others how to feel beautiful —

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How A Stranger Taught Me Secret To Truly Helping A Sick Friend

I stole an hour of a remarkable woman’s time this week. For Barbara, time surely is a precious commodity. For all of us, truly. Barbara just knows it better than most of us. I would think she had better things to do than spend time talking to me, a stranger. See, Barbara is fighting for her life. Literally. This is the third time cancer has come knocking at her door. Breast cancer at 32. Again at 45. This time is

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90-Year-Old Says No To Chemo, Yes To Ultimate Road Trip

90-year-old Norma is becoming an internet sensation. Not too long ago she received a serious cancer diagnosis from her doctor. The news came just after her husband was admitted to hospice. In the usual way of medical treatments, the doctor told her about her options which included chemo, surgery and radiation. Norma had some news for the doctor–she was skipping all that and prescribing herself a life-affirming road trip! She has since been on the road with her son, daughter-in-law

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Mom Hears Son’s Donated Heart Beat In Little Girl

No one has a bigger heart heart than Heather Clark. When her baby boy, Lukas, passed away at only 18-months in 2013, she was clear on one of the biggest decisions of her life. She wanted to donate his organs. “The only thing I can think of is: I can’t save my own son. Why not save someone else’s,” she told KPNX-TV. That someone else turned out to be a little girl, Jordan Gonzalez, who had her own rough start in life after

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Why My Ex-Boyfriend Said I Could Tell This Formerly Wonderful Story

As break-ups go, this was one of my yuckier. The details still so clear, all these years later. We met soon after I moved to Atlanta to work for CNN. He also had just moved to the city to do a one-year surgical fellowship. I was so sure he was The One. A year into dating, he came to be sure that I wasn’t his. The big clue being his accepting a job on the other side of the country.

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Daryn’s New Book, “Hope Possible!” Is Here!

I’m so excited that my new book, “Hope Possible” is here! The full title is, “Hope Possible: A Network News Anchor’s Thoughts On Losing A Job, Finding Love, A New Career, And My Dog, Always My Dog.” Here’s a peek at what it says on the back cover: From your TV screen, Daryn Kagan looked like she had her dream job.   As a news anchor for CNN, she had a front row seat to the world’s biggest breaking news

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Military Wife Shocked What Furnace Repair Man Had The Nerve To Charge Her

Here’s to every military wife who figures things out while your husband is away. Shoot, here’s to all military spouses and entire families–Thank you for your service. Bridget Stevens is one of those can-do kind of women. Her husband, Bobby, is deployed overseas with the National Guard. One recent challenge was particularly tough. Cold winter night. Little kids at home. The furnace goes out! No heat in the house. What to do? Bridget looked at the sticker on that old

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Divorced Mom Rebuilds Her Family’s Life With Her Own Two Hands

Kelley Lewis never planned to be 29, divorced and depressed with three little kids. It’s where she found herself a few years ago. A combination of personal choices and bad breaks. She tells Yahoo! that she was busy trying to get her professional life off the ground in her mid-20’s when she got pregnant.  She married the dad and their one-week “anniversary,” he told his pregnant wife that their marriage had been a mistake — though they would eventually spend

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