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Progress: The No Longer Silenced Movement

Helping People Realize, Helping Others See the Light…

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In case you’re behind, our founder Nicolette has been hard at work since her big move to Texas and starting Graduate School. While maintaining a busy schedule, she’s continued to manage building and improving the No Longer Silenced Movement, in the hopes of creating easy outlets to help abused children, or an individual whose been abused, feel comfortable coming forward.

Photo: Thank you to Cheryl Beeler Stenmark for introducing us to this awesome book! 

The last page we have to develop for NOLO before piloting the site is a page to help kids go to school. This book is going to be an incredible resource in its development!󾌳

Within this text, she found inspiration to add to the pilot site, helping foster youth find means to an education, but also developing a means for all survivors of abuse to find the resources capable of helping them be admitted to school.

Photo: Our Founder had a great first meeting with our wonderful new advisor at the Small Biz Devel Center in San Angelo, TX. 

She is helping us resubmit out trademark and write a business plan! 󾌳󾌳

She also had a successful first meeting with with our new adviser, in San Angelo, Texas, at the small business development center. Moving forward from this meeting, and with the help of our new adviser, we can begin writing and compiling a business plan, as well as work…

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The Seven Girlfriends Who Can’t Live Without Each Other

A closely knitted circle of friends, translated…

The workplace is really complicated, and yet, I just happened to be one who speak my mind, who doesn’t have any good social skills, I’d offended a lot of people.  But gladly, I have a group of good friends whom I met at work, we call ourselves, “the seven sisters”, not only do they admire my good qualities, they also put up with my bad ones, and, when I fell, they’d given me a hand, to pull me back up too.  We would meet up regularly, in the close to twenty years of friendship, we’re still close as ever.

In the former decade or so, most of us who are unwed, other than sharing the ins and outs of working, we’d also shown concern toward one another’s love life.  We’d shared each other’s romances, along with the pains we’d endured through for the breakups too, and gladly, we were able to find ourselves great men to marry.  In the latter decade, we’d shared with one another, the tips of raising children, along with the joys of watching our kids grow bigger.

And now, as we all got into middle age, our conversation topic included the matter of “health”, and we’d all told one another, to take care of one another’s bodies.  But, in the past year, two of our group members’ husbands died of accident or illness, and, it’d given us all the chills.

In the time that follows, I can foresee, the seven of us, great girlfriends, retiring from the workforce, some of us would face life without our husbands, and some would face the empty nest, as children are all grown, and, there’s the illnesses that comes with old age too, and this made having “long-time friends” even more necessary.

And so, you’d met in the workforce, and you are now, great friends, because you had so much in common, and, you’d supported one another through your difficulties, dealing with the losses of one’s own spouse, and the empty nest, and that, is how a strong social support network looks like, and you do NOT start looking for friends AT or after retirement, you should already have established a social support network, way before then.

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Calling Up Cancer-Prone Patients Who are Strangers to Me, Bringing Them Hope Through the Conversations

The kindness of “strangers” here, translated…

I picked up the phone, and started dialing an unfamiliar number, the phone rang for a short while, a weak voice came on the other end of the line, “Who are you?”, I’d quickly identified myself, “I’m friends of so-and-so, she wanted me to call you up, I’m also a breast cancer survivor who’d undergone chemotherapy.”

I know that you’re currently going through those days I’d already endured, they surely were depressing, if there’s any help I can offer you, don’t hesitate to let me know.”  After hearing me talk, there came sobbing on the other end of the line, as the woman had let down her guards now, started talking nonstop of the fears and the anxieties she’s had about being diagnosed with cancer.

I’d consoled her, “the pains are only temporary, after the therapy, you will be just like me, like a happy little bird every single day, traveling, hiking, going to community college for English, learning to cook, your days will be JUST as fulfilled as mine, if not more so.”  After hearing me out, she’d started laughing, I can hear that she’d carried a TON of hopes and expectations for her future.

During those days, we’d kept up the connections through the calls, it’d managed to close the distance between us two, even though we’d never met, it felt so very familiar.  I’d helped her through six months of chemo, it felt longer than a century, and, it’d finally ended in our cries and laughter.

And, just because I’d had my own experience with cancer, that’d given me even MORE empathy as I’d shared my experiences with my cancer prone sisters.

Whenever I’d recalled those days that I’d had gone through chemo, when I was trapped by my own panic and depression, there was a group of angel-like volunteers, using their own experiences, to motivate me, to throw those arms filled with love around me.

And, because there are a TON of patients who had turned into my close relatives, they’d helped me, encouraged me, cared for my wellbeing, I was able to transfer the love into a positive energy, and, I was able to carry forward in the battlefield of life.  Because I believe, that with our hard work, we are going to write an even MORE beautiful symphony together.

And, this, is how strangers connect, through common experiences, and, sometimes, these “unknown strangers” can offer MORE support than those around you, after all, your family members are NOT going through what you’re going through, so, at this time, OUTSIDE support would be deeply appreciated.

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