Saturday, March 28, 2020

Is it Possible to Be Happy After Serious Tragedy?

Fran Caffey Sandin, a retired nurse, has authored two books, contributed to several anthologies and magazines. Fran lost two sons. She shares her story of how she found the strength to get through severe trauma.









Through all this heart-wrenching loss, including her father's suicide, she has learned much including what the three stages of grief are and how to survive them.  

She teaches us that we can overcome the effects of tragedy and how to help others survive their circumstances.

We need to know what to say and what not to say when our friends are suffering. 







During her interview, she details the three stages of grief:

  1. Crisis
  2. Crucible
  3. Construction











Fran’s first book, See You Later, Jeffrey, was written after the death of Fran and Jim’s third child, Jeffrey who succumbed to bacterial meningitis, that attacks the brain and spinal cord, when he was 17 months old.

Before the meningitis vaccine, many children between the ages of 6 months and 3 years were stricken. Fran was shocked and shaken by his illness and death, asking many questions.

After two years she felt led to minister to other parents who lost a child and probably asking the same questions.


This book has been translated into Russian and widely distributed in Ukraine and Germany.








Fran's book, Touching the Clouds: True Stories to Strengthen Your Faith, she interviews 15 women who had life-changing experiences and how they overcame life's disappointments and tragedies. At the end of each chapter, she includes practical ideas for the reader to incorporate into their life.

Fran also shares the story of losing her father to suicide and answers the question: Is God punishing me? Click here to purchase




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Monday, March 23, 2020

Winners Think About What They Want to Happen

Terry Tucker is an author, a motivational speaker, and an encourager. His blog, Motivational Check, gives daily posts of inspiration. Especially at a time we need it the most.


Motivational check

Terry is a perfect example of someone who will meet a challenge head-on and maintain a positive and inspiring attitude.  In his words:
"Suffering can be one of life's greatest teachers."

Saturday, March 14, 2020

How to Deal with a Cancer Diagnosis for your Child



Hunter Rose

Jay Hix Jones is the host and executive producer of the UplifTV documentary series, The Experience, producer of “Hoarders” and as a media professional also worked on “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” and “Ice Road Truckers.”  Jay and his wife Kara co-authored the book The Experience: 40 Days to Reconnecting Your Soul. Together they operate the film production company Hungry Fish Media with Dr. Charles Hix.  

Two years ago, Jay requested to be on Never Ever Give Up Hope but before we could do the interview, Jay's life was turned upside down when his four-year-old daughter, Hunter Rose, was diagnosed with stage four cancer. 

Cancer in children
Jay Hix Jones

















Tuesday, March 3, 2020

What Can Happen if You Only Dare to Hope?



Hope Mueller is an author, inspirational speaker, executive, and active not-for-profit volunteer. A results-driven leader and change agent, Hope is passionate about career development and community service, among others. 

Her early years were marked by the experiences of a hippie commune. Hope's unique childhood shaped her approach and interaction with the world, with a gift of creating order out of chaos and turning vision into reality.

To realize success:

  • FOCUS on the solution instead of the problem
  • Be comfortable with change
  • Persistence, persistence, persistence, and laser-focused on goals


Honest and raw with 
no request for empathy or complaint

Hopey chronicles the story of a courageous girl in a 70s southern Indiana commune, complete with flowers for dinner, a ball of acid in the freezer and orgies on the living room floor.

The chaos of her formative years, which are littered with violent episodes, periods of hunger and assaults, leads Hope to set off on her own at the age of 15.

Written as intense past moments, reflective chapters, and flash-forwards, these three voices come together to transcend time and connect the past and the present. 

Hopey is a reminder that we can love, believe, and be successful beyond all expectations -
if we ONLY DARE TO HOPE.





Hope's interview is intense with a splash of laughter and lots of reality checks. 
When asked how she survived a hopeless situation she responded:
"During brief moments of hopelessness or being overwhelmed I took it, felt it, then got to work to move forward. I don't wallow in sadness but learn from it."





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