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" There is nothing harder for me than to sit at the sideline, not being able to be productive. "
" No matter how old we are, there is nothing better then getting the approval from our parents and the sense that they are proud of our accomplishments in life. "
" I always like to remind myself that the most honorable people of all are not those who never make mistakes, but those who admit to them when they do and then move on and do their best to right the wrongs they have made. "
" I'm not very diplomatic and wear my heart on my sleeve. "
" My life is raw, authentic, and focused on giving back to the journey God has given me; I want to leave this earth a better place with answers and education on Lyme and invisible chronic disease. "
" I will not allow anyone to shut me up or shame me into silence, and I'm not going to rot away behind closed doors. "
" All of my gifts really come from a place of healing. I have homemade essential oils with a diffuser, which I've given to all my kids. "
" The ALS ice bucket challenge was really the most brilliant publicity stunt of 2014, and it has brought worldwide awareness for a barely-known disease. "
" I am so grateful for my children who remind me every day what matters in life, and I feel fortunate to be their mommy and share their special love. "
" When done with heart, commitment, and integrity, every job is equally important. "
" I am certainly not drama-free in my life, and I used to be a lot more feisty, but I have arrived at a place where I really try to not sweat the small stuff anymore. "
" There is very little magic in the world of the chronically ill. "
" Having lost my own father at such a young age, I have a soft spot for dads in general, but especially for Guy Glanville. He is a really good man inside who loves his family but may not always be capable of showing that. "
" As a nurturer, I have always lived my life running for others, trying to make everyone happy, even if I often overlooked my own needs. I do it because it makes me happy and fulfilled. "
" Getting chronic Lyme disease is probably the fastest way to figure out what and who is real in your life. "
" I love the American openness and use of language; I just don't know how to be that way. "
" The life of any chronically ill person becomes extremely isolating. "
" I'm convinced that probably everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about. It's just one more reason to always try to be kind. "
" I never had the college experience, so I have raised my girls to be more work-oriented and motivated to be financially independent. "
" Becoming chronically ill has definitely given me a greater understanding of human nature, and I've learned to accept people's lack of long-term compassion for others while they live their busy lives. "
" Being raised by a Catholic father, a Protestant mother, and marrying the Muslim father of my three children, I encourage people to respect and at least try to understand different religions. "
" The Lakers and the Clippers teams play against each other; friends shouldn't. "
" Unfortunately but absolutely fair to all, the one thing money can't buy is health - and happiness. "
" Establishing a friendship after divorce takes great effort and a lot of swallowing of your pride and ego. "
" I have worked since I was 12 years old and started providing for my family in Holland by the age of 17 - and I still do today. "
" I have never in my life let a man disrespect me, verbally or physically, and that will never change. I feel very strongly about this because it's something my mother instilled in me and that I have instilled in my daughters. "
" The Lyme disease had so severely affected my brain functioning that it was extremely hard for me to think, form sentences, and stay focused. "
" It's hard for me to be involved in superficial friendships with other women. "
" Life doesn't always go according to plan, and we don't always act in a way that represents who we are. What matters is that these moments become teaching moments. "
" I took the same pride in my dishwashing job as a child as I take in running my company today. "
" Religion is a very sensitive subject and reason for wars all over the world. "