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Inspiration, Survivor, Miracle: An Amazing Life

The Amazing Life That’s Unfolded
Still traveling and living life to the fullest, Alyssa shares her story through her writing and speaking engagements. “This has always been bigger than me,” she says. With all she’s survived, she wants others to know that they are not alone.

Alyssa likes to embrace a new mantra at the beginning of each year. Last year it was, “full circle,” and 2010 certainly lived up to that theme in a big way. The mantra for 2011 is, “We are what we have the courage to become.” Make no mistake about it. This young woman of courage is already an inspiration to a great many people. There’s no telling what she can accomplish once she sets her mind to it.

Currently working on a book about her experiences, she hopes to have it completed by early 2012. “Something beautiful is happeningTM” is her tagline, and it’s easy to see why. “The challenges, and even the tragedies, of our lives are veiled lessons and gifts used to break us in beautiful ways into the people we were always meant to become (and the life of our dreams) if we let them. I never would have chosen this path, I wouldn’t wish it on my worst enemy, and yet I wouldn’t change one single thing because it has made me who I am today and I am grateful.”

Keep an eye out for that book because there’s so much more to her story. Indeed, “something beautiful is happening.TM

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Images courtesy of Alyssa Phillips

Ann Pietrangelo is the author of “No More Secs! Living, Laughing & Loving Despite Multiple Sclerosis,” a memoir. She is a member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors and The Author’s Guild, and a regular contributor to Care2 Healthy & Green Living and Care2 Causes. Follow on Twitter @AnnPietrangelo

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9:43PM PDT on Jul 30, 2011


8:06PM PDT on Jul 24, 2011

That's great, I'm so happy for her.

2:11PM PDT on Jul 18, 2011

Hi Everyone! Thank you all for your comments and well wishes! And a BIG THANK YOU to Ann and Care2 for posting my story. This whole journey has been so humbling and your kind words and thoughts mean more than you know. My only intention is to help others with what I've been through. In regards to the question about how my husband and I were able to afforded to go all of those places AND go through my extensive treatments, I feel that I should clarify a few things as I can completely understand why that would be a question. The short answer is, by the grace of God! Seriously, I am so blessed just to still be here, let alone be living the life I am now. But, as Ann put so well, that's the whole point. I believe the challenges of our lives are a call to truly come alive and dare to live our dreams. Miraculously, due to the rarity of my diagnosis, all of my medical treatments were covered through my insurance. Honestly, the bulk the financial expenses were from the "other" non-traditional things I incorporated. Also, my husband worked not only throughout my treatments, which was very difficult for him, but also in between them (and often on) our trips as well. Our travels were individual ones over a 8 month period of time, not for 8 months continuously. There are other details as well but I think the point is the rainbow after the storm. We all have our struggles (physical, financial, spiritual) and we all have our blessings. My intention is to help others by sharing both.

9:11AM PDT on Jul 14, 2011

Life is a miracle!

8:05AM PDT on Jul 14, 2011

Great article, thanks.

6:31AM PDT on Jul 14, 2011

What a great article

6:29AM PDT on Jul 13, 2011

Some time ago, I wrote an article about a woman with MS who is a mountain climber. That article also resulted in comments about her financial status. As a person with both MS and cancer -- and an individual insurance policy -- I am intimately acquainted with the financial reality of it all. We can't all afford to be mountain climbers or world travelers. However these women come to do what they do is not the issue. If not mountain climbing or traveling, it would be something else. The point is that, despite overwhelming odds, they don't let allow obstacles to stop them. It's about attitude and graciousness under fire. It's about a lack of self-pity or anger. It's about inner strength and perseverance and living each day to its fullest potential, whatever that may be. It's about sharing their journey with others in the spirit of support. I find that inspiring.

4:38AM PDT on Jul 13, 2011

I know a number of people who cured advanced cancer just with meditation. Therefor I have no doubt that what Alyssa did was effective in saving her life.

2:28AM PDT on Jul 13, 2011

It is beautiful on this way to advise with one destiny but it is needed to have got the money for it.
I am glad I can join the members of Care2 because the local inhabitants in our Brno's region are saying: "... and it will be worse," but I am saying with you: "Make the world a better place."
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10:24PM PDT on Jul 12, 2011

great article!

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