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A Diagnosis, Preparation and Trust
A Diagnosis, Preparation and Trust
July 15, 2015 - Volume 2, Issue 7
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EVENTS!
August 18, 2015
Powerful You! Women's Networking Meeting:
August Topic -  Reading for Business and Pleasure. We are reading "the life-changing magic of tidying up" by Marie Kondo
The Corner Pub,Rt 206, Flanders, NJ; 7:00 - 8:30 PM
Please email me for more info.
DEB'S BOOK SHELF
July 2015:
Our book for June and July is another book by Sonia Choquette, Tune In: Let your Intuition Guide You to Fulfillment and Flow.
Read my story!  
You can purchase a copy of Women Living Consciously, Book II on my website!  The price is $18 and includes tax and shipping in the US.
Read "My Seasons of Transformation" and join me on my journey from executive to entrepreneur!
NEED A SPEAKER?
If you are a member of a group who needs a speaker or can connect me with a group, please send me a note.
Deb Wilber is a coach, author, speaker and the owner of Real Life Spark, a coaching practice dedicated to Igniting the Next Generation of YOU!™  
Deb believes intuition sparks transformation and her practice is designed to inspire you to take small steps that lead to big changes in your life as you co-create a plan that makes your goals attainable.
Deb's journey is one of small steps and giant leaps of faith - from her childhood dream of becoming an astronaut to the achievement of her goal of entrepreneurship!
Dedicated to helping clients find their inner spark, Deb's authentic style - a blend of executive experience, intuitive knowledge, business education and coach training - complements her passion to inspire others.

Deb's Sparks!
It's time to get personal and share what's going on in my life.  
Right after the June newsletter was published, our family received the diagnosis we were dreading: my mother, Barbara, has Alzheimer's. While this was not a surprising diagnosis, her memory and health have been failing for a couple of years, it was devastating. She is only 76.  Our hearts are broken and we are lost.
The good news is her overall physical health is stable, and her memory is ok.  She may not remember what she had for breakfast, but she knows the members of her family and her closest friends. Who needs to be be quizzed on breakfast!  We have an excellent team of doctors working with us and our team is growing as we reach out to elder care experts.
It wasn't lost on me that we received the diagnosis on Friday June 19th; Saturday June 20th was the 1st anniversary of my Aunt Alice's passing from Alzheimer's Dementia (Mom's sister) and Sunday June 21st was the Longest Day, Alzheimer's Awareness Day.  I looked up and said thanks for the signs, I got the message! 
So while we figure out a plan over the next few months, we will also take action, getting involved with the Alzheimer's Association and other advocacy groups.  Mom taught us to never give up, so we won't.  Game on!
Peace, Love and Sparks!  Deb
Igniting YOUR Transformation! Your Journey...
I believe everything happens for a reason. I'm not shy about sharing my career aspiration to be an Advertising Executive on Madison Avenue.  In the summer of 1985, I had a shiny new marketing degree from the University of Delaware, so why not?  Let's just say, it wasn't the best of economic times and try as I might, no job on Madison Avenue.
I had a series of odd jobs before I landed as a claims trainee with an insurance company.  I could spell insurance and that was about it.  I thought I would stay six months until the Madison Avenue job opened up.  If you know my story, you know I was there nearly 25 years and learned alot. In fact, my insurance career has prepared me in many ways for my life today.
When you work in claims, you learn the art of negotiation.  You learn how to read a medical file.  You learn how to organize medical information. You learn how to speak to doctors and lawyers.  Can you guess where this is heading?  
Today, I am one of my mother's many advocates.  I attend most doctor's appointments and typically deal with the insurance company. During one of her illnesses, I had the medical staff trained to provide copies of her medical reports to me as they were discussing the results. I ask informed questions and NEVER accept a diagnosis or treatment without a detailed explanation.  
If I had landed on Madison Avenue, would things be different today?  Maybe.  As I said at the beginning, everything happens for a reason.  We are being prepared for what lies ahead.  We are constantly transforming.  I can't imagine what I would have learned in the Advertising Industry but I know I learned exactly what I needed from the Insurance Industry to prepare me for this part of my journey.
Your journey is on purpose.  Take a moment to reflect on your journey, so far.
Tools You can Use!  Trust!
This month, I will repeat, 2015 has been a year about TRUST for me.
  • Trust my gut.  
  • Trust the signs.  
  • Trust that everything happens for a reason.
My father is always trying to help.  He especially wants to help my mother.  He often finds new treatments for us to consider.  He discusses these treatments with me and my siblings before taking action.  Oftentimes, I dismiss the treatments.  
To Dad's credit, he is persistent and wanted to take Mom to U Penn to be examined.  That was the extent of the information and not much to go on, though I tried.  At the same time, he also found a elder care company.  I called this company and set up a meeting.  In that meeting, we received a referral to the Penn Memory Center.  Coincidence?  I think not.
The doctors at Penn have been fantastic.  But more importantly, Dad and I feel confident and comfortable with the doctors.  We will have a group meeting with the team and our family at the end of the month. Hopefully, we will all feel the same way.
I have learned to trust my Dad's instincts and to rely on his feelings about the medical team, in addition to my own.  We were instructed to go back to one of mom's previous doctors to re-start treatment.  Before I made the appointment, I checked in with Dad.  He didn't want to go back to that doctor.  Neither did I.  This doctor has an excellent reputation and provided solid treatment.  We want more.
As we continue on this journey together, there is one thing I know for sure:  it's all about trust.  Learning to trust your gut, your feelings, and your intuition.  It's my message for 2015.  Trust.

“I want to say that I enjoyed your intuitive coaching workshop at last Friday's job club at CCM. It helped to answer some questions and opened my eyes to other solutions.”
 
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