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The YLF Experience

Posted on July 23, 2010 at 8:16 AM

Hey everyone,  

I just returned from the Youth Leadership Forum (YLF). It was a four day overnight event.  I gained much from this forum, including independence and time management skills. I obtained this by having to follow a set schedule and by not constantly having a parent or aide by my side. I also gained confidence of what I need to do without the annoying reminders.

It was nice knowing and seeing that I'm not alone; so many others face struggles in their everyday lives. Each one of us have difficulties and differences, but we all have one thing in common: we are each seen as leaders in the community, with our individual talents.The friendships we made will be life-long (well, at least on Facebook):).

We all grasped a new understanding of life. We learned that it IS possible to obtain our future dreams. One woman, an amputee gold medalist, left me with this thought: anything is possible if you set your mind to it.  Needless to say, very inspiring. Watch the news story video; I'm interviewed in it.  -Rachel

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3:28 PM on September 13, 2010 
Hi Rachel! Brenda here. Haven't been on the computer in a WHILE! I'm still working on gaining back full use of my hand. As you may remember, I suffer BAD migraines from my shootiing. It's rare, but with a severe one; it causes my brain to stop sending signals to certain body parts. July 6 of last year after a major migraine, I became paralyzed from the elbow down. with therapy I'm still trying to get movement back. My thumb & wrist still won't move. My fingers won't fully extend yet. But still a big improvement! This type of paralysis happens from time to time. Oct. 10 will be 18 & a half years since I was shot. IT'S TOUGH! As you know! Each time it has come back in 3 - 6 months. This time has been the longest. But when I start to feel frustrated, I think of you. YOU ARE SUCH AN INSPIRATION!!! I KNOW I will get full use back. My faith is strong. the video was amazing! We will only continue to get better!!! I'm so proud of you! I'm so happy for you that you got to have the experience of the program. You are truly a wonderful young lady!
Love, Brenda
Reply Una Hrnjak
7:46 PM on July 27, 2010 
Rachel! This is so awesome!! I am glad you had a wonderful time and learned so much. I have seen some pics on Facebook it looks like you had a blast. Stay in touch with all your friends from this, you all will have to plan a reunion. I can help you if you want : ) You know I love planning things! But anyway, I am really proud of you for being selected for this program. So terrific. Keep up the great work and never stop reaching for your dreams : ) Love you!
Reply Aunt Carole
1:46 AM on July 27, 2010 
Good girl sweet pea !! I continue to be so so proud of you :) love, hugs and laughs Aunt Carole
Reply Eric Parlatore
12:08 AM on July 24, 2010 
rachel the more i read about you're story the more i see what a great person you are inside and out.keep doing what you doing to get better and move forward.im sure you have great friends and family helping you and like i told you will continue to pray for the recovery you are going through.have a great weekend.

Reply sweetknees@adam.com.au
5:55 PM on July 23, 2010 
You have done well Rachel and doing it on your own, what an achievment for you. Keep going and reach for those new heights. You will make it sweetie. We are so very proud of you. All our love and prayers are with you always. Love from Down Under in Australia, we wish we were there to personally give you a big hug.

Rosanna & Ian, XXXXXX
Reply Aunt Shawn
11:42 AM on July 23, 2010 
What a wonderful entry! Thank you for sharing some of your YLF Experience with us. You are always so positive and take the best from every situation. The world would be a better place if everyone had your outlook on life. You are awesome! I love you so much!
Aunt Shawn
Reply Chris Karse
8:49 AM on July 23, 2010 
I am so glad you had a good time and walked away with valuable tools to help you through your journey. You WILL SUCCEED in whatever you put your mind to.....
Miss You, Chris