Teaser Tuesday: Guest Post, Wanda Luthman

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Wanda Luthman has her Masters of Arts in both Mental Health Counseling and Guidance Counseling from Rollins College located in beautiful Winter Park, Florida. She has worked at the local Community Mental Health Center, the local Community College, Hospice, and is currently a Guidance Counselor. Her calling in life is to help others be their best selves. She writes magical, whimsical, adventure books that delight and inspire children. She has always loved reading and writing and wrote many books and poems as a child growing up in Missouri. She presently resides in Brevard County Florida with her husband of 21 years and 2 dogs.
Books available on Amazon (www.amazon.com/author/wandaluthman)
The Lilac Princess
A Turtle’s Magical Adventure
Little Birdie Grows Up
 
Magazines
Merritt Island Now
Swell Life Magazine
Follow me at
Twitter–@wandalu64
GUEST POST
Do you have a child with a disability? Do they struggle to fit in? Then, they will probably relate to Gloria, the main character in Gloria and the Unicorn. Gloria was born with a droopy cheek on one side of her face.
In addition, her Mom died giving birth to her and her Dad gave her to a children’s home. She had a rough start in life. However, the owner of the children’s home, Miss Libby Langdon, is incredibly loving and kind and has given her a nice home.
Miss Libby doesn’t send Gloria to school though because she wants to protect her. You have probably felt that too. It’s hard to send your little one out into the big world and trust that things will work out okay.
But, Gloria wants to go to school and learn like the other kids. Kids today take getting an education for granted but imagine if getting an education wasn’t available to you. That’s how Gloria felt.
Then, a fabulous thing happens, a unicorn named Sir Louie shows up. He helps Gloria to accomplish her dream by first teaching her to read. Do you have a child that needs help learning to read? It can be such a challenge but they feel so victorious when it finally clicks and they sound out their first word!
Now Gloria has to face school. It doesn’t go so well. In addition, she has magical powers from Sir Louie’s sparkly dust that he leaves behind after each visit and she can travel into the books she reads. However, the Wicked Wizards of Malcardore don’t like that idea very much.
The Wizards capture Sir Louie and it’s up to Gloria to figure this out and then make a life-altering decision. Will she risk her life to save her friend’s?
Come along on the journey of Gloria and the Unicorn. You can even read this to your child and enjoy the story together. It encourages treasuring education, empowering children to be themselves and facing one’s fears.

Teaser Tuesday Guest Post: Irene Monique

A true story. Cancer is real. Be aware. Be honest with yourself. Your health matters.
Part 1
It became real for me in October 2014.
I’m 34 and I have cancer. I’ve never been married or had a child. But I’m facing my mortality through this diagnosis. I haven’t lived yet. There are so many unfulfilled dreams and successes unrealized. Maybe they will never be…
OK, maybe I’m being a bit dramatic. Cancer is no longer a death sentence right? Yet during the time of my diagnosis I notice in the headlines that a young woman in her 30’s and a man in his 50’s have been taken by this disease.
Sure there have been a lot of great advancements in the past 10 to 20 years when it comes to fighting cancer but it’s risky. The treatments alone, deadly chemicals and radiation contact are required in most cases, let alone a surgical procedure to remove it, if needed.
When I found out I had cancer, in the back of my mind I knew I had it. A lump showed up and it wasn’t looking good. My biggest challenge was trying to get medical help. I went to a free clinic and applied for health care twice. The second time I was accepted. But this whole process took over two months. By then my tumor had become very large, very fast. My breast had deceived me. I had lumps in that breast already. I had become accustomed to them. Getting a mammogram a year earlier I was told there was no cancer but I should keep an eye on it. So  I thought I was in the clear. The last thing I needed or wanted was cancer. There is the devastating worry, plus the fact I had no insurance to provide me with care. It seemed like an automatic death sentence for me.
You don’t know how much I thanked God for that letter in the mail, telling me I was accepted for the Healthy Michigan Plan through President Obama’s administration. There was a chance for me to end this cancer, a chance for me to live.