729 Comments

  1. Robin
    Dec 29, 2016 @ 8:38 pm

    Looking forward to more! Thank you for such honesty!

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  2. Jannette Barnes
    Dec 29, 2016 @ 8:39 pm

    Hi Jon – Last year my husband visited a lady who needed her laptop fixed. The only thing she could move were her eyes. Motor Neuron Disease took her some months later. Judy was a nurse most of her working life. My husband was in tears after seeing her. Her mind was so intact and she was able to communicate with precise detail. The making of ‘Never Never Never Give Up. As for me, I had a bad car accident when I was 22, now 60 and most of my life has been beating the odds with severe pain in all my spine. Thank you for explaining the counter punch, I think I have been unaware that this is what I have been doing. Well high risk of breaking bones and been told nothing can be done, oh! just continue with the medication! It is people like you Jon that inspire so many of us. Just want to say a huge THANK YOU!

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  3. John Weiler
    Dec 29, 2016 @ 9:05 pm

    Just shared this on Facebook.

    Thank you for this piece, Jon Morrow!

    As cliche as this phrase sounds, you are truly an inspiration.

    There’s very few people I admire online, but you are one of them. Keep up the good work, and I look forward to reading this and becoming a better writer via your other blogs.

    May you have have a happy new year and fantastic 2017!

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  4. Yvonne Ellen
    Dec 29, 2016 @ 9:07 pm

    I am speechless and that’s saying something. What an inspiration you are deserving every good thing that you made happen and much much more

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  5. Julia
    Dec 29, 2016 @ 9:22 pm

    My husband has dealt with chronic daily pain for the last dozen years. I just sent him this to read. We need to keep our dukes up. He now has cancer. We average 5-7 appointments a week.
    In the past year stage four cancer took my 33 year old sister. She was just like you up until the very end. Unstoppable. Instead of a lonely death, there was such a steady stream of visitors way past visiting hours that it seemed like it would never end. Hopkins even accommodated the Ravens team members who visited her! She died loving the God who made her and surrounded by people who loved her passionately. Love like that never dies.

    Thanks for sharing your amazing story!

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  6. Cathy Rueter
    Dec 29, 2016 @ 9:23 pm

    Two words…Thank you!
    Just WHAT I needed, WHEN I needed it.

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  7. Mandy
    Dec 29, 2016 @ 9:29 pm

    I’m 42 years old and I just had a double bypass. My life has drastically changed, but I am determined it will be for the better. Thank you for sharing this. I have had so many days where I just want to cry and give up (even with the most amazing support system), but I know deep down that I am so blessed in spite of this.

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  8. Joyce Hollman
    Dec 29, 2016 @ 9:46 pm

    Jon,
    Thank you for doing this. I can’t wait to read more. Your lessons are powerful ones, not only because of your situation and the extraordinary challenges you face, but because of how articulate and honest you are in talking to us. Keep going, please … I need more of these lessons.

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  9. Mica
    Dec 29, 2016 @ 9:46 pm

    Thank you so much for working your ass off for such a long time. That’s the takeaway I needed in this moment.

    I’ll be looking out for more and will support you how I can.

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  10. Beth Verdekal
    Dec 29, 2016 @ 9:47 pm

    “You’re still breathing, my friend. That’s all it takes to stage a comeback.” My fave. Thanks for sharing and I look forward to more.

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  11. Maggie
    Dec 29, 2016 @ 9:52 pm

    Hey Jon, if you never write anything more on this crazy blog, this article got me. I will never ever give up!

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  12. Michael Joel Ogle
    Dec 29, 2016 @ 10:14 pm

    Hey John,
    you are one…tough…dude.
    You’ve served as an inspiration to people like me to pull the head out and get on with it…but with a plan.
    I also live in a third world country, Indonesia.
    Your jump into the deep end of life there in Mexico has reminded me of the cajones required for anyone to take a leap.

    Mis cajones permanecen intactos, gracias por recordarme.

    Feliz Navidad, Selamat Hari Raya Natal.

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  13. Theresa
    Dec 29, 2016 @ 10:35 pm

    Hi Jon,

    I just wanted to let you know that tears were streaming as I came to the end of your post. It was dead on for me. I have been trying to start a freelance writing business for several years, but the last year has been the most important since becoming a single mom. This month is the month I have known would come. It is the month I ran out of money.

    So over and over I get to the part of marketing myself and then decide, no, I’m not ready to do this one, or I don’t know who to market to, or I’m not a good enough writer or strategist, or whatever, and then I start learning something else.

    This happened to me again today. I was supposed to start building my website and marketing, but again, I got that feeling of dread and hopelessness and vulnerability. That feeling that there is no way I can make this work, I have no idea what I am doing and there are so many people that are better and have been doing this longer.

    Then I started reading your article and I hope that I just need to keep trying. Do the feelings go away, or do you just know they are there, accept them and keep pushing forward anyway?

    Some days are worse than others. Don’t get me wrong. I am otherwise a very upbeat and happy person, I’m just having a pretty tough time with this part of my life. I know what I want and like you, I do know what my other options are, but they are just not acceptable to me.

    So again, thank you for your post. I will be looking for the next ones. I appreciate your willingness to share your struggles, disappointments and successes.

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  14. John Gattuccio
    Dec 29, 2016 @ 10:56 pm

    Thank you John! You are an inspiration!

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  15. Tully Archer
    Dec 29, 2016 @ 11:04 pm

    This came at exactly the right moment for me. I started something HUGE, something that will take six or seven months, literally five minutes before this article showed up on my Facebook feed. THANK YOU! I’m all pumped now! Yeah, unstoppable! Seemingly impossible and insane thing, DOING IT!!

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  16. Nick Huonder
    Dec 29, 2016 @ 11:06 pm

    What a beautiful piece of writing.Thanks Jon
    for just the inspiration I needed
    Best wishes

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  17. Sonia Voldseth
    Dec 29, 2016 @ 11:06 pm

    Jon,
    I’m so glad you’ve launched this blog. Thank you for sharing your incredible story – and the inspiring way you’ve chosen to live it. Definitely sharing this everywhere!

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  18. Hussain
    Dec 29, 2016 @ 11:11 pm

    I felt like this. I was unstoppable but than I struck, I am trying to get out of this trouble for over 2 years but it seems like it will still take some time. I became lazy, especially time span killed my self confidence, thank you very much for reminding me all these lessons. A person is not defeated until he admits defeat, thank you very much for reminding me this.

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  19. Deborah Main
    Dec 29, 2016 @ 11:18 pm

    Powerful Jon! You are so right. It is those that have struggled the most that can lead the way. Thank you for sharing your personal story. Congratulations on your new blog! Its the hard truth, inspirational, and motivational. I know it will touch many lives. I plan to share it with someone who is not ready to face her personal truth. I’m hoping hearing your blog might help make a difference in her life. Thank you! And what a perfect title for your new blog!!

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  20. Sandi Lerman
    Dec 29, 2016 @ 11:21 pm

    Simply brilliant. I am the mother of a 16-year-old with severe mental health issues that could cause her to decide one day to end her life. If your mom is still living, please thank her for being an inspiration to Warrior Mamas everywhere. And thank YOU for being the Warrior Kid that never gave up!

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    • Mair Alight
      Dec 30, 2016 @ 4:21 am

      Swan Mothers – book on Amazon might offer you kinship, support.

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  21. Ginny Leopold
    Dec 29, 2016 @ 11:22 pm

    Jon…I knew this blog would be great, but never realized how important it would be to me personally. I’m at a crossroad, and everything seems to be working against me. Giving up was looming. And then I just read your blog, and you’ve helped put me back on track. The ability to affect and inspire so many people, as the comments attest, is a powerful gift. You have the ability to speak as one who has succeeded against all odds- which makes you totally believable!
    Keep ’em coming!

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  22. Maria
    Dec 29, 2016 @ 11:36 pm

    I’ve been receiving email from you since I signed up recently and your tone is so warm and personal that I feel I actually know you, but of course I do realise I’m one of the many fans you have. I love reading inspiring content and as I’m going through a massive personal crisis at the moment (but hey, who isn’t, right?), this is probably just what I needed to read right now. I’ve been blogging for almost a decade without even a fraction of the success you’re enjoying, but good for you, Jon. You are like that guy in the New Testament who got some coins from his master, went out and invested them and got a great return on his investment. Hats off to you and rightly so.

    But may I add something? See, I’m Irish, from a developed country, a so-called ‘first world’ country. I got married to an Indian two decades ago, came out to India and now I’m living the life. I have four kids of mixed heritage. I’ve experienced a lot of trials and tribulations (yes, haven’t we all?). In my blogging life, I’ve learnt a thing or two. I guess you could say that India is what some people, in the so-called ‘developed world’ might refer to as a ‘third world country’. I wonder what a second world country is? I remember debating this with friends years ago and we came up with an idea that perhaps the countries which were industrially developed but where people had to queue up for basic groceries and the like that might qualify as ‘second world’. This was during the days before the metaphorical iron curtain fell, so perhaps I’m not only digressing but also showing my age, so perhaps I’d better leave that.

    But the point is, my friend, you live in Mexico, a Spanish speaking country, but your blog post is definitely addressed to your fellow US citizens. Have you considered the fact that many of your fellow US citizens are of Mexican origin? They may be bilingual and they may enjoy reading blogs. If one of those fellow US citizens of Mexican origin saw their country referred to as ‘third world’, do you think they’d be happy about it? I’ve been blogging for a good many years on a variety of topics, but my main blog ‘Out of Ireland, into India’ had to be shut down a few years ago because I was no longer able to continue blogging anonymously and my blog contained way too many family details which could not, for discretion’s sake, be exposed on a public platform. I mean, who wants to know if my sister-in-law and I had a disagreement or whatever? However, when I was writing that blog, I had to be respectful of the country in which I was living. I had to be aware that while I was writing for a primarily western audience about the experiences of a western woman living in an Asian culture, it would be totally incorrect for me to refer to my country-in-law as a ‘third world country’, which, unfortunately, a lot of people are inclined to do. I wanted my posts to be universal. I wanted Indian readers to enjoy them too. I didn’t want to exclude anyone.

    Okay, I know I’m going on a bit, which is probably one of the reasons why I’m not this wildly successful blogger, as you are. But I hope you get what I’m trying to convey to you.

    I haven’t read your other commentators, so maybe someone else has pointed this out. But I thought it was worth mentioning. I get that you weren’t being condescending and that you respect your host country. But it’s amazing what some readers pick up from the most well meaning words we write. All the best, Jon.

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    • Jon Morrow
      Dec 29, 2016 @ 11:49 pm

      You make a good point. I edited the post.

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  23. Chris Kridakorn-Odbratt
    Dec 29, 2016 @ 11:43 pm

    Best piece I’ve read in many years.
    Thank You !!!
    (Read in a Jungle in Laos)

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  24. Tracy LoBue
    Dec 29, 2016 @ 11:53 pm

    Jon,

    I’ve been watching you from afar for awhile, and I am more than intrigued by your story, and by your career. I am an aspiring lifestyle blogger and have been teetering on the edge for almost a year, but I’ve not been able to light the fire and pull the trigger. I greatly enjoyed this blog post, and I become less leery of you each time I read your brilliancy. I look forward to reading you and learning from you, and I may now be able to find the fuel for my fire. Many of the things you described I have felt, but I ignore it mostly because it is uncomfortable. Apparently I’m looking at this wrong and internalizing too much. I’ve lost my spark, and I’m desperate to get it back. Thank you.

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  25. Regina Clarke
    Dec 29, 2016 @ 11:53 pm

    Left to my own devices, I can rattle off my weary list of reasons why I have not attained financial freedom–for hours. It has become what I think of as a habitual list. A security blanket, I suppose. From reading your other blog, I knew this post would be a good one. But it’s much more than that. It inspires me to rethink my comfort zone. I have no idea right now how to change the rules. But I feel as if, just maybe, I have the freedom to find out.

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  26. Marisa
    Dec 29, 2016 @ 11:54 pm

    Hey Jon! I’ve been following you since 2 years ago in your other blogs, and I’ve learn a lot on how to blog thanks to you. You’ve helped me and my partners with our business without even notice it. It was nice to know you a little more and learn on how to live to make the best out of life no matter how difficult it looks. You’re a hero. Abrazo desde Mexico.

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  27. Jason Weiland
    Dec 29, 2016 @ 11:55 pm

    Jon,

    You don’t know how much I needed this right now. I am going through some sticky shit, and starting to feel sorry for my situation and for having a mental illness.

    But, I just keep telling myself to”NEVER, NEVER give up!” until I’m crying my eyes out.

    I don’t feel sorry for myself anymore. I am getting ready for a hell of a counterpunch!

    I’ve been following you for a long time, and I’m glad I finally got to hear this from you.

    Thank you!

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  28. Lynn Ahrens
    Dec 30, 2016 @ 12:06 am

    Thank you Jon! You made my heart sing. Unstoppable you!! Sharing.

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  29. Umesh Singh
    Dec 30, 2016 @ 12:11 am

    Hi Jon,

    You are a legend. I never miss any post of you, and this one is the best gift from your side. This post made my day and I going to apply all the lessons of this post next year which only 2 days away from now.

    I had to say a lot but I don’t want to say that, I will show that to the world, how Jon Morrow changed my life.

    Thanks,
    Umesh Singh

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  30. Leonardo Almeida
    Dec 30, 2016 @ 12:11 am

    Jon, you are the right person to say nothing is impossible and thank you for that. That’s a great example for all of us who cry and moan for every little pain in life, every fucking little pain in life. In fact, I believe now that the more we have a comfortable life the more we complain when the punch arrives. Because we never know the future and the fear to fail, the fear to loss what we have stop us from move ahead. But guess what? Finally nothing is ours except ourselves. And when we realize that the only thing we have is present and ourselves (our mind, our breath or whatever can make us conscious enough to decide) then the entire world opens up to our eyes.

    Time ago I heard that difficult times, crisis, are dangerous, are a bet: you die or you live. But they are special because, as you well explained, they present us the right moment to react to the punch. These are difficult times, and we need more people aware that nothing is lost, as long and we never, ever, give up.

    Thank you very much, Jon. Sometimes more than a couple articles (great of course) on how to make a great blog, we need this kind of advice from people who really know what pain is.

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  31. Alfrick Opidi
    Dec 30, 2016 @ 12:12 am

    Wonderful, Never, never, ever Give Up!

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  32. Syed Irfan Ajmal
    Dec 30, 2016 @ 12:18 am

    I believe I have read your articles before but it was only today that I found about your predicament.
    You are an inspiration to all and sundry Jon. I am to print certain parts of your story and paste it in my home office and the ‘office office’. I am also going to share your story with friends and family.
    My best wishes are with you.

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  33. PJ Reece
    Dec 30, 2016 @ 12:25 am

    American poet Charles Bukowski starts a poem like this:: “If you’re going to try, go all the way, otherwise don’t even start.” Your post, Jon, is much the same sentiment in another format. A most important sentiment. If you haven’t read Bukowski’s pome, I think you’ll love it:

    http://www.artvilla.com/roll-the-dice-poem-by-bukowski/

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  34. Samwel
    Dec 30, 2016 @ 12:53 am

    Unstopable!!. Riveting!!.

    I’m going to share this with the Swahili speaking people.

    Jon, you gave me the best 2016 wrapping gift i could never have anticipated.

    All i can say is thank you.

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  35. Fran
    Dec 30, 2016 @ 12:54 am

    I’d like to share this on Linkedin, Jon. I can share the link, but is there a way to post the entire post? Thank you.

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  36. jasbindar singh
    Dec 30, 2016 @ 1:21 am

    Wow, wow, wow! Truly inspirational, Jon. Love the ‘counterpunch’ and ‘pain is power’ lessons. You continue to make such a difference. Simply superb. A humble thank you.

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    • Jamie Wyatt
      Dec 30, 2016 @ 1:45 am

      You ALWAYS give us more than we expect! Every time I think you can’t possibly top one of your outstanding posts, you do! Sharing, of course! I’m grateful to have been part of your mentoring groups during this journey! Can’t wait to see what else you have up your sleeve!

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  37. Mi Muba
    Dec 30, 2016 @ 1:46 am

    Crying, crying and crying. Crying not in despair. Crying and wondering if I really have any worry in my life. All the worries that were looking giant now seem to be smaller than a dust particle after reading your story which I read several earlier but this time you shared many new points.
    Never, never, never give up even the sky falls on earth. We must keep struggling.
    A big hug to you and happy new year.

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  38. AbdulGaniy Shehu
    Dec 30, 2016 @ 1:49 am

    Hey Jon. I admire your spirit of resilience inspite the challenges you faced. Your story shows that, while things won’t work our way at times, giving up is the worst decision one could ever make.
    I say: I will Never Never Never give up.
    Thanks Jon for inspiring me with your words.

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  39. Nimit.Suri
    Dec 30, 2016 @ 2:00 am

    Am still speechless after reading this . Your blog will give people hope . So many of us live in fear , despair and sadness . . this is the perfect way to get them out of your body, mind and soul . You are the best Mr Jon 🙂

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  40. Jeremy
    Dec 30, 2016 @ 2:17 am

    Wow. I’m truly speechless.

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  41. Cory R Chambers
    Dec 30, 2016 @ 2:38 am

    Amazing article, Jon. Happy to see this site finally launch!

    This reminds me of how my great grandfather would always say that you were the only one that could choose to let something happen to you – meaning that you could get up, dust yourself off, and move forward in spite of everything bad that happened, or you could internalize it and become the victim.

    Never giving up is definitely the first step on the journey to becoming unstoppable.

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  42. Gail Kent
    Dec 30, 2016 @ 2:51 am

    I’ve read your story before, Jon, but every time I read it, I am inspired anew. You are a brilliant writer and a remarkable human being. As you say, it would have been so easy for you to have given up a long time ago, but you turned adversity into strength. I am 65 years old, and I often think it’s too late for me to reach my goals, but when I read your story, my age seems like such a small thing. Thank you for approaching your writing with such honesty and vulnerability.

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  43. Rosemary
    Dec 30, 2016 @ 2:52 am

    Jon, long may you continue to be the inspiration you already are to so very many people. Wishing you more success than you dream of and using your valuable advice for my own dreams. Thanks

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  44. Luitesa
    Dec 30, 2016 @ 3:32 am

    Powerful……inspiring……life-changing. Just in time for the coming new year. Need to work on my counter punches more seriously now. Thank you for assuring me that I have “somewhere else” to go. Looking forward to learning more from you. I’m definitely sharing this. Happy New Year Jon 🙂

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  45. Bobbie
    Dec 30, 2016 @ 3:44 am

    Jon, I too live in pain everyday even though I’m able to move all my body parts. Your message has inspired me to not say “why me” tomorrow when I wake up and I’m hurting all over. Starting tomorrow, I will give you credit for my ability to succeed my goals. Your writing has pushed me in the right direction to Never, Never, Never Give Up!

    Thank you from the bottom of my soul,

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  46. Pradeep
    Dec 30, 2016 @ 3:46 am

    Thank you for sharing your incredible personal experiences and life lessons, Jon. They are truly inspiring! I’m happy, not only because I get to read another blog of yours, but because this one is more personal and I anticipate a lot more inspiration coming my way in the days ahead.

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  47. Shaeliya
    Dec 30, 2016 @ 4:03 am

    Thank you. You have helped me stay alive tonight. The pain is unbearable. But not as bad as being put into one of those living mausoleums they call nursing homes. I laughed when I read that part, because that scares the shit out of me too. So, I guess I will endure the unenviable. It’s better than a nursing home.

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  48. Herman Yudiono
    Dec 30, 2016 @ 4:19 am

    Hi Jon,

    Thanks a million for this awesome post. To be honest, my tears dropped when reading this post.

    I have been following your works since I read your epic post on Problogger. Can’t wait to read your next posts in this new blog. Sure, I shared this post to my friends on my Facebook.

    Btw, somehow I cannot download your 47 book list. I saw no download button but Pinterest buttons on the cover.

    Warm regards from Indonesia

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  49. Vincent P.
    Dec 30, 2016 @ 4:20 am

    This has been the best thing I’ve read.

    I remember reading your stuff during the Copyblogger days.

    I’ve been “punched” throughout my life too (in different ways) & I’ve followed similar lessons/rules to counterpunch.

    I will save this post & give to my son to read (when he’s old enough to read!) because I couldn’t have passed these lessons on any better than you have.

    You truly are inspiring Jon.

    Keep on punching.

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  50. Michelle
    Dec 30, 2016 @ 4:37 am

    You are the most inspiring person I’ve ever encountered. Not only are you a very talented writer which is obvious from the post (and all your work), but your attitude about life should reach the ears of every person on earth.

    I loved reading this. And so awed by your success and positivity. Just earlier today I was thinking back to a trip to Jamaica, it was beautiful and I would go back in a heartbeat, but the amenities of a 4 star hotel there are let’s just say maybe 2 star here in North America. 🙂 Not a problem just a different culture. Anyway I was thinking how spoiled I was that I was a bit disappointed by that on the trip and admonishing myself for that. Well after reading this I have a whole lot more to admonish myself for being spoiled about. Wow.

    Really puts things in perspective. Thank you for sharing your life so openly. I look forward to reading more of your inspiring and compelling articles.

    And… tomorrow I’m gonna wake up and start conquering my dreams. I’ve already started in my head tonight. 🙂

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  51. Veronica Pullen
    Dec 30, 2016 @ 4:38 am

    My mind is blown! I have several disabilities and thought I overcome/sacrifice a ‘lot’ on a day to day basis, but I’m a total lightweight in comparison!

    You are an inspiration and I hope that your story will change people’s perceptions of what they can achieve.

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  52. Lisa
    Dec 30, 2016 @ 4:56 am

    Inspirational, and beautifully written.

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  53. Adeel Sami
    Dec 30, 2016 @ 5:00 am

    Hey, Jon!

    I am your long-time reader from Pakistan!

    And believe me, YOU’RE AN INSPIRATION!

    Not to just a few but to the billions! To the whole world!

    Keep the world inspiring!

    ~ Adeel

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  54. vasu
    Dec 30, 2016 @ 5:04 am

    your lesson is really powerful. few times I tried saying never give up but then faced situations those dried my spirit. I have power of counterpunch. before when ever I was facing some problem for getting what I want , I used to shift to another way to achieve it and at high times even changed goals.

    your words are fuel to our mind making us unstoppable!

    Thank you.

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  55. Tanja
    Dec 30, 2016 @ 5:21 am

    THANK YOU so much. Your article made me smile and cry at the same time. Wishing you all the best and love to read more…

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  56. Ray
    Dec 30, 2016 @ 5:25 am

    Thank you for sharing your inspiring message, Jon.

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  57. Umesh Singh Rajput
    Dec 30, 2016 @ 5:34 am

    Nothing in the world can give us more reason to live than this article. Truly inspirational. A great holiday gift from Jon 🙂

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  58. Darek
    Dec 30, 2016 @ 6:21 am

    Thank you so much for this! It makes my challenges so small compared with yours.

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  59. Leela
    Dec 30, 2016 @ 6:26 am

    Finaly someone that can whrite a blogg that I read every word of.
    I must admit that american couches that chatt about think positive and change your life anoys me. Gurus like Tony Robinson Are like mad robots on speed. But here finaly acceptans and counter action:-) you are always welcome to join my Viking tribe and sit with the bonfire:-)

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  60. uthman saheed
    Dec 30, 2016 @ 6:36 am

    Before I dropped this comment, I’d already read the entire post three times. Not just be cause its inspirational, touching, teaching, motivating but because am at the crossroad already considering giving up.

    This post just gave a second thought, and made me know I can state a turn back through counter-punch.

    Thanks so much, as I still stroll up to read again.

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  61. Olivier Rebiere
    Dec 30, 2016 @ 6:39 am

    Merci beaucoup for this lesson of courage 🙂

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  62. Colleen
    Dec 30, 2016 @ 6:51 am

    Hi Jon,

    Thank you so much for this article. I never usually comment on anything but I feel compelled to respond to your amazingly inspiring article. I feel so inspired and positive about my dreams, future, aspiration and hopes after reading this article. Thank you do much for being such a massive inspiration. I plan to print this article and read it as often as I can to remind myself of the what’s possible. I’m never going to give up thanks to you.

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  63. Oksana Katsnelson
    Dec 30, 2016 @ 7:01 am

    Dear Jon,
    I just for the first time visited your website. You have a remarkable story! Your story should be a part of any school curriculum. I believe we need to have our children read this. You are an example of endurance, strengths, and love of life.
    I believe every one of us had to face some type of fear and despair at one time. You showing us that no matter what, we can never give up.
    I followed this motto throughout my life. And it’s no coincidence that
    I’ve also compared my struggles with lemons and making lemonade.
    About few month ago I wrote a poem that compares lemons to lemonade we make when we overcome our adversities. I believe this poem can pay tribute to you and all of us taking this life’s journey.

    I call my poem

    Killer Lemonade

    I am standing in the corner
    Selling summer lemonade.

    I am a little girl all over.

    On this breezy summer day.

    Lemonade I sell is
    Good one.

    Made of lemons that are fresh.

    Fresh from tears of life
    And sorrows.

    On this heat of summer day.

    I have a garden
    Full of lemons.

    And my trees are
    Nice and firm.

    Lemons keeps me busy always.

    On this breezy summer days.

    I smile when I am hurting.

    I laugh when I am in pain.

    The only way
    I know it.

    Is making
    Killer lemonade.

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  64. Fabienne Raphael
    Dec 30, 2016 @ 7:06 am

    Wow Jon.

    There are no words to describe the intensity & depth of the emotions felt reading this blog post Jon.

    Your story is a slap in the face for the whiners, a boost of energy for the ambitious and a strong helping hand for the person wanting to give up.
    In other words, it touches everyone.

    And that’s how you are Jon. Empathetic, thoughtful and inspiring (and a freakin’ good writer & stroryteller!)

    We live in a world where we have the privilege of choosing who we want to become, what we want to do, how we want to do it and who we want to surround ourselves with.
    And it’s sad to realize that only a small percentage of people will truly own this responsibility.

    I am glad that you are part of my life Jon. (And that I met you live!)
    You literally changed my life: as a person, a coach, a business owner.

    I owe it to you, the fact that I started a podcast. And now, 230 episodes later, I have built strong relationships & friendships with so many great entrepreneurs, but also growing my business like never before.

    As a human being, most of the time we are wrong about what is positive or negative.

    Some of the most difficult and stressful moments in our lives are the best teacher we’ll ever meet during our journey on this planet.

    Those moments are the most formative, most gratifying in our entire existence.

    They become our Roadmap for an exceptional life.

    This exactly what you expressed in this post.

    Again, thank you for being so authentic, and for sharing your story.

    You are AWESOME.

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  65. Aruba
    Dec 30, 2016 @ 7:12 am

    Recently, I have gone through a dark phase of my life. I wasn’t brave, I gave up easily, though not very easily. But I am back. Accepting defeat for a part of life makes you examine your options more positively. My own mantra to face any set back in life is ‘Life is going on, so I have no right to surrender’.

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  66. LJ Sedgwick
    Dec 30, 2016 @ 7:21 am

    About 8 years ago, my boss at the time noticed I had a tendency to overthink things. What can I say, I have an overactive imagination and I’m the analytical sort. I like to understand situations. But anyway. She loaned me a copy of Dale Carnegie’s How to Stop Worrying and Start Living. Most of it is fairly hokey but I’ll never forget the moral of one of the chapters. Say you’re worried about X. Well what is absolutely the worst possible thing that could happen? Now how would you deal with that? Got your strategy planned? Good, now forget about it. Most of the time, the absolutely worst possible thing doesn’t happen, but because you know how you’d deal with it, anything else is a walk in the park. And if it does happen…well you’re prepared. It certainly helped me out when I got made redundant during the 2008 economic meltdown and I was living in one of the most expensive cities on earth, where any benefits I could claim didn’t even meet my rent. As it happens, I got offered two jobs on the same day just two months later, and I actually ended up better off than I had been before I got made redundant (I still have no idea how). So while there are some things you’ve said that I don’t fully agree with, I definitely agree with that part of your post. Or, do what I do, and when the excrement is about to hit the fan, just ask yourself…what would Ellen Ripley do?

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  67. Norlela Grover
    Dec 30, 2016 @ 7:35 am

    Jon, you’re an amazing man. Your story is inspirational and you’re courageous. Thank you for this post.

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  68. LISA VINES
    Dec 30, 2016 @ 7:47 am

    This could not have come at a better time for me, it’s the kick in the pants that I need. I’m 56, my husband is 61 and wanting to retire next summer. I just lost my ‘secure’ job of 12 years just before Christmas (Dec 3rd); totally unexpected. Not so bad a situation if it were just us but we adopted my great-niece this past summer, she had spent years in foster care with a not so nice family. She is a beautiful, smart, creative 10 year old child. We’ve been helping to raise her little half-sister who has a heart defect and has had heart surgeries and other procedures in her short 4 years whose father is trying to take of her by himself. We are Nana and Papaw but I’m the only ‘mother’ she has ever known. I know how your mother must have felt; I’ve had to help our little one through some difficult medical procedures all the while looking into her little eyes and her begging me to make them stop.
    And we are wanting to foster more children that need a home and lots of love.

    I’m at a crossroads, what do I do next? I’ve been wanting to make a living working for myself so that I can be available to my kids. Enjoy life on our terms. This article is just what I needed NOW. And what I want my girls to learn; they both have had a tough start but even at their ages they are tough little girls. I told my 10 year old that we have to be more careful with money because mama lost her job and she said that is ok as long as we are together.
    Our family motto has always been Live well, Love much, Laugh often and that’s what we will continue to do. And Never, Never, Never give up. Thank you for sharing.

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  69. John March
    Dec 30, 2016 @ 8:25 am

    “Amazing!”

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  70. Elizabeth Peirce
    Dec 30, 2016 @ 8:37 am

    Thank you, Jon, for putting a human face on that most precious of virtues: courage. I am a huge admirer of yours.

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  71. Steve
    Dec 30, 2016 @ 8:48 am

    Jon:

    We’ve never met. but I can honestly say that you’re the most incredible person I know.

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  72. Victoria
    Dec 30, 2016 @ 9:15 am

    Indeed, your best writing. I look forward to seeing where you take this.

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  73. Gene
    Dec 30, 2016 @ 9:26 am

    AWESOME post Jon!!!
    I was born and have been living in Ukraine – the 3rd world’s country.
    Unfortunately, I got my almost full physical disability when I was a child, plus ve collected some illnesses during my life.
    My financial condition is not better than my physical one. This is all about why I’m where I’m now.
    Jon, let me know if you’re gonna run any of your projects in the Russian language, and I’d be happy to help.
    Thank you and i shared your post on FB.

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  74. Nina
    Dec 30, 2016 @ 9:28 am

    Hi! I am a highschool student and with recent talks with my teachers, I have been told to give up on basically every aspect of the basis of education. My Honors Geometry teacher, telling me that it would be easier to just switch. That I am ‘not a math person.’ I clearly don’t understand the lack in her enthusiasm on my trying in a harder math class. Needless to say, after reading your article, I am definitely excited to stick it to her, come out on top, and be overall, a B or higher student. I know what I am going through is not nearly as final as yours, being that is is over by June, while yours is life long, but I just want to thank you for the lessons and encouragement.

    I honestly would’ve just given up and take a C+ without your story inspiring me. Thank you.

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  75. Jim Boslem
    Dec 30, 2016 @ 9:35 am

    Thank you for the post. I found it in incredible read and it came at a very good time. Your wisdom regards the counterpunch and relationship with pain is a new and original insight and I know will help me. I have been feeling sorry for myself recently and your wisdom is allowing the kick in the backside that I was clearly needing.
    My Mum died in October 2015. The way you describe your Mum reminded me of her. God Bless you and thanks again for the inspiration that I’ll certainly be sharing with my Daughter and hopefully to a wider audience.

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  76. Judy
    Dec 30, 2016 @ 9:56 am

    Spectacular Jon, Your Mom is an amazing woman. Happy New Year !!!!

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  77. Kiki
    Dec 30, 2016 @ 10:06 am

    Jon,
    I am going through a rather large rough patch in my life right now. I can’t tell you how much this post has inspired me to keep going. It is beautifully written and down to earth. No fluff or sugar coating. I love it! Thanks so much for inspiring me!

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  78. Sandor R. Ochoa
    Dec 30, 2016 @ 10:41 am

    Dear Jon,
    I could write so many things about how your article has touched me.
    However, all that I am going to write is “Thank you” and may God bless you!
    Sandor

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  79. Tina Ouellette
    Dec 30, 2016 @ 10:49 am

    I dont know if Im crying tears of happy or sad, or something in between. Your story is inspirational, you give me hope. I dont want to give up. No one has the right to give up after reading this story. If you can do it, we all can. How to counterpunch is the question, dukes are up but what now..

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  80. Richard
    Dec 30, 2016 @ 10:50 am

    Hello Jon, and thank you for inspiring me and all of your readers. You are one of the many unsung hero’s in the world and I want to give you thanks. I’m sure this post and the many to follow will encourage and inspire everyone who comes across them.

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  81. Linda Todd
    Dec 30, 2016 @ 11:42 am

    I had to come back to your article today to finish it. Feeling sorry for ourselves does nothing to help us. Action as you have shown is the answer. You are an example. Living your life against all odds; while some of us are wasting away fully capable of doing great things, yet letting fear become our best friend.

    You are a miracle!

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  82. Francis John
    Dec 30, 2016 @ 11:43 am

    Wow, Jon!

    So much to chew on. I will take two to chew on today: change the rules of the game and never, never, never give up. I’ll be back for another portion.

    Thank you so much for sharing!

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  83. CTH
    Dec 30, 2016 @ 11:44 am

    Simply bad ass, Jon. Unfiltered, no bullshit, no drama. Pain is power and I will perfect the art of the counterpunch!

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  84. Jonathan Hinek
    Dec 30, 2016 @ 11:59 am

    Jon! Great post. As someone who has a different form of muscular dystrophy, I could relate to that aspect entirely. You inspired me to start a blog and begin guest blogging.

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  85. Andrea
    Dec 30, 2016 @ 12:10 pm

    After reading this I realized that I have been looking at everything with the wrong attitude. I’ve always been a fall down and cry and why do bad things happen person. The section on taking a punch and counterpunching was actually a complete lightbulb moment for me. People always say “this too will pass” and “life isn’t fair” and you just live with it. I’m embarrassed to say I never considered looking at it the way you’ve presented it. I feel like a whole world of options just opened up that I never considered. Immediately after reading this article, I called my insurance company who I’ve been unhappy with about my rates but very happy with their service. I couldn’t find comparable coverage for enough of a difference to warrant changing companies. So I called them again after reading this, and discovered that by adding a renters policy to my account, the discount was enough that for the same price now both my vehicles and my belongings are covered. It’s a small victory, but now instead of feeling angry about my insurance, I now have the security of knowing my vehicle and my belongings are covered as well as an additional life insurance policy. Yes, I’m paying the same amount, but I have more security and peace of mind. It’s a small step, but I’m very pleased with the result, and I wouldn’t have explored it without having read this article. So, thank you. You, Sir, are a powerful motivator and I am saving this article so I don’t forget these ways to deal with setbacks. Wishing you the best.

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  86. Liz Longacre
    Dec 30, 2016 @ 12:14 pm

    So happy to see this live, Jon. Section 7 gets me every time (*tears*). In fact, every story about your mom seems to get me. I hope to be half the mom to my kids that yours has been to you so that they can also reach their best, no matter what life throws at them. So excited to watch you develop this blog and to use your wisdom here to reach my best as well. Lots of love & praise, always.

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  87. Dr. Rob Garcia
    Dec 30, 2016 @ 12:28 pm

    This is the best thing I have ever read in my life. Thank you for inspiring us with your courage and brilliant mind. Im a better man for it.

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  88. Catherine
    Dec 30, 2016 @ 12:37 pm

    Jon,
    This is such a great gift from you. I am grateful for the lessons, but I cannot add more to what others have said below. Have a Happy New Year–healthy, lots of joy, and more success for 2017

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  89. Mike Benton
    Dec 30, 2016 @ 12:51 pm

    WINNER, in every since of the word. INSPIRE, me to do more. LOVE, you. Happy New Year.

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  90. Tim Maxwell
    Dec 30, 2016 @ 1:07 pm

    Thank you Jon for creating this. They say “everyone knows something other people need.” You are different. You know lots of things other people need, as evidenced by your many successful blogs. Personally I need the information you’re sharing here. I’m all over this blog. You are a true inspiration and count me as your biggest fan. Thanks for sharing your life experience and for teaching genuinely helpful life lessons. I’m looking forward to reading more from Unstoppable!

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  91. Dan
    Dec 30, 2016 @ 1:13 pm

    Congratulations on your new blog Jon! This first article is already more amazing and motivating than most of the stuff I have read in the past few years!

    It resonates a lot with me. In the past, I always used to complain about all the unfortunate and “unfair” circumstances in my life.

    It wasn’t until I took my fate into my own hands and decided to either design my life and go for my dreams, or die a “pointless dead” as you call it spot on.

    Your article reminds me of those key principles that are required for success.
    If somebody reads this and puts it into practice, he will be successful.

    I did not expect anything less from you Jon.

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  92. Jay
    Dec 30, 2016 @ 1:14 pm

    Thanks for sharing this Jon, my wife and I have been suffering from depression for years, it has really hammered home the need to “never never never give up”. I seem to be so far away from my goals, but I’ve been practicing the art of patience and continue to take tiny steps forward. Your story helps put our experiences into perspective.

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  93. Yuvraj Pratap
    Dec 30, 2016 @ 1:30 pm

    I am biggest your fan, you inspire me every day.

    This post is another masterpiece.

    My biggest takeaway is this line:

    “The best time to attack your opponent turns out to be right after he attacks you. In fact, the stronger the attack, the bigger the opportunity for a counterpunch”

    I never thought about life this way, I am surely going to use this idea in my current life.

    Thanks a ton Jon!

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  94. Keri Vandongen
    Dec 30, 2016 @ 1:55 pm

    Quick confession.
    I’ve only read the first 2 of your lessons, Jon -but I’m already putting your advice into practice as I re-position my business.
    CONGRATULATIONS on achieving another EPIC DREAM! -pushing yourself beyond unimaginable odds that able-bodied humans couldn’t endure.
    I’m confident generously sharing everything you have, Jon (giving your vulnerable true self, prodigy wisdom, writing gift, story talents, and tried ’n true lessons) shall change multitudes of peoples’ lives, businesses and even themselves -so one day they’ll have the mindset to NEVER give up achieving their epic dreams too!
    Forever grateful for your generosity that exceeds my expectations,
    ~Keri

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  95. Mary Kathryn Johnson
    Dec 30, 2016 @ 2:37 pm

    Forwarding this to my 18yo son and every single one of his friends…

    When the grocery store clerk asks me, “How are you?” my response is always, “Fantastic, thanks! I woke up today, so how can I be anything else!”

    I know you’re fantastic too. You woke up!

    I can’t wait to read what you write tomorrow when you wake up again!

    Inspirational just doesn’t cover this post.

    Real is a better description!

    Keep it up, Jon!

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  96. Zarayna Pradyer
    Dec 30, 2016 @ 2:44 pm

    I can’t add to what has already been said but, of course, that won’t stop me from trying!
    Thank you, Jon.
    It’s quite usual that, when faced with an overwhelming problem, one’s certainties and confidence dissolve immediately. One faces the hellish abyss and isolation of having, and being, absolutely nothing.
    Hence, the need for a pre-programmed plan, blueprint, or ‘safety-procedure’ to be automatically deployed like a parachute in times of a dire emergency.
    Perhaps a better analogy would be that you have provided a means to clear the path through the jungle. Everyone has their own path to follow but, some are never even advised of the concept, let alone be guided as to the practicalities.
    So, thank you again.
    Fantastic to have you shining your light of hard-won wisdom and illuminating all of our dark little places.
    I have shared your post and will continue to do so – it’s a great gift for the New Year. Thank you, Jon.
    Btw, I think I am being sexist and lookist but, if you don’t mind me saying, you have lovely hair. I am envious of your lush locks.
    Allow me to wish you, and yours, a very Happy New Year.

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  97. Jill
    Dec 30, 2016 @ 2:46 pm

    Wow! Amazing blog – sooooo inspirational… and there was me with my broken heart feeling sorry for myself. I feel ashamed now reading what you have been through and the obstacles you have overcome!
    Love and hugs ❤️❤️

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  98. Geno
    Dec 30, 2016 @ 2:49 pm

    Epic PMA . What is your consultancy service? Does it give you a lot of free time to philanthropically PMAway you free Time pleasures.

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  99. Regine Baptiste
    Dec 30, 2016 @ 3:04 pm

    Just look at all the people you’ve inspired. Pain develops character. I haven’t walk one step on your path. But I know this, you are one authentic human being. The only gratitude I can show to your sharing 1000% percent of yourself is to simply do and develop what I can in this frail temporary body. You possess more influence and power than all of us combined walking on two feet. No more excuses.

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  100. Yasin Aberra
    Dec 30, 2016 @ 3:17 pm

    Love this freaking article! Thanks so much for posting this

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