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Have you ever heard of the Bakken Invitation honorees? The Bakken Invitation honors those who have overcome health challenges to give back to their communities. Krystal Boyea is one such honoree. She was diagnosed with Type I diabetes at the age of 10 and co-founded a diabetes clinic that serves those in need in her home country of Barbados. Diabetes is something that is always on my mind because my mom and uncle are Type II diabetics. I don't think I have ever mentioned it on here, but my mom does not take care of herself and I am forced to watch her slowly kill herself. It is an incredibly hard thing to do, which is why I love to see women such as Krystal live on and give on, helping others in her situation.
You can read more about each honoree here and on the infographic below.
I may not have Type II diabetes, but I do try to do several things to give back to my community. As many of you know, I suffered from ppd and ptsd after my son's traumatic birth. I am active in the International Cesarean Awareness Network and help others receive the support I did after my son was born and during my pregnancy and vbac with my daughter. I believe that every woman deserves the respect and care I received during my second pregnancy. Below are some other ways you can give back.
My favorite in this list is "Bloom Where You Are Planted." No matter where you are or what stage of life you're in, you can always find ways to grow within your community. This has been a lesson I have learned since coming back to Evansville almost four years ago. I never thought I would live here again after graduating college, yet here we are. And I am doing what I can to make the best of it and be involved in the community.
I'm giving you the opportunity to Live On. Give On. in your community as well. Leave a comment below sharing what you do to give back and you can win a $100 Visa Gift Card to benefit those in your community. The winner will be chosen on December 29 and you must be 18 or older to enter. Open to the US only.