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Tag Archives: Choices

Guest Post: Alicia’s Healthy Fruit Smoothie

Today we welcome Alicia back to the blog as she shares another one of her favorite healthy recipes. Alicia has been on a health journey the last few years and is learning to make choices for herself and her health! Alicia’s Kiwi Fruit SmoothieIngredients:2 small kiwis cut into bit size pieces.1 level tablespoon of reduced fat peanut butter.1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract.1/2 cup of milk1/4 cup of greek vanilla yogurt1 Tablespoon of unsweetened cocoa Directions:Step 1 add above ingredients to your blender and blend together.…

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Guest Post: Eric McVay Special Olympics USA Games

Hi there I’m Eric McVay from Bangor and recently I was able to attend the Special Olympics USA Games in Florida.  I am a self-advocate and part of the Central Maine Chapter of Speaking Up For Us. I want to share with you my experience of training and going to the Special Olympics USA Games. I was able to train at Lawrence High School.  I did a lot of walking for my events as part of my training.  I was also able to practice throwing…

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Guest Post: Kile Pelletier – Voice

The power of the Voice is stronger than you. Voice can change the world with all types of things that can happen. As a person living with a disability, I must use the Voice to get what I want and to make happen, the things I want to change.  Your, Voice can be used to sing and that makes you feel good. A Voice will help break through a wall that you cannot get through. The Voice can go to God from a prayer.  A…

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Community Inclusion from Jon McGovern and Eric McVay – Bowling in the Community

Hi this is Jon.  In my community in Bangor I’m Part of a Bowling League love having fun doing my Bowling League for 32 weeks straight every week on Monday’s Starts in September ends in April and it a Sanctioned League by the USBC (United States Bowling Congress). I found out about bowling in my community because a staff person that I used to see at a day program was interested in a bowling league.   We participated for a half a year together, and then…

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Reflections By Sarah Trites

Today we welcome Sarah Trites back to the blog as she shares a poem she has written. Thank you Sarah for sharing such beautiful words with us! Reflections By Sarah Trites Here I am on this beautiful county road, reflecting over my long journey. The road behind me was difficult, Full of many challenging obstacles. While traveling this path, I stumbled over uneven ground. But I never fell. Tall trees surround me I can no longer see the path But I will never give up;…

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Board Candidate Forum

On Tuesday we had our Board Candidate Forum, for new candidates for the Speaking Up For Us Board of Directors. If you were unable to make it but would like to watch that meeting we did record it. You can find the forum here. We hope to have written statements from the other two candidates that could not make that we can share with members. Laurie Coldwell will be visiting your chapters soon to privately record your vote for the board of directors. The results…

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Back To School. The Story of Mary Ann Swank returning to school.

The Story of Mary Ann. Returning to school after 60 years. Stacy Giberson was able to recently talk with Mary Ann Swank and listen to her story about returning to school. This is from their conversation. After decades of consistent requests or as she tells it, persistent nagging, Mary Ann Swank has been meeting with a teacher to learn how to spell, read, write, and count. Currently, Mary Ann is on summer break and plans to return to her education instruction on September 7. Mary…

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CLEAN SLATE from Marco Orlando

CLEAN SLATE Marco Orlando One thing I can always appreciate about the pandemic is that it gave me a lot of time to think and reflect on things. Before COVID-19, I wasn’t always much fun to be around when I went out and did stuff, and I’m not proud of the kind of person I was back then. I was still struggling to fit in and feel like I belonged somewhere, not realizing I wasn’t going about it in the best way. I became this…

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“Are You Ever Happy?” from Marco Orlando

“ARE YOU EVER HAPPY?” Marco Orlando I had a friend ask me recently “Are you ever happy?” after I had aired some of my grievances online a while ago. The question caught me off guard, and I didn’t really have an answer. But it did give me some time to think since then. We’ve all likely spent a fair amount of time alone in our lives. It’s something I haven’t always had much of in the past, so I’ve learned to appreciate when I have…

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Guest Post: Alicia Duchette – Choosing Health

Alicia Duchette from the Springvale chapter shares her weight loss journey. She was inspired by her parents and her doctors as they were concerned about her weight. From Alicia: I now exercise every day and measure out what I’m going to eat.  I have been working with a nutritionist to help me with my food choices.  For exercise I enjoy walking and using my gazelle. I have a Fitbit that helps me track my steps and I get 10,000 steps every day. It has been…

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