Lois Earley and Jaci Felix, both of Glendale, are two of the 150-word life stories being considered for publication in an upcoming issue of Reader’s Digest magazine.
Earley’s and Felix’s stories are trending as two of the most popular submissions and are available for viewing at facebook.com/ReadersDigest. Residents can show support by voting for their stories or any others they like at facebook.com/ReadersDigest.
• “Life Happens But It’s Okay” by Lois Earley
Life is what happens while you’re making plans. Rather than taking extended vacations with my husband like I thought I would be doing now that my daughter is grown, I spend most of my time caring and advocating for her. Like too many people, she is seriously mentally ill and has no insight into her illness, thereby leaving the public behavioral health care system as her only choice for care. Yes, it’s sad and it’s hard. But I wouldn’t trade my life for anyone else’s. Family comes first. The rewards of caring for her far outweigh the fun I could otherwise be having. I have made lifelong friends through what would otherwise be considered only a tragedy. If my advocacy helps in changing society’s perception of those with mental illness, that would just be the icing on the cake.
• “My perfect girl” by Jaci Felix
After having the “perfect” pregnancy, there I was holding my perfect baby girl Alexa. She really was perfect, sleeping through the night at 3 weeks old, never fussing, she did not move much, she was perfectly content. However, at just 5 months old she was diagnosed with spinal muscular atrophy and my perfect little world was crushed. SMA is the No. 1 genetic killer of children under the age of 2. Doctors did not give us much hope. We refused to listen to them. We chose to help her live life to the fullest. SMA has robbed her of almost all of her movement, but her smile shines and her eyes speak volumes. She has taught me to be stronger, love deeper and to never take one single thing for granted. Life may not always be perfect, but it can be. It is just how you choose to live it.
This is all part of the Reader’s Digest continual effort to enrich and simplify Americans’ lives. This particular project “Your Life ... The Reader’s Digest Version” celebrates the launch of the new book, “Life ... The Reader’s Digest Version,” which is also the first of a new series, by creating a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for people’s personal stories to be widely read and for the opportunity of one story to be published in Reader’s Digest to its more than 30 million readers, plus be the recipient of a major cash award.
Several runner-up stories also will receive attention and cash prizes. Stories will be voted on by consumers, and winners will be selected by Reader’s Digest editors.
To vote for and submit 150-word stories about lessons, simple advice, funny moments and other life stories, visit facebook.com/ReadersDigest.