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You Are What You Chose To Be

Posted by capcityspeakers on February 18, 2016

by Kathy Brown 

We are the products of our choices. Our choices determine our destiny. We become what we think about so chose your thoughts wisely. Be around people that you want to be like. Aspire higher to be with those you respect and  can learn from. Observe what successful  people do but first define what  success is to you. To me, success lies within the riches of a strong faith, good health, and meaningful relationships. Meaningful means that you show you care by being there for one another during the difficult times when others become too”busy.”

Success in anything is all about relationships. I am attracted to people who want to leave a legacy of internal greatness where their values are known by their actions of service to others. The many years of life experiences have brought wisdom which I would not change for a more youthful appearance. That is what God made make-up and photoshop  for:-)

We are travelers through this world. The cares and burdens of the journey can rob us of our hope and joy if we do not make good choices. May we chose to give more than we get and not live  below our potential.  Remember:  The Only thing that no one can ever take away from you is what you have become!

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Living Life With A Purpose

Posted by capcityspeakers on February 11, 2016

by Chad Hymas

If we are going to succeed in life, we must realize and acknowledge our hopes and dreams. These will then motivate our actions.  A gifted author, Mary Anne Radmacher, wrote a poem which has helped inspire my life.

“Life Begins When You Do”
Walk to the edge
Listen hard – Laugh – Play with abandon
Practice wellness – Continue to learn
Choose with no regret
Appreciate your friends
Lead or follow a leader
Do what you love
Live as if this is all there is

There are certain times when the decisions we make will impact the rest of our lives.  Most of us have dreams.  Some of us might even have that infamous ‘bucket list’.  But how much time do we really have to make sure they will actually happen in this lifetime?

Time is a most precious gift.  I believe to give time is more rewarding than to receive it.
Several months after my accident, my good friend, Lee Johnson, offered me an opportunity to come to work for him at his business, Broken Arrow.  He knew me before the accident.   He realized the ‘Chad’ he had known was slowly disappearing before his very eyes.

So much time at home – just sitting – was not good for me or my loving wife.  This new routine was affecting her as well.  At least getting me out of the house on a daily basis would give her time to resume her job of running the household as she had done before the accident.
However, what we didn’t expect was that this gift of time would also give me back my sense of independence.

Simple tasks such as making phone calls and arranging work with clients reminded me that, although my body was paralyzed, my mind was not.  Flashbacks of running my landscaping business came flooding back.  I began to reinvent myself again as a functioning part of the business world.  The transformation seemed to happen overnight.   I began to feel good about myself again.

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Desert Storm 25th Anniversary: A Spotlight on Kitrina Serna

Posted by capcityspeakers on February 4, 2016

By Bobbe White

Desert Storm 25th Anniversary: A Spotlight on Kitrina SernaBefore serving in the military, Kitrina Serna described herself as stubborn, stupid, spoiled and a bit naive. She opted for culinary arts school over college. Her ambition was lackluster, until one day, a billboard to join the Army National Guard, intrigued her. Her part-time commitment would be just two weeks per year and one weekend per month for twenty years. How bad could that be in exchange for an education?

The Journey as a Surgical Technician

Kitrina never imagined she’d be activated and deployed. Like many guardsmen and women, all she’d wanted were education benefits. Then, Desert Storm happened. Kitrina was trained as a surgical technician. Once deployed, Kitrina’s first surgery, an amputation, was led by a 1-star general.

“It was awful,” she recalls. “I had limited training before Operation Desert Storm, but not much practical; he was unimpressed with my abilities.” Before long, the heavy, rapid caseload had Kitrina working 12-hour shifts, six days per week at King Fahd Medical Complex, in Riyadh, Saudia Arabia.

How Humor Became a Coping Tool

She was a quick study, and became adept and efficient in O.R. Humor proved to be a useful coping tool. “For example, a 21-year-old enemy soldier presented with a scrotum injury. It was my first scrotum prep. You can imagine the joy of the men on my team, watching a young woman, new to this scene, doing her first scrotum scrub. Humor helped us deal with it.”

Once Kitrina’s tour ended and she returned home, she was always introduced as, “This is Kitrina, she just got home from war”. “It was like my new last name.” She wasn’t angry, per se, but numb. “I just couldn’t process what happened during the war. You can’t tell your family and almost wonder who these people are, whom you call, “family”.

They just aren’t capable of understanding. Kitrina remembers breaking down when she experienced a flashback, while driving home from hospital bedside. The issue described the day he was hit. The photo of Tony confirmed he was the young soldier, whom Kitrina had treated, from O.R.

nursing school, one day. “The song, ‘Highway to Hell’ came on the radio, just as it had while on the road to Baghdad.” After twenty-five years, Kitrina can still recall what she was wearing to school that day. The nightmares became brutal, as the numbness subsided. “I’d wake myself up beating on the bedroom walls.” Alone time was awkward. “Silence is so loaded.”

Kitrina worked through her PTSD and seemed fine for about 8-10 years, until the wife of a Vietnam veteran told Kitrina it was time to get help. In reality, Kitrina was struggling mentally and physically. Getting into the V.A. System was difficult, at best. One day, she packed a lunch, a USA today and ended up calling in sick to work. It was serious time for help. She told only one person at the V.A. that she was struggling -an elderly security guard- then, she collapsed into a puddle of tears.

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