Contributor Badge for Chicken Soup for the Soul

I very much enjoy writing for and reading personal stories for Chicken Soup for the Soul series. Everyone has a personal story and it is so satisfying to be a contributor knowing that my experience might be helpful and uplifting to others.

I also am grateful to tell a story about people who have made a difference in my life and those that I wish to honor.



Walk to End Alzheimer’s


Walk To End Alzheimer’s South Wind Park Springfield, IL 9-20-14

(Below was the introduction read at the Kick-Off Celebration Walk to End Alzheimer’s)

Jean Ferratier is a person who wears many hats. She is a retired teacher, photographer, care giver, life coach and author. Currently it is in the role of author that she has been able to express her personal experiences and share support around the subject of Alzheimer’s.

Jean has asked, “What comes to mind when you hear the word Alzheimer’s?”  Do you think of a parent, a friend, or maybe the neighbor down the road?

When you hear the word, does a tinge of worry enter your consciousness as you silently pray that there will be a cure should you ever develop symptoms?

She says she is a supporter of Alzheimer’s research. This is a disease that touches the lives of so many of us. We are members of a huge club that is needed to support each other and help fund education, research, and support groups.

Jean has written two chapters about Alzheimer’s that appear in the Chicken Soup for the Soul Books: Think Positive and Living With Alzheimer’s and Other Dementias.


Kids on The Spectrum

raising_kids_on_the_spectrum One in 50 children is diagnosed with Autism or Asperger’s disease. This is copy of the book by Chicken Soup for the Soul. It can easily be found on Amazon and other Book Stores. This book creates an instant support group and inspirational stories.

This month in the United States is National Autism Month. There are several informational sources by using google.

I am proud to have contributed a story called “Let Me Tell You About Jake.


I am so excited to share with you that Oct. 23rd is the release date for the new Chicken Soup For the Soul Be Positive Book. I am so honored to have a chapter among so many people with inspirational stories.

My story is call Unity in Goodbye. It is the continuation of the story of my family found in the book, Chicken Soup for the Soul Family Caregiver. I find it to be interesting that this story is available to share just 2 days after the anniversary of Lou Ferratier’s passing.

New Story Released in Chicken Soup for the Soul Be Positive!