Friday, November 27, 2015

Seeking Short Letters of Personal Testimony

Please show me Your Thanksgiving

by Dr. Margaret Aranda

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On November 3, 2015, the FBI and I requested them on my blog, emails from  online  Hasta that I have helped. This would span the last 9 1/2 years. I gave the above "rider," explaining that I would own the rights of what the patient writes, because I plan to use thes to thes of testimonies in one of various forms: book testimonies, blog posts, etc. You know how I am. Always seeking to move FORWARD. To be a patient advocate. To the increased awareness. To give a Voice to those who can not be Heard.

Case in point? My Petition to the American Medical Association and several governing and licensing Boards to have medical students and doctors get extra training in Invisible illnessesInvisible illnesses: Increased Education for Doctors to get a Diagnosis  (which you and your parents / spouse / children should sign and comment on, if applicable). 

WE MADE IT TO 1,500 signatures on my Petition! HAT'S OFF TO YOU! Only 970 signatures needed to make it to 2,500! WE ARE moment ARMY!

Image. Dr. Margaret Aranda. This photo was taken "while I could stand up!"

To date, only a few people have sent in letters or notes for me. This is to request that they be turned in  by December 15, 2015 . Have I helped you? Can you return the favor to me now? Now the tables are turned, and it is I who needs you ;-). I need Personal testimonies of how I have helped you, Encouraged you, motivated you, inspired you, served as a role model for you, or helped you to have hope and faith in God or in yourself to push on and keep on pushing on! I've done my best, ten sick days or ten "is sick" days, and YOU have been my goal, my outlet, my reason for living. Certainly it is that by now, you know this! So Please, send 3-5 sentences, paragraph 1 or by email to:

Dr. Gene Richey at email: 


I will occasionally post, with the sender's permission and / or anonymity, samples to assist and inspire you. Thank you for your kindness, which is just a special bonus of being able to serve you. Whether or not you write on my behalf, nothing will change between us. I'll still be the same "me." 

SAMPLE PATIENT TESTIMONY: " Dr. Aranda has impacted my life by helping me to learn how to better cope with my illness / disease and with the trials in my life in several ways. First, all writings, including all books," No More Tears : Physician Turned Patient Inspires Recovery "and" Stepping from the Edge ", as well as a number of each block Articles, have helped me to better cope with my disease as I have learned about her and what she has gone through, as she has persevered through each recovery from the car accident and the injuries she has sustained and from how others treated each. Second, she is a great role model as she has learned how to rely on God, has persevered through many Difficulties, and has not let anything nor anyone stop here. Third, she inspires me and encourages me to persevere one day at a time in life's trials by her life, by her counsel, and by each character as she has shared part of every life and what she has been through with me. I have learned a lot about perseverance through any Corresponding with her and helping with activities and projects. " ~ Patient X

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Age 31:  The Color Blue

Monday, November 16, 2015

When Husbands Should Validate Disabilities (Always)

Here is a 2009 You Tube video of my husband doing a "surprise" for me in 2009, after I had suffered a setback. He seemed to validate "DYSAUTONOMIA," and yes!.. even "CHRONIC PAIN."

Back in 2009, one thing was for certain: he knew that I was sick, and that I had an Invisible Disability. My YouTube Channel was/is "," and I was named, "DysautonomiaMD".  I made over 200 educational videos on dysautonomia, also starting the First Virtual Medical School that was/is online:, as well as one of the first blogs on dysautonomia.

For that, I won the 2011 Perseverance Award from the Invisible Disabilities Association at: !   A HUGE Thank You to Wayne and Sherri Connell!

And in 2013, a doctor seemed to just... DROP me on the floor!... and there I was again, with Brain Injury #2 AND DI #2.....back in the saddle and ready to FIGHT the GOOD FIGHT.

Even if I had to do it alone, I would FIGHT. 

All my You Tube friends with Dysautonomia helped me to look FORWARD,
to be POSITIVE. Thank you.

Husbanda, Help your Wives. 
Don't tell her that she is lazy.
Don't tell her to go out and find a job.
Don't tell her that she's a slob.
Don't tell her to take a shower.
Don't ask her where your hot dinner is.
Don't cheat on her. If you do, go ahead and start sleeping in separate bedrooms.
Don't get her to sign deeds in the middle of the night.
Don't poison her food.
Don't try to kill her.
Don't wish she was dead. You want a new life? Leave.
Don't put her away in a mental institution. It only shows that you need it more than she does.

Dr Aranda's Short Stories

Age 31: The Color Blue

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Posting a Request to You

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Fondest Hellos, My Caring Friends:

Would you like to participate in a Note of Testimony for my newest book, No More Tears - Stepping from the Edge? If so, my Agent needs only 2-3 sentences on how I have advocated or helped you or your cause (have you signed the Invisible Illness Petition​ yet?). For example, one person posted that she put me in her Group as a Patient Advocate...the "why" is yours to write! Per above, I will "own" your statement, so no one can use it to sell anything, etc. I thank you very kindly in advance and ask you to submit ASAP to:  

Your Testimony can be used in the book, website, blog, note of References, supplement to my Curriculum Vitae, and/or any other commercial or professional use by me. 

I most humbly thank you in advance, and also let you know that I don't have to see it. You can email it straight to Dr. Gene Richardson. God bless all the work of your hands, and thank you.

Dr. Margaret Aranda 

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