Ann, 22 years old

Name: Ann, 22 years old
Submitted by: Her cousin
Location: Denver, CO
What's going on?: Ann was diagnosed with Chronic Lyme Disease in 2014 (her senior year of high school) after unknowingly living with the disease for 11 years. There is no cure and unfortunately every treatment she has tried has been unsuccessful. As a result she has severe pain (mostly muscle & neck), which has caused her to miss out on major life events including her high school prom and graduation, college, family weddings, etc. She is in constant pain, unable to lift her arms over her head, and needing helping changing and bathing. Lately it has become so bad she is unable to talk because of so much face pain. The most she can do is briefly walk through water in the pool, and can only sit up for about 10 minutes at the dinner table. Because of her circumstances she sometimes feels that living is just not worth all the pain. It would be so great to send some extra love and words of encouragement to her!
What do you love most about this girl?: She is a beautiful soul inside and out. She is smart, creative, loving and so incredibly strong. She is passionate about fashion, the royal family (who doesn't love Kate?!), and all things wedding.
Anything else you want to tell us? I do not want any mention of faith, God or religion in my letter.

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Letters Needed: 10

Tracy, 30 years old

Name: Tracy, 30 years old
Submitted by: Her friend
Location: Indianapolis, IN
What's going on?: Tracy has had a rough couple of years and she's struggling to find her footing as she contemplates leaving an unhealthy relationship. Her confidence is shaken and I don't think she quite understands how beautiful she is and how many people around her love her. She has a rambunctious little (though adorable) 4-year-old, and I think the idea of single-parenting scares her. She hasn't made up her mind yet on if she's moving on, but she needs a little confidence to reclaim her life and know that she can do it. She currently feels overwhelmed.
What do you love most about this girl?: Tracy is incredibly witty and smart when she feels her best. She is a caring aunt and mom. She loves camping and going to concerts and playing board games. She has the prettiest smile (& most gorgeous hair) of anyone I know.

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Letters Needed: 10

Tempesst, 26 years old

Name: Tempesst, 26 years old
Submitted by: Her mom
Location: Bangor, ME
What's going on?: She's currently in grad school to become a nurse practitioner. The program is with Vanderbilt, but she had to move to a small town in northern Maine to complete her rotations. It's been a struggle for her because she is a city girl who loves traveling the world (25 countries so far!) She was able to make all As her first semester, despite being unhappy and anxious in the town. She's also felt extremely lonely. She's also worried about making a good group of girlfriends in whatever city she moves to after graduation. She thrives when she has a close group of supportive girlfriends nearby, and she has anxiety thinking about making a new group of friends in a new city and at age 27.
What do you love most about this girl?:  I love her adventurous spirit. She's hitchhiked through Tanzania, gone bungee jumping in Thailand, backpacked through India during the currency crisis, and so, so much more. I love her dedication to her education and the caring profession that she is going in to as a nurse practitioner. She's studying to be a psychiatric nurse practitioner, but she also has a passion for women's health and hopes to provide mental health care in a women's clinic after graduation. She is also very social and outgoing.
Anything else you want to tell us? I do not want any mention of faith, God or religion in my letter.

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Letters Needed: 10

Ellen, 29 years old

Name: Ellen, 29 years old
Submitted by: Her friend
Location:  New York City
What's going on?: On 3/12/18 she will have been sober for one year! She realized around a year ago that the amount she was drinking was unhealthy (to blacking out 1+ nights a week/could never have just one) and she was putting herself in situations where she was vulnerable and unsafe. She has turned it around to not drinking and going to AA meetings multiple times a week to stay on track! We are all so proud that she has committed and stuck to it! I want her to know that we all acknowledge how big this is and how proud we are (and she should be!!).
What do you love most about this girl?: Ellen is an incredible friends that takes care of everyone around her. She has the largest heart and is always giving and advocating for others (former Teach for America teacher and she now works helping implement sex ed in NYC).

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Letters Needed: 7

Ashley H., 30

Name: Ashley H., 30
Submitted by: A friend of a friend
Location: Santa Clarita, California
What's going on?: Last year, Ashley unexpectedly lost her mom to pancreatic cancer - sadly it was a very fast-moving cancer, so there wasn't much time between when Ashley found out about her mother's diagnosis and when she passed away. Ashley and her mother were best friends, and it has been a really rough time for her since she isn't close to her other family members, including her father who is estranged.
What do you love most about this girl?: I've spoken to Ashley's husband and best friend, who have both said despite the circumstances Ashley is a light to the world, always with a loving, positive demeanor toward others. She also was so good to her mom. Even before her diagnosis, Ashley had actually taken on a second job, so she could retire her mom early and raise money to move her closer to her and her husband. 
Anything else we should know? Ashley LOVES animals of all kinds. She used to have two chinchillas and sadly one of them died not long after her mother passed. 

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Letters Needed: 6