Tell me about all the doors it’s opened…being on Oprah, sharing your blog with so many people that you may have never reached otherwise. STEPHANIE NIELSON:
Yeah I think that’s the biggest honor is just the people that I’ve met who, through my experience, I’ve been able to help them get out of ruts or help them be happy. That is a blessing for me is to be able to do that for somebody, and I’m grateful to do that. And I think just teaching my children the importance of making good choices and being respectful and kind to people who are different. I’ve had a lot of experiences with people who look at me or ask questions. At first it was very hurtful, and still sometimes people are a little strange, but I think I’ve been able to use those as teaching experiences, you know to teach my children. SHAUNA LAKE:
To have empathy.STEPHANIE NIELSON:
Yes, yes, yes, very important parts of life.
What would you say to people, because I think people don’t know how to reach out and react…what to say. What is the right thing to say?
You know my favorite person ever that said anything to me was a man who worked at Target, and I went in to Target one day and he came up to me and he put his arm on my shoulder and he said, ‘You have been through something. Tell me about your story.’ And I just remember thinking that was so kind. You do look like you’ve been through something and you’re a miracle. Tell me about it. So you know, I don’t know, something like that was my favorite story, a way to approach me.
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