Life throws out some major challenges, and today Vicki’s guests demonstrate inspiring stories of how they stood up and thrived while facing major life transitions. First, Nancy Sharp shares how she and her husband Stood Up to cancer following his diagnosis while she was pregnant with twins. Later, two sprightly ladies in their 80’s who run the blog say turning 60 is a great thing as long as you Stand Up and enjoy life! And artist and entrepreneur Becky Blades discusses her book Do Your Laundry or You’ll Die Alone

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On the very day Nancy Sharp delivered premature twins, she learned her husband’s brain cancer returned after 18 months in remission. Less than 3 years later, she became a 37 year old widow. Rather than succumbing to the tragic situation life handed her, Nancy used her annate ability to hold life and death in the same moment, and set off for a fresh start, finding a new love in the most unlikeliest of places. Author Ann Hood calls Both Sides Now: A True Story of Love, Loss, and Bold Living “an unflinching of love and loss and hope… essential reading for anyone facing adversity–which is all of us.” Nancy is a writer and keynote speaker who writes regularly for the Huffington Post and numerous other online media, national magazines, and newspapers. Her recent essay on Stand Up 2 Cancer received over 150,000 hits in just a few hours.

This year, and every year until 2030 baby boomers – the 77 million members of the generation that shook up America – will be hitting the milestone age of 65 at a rate of about 8000 a day! Right now across America, millions of women are wondering what to do with, and how to make the best of, the rest of their lives. Recently retired professors Thelma Reese and Barbara M. Fleisher recently grappled with that very question. Their search for answers uncovered a wealth of role models in their own set of peers… women who have mastered the art of life as a senior citizen and live it with flair, dignity, and a continuing sense of accomplishment. Now co-founders and keepers of the trailblazing blog, Reese and Fleisher share their delightful discoveries of living senior life in The New Senior Woman: Reinventing the Years Beyond Mid-Life.

Becky Blades is a renowned artist and entrepreneur whose new book, Do Your Laundry or You’ll Die Alone: Advice Your Mom Would Give if She Thought You Were Listening is a warm, witty coming of age combination of Becky’s art and advice, all inspired by a letter she wrote to her daughter.  Becky is in a good position to give advice across a wide spectrum… in addition to her writing and art, she is a business strategist that has served on corporate boards, as a civic advocate for the arts, and as a consultant a mentor.  Her blog is

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