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I have had my share of personal tragedy, major upheavals, setbacks, and disappointments and there were moments when I thought I wouldn’t make it through another day.  

As you read my bio, please remember this and take comfort in the knowledge that the best is yet to come for you as it has for me. Keep in mind that what you read about me has been accomplished SINCE the age of 55.  

But...before I share that information, I must inform you that the woman you are reading about was once in a locked psychiatric ward under suicide watch.  Yes, in my early 40's, I suffered severe depression and simply wanted to die.  The road back to sanity was long and hard but I survived and this is how I did it:

  • Finding a good therapist.  Psychiatrists aren't always the answer.  They can dispense  

   medication but they seldom give good advice or help with an action plan.

  • Opting for holistic approach to raising the serotonin level in my brain.  There are  

   supplements such as 5HTP that are equally effective as Prozac and other anti-

   depressants.

  •  Taking the advice of a wise old Indian guru who once said: "Man is a house with 4  

    rooms: the physical, spiritual, mental, and emotional.  The problem is that he tends to  

    spend most of his time in only one of those rooms each day whereas it would be in his  

    best interests to visit all 4 rooms every day.

    I make sure I do that every day.

  •  Having an action plan.  I call it my version of COPD:  

    consistency, optimism, perseverance, and determination in getting things done.

  •  Having a daily mantra:  I am strong and lovable!
  •  Learning how to reach out to others.  Someone once said: "A woman wrapped up in  

    herself makes a very small package."

So...what has Chloe done since the age of 55?  Here goes!

   Her many achievements include:

   * Three  published books since 2003: 2 non-fiction, 1 fiction

   * Title of Ms. Maryland Senior America 2003

   *  Recipient of the Fulbright Fellowship Seminars Abroad award to South  

 Africa,  

   * Volunteer internship during the 2005 Maryland legislative session as a Legacy        

      Leadership Institute graduate    

   * Lead facilitator for the Alternatives to Violence Project in prison and community  

      workshops on conflict resolution for ten years

   * State representative for the National Family Caregivers Association's caregiver    

      community action network 2006-2008

   * Advisory board member:  MD, Healthcare Commission and the Interagency  

      Commission for Aging Services:  Maryland Dept. of Aging

   * Hospice and homeless shelter volunteer

   *  Coordinator for the Good Samaritan Project at her church

   *  World traveler – all 7 continents.

Chloe's philosophy of life is: find a need and fill it.




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