Every day we have the honor of meeting many inspiring people of goodwill. Each going unnoticed because of their unassuming nature despite their extensive acts of kindness. With little or no expectations of anything in return, they carry out their lives in an everlasting state of love for humankind. These are individuals Scrolls of Hope recognizes for their life-changing effect on the world. Thank you to the silent heroes affecting our lives every day.
Anita Wladichuk, The Ghostly Owl
Anita is a unique individual with an inspiring story. Faced with many challenges throughout her life, she accomplished many successes despite her past hardships. Completing her education in 2002, after a pause to raise her children, Anita earned three bachelors degrees. She holds a B.A. in Business Administration and Psychology, and also B.Ed in Education. By 2005, Anita authored a very successful book, ‘Anastasia and the Ghostly Owl,’ depicting a unique approach to self-discovery and overcoming childhood abuse and neglect.
Anita was enjoying a very successful career as an author and educator until November 2006. Tragedy struck, during a wind storm. A nearby awning came loose and hit Anita in the forehead causing extensive damage to her head, eyes, ear, and spine. Anita’s was diagnosed with Traumatic Brain Injury, also known as TBI. Often TBI is misunderstood throughout the medical field because this condition can be mild with little or no effect on a person’s life. In Anita’s case and many more throughout the world, TBI is incapacitating and mistaken for other unrelated medical conditions. Rehabilitation can span for many years if not the rest of their lives. Many inflicted with TBI become homeless or rely solely on others for support. Even with the severity of her injuries, this was not the case for Anita Wladichuk.
Taking Charge of Her Life
Unable to go back to work or do much else, Anita did not take her condition laying down. As with everything she did, she needed to take back charge of her life. With the help of a good friend and her loving son, Anita was able to stay in her home while healing. During her ten year recovery, she found solace in caring for others. As a gifted artist, Anita began painting wooden toys for children in need. Each toy she painted was donated to bring joy to many kids who had very little. When Anita wasn’t painting children’s toys, she often volunteered at the local food bank and helped care for seniors.
As of 2016, Anita is on the mend, and back to sharing her beautiful book ‘Anastasia and the Ghostly Owl.’ This book is full of hope to help inspire those who have been mistreated or neglected during their life. She intends to reach as many broken souls as possible uplifting them from their despair and heartache. This noteworthy cause is indicative of Anita’s character, always caring for others while independently facing her challenges. The byproduct of her continually giving to others has had the most substantial effect in aiding in her physical recovery and mending her wounded spirit.
Scrolls of Hope celebrates Anita’s story. Her care for others and compassion mirrors that of how we all should be. She uses her past experiences, full of heartbreak and loss and turns them into her superpowers giving hope to all she touches.
Despite the challenges life gives us, there is never a good enough reason to give up. There is always something that can be done to overcome the seemingly insurmountable obstacles placed in our path. Many are dealt a difficult hand. They can easily be lifted up with care and compassion. The kindness given to others is the same kindness that will always flow back strengthening resolve and opening up personal self-discovery and growth.
Scrolls of Hope is always looking for people of goodwill. They are out there making a diffence every day. As we continue our search we hope to bring additional stories of personal triumph and altruism.
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Be well, Have Gratitude and Spread Goodwill – Scrolls of Hope