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Tori Anderson

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Stuff that matters~family, friends, faith.

Stuff that don’t~designer stuff, the latest, coolest anything. Who decides that anyway?

Favorites~a good song, a good drink, a good back rub.

Totally unfavorites~arrogance & hatred, liars and "dig me's", people that pee on the seat. I hate that!

About work~
I am so very fortunate to work in radio, and I work with some really great people. Who wouldn’t love playin’ music and talkin’ all day for a livin’?

When it comes to music, for me it’s really all about the song. Bluegrass, old time gospel and country. Stuff by Hank, Merle, Patsy and Willie. I dig Johnny Cash and Radney Foster, Asleep at the Wheel, Keith Urban and Lee Ann Womack, Miranda Lambert, Eric Church and Possum Holler.

Music has been a part of my life since I was a little girl and, I have my beautiful parents to thank for that. I hope the pure, emotionally raw joy I get out of singing, writing and performing is obvious.

There’s nothing like sitting outside in the early morning, on a peachy summer day, listening to the birds sing, and takin’ in the sweet summer smell of lilac, honeysuckle and wisteria.

There’s nothin’ like the hugs I get from my kids.

Because nothing, nothing means more to me than the people I love. 

I sincerely hope that I’m an inspiration and a blessing to others. So many have been that for me.

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a silver lining

by Tori Anderson posted Jul 15 2013 3:27PM
the following is re-posted with permission from it's writer. it is about the positive effects of having scleroderma. special thanks to lidka for sharing her beautiful thoughts with us.

It is hard to think about anything positive related to scleroderma, but... if we forget about our pain, various debilitating attacks, the inconveniences, destruction of careers and sometimes relationships, which were precipitated by this illness, then there are some things which are definitely positive.

For me, the most positive outcome is that I have found new friends to whom I can relate and feel very comfortable with.
We understand one another better than those 'outside of scleroderma world', but also, I am no longer lonely with my disease. I found some remarkable friends through our scleroderma support group, whom I would not have had a chance to meet otherwise. Some are fellow patients, and some are their relatives, or volunteers who are selflessly giving their time to help us.  And to me that expansion of my world is truly the most positive result of having scleroderma.  

Scleroderma taught me to live every moment to the fullest, because I have now deeper awareness of ephemeral character of life. I value time more than before. I appreciate small good things happening to me, (like proverbial 'smelling the roses') more than before. In short, I am wiser.

The other 'positive' is of course a deeper understanding of people with other debilitating illnesses  like MS, Lupus, UC, RA, various cancers, and many others.

In my case I also better understand people who are frail, weak, frequently in pain, which they do not broadcast to the rest of the world, but silently endure. 

Before scleroderma appeared in my life, the phrase 'to be tired' had different meaning for me. It meant, I was tired, but still had some reserves to go on, and what was the best, after some sleep and rest, I could expect to get up and live like I did before. But scleroderma revealed to me how devastating the real fatigue can be, and taught me the true meaning of the expression: 'I am tired'.

Therefore I understand those old people who are visibly in some pain, who are obviously tired, who walk slowly, rest frequently and still smile apologetically to people around them and even more, somehow are able to find words of encouragement for younger, stronger folks, who are in some fleeting distress. Those old people who suffer themselves, have remarkable capacity to offer love and understanding to others, because they've acquired their wisdom not from some books, but at the Department of Suffering of the University of Life. I have some people like that in my social landscape and now, that I am ill myself, I am also more able to learn from them.

Scleroderma is a cruel but effective teacher of compassion, empathy and of greater understanding of the suffering of others. We are more forgiving now. True, we ourselves suffer, but we now are acutely aware of the enormity of suffering in the world around us...  and as a result of this awareness we can sometimes extend to them, metaphorically speaking, a helpful arm or at least a smile. And this gesture makes the world better place to live for all of us.

tori... a merle girl
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07/15/2013 3:27PM
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07/16/2013 11:00AM
a silver lining
I admit I knew nothing about this disease, and when you announced you had it, I had to read up on it. I know I only met you about 6 years or so ago, but it is one of many things I thank God for. The courage, the dedication you have to help raise money to find a cure is very contagious, and I hope to do what I can to help as well. We love you Tori, and we want to find that cure asap!
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