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Turning Challenge into Opportunity:
About My Own Life Journey

The Chinese word for crisis contains within it the word opportunity. I left a long career of teaching ten years ago because I became disabled by Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy. That was, for me, a crisis. But just as all of the difficulties I have encountered became opportunities, this one too turned out to be a blessing.

In search of a cure, I attended many schools of healing and eventually became certified as an Eden Energy Medicine Practitioner, as well as in many other modalities. In addition, I have completed more than fifteen coach trainings, most of them long-term (one to three years), and my practice has grown through the power of attraction.

My life has been about overcoming challenges. My most recent challenge is my journey to overcome my physical disability and walk without crutches. My goal is to eventually play basketball again.

Last August, I climbed a 4-mile mountain on my crutches.

Reaching the top of Peak 5 (4 miles up) at Enlightened Warrior Training Camp

Reaching the top of Peak 5 (4 miles up) at
Enlightened Warrior Training Camp

I have also run a half mile in 3½ minutes using my crutches, which is faster than I ran as an athlete before I became disabled. I am able to do that, because of my crutches, not despite them. In the same way, I have had success in my career and personal life, because of my ADD, and not despite my AD/HD.

I have overcome many challenges other than AD/HD. I am also dyslexic. Because of dyslexia, at age 16½, I had still failed to learn how to read.

As I talk about on another part of this site, a boyfriend rejected me when he realized that I could not read. To me, that came to mean that if I didn't learn how to read, I might never have a boyfriend.

So, I developed an avid interest in reading and began on a journey to teach myself to read. Within 6 months, I was placed in the high school's Honor's English class, reading a different classic each week.

Today I speed-read and I am tri-lingual (Spanish, Hebrew, and English.) I became a teacher and did that for 34-years where I helped my students and their families to overcome their challenges.

Chana Klein I have also overcome food addiction. I am in recovery 31 years and am trained as a Recovery Coach. I am the Board Secretary for Recovery Coach International. Today I am grateful for all of the challenges because each part of that journey has led me to more and more wisdom and joy in my life.

I have studied and lived many religions in my spiritual search and finally found my own truth in Orthodox Judaism. Once I discovered the Torah, realizing that I had a lot of wisdom to catch up on, for the next 21 years, I spent six to ten hours each day studying the Torah writings, never missing a day, even while working full-time.

Today, I put my soul lessons on paper by writing a life lessons story each week. You are welcome to take a peek by clicking on "Life Lessons Stories" and learn with me as the journey of each of us enfolds.
 

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