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Karen Mertes’ Amazing Story, How She Gives Back.. and How You Can Too

Thinking about joining Karen Mertes for the 2018 Fulfill You Destiny Chari-Tea event? Check out this interview to find out her reason WHY —

That Business Show welcomed Karen Mertes, an honorably retired United States Air Force Lieutenant Colonel with Fulfill Your Destiny. Karen has an amazing story. She suffered a massive car accident involving a drunk driver. Near death and with a massive brain injury, she vowed to help others if she survived, and that’s how Fulfill Your Destiny was created.

Fulfill Your Destiny is dedicated to helping others in our community become successful, or helping them out in order to give them the tools to live a better and happier life. Whether its helping a young child with school or giving a foster child their own car, Fulfill Your Destiny does some real good for the Tampa Bay community.


More about Karen and Fulfill Your Destiny at http://www.fulfillyourdestiny.org, or email her at karen@fulfillyourdestiny.org!

 

 

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TBT to Amazon Best Selling Author, Karen Mertes, On the Road with Bobby Lewis on WTSP

Throwback to Amazon Best Selling Author, Karen Mertes, being interviewed on On the Road with Bobby Lewis on WTSP! Hear her story, purpose and all of the good things she is doing through her charity Fulfill Your Destiny —

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Want to get in on the action? Fulfill Your Destiny’s 2018 Fulfill Your Destiny’s Spring Chari-Tea, our signature event on Mar 24, 2018 returning again to the beautiful Empress Tea Room located at 12924 N Dale Mabry Hwy in Tampa, FL, a locally owned and operated elegant Tea Room and Event Dining venue.  Our 2018 Fulfill Your Destiny’s Spring Chari-Tea will be 2:30 – 5:00 PM on Saturday, Mar 24, 2018.


Please contact Karen directly at karen.mertes@yahoo.com or karen@fulfillyourdestiny.org or by calling her at 813-481-9895 for sponsorship and reservations or for more information.

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Wheels of Success’ Vehicles for Veterans Program Brings Hope to Navy Vet with Help from STCOC!

The South Tampa Chamber of Commerce and the Committee for the 19th Annual Fall Golf Classic presented by Caldeco and ZapCap selected Fulfill Your Destiny as their beneficiary charity.

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The first recipient, Rebecca O. received hers on Veteran’s Day when four Community Partners joined forces and presented a Car to a Local U.S. Navy Veteran through the Wheels of Success’ Vehicles for Veterans Program. Wheels of Success teamed up with DAV Charitable Services Trust, Powerstories Theatre, and Fulfill Your Destiny to honor Rebecca O.

Rebecca O. is single mother of two young boys and a U.S. Navy veteran.  After moving to the Tampa Bay area to escape an abusive relationship, Rebecca O. found full-time employment with Walt Disney, as she describes “a happy place to work”.  Though Rebecca O. could take the bus to work, her late hours left her stranded with no way to return home.  The Crisis Center of Tampa Bay referred her to Wheels of Success in hopes of finding a transportation solution because being able get to and from work – at any hour – is vital to keeping working families on the road to success.

For the entire write-up, click here!

 

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Martin Luther King Jr. Day | Always Keep Moving

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January 15, 2018 · 12:15 pm

Karen Mertes’ Story of Triumph Shared by MADD

Every day in America, another 29 people die as a result of drunk driving crashes. That’s one person every 50 minutes. Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) picked up Karen Mertes’ story of triumph late last year and shared it with the world.

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Here is an excerpt from the MADD write-up on Karen Mertes:
“In every situation we have a choice, to stay a victim or become victorious despite all odds. I chose to be better, not bitter.” The driver that made the choice to drink and drive and injured Karen, continued to make choices that harmed him. Before the Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) results came back, he fled the state. The news was heart breaking. As she continued to face new challenges head-on and find ways to embrace her TBI, the person that caused so much pain and suffering chose to flee his problems and not be accountable for his actions.”
For the entire article, click here: https://www.madd.org/blog/karen-mertes/

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Become a H.E.R.O. this Holiday Season

Fulfill Your Destiny presents H.E.R.O. – ‘Hands Eagerly Reach Out’ Awards to businesses, individuals, and organizations who have been instrumental in providing opportunities for Fulfill Your Destiny to carry out its mission and assist others. When we dare to care, our hands eagerly reach out to help others in need. Imagine how strong every community can become if hands eagerly reach out to help others when and where needed.

Many of these recipients have donated money and/or in-kind services to Fulfill Your Destiny enabling us to better help those individuals and organizations receiving assistance from Fulfill Your Destiny.

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Listed here are those businesses, individuals, and organizations that have received Fulfill Your Destiny’s H.E.R.O. Award:

Businesses:

  • Dunkin’ Donuts
  • Kendra Scott
  • Richter Publishing
  • Home Instead Senior Care
  • Invent Your Image
  • Balanced Accounting and Tax Services
  • Sew Be It
  • Jennie’s Flowers
  • The Empress Tea Room & Event Dining
  • Independent Financial Services
  • Macy’s Westshore
  • Minuteman Press of Town & Country
  • Canvas Zoo
  • Painting With a Twist
  • The Manhattan
  • MamaRazzi Foto
  • Whiskey Joe’s
  • Powell & Espat
  • Charity Chics
  • Doormet
  • The Rolling Pin
  • tcP! sweets
  • Mary Ann Halpin Photography
Individuals:
  • Julie Heidelberg
  • Terri Sullivan
  • Bobbie Williams
Organizations:
  • South Tampa Chamber of Commerce 19th Annual Fall Golf Classic Committee
  • Wheels of Success
  • Tampa Bay Lightning
To learn about opportunities for mutually beneficial strategic alliances or community partnerships with Fulfill Your Destiny, please contact Karen by e-mailing her at karen@fulfillyourdestiny.org or karen.mertes@yahoo.com.

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How to Spot the Emotional Stages of Recovery from a TBI

We all have different family situations, different jobs, different strengths, and different weaknesses. Despite all these differences, there are a number of very common emotional stages that people with a head injury go through. This is based upon my own experience treating patients, but many investigators note similar findings. Here are a view stages to spot when a loved one is recovering/suffering from a TBI.

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Confusion and Agitation

This can last minutes or it can last for months. In the hospital setting, this is very difficult for family members. Someone who is very meek and mild, for example, can be physically aggressive. They may punch the nurses, or swear and curse at family members. It’s very frightening for family members, and it feels like it is going to last forever. It may take a while, but people eventually come out of it.

Denial

The patient says, “There’s nothing wrong with me.” For example, they’re in a motor vehicle accident, they’re briefly seen in an emergency room, and they go home. Suddenly, they’re having difficulties. They’re forgetting things or burning food. Family members may say, “you seem different.” But the head-injured person says “No, there’s nothing wrong with me.

Anger and Depression

Denial is a very common problem, but eventually it breaks down. Head injury problems just don’t go away. The same problems happen over and over and over again. This leads to the next phase, in which the person has a limited awareness of the head injury, beginning what I call the depression/anger phase. When you realize you are different and can’t do things like you used to, you may become angry or depressed.

 

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