2009

Please take a few minutes to read some of the encouraging words others have written to TA throughout her adventures and life challenges of 2009.

Lana Greenslade Monday, November 09, 2009
Spirituality week end retreat November 2009
Just returned from Burry Heights, where I had the pleasure of hearing you speak of your adventures with Flat Pat in tow. I was touched by your story of courage and determination and realized that it is the journey in life that counts.Through laughter and tears, I was moved as you recounted your personal journey I wish you well as you continue to follow that dream and hope to hear of your continued success!

Helena Monday, September 21, 2009
Feedback for you!
Hello TA, We all enjoyed the summer without thinking of the conference and now we are reviewing the evaluation forms. I am just giving you feed back from your presentation. It was outstanding. Nothing but rave reviews. The forms number 1 to 4, 4 being the highest and you received a prefect 4. Some people pencil in 10! The following are a few comments stated: best motivational speaker I have ever heard excellent speaker TA, a “10″ message of hope and inner reflection – I will share her story inspiring fabulous TA, the best speaker of the entire conference Amazing The opening and closing speakers were the best I have heard in 30yrs attending ORNAC Conferences. I have heard two other climbers speak on Mount Everest but TA was by far inspiring. She really enforced the team approach, that is necessary. Much like OR nursing. Its OK not to reach your goal but it is the process you take that is important. On behalf of ORNAC thank you for speaking. Good luck with Everest!

Mark Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Thanks TA
Hi TA, I have been following your adventures since your attempt on Everest and have read your book twice now! I have been meaning to write you in the past but sometimes I put the Pro in procrastinate. I hope these words come across as sincere and meaningful as I mean to write them to you. By following your adventures you have helped me create new goals and seek new challenges. In the past I was always in a comfort zone with a lot of things in my life though I was itching everyday to travel more and to teach english in korea. In August I gave up my job and I’m sending you this email from Korea in between preparing for tomorrow’s classes. I have loved every minute here even the times I start to feel frustrated not being to talk to someone, or order food in a restaurant. My journey here is the start of many goals I have planned! I tell you this because your book was amazing! I loved reading how you take yourself out of your comfort zone, the sacrifice you make to obtain your dream, and the passion you live with everyday! You are very inspiring and though I obviously wanted you to summit everest, you have made me start my climb and every day I feel I’m taking another step to living a very fulfilled life. I’m so happy to hear you are making another attempt and I know this time you will be successful! Your determination is admirable! Well, I’m glad I took the time to thank you for your inspiration, wisdom, and insight! I’m glad there are people out there like you who sacrifice everyday to benefit others. I do appreciate your hard work and more importantly I hope you stand on top of the world!

Trudy Tuesday, August 04, 2009
The plan
Your plan for training for Everest and your financial plan sounds good. I’m hoping to follow your progress in the upcoming months. All the best with everything you are hoping to achieve in the coming year.

Heather Friday, June 12, 2009
Thanks TA
Hi TA, I’ve decided that TA stands for “Totally Amazing”!!! Your talk to our OR nurses group today was nothing short of that. Afterwards so many people were talking about what a great job you did. You gave everyone so much to think about as they make their way back to their homes all across the country….what a great ending to our week!!! Thanks so much for everything and good luck in all your future adventures. I’m so glad to be included in your weekly updates. Take care and see you at rink. Heather PS: Thanks also for the Cassie Campbell photo shop magic….for a brief moment in time I was a hockey superstar and it felt great…maybe my play will improve…haha.

an operating room nurse Friday, June 12, 2009
you are an inspiration to us all. you spoke today at our national conference and as a Newfoundlander you made us all proud. you go girl:> i look forward to hearing of your adventures and plan on purchasing your books to give as gifts.

Chris Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Thanks
I just wanted to drop you a line to say thank you for speaking to our running group. All people present were motivated by you – I know you sure get me pumped about the things I want to accomplish in life. Thanks very much and I wish you all the best with your future endeavors.

Tanya Smith Monday, May 11, 2009
Wellness Coalition May 6
Hi TA, just dropping a line to say that you did an amazing job on May 6 at the Wellness Coalition. Being there setting down and listening to you has changed me as an individual. I will be following your journey’s and best of luck . Take care……………

Tammy Saturday, May 09, 2009
Thanks for the presentation!
I went through all the evaluations form the day and your presentation was certainly the highlight. Participants were talking about it all day. You do a fantastic job with it and it is so motivating to all. Thanks once again for participating in our day and I’m sure you will be hearing from some of the groups in the room today.

Olive Saturday, May 09, 2009
Hi TA I met you Wednesday May6th at Clarenville. I was fortunate enough to have my picture taken with you. It’s people like you that make me proud to be a Newfoundlander. I was a very adventurous person,I spent most of my time outdoors when I wasn’t working. My dream was that one day after I retired I would buy myself a camper van and travel across Nfld and camp overnight in every campsite along the way. Unfortunately,my dream became just that, a dream. I suffered a back injury and had to stop working. I have had three back surgeries and a few years ago while living in Alberta I took part in laser research, a team of doctors severed the nerves that was causing the pain. It helped for a couple of years but now I’m back to square one. My dream came to a screeching halt and I was devastated. I know how you must have felt when you had to turn back but with god’s help and me rooting for you the next time is going to be a piece of cake. Good luck with your book I was unable to buy it but my friend did and she promised I could borrow it (smile). Keep up the good work you are an inspiration not only to me but every man,woman and child that know you. I help teach quilt making and other crafts at our seniors and 50+ club when they say I can’t do something I composed a little poem. It will be in our book that we are writing, it goes something like this. Never Say Can’t I can’t do this, I can’t do that My hands are too big,my fingers too fat I can’t sew or I can’t knit And my cross stitch is not fit What’s this world coming to If you let a four letter word control you. Be determined and take a stand Remove the “T” and say I can. Good luck in all future endeavors OLIVE

Gordon &rosemary Hancock Sunday, March 29, 2009
Reading your book
Just finished reading your book. Could not but it down once I started. Cryed a few tears as I travelled along with you.Take your time in climbing Everest,she will always be there and when your turn comes she will enbrace you with open arms. We will follow your climb,for we know someday you will stand on Mount Everest flying the Newfoundland flag. Al sent us your book,as a team member he have always talked about you with pride. Follow your dream,dreams do come true.

Gordon and Rosemary Hancock Sunday, March 29, 2009
Reading your book
Just finished reading your book. I have to say I did a lot of crying as you brought to life the hardships you all endure on your climb. Take your time,when you are ready Everest will call,it is then that her mountain will wrap her arms around you and embrace you as her own. Al was so proud to send us your book ,signed by someone who never give up on a dream. We will follow your climb because one day there you will be on Everest flying the Newfoundland flag

Jeanann Biggin Thursday, March 12, 2009
Hi
Hi TA; I was at the session yesterday with HRLE and I really enjoyed your talk and learned so much about Everest and the human spirit. You had us captivated from the moment you began speaking. I will be checking your website for updates and wish you the best of luck.

Pinar Ayata Tuesday, March 10, 2009
best wishes
hey TA! it was such an amazing experience we had. i was the luckiest of the group since i got to spend the most time with you. you have a holy aura that makes me feel safe, comfortable, calm and peaceful. i would consider myself accomplished if i can ever reach ythe quality of your personality.

Paula Tessier Saturday, January 24, 2009
Thank-you
I did okay with the celebrating ;-) I do have to say, and I know you may get sick of hearing it – but you were fantastic! It was such a treat to hear you speak, but you were eloquent, touching, real, and I have to say, incredibly moving. The way to related a climb to the fight against breast cancer was so beautiful. There were a couple of women in the room who are undergoing treatment and they were very moved and inspired. I heard you were good, but as I’m sure you could tell – I thought you were just exceptional – the perfect way to end the evening. Again, my deepest thanks.