Women Defining the Future: Spotlight on iVillage's Community Members

Jennifer Maynard
Jen has been through four deployments with her boyfriend. These are tough times for anyone, and it's easy to fall into a spiral of self-pity. However, in the spring she decided that she needed to be accountable for taking care of herself, even in her sadness. She signed up to train for a triathlon. She completed her first triathlon in May, and she's now coping with yet another deployment by continuing to train for triathlons. We think it's amazing how she strengthens her outside as a way of keeping herself strong on the inside.

--Submitted by Corrine Sandusky, Love & Sex Senior CM

Lisa Packard
Lisa says the best thing her mother ever taught her was to love volunteering. She took Lisa door-to-door to collect for the American Cancer Society, which inspired Lisa to start volunteering on her own. To this day, Lisa still volunteers and loves it; she wants to pass on to her daughter that same sentiment. Lisa started bringing her daughter to volunteer when she was just six weeks old. They helped clean up the community, and they made cards for sick children. They now live in Washington, where Lisa serves on the board for the Friends of the Battle Ground Community Library — and her daughter joins her at every meeting. Lisa also picks up donated books for the library, and her daughter helps with that job, as well. Lisa is sure that when her daughter is older she'll continue in Lisa's path as a volunteer. Lisa says, “I will then have confidence that the world will continue to be a happier place to live in.”
--Submitted by Susan Taylor, Pregnancy & Parenting Senior CM

Megan Fitzpatrick
Megan is an incredible source of support to iVillage women who are grieving or depressed. (She lost her nine-year-old daughter in a tragic car accident.) The way our community pulled together for her, not only at that time but as they continue to do so to honor Kelly on her birth and death date, just awes us to this day. There's no question that they're drawing from her strength and support and giving back tenfold. Megan says, “My marriage has become stronger, and holding my boys has never felt so precious. The words 'I love you' are so powerful and are the last words I heard from my beloved daughter. Treasure the memories. Treasure the words.”

--Submitted by Danielle, Pregnancy & Parenting CM

Susan Williams
Susan is a nurse, and she takes her career very seriously. When disaster struck the Gulf Coast in the form of Hurricanes Rita and Katrina, Susan was one of the first nurses on the scene to volunteer her services. She went to Lafayette, Louisiana, and worked in the NICU for six days. Then she went back a couple of weeks later and stayed several more days to help with the evacuations. Even though this left her very stressed and tired, she came back willing to jump right back on the iVillage message board where she volunteers to help our members stay healthy.
--Submitted by Joyce Philbeck, Diet & Fitness Senior CM

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