These blogs are to help people, young and old, to overcome their adversity through resiliency! My goal is to empower, educate, uplift, encourage and guide others through their losses and challenges by role modeling the skills necessary to overcome, rebound and rebuild.
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A New Book for Kids: A Puppy’s Journey of Resiliency During Loss and Hardship
Cleveland, OH, October 2015 – A true collaboration between Kasey Crawford Kellem and her rescued Pit Bull, Belle Eve, teaches kids how to be resilient during loss and hardship. Anything is PAWSible if you believe! This heart-warming story of one dog’s trials during one of her owner’s journey with cancer and after losing him and rising out of the ashes of despair with a unique outlook and resilient attitude engages readers of all ages. Everything is narrated by Bella Eve herself and based on her actual life story with her owners Craig and Kasey Crawford Kellem.
“The inspiration to write a book with Bella Eve came after I was done writing my adult book: Don’t Stop Believing: Our Journey with Cancer,” said Kellem. “I wanted to inspire and help children to get through loss and heartache. There are many kids who know someone or an animal with cancer, but they do not know how to cope with the experience and have a hard time expressing their feelings about the situation. I felt by writing Bella Eve’s story, kids would know they are not alone in these struggles and would gain skills to cope.”
Children of all ages will relate easily to Bella Eve and her story of losing her owner to cancer. The book includes information on a wide range of topics from being resilient to not letting go of dreams even in a time of loss, believing and trusting those around you, finding joy in life around you in hard times to not giving up on loved ones and friends. Each topic is uncovered as Bella Eve and Kasey journey through life during Craig’s illness and after his death. The format is designed to resonate with readers of all ages and open conversation about resiliency, hardship and loss.
“The book really allows kids to open up and share their feelings, fears and coping mechanisms,” added Kellem. “I’ve even had adults cry and share experiences with me after reading the book.”
Those who own dogs know they are far more than just animals; compassionate, intricate souls with deep emotions and thoughts. Kasey Crawford Kellem’s rescue Pit Bull fits the description to a tee. In fact, she is such an inspiration that Bella Eve and Kellem have plans to write more books together.
“Kasey is a big believer, teacher and role model of being resilient,” stated Halo Publisher Lisa M. Umina. “Bella Eve also has a motto she shares in her new book, too: Anything is PAWSible if You Believe. This is repeated in the book multiple times, and I hope readers will gain the five skills needed to face adversity with resilience.”
Bella Eva and Kasey Crawford Kellem’s dream is to inspire people of all ages to live life with happiness, gratitude, courage, faith, and determination despite adversity. They believe!
You can purchase Bella Eve: The Bounce-Back Dog through Halo Publishing’s website (http://halopublishing.com), Amazon, B&N and local bookstores.
Bella Eve lives with her mother, Kasey Crawford Kellem. Bella enjoys going for car rides and long walks with her mommy. When she is home, she plays in her yard socializing with any dog or person who visits. Bella hopes as a therapy dog she can help children learn resiliency skills and cope with their challenges in life.
Kasey Crawford Kellem, a school counselor, has devoted her life to helping others facing adversity overcome their challenges and be resilient. She earned a bachelor and master’s degree in special education and an educational specialist degree in counseling. Kasey is the author of Don’t Stop Believing: Our Journey with Cancer and five Mind Over Matter children’s books: Believe; Love; Relax; Laugh; and Dream. She is a recent widow, stepmother, sister, daughter and friend to many.
Bella Eve: The Bounce-Back Dog by Kasey Crawford Kellem, publisher Halo Publishing, Int.
This is a wonderfully inspiring picture book about a rescue dog and how she graced everyone’s life by her resiliency and unceasing love, including her daddy’s life in the final stages of cancer.
This is a story about Bella Eve. She was born on August 21st, 2013 along with her three siblings. Her first home was in a dangerous neighborhood and her mommy and daddy didn’t properly care for her and her siblings. So, the police took them away and they were brought into a shelter.
They stayed at the rescue for six weeks. They all hoped that they would be adopted by a loving family who would give them a forever home. One day, Bella Eve got her wish and a kind loving family came to pick her up. However, she was sad to leave her siblings. But somehow she thought it would be okay.
She found out later that she was a birthday gift for her daddy who was dying of cancer. Bella Eve believed that all would go well. But as her daddy got sicker and sicker, she continued loving him and wishing that he would get well soon. But sadly things only got worse, and one day, her daddy didn’t come back. She was very sad. But she still tried to be hopeful and carry on, despite some sad days.
This book will be enjoyed by younger and older children alike. It is a book that shows the value of resiliency and how one little puppy showed everyone that life is really what you make it. Thank you Kasey for such a wonderful picture book!
New Book Encourages Couples to Celebrates Life Even When One of Them Has a Terminal Illness
Cleveland, OH, August 2015 – There’s more than one way to tell a sad story, but sharing a true story of love, hope, faith and the loss of a loved one to cancer can be painful, difficult and heart wrenching, as well as uplifting and encouraging. The personal narrative of Don’t Stop Believing: Our Journey with Cancer, by Kasey Crawford Kellem is a remarkable memoir that shares her personal struggle, unconditional love for her husband Craig, and their losing battle against prostate cancer.
“We loved, laughed and lived to the very end,” shared Kasey. “We didn’t give up on life just because of a grim outcome. Craig’s life touched many people from family, close friends and strangers who followed our journey through social media.”
In the memoir, Don’t Stop Believing: Our Journey with Cancer readers experience some of the uplifting events and ways Kasey and Craig celebrated, danced and enjoyed life. “You have a choice in this world and we chose to believe,” said Kasey, and believe they did. With a cancer diagnosis hanging over their heads, Kasey and Craig paid it forward by encouraging others also battling cancer and hardships to find the joy in life around them. Kasey and friend, Harry, even started a trend based off the concept of a Flash Mob to help uplift not only Craig, but family, friends, co-workers and complete strangers with what they dubbed a Love Mob.
Kasey is a big believer, teacher and role model of being resilient. Living with Multiple Sclerosis and having lost her mother eleven years ago, she knows how to overcome challenges. “My mom used to say, ‘If this is the worst that can happen to you, then you’re lucky,’” said Kasey. “Craig also had a motto: 'This too shall pass.' Because we believed and celebrated life, laughed, dreamed and were surrounded by loving people, we were able to get through the hard times.”
In Don’t Stop Believing: Our Journey with Cancer readers will relate to the love and devotion Kasey and her husband Craig experienced as they believed and celebrated to the very end. Much of the memoir draws upon memories and social media posts Kasey shared on Facebook throughout their journey with cancer. “When I sat down to write after Craig passed, it was very raw and fresh to me the experiences we went through. I found going through my timeline and being able to reflect was very cathartic and therapeutic. I wasn’t able to process what was happening to us at the time. I was on autopilot. I couldn’t let myself get emotional. I had to be a rock for my husband. But now, I was able to see what happened and how we made it through to the end. Writing this memoir has helped me process everything. I’m not bitter. I don’t play the ‘What if’ game. We lived…we believed,” shared Kasey.
Kasey Crawford Kellem’s raw honesty reveals every emotion she faced and the various thoughts that raced through her mind after her husband Craig was given his death sentence. Don’t Stop Believing: Our Journey with Cancer is not exactly happy. It’s not that kind of book. However, it will linger long and hard in the minds of readers and show life is worth living no matter the outcome. But it’s not a cancer book either…because cancer books suck.
“In the midst of a cancer diagnosis, most patients and family members find it difficult to retain the information they hear. Having a loved one live with a terminal diagnosis for an extended period of time is fast replacing sudden and unexpected death as a norm,” said Halo Publisher Lisa M. Umina. “In this emotional rendition of Kasey and Craig’s battle with cancer, Kasey encourages people fighting this dreaded disease to never lose hope, to keep believing and to celebrate life to the every end.”
You can purchase Don’t Stop Believing: Our Journey with Cancer through Halo Publishing’s website (http://halopublishing.com), Amazon, B&N and local bookstores.
Kasey Crawford Kellem, a school counselor, has devoted her life to helping others facing adversity overcome their challenges and be resilient. She earned a bachelor and master’s degree in special education and an educational specialist degree in counseling. Kasey is the author of five Mind Over Matter children’s books: Believe; Love; Relax; Laugh; and Dream. She is a recent widow, stepmother, sister, daughter and friend to many.
Don’t Stop Believing: Our Journey with Cancer by Kasey Crawford Kellem, publisher Halo Publishing, Int.
Don’t Stop Believing: Our Journey with Cancer is a memoir about a husband and wife’s 2 ½ year experience with terminal prostate cancer. Despite the prognosis, this couple embraced life, surrounded themselves with family and friends, and celebrated every milestone. This book is to inspire anyone facing an illness, along with their caregiver, so they may still live life to the fullest with faith, gratitude, perseverance and courage.
When I taught special education about 20 years ago, I would often tell my mother funny, rather incredulous stories either beginning or ending them with, “I can’t make this S#*! Up!” She would agree after hearing my stories and repeatedly told me I need to write a book!
Well, over the past few years I have worked on several stories that I really could not make up. However, after much thought and discussion with others, I have decided to open the book up to others to share their, “I Can’t Make This S#*! Up” stories, thus making my book a compilation similar to that of “Chicken Soup for the Soul” though less inspirational and more humorous.
I realize this endeavor is going to take a lot of time and money to get published, but it is a dream and I am dedicated to following it.
This all being said, if you have a story related to SCHOOL, either as an educator, administrator, staff member, student or parent, please consider submitting it to the site below. Your story just may be published in my “I Can’t Make This S#*! Up: School Edition!”
And, yes, if this works out, I hope to have other editions including: The Work Edition and The Growing Up Edition. Gotta Believe!
Kasey Crawford Kellem
Author: “Mind Over Matter Books”
Please click on the link below to go to The Mind Over Matter website to learn more!