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Something Bigger

Posted on April 17, 2017 by Chrystal Hedges

I have been fostering for over 5 years and this week I was very blessed to officially add to my family once again. She was a bundle of joy that came into our lives when she was 3 weeks old. She was very small and had so many health struggles she dealt with early in life. We had many sleepless nights and, like any other parent experiences, wondered what the future would hold for her. But even with all the struggles, she overcame!

Now she is a little 16-month-old girl who is thriving and loves her three older sisters (probably because they spoil her). Being a foster parent and eventually adopting is definitely a journey of ups and downs that doesn’t end once you receive the official birth certificate or they share your last name. It is truly something bigger than me.  It is about the impact I can make on another person. This is the heart of a person’s community well-being.

When people think of their overall well-being, community well-being is not the first to come to mind. You might first think about your physical well-being like getting enough exercise, eating nutritious foods and getting enough sleep. Something you probably didn’t know is the community element of well-being can actually be the differentiator between you having a good life and a great one.

So that being said, I want to leave you with this: what impact do you want to make right now for your good life to become a great one?

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Chrystal Hedges

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Chrystal Hedges received her Bachelor's of Science degree from St. Gregory's University in Shawnee, Oklahoma and received her Master's of Public Health in Health Promotion Sciences from OU Health Sciences Center. She has ten and a half years of experience working in the public health arena promoting and advocating for health and well-being in various capacities. Her current role as a well-being program coordinator is to provide state employees and their families with information and opportunities to learn, grow and enrich their lives for the better. Her passion and advocacy for health and well-being has led her to one of the most important roles in her life, serving as a foster and adoptive parent. Ms. Hedges has been a foster parent for 5 years and currently has two foster children and two adoptive children.