Category: Make Things Happen

Blogger-in-chief, award-winning public speaker, and disability awareness advocate Shari Cooper provides insight, humor, and reflection on a range of issues.

The Success of a Blog “Make Things Happen”

For the past several years the blog Make Things Happen has taken on new heights that I couldn’t have imagined in my wildest dreams. Who would have ever thought, just by having a topic that weighed on your mind you could in return write it down, draft it again and again, change it up a... Read more »
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Amazing Gift

Around the holidays, I try to compose or find stories to blog that I feel will warm the hearts of many. The story of an experimental therapy treatment that helped sixteen year Christian Guardino from going totally blind, is definitely one of those stories. https://www.cbsnews.com/news/why-fda-approval-of-a-gene-therapy-to-treat-form-of-blindess-is-such-a-big-deal/. Leber’s Congenital Amaurosis (LCA) is a rare genetic disorder that... Read more »
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Thanksgiving Traditions

  Thanksgiving is almost here. Although, I’m looking forward to the big turkey, mom’s amazing sweet-potato-pie, football and most of all giving thanks for another year of grace and mercy, what I’m also looking forward too is, The Annual Cooper Family Talent Show! Every year my family comes together to make memories. Are we a... Read more »
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Advocacy At Its Best

On November 1, 2017 I was honored to receive the Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities (OOD) Ben Bonanno Disability Advocate Award! This award is given to an individual who has made a significant impact on improving the employment opportunities of Ohioans with disabilities. My road to employment was bumpy but I made it and now... Read more »
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Cowgirl Shari

Halloween is upon us and I definitely want to create a costume that will give off that WOW factor. For the past year, I’ve been saying I want to dress up like a cowgirl. It’s just something so cool and rugged about being a cowgirl. Could it be the way she’s able to handle a... Read more »
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What’s Holding You Back

I was once told by numerous health care professionals, that the more I stand and take a few steps on my walker the better I’ll get at doing it. Yet, I know in my heart that they are telling me the truth, I just couldn’t seem to get motivated back then. Could it have been... Read more »
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What Super Power Do You Want

Have you ever wanted to be a superhero and have super natural powers? Think about it; if you could be like Spiderman and have power to shoot webs out of your wrist in order to swing to the rooftop of buildings would you? Or perhaps Storm on the X Men movie is your superhero choice.... Read more »
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16 Steps and Counting (Update)

Today is Women’s Health Fitness Day. To commemorate the day, I thought I’d give you an update on my progress on learning how to walk again. Since last reported, I’ve surpassed my 16 steps! I’m doing so well I’ve started doing laps around the dining room. My stamina is much better. It used to be... Read more »
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Football With My Bros

I was a girly-girl growing up. I liked my Barbie dolls, Easy Bake Oven, I played kitchen with mini appliances and dishes. I didn’t think I was going to be the girl who grew up to actually like the game of football, until I was drafted by my brothers. I am the baby girl of... Read more »
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