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Episode 172

Published on:

9th Mar 2021

A Mother’s Grace: How One Woman Turned Tragedy Into Something Bigger And Better

After being diagnosed with breast cancer and having her son face a near-death bout with Diabetic Ketoacidosis, Michelle Moore-Fanger felt devastated, broken, and tired. But she used her hurdles as motivation to continue helping others through her charity and now a book.

Guest biography

Michelle Moore-Fanger is the author of “A Mother's Grace: Healing the World, One Woman at a Time” and the founder of the Mother’s Grace Foundation.

Table of contents:

  • Introduction
  • The impact of having a nurse for a mother

Michelle tells a story about how her mother, who had a congenital heart defect, continued to work as a nurse helping pediatric cardiac patients. Michelle’s experience having a nurse for a mother was a driving factor to writing the book.

  • Memories

Michelle’s mother passed away when she was five years old, leaving her with very few memories. She recalls a few of the things she remembers for Lee.

  • Having an impact

Growing up without a mother and going through cancer herself, Michelle has had the type of tough experiences that allow her to empathize with others better. She believes it’s that empathy that enables her to help others so well.

  • Hurricane Katrina

One of Michelle’s first fundraisers was to support those impacted by Hurricane Katrina. She explains how she came to the idea and connected with a woman from the area to assist those in need.

  • Breast cancer diagnosis

After helping so many, Michelle found herself in need of help and support after being diagnosed with breast cancer.

  • Diabetic Ketoacidosis

With her own diagnosis, Michelle’s seven-year-old son was near death and had to be rushed to Phoenix Children’s Hospital with Diabetic Ketoacidosis.

  • The premise of “A Mother’s Grace”

As Michelle explains, her own cancer diagnosis and her son’s medical issues were simply devastating to her emotional state. As she details, the constant flow of information and the worry that comes with it left her broken and tired.

  • Creating the Mother’s Grace Foundation

Having gone through her own troubles, Michelle decided she should create a non-profit that can help other mothers take the time to be with their children

  • Finding other women facing tragedy

Michelle says it’s divine the way she’s found other women going through a life tragedy. She shares a story about finding and helping a woman who eventually went on to create Amanda Hope Rainbow Angels and Comfycozy’s for Chemo.

  • The future

Michelle thinks her foundation is doing all the right things and helping so many people but she wants to expand to help even more. She discusses how the foundation works currently and its current rate of pass-through.

  • Funding and how you can help

Mother’s Grace currently gets a majority of its funding through private donors. Michelle attributes that to the word-of-mouth, social media, and magazine reach they’ve had. While they don’t currently have a grant writer, the foundation is starting to apply for grants.

Links mentioned in the show:

Michelle Moore - A Mother’s Grace Book

Mother’s Grace Foundation - Website

Mother’s Grace Foundation - Email

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