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patcelaw
http://www.fanstory.com/patcelaw
Location: Glendale, AZ USA
Gender: Female
Born: June 7, 1938
Member: Eternal Premier Author
Joined: August 2014
INFORMATION
I recently moved from Las Cruces, New Mexico to live in Glendale Arizona. I live with my daughter and son-in-law. Since I have vision and health issues, I need to be with family since I can no longer drive.
After being on Fanstory now for almost five years I have learned some valuable lessons.
Am trying new poetry formats. I recently have written a cinquain, acrostics, non-fiction essays about wildlife, limericks and even created what I call a word acrostic. Word acrostics are where the first word of each line become a special message to the poem. I also created a format called spaceship, which is syllable based. the line are 1,3,6,8,12,9,6,3,1 centered and the words look like spaceships.

I'm not on this site to become a published author or poet. I am here to write and hopefully write things that will encourage others to do their best and not feel alone in this crazy world.
To learn all the poetic rules at this point in my life is not something I am wanting to do. So please consider that when you review my work. I do enjoy trying new forms of poetry and if what I write is only worthy of a C grade, then you can know I at least tried something new, and challenging.
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My life story is the subject of a radio drama, below is a story of how it all came about.

I live in America, the radio drama was produced in America at the Pacific Garden Mission located in Chicago IL. Pacific Garden Mission is the largest and oldest mission for the homeless and down trodden in the world, it has been running since 1887 or there about. The way my story came about is I sent about 100 pages of stories about my life to the Mission, they in turn passed the stories to a script writer, who took the facts of my story and made it into a drama. There were actors and actresses who played the roles of the various people in my story.

To access my story google Patricia Lawrence unshackled
Go to listen then to the archives for OCT 2014
Name Patricia Lawrence
My program #'s are 3325 and 3326
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Here is a message I got from the producer of the Unshackled program where my testimony has been produced as a radio drama.

Hello Patricia,

Thanks for the enormous time that you have given to this amazing
endeavor. All that you have shared will be used by the Lord
to assist our script writer with His story in your life.

Have a great day.
Flossie McNeil

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Each time I have listened to it, at points it brings me to tears even though I know the story.
For folks who know me, they may or may not hear me as I sound, but I don't know if we really know how we sound to others. The story is true and the events were painful in spots, for me to tell. But I am so glad I did it and pray there will be hearts and minds changed when they hear my story.

Here is a message I received from the director of the unshackled programs about how my story is touching people around the world.

Thanks Patricia!

Your story greatly impacted many listeners around the world.

Blessings, Flossie
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When I was 19 years old I was the victim of a date rape and became pregnant as a result. When I went home to my family, I was told that I was to have an abortion. I didn't know what that word meant. I asked my family to explain it to me. When they told me what the word meant, I said, "If there is a God I will not have an abortion, as I do not want to answer for taking the life of my child."
Therefore it was my decision to have my child and to relinquish him for adoption. This was without a doubt the hardest thing I have ever done in my life.
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Here is a link to a blog that features a part of my life story.
https://savethe1.blogspot.com/2017/01/im-78-year-old-birthmom-from-rape-and.html
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My motto would be: If you want to try something, go for it, you will either learn or you will achieve the desired.
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Photo is of me taken April 20, 2019 after a 69 pound loss.

FAVORITE QUOTE
Jesus said, I am the way, the truth and the life.
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patcelaw: Yesterday, I became a great grandmother for the 8th time, 5 great grandsons and 3 great granddaughters.
Today one of the great grandsons is 15 years old. How much more can an old lady be blessed? My oh my as my quiver is getting full.
May 10, 2019 at 11:38AM
    Irish Rain: Congratulations Miss Patricia! Wonderful news!
    May 10, 2019 at 1:58PM
    susanjohn: Wonderful news!
    May 10, 2019 at 4:10PM
    nancyjam: That's wonderful. Congratulations!
    May 10, 2019 at 6:04PM
    Debra White: Congratulations! x
    May 11, 2019 at 11:53AM
    Ms. Snyder: 16 times blessed - fantastic! And a big Happy 15th Birthday to your great grandson! Cheers, Fonda
    May 11, 2019 at 7:33PM
    damommy: How wonderful!
    May 12, 2019 at 7:34PM
    Diana L Crawford: So precious, I too am a grandmother of 4 with one soon to arrive in October and a great-grandmother of three so far!! Truly, we are blessed!
    June 17, 2019 at 8:00PM
    Miss Jane: Congratulations! You are truly blessed.
    June 21, 2019 at 8:39PM
    Darlene Franklin: I'm expecting great-grand #2. See, we do have a lot in common!
    June 24, 2019 at 7:33AM

patcelaw: I saw the eye specialist today and I have the early signs of glaucoma. Hopefully we have caught it early and that there are some steps we can take to help my sight.
April 2, 2019 at 3:51PM
    damommy: My prayers for you. 8-) I have macular degeneration.
    April 2, 2019 at 5:21PM
    Colin Lowley : Good luck,its amazing what they can do today.
    April 2, 2019 at 5:59PM
    Irish Rain: Hope all turns out well Miss Patricia!
    April 2, 2019 at 8:58PM
    mrsmajor: My Prayers for your well being, Pat,
    I'm glad they caught it in time...
    April 4, 2019 at 12:46AM

FanStory wrote to patcelaw: The Fox Outfoxed finished third in the contest "Write a Lipogram! "
February 20, 2019 at 12:13AM
    lyenochka: Congratulations, Patricia!
    February 20, 2019 at 12:17AM
    patcelaw: WOW, I finally won a cash prize. Yahoo!!!!!!!
    February 20, 2019 at 3:14AM

patcelaw: I took a very hard fall today and spent several hours in the emergency room, after being transported by ambulance to the hospital. The x-rays and the CAT showed I did not have any broken bones, just quite a lot of bruises outward as well as internally. I am quite sore and will need to be needing to be treat my body gingerly.
February 5, 2019 at 11:14PM
    Jannypan (Jan) : I will say a prayer for a speedy recovery. Don't worry about replying to reviews. Take care of You!
    February 5, 2019 at 11:48PM
    Irish Rain: So sorry to hear this Miss Patricia. You are in my prayers, God bless.
    February 6, 2019 at 12:38AM
    Debra White: Wishing you a speedy recovery...take care, Debra :) x
    February 6, 2019 at 3:15AM
    mrsmajor: I'm so sorry to hear that Pat, I'm glad there were no broken bones, but I'm sure you must be sore...You will be in my Prayers...God Bless...
    February 6, 2019 at 8:17AM
    rama devi: Sending healing thoughts, love and prayers. xxoo
    February 6, 2019 at 10:57AM
    nancyjam: I'm so sorry to hear this Pat. Sending prayers and wishes for a speedy recovery. Nancy
    February 7, 2019 at 3:19PM
    MissMerri: It makes me sad to read this Patricia. I hope you are starting to feel better now, and please know we miss you and hope you're soon well. MM
    February 9, 2019 at 2:08PM
    Stephanie Launiu: Please take care of yourself.Looking forward to reading much more of your writing.
    February 14, 2019 at 3:16AM
    JudyE: I'm sorry you've had a fall. I do hope you'll take time to really give yourself time to heal. Being new, I'm just working out you fell quite a few days back so I hope you're back to full strength now.
    February 14, 2019 at 4:54AM
    patcelaw: After two very painful weeks I am getting better. Still cannot lay flat in bed, so I sleep in my recliner.
    February 20, 2019 at 5:33PM
    DeborahWrite: Dear Patricia, I joined today and just read this...so sorry for your fall and I am relieved to read you had no broke bones.
    Although, I understand how frightening and painful a fall is. Take the best of care, Deborah
    March 5, 2019 at 5:25PM

patcelaw: I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Michael Cahill. He truly will be missed. His poetry was always so well written and presented beautifully.
February 2, 2019 at 11:25AM

patcelaw: My sister tells me that the cloudiness in my vision could be from scar tissue that has grown over my lenses that was put in when I had cataract surgery almost 4 years ago.
November 26, 2018 at 7:24PM
    Jannypan (Jan) : Is it possible to have it treated with a laser to get rid of it?
    November 26, 2018 at 7:50PM
    patcelaw: If it is scarring, it is my understanding that it can be treated with a laser.
    November 27, 2018 at 10:31AM
    damommy: I had mine lasered. It works!
    November 27, 2018 at 12:35PM

patcelaw: It is with regret that I have to say, I am almost to the point where is is becoming impossible for me to read and review works because of my worsening eyesight.
November 19, 2018 at 1:54PM
    Jannypan (Jan) : Patricia,
    Please just write and ignore writing reviews/replies. We understand. I would rather read your super poems/prose and not have you struggle reviewing/replying.
    November 19, 2018 at 4:05PM
    susanjohn: Patricia, you keep on writing! Don't worry about reviews. :-))
    November 19, 2018 at 5:21PM
    damommy: I agree with Jan and Susan. If you can keep writing, don't worry about reviewing and such. 8-)
    November 19, 2018 at 6:39PM
    michaelcahill: Yep, they're on the money, Pat. Just write and do what you can. No worries. :))
    November 19, 2018 at 9:27PM

patcelaw: Mother's day was good until late in the afternoon and then I had an emotional meltdown. The last two weeks has bee quite emotional for me with the sale of my home and car and then making the move.
May 13, 2018 at 11:11PM
    Jannypan (Jan) : Patricia,
    You are with family who LOVE you & God is watching over you. Take it one day at a time.
    May 13, 2018 at 11:23PM

patcelaw: My move is finished, now just to do the unpacking and the final things to make it truly home. The home I am sharing with my daughter Penny and her husband Larry is beautiful. My two rooms being small have almost wall to wall furniture. It is nice to be here and it gives me a feeling of safety. I will get back to writing in the next few days.
May 5, 2018 at 9:26AM
    Jannypan (Jan) : Thanks for the update. You have been missed here. Take care.
    May 5, 2018 at 9:57AM
    mrsmajor: I'm so glad for you, I know what it means to feel safe with families near...God's Blessings for all of you...Hugs!
    May 5, 2018 at 10:16AM
    Irish Rain: Yay!! Sounds awesome Miss Patricia!!!
    May 5, 2018 at 9:40PM

patcelaw: Misty Dawn wrote: You haven't posted anything in two days I hope you're alright. Know my thoughts and prayers are with you, take care.

Thanks for your concern and prayers, I had upper chest, neck and jaw pain so had to be put in the hospital, The did and angiogram and found the stents in my hear working well and no more plaque build up in the arteries than was there two years ago. It was determined that the pain was heart related, but was found quickly enough that it did not cause heart damage. The pain could have been caused from stress related to the severe back pain I have endured for the past 2 1/2 years. I was given a light dose of morphine and it relieved the back pain enough that I can get some of my strength back.
After the eighteen days I may again have back pain, and not be able to get more morphine, until I have moved to Phoenix in May, then have to find a doctor there who will prescribe me morphine.



February 8, 2018 at 8:38PM
    damommy: Dear Patricia, I'm praying for you that you will have no pain, and you will keep writing.
    February 9, 2018 at 2:11PM
    Kathy Allmon: Hope you have a speedy recovery, Pat.




    February 20, 2018 at 5:23PM

patcelaw:

This story will help all who read it not take for granted they will have another day in which to do something that has made a difference in the world for the years we have been given. Copy and paste into you URL and read the story, it will touch your heart.

http://www.samanthawillsfoundation.org/contributors/2018/1/6/holly-butcher-1990-2018
January 15, 2018 at 7:48PM

patcelaw: It is heartbreaking to me that we have become
a society where we have to be vulgar to make
a point. I say, if you must be vulgar to make
a point you are seriously lacking in
education. A lot of the words used today,
I would have gotten my mouth washed
out with soap, had I used them. Think smart, write smart and speak smart,
then you will be thought to be smart.
January 14, 2018 at 6:55PM
    damommy: Good for you to come out and say what a lot of others are thinking. I agree whole-heartedly. I've always heard that using profanity indicated a weak vocabulary.
    January 14, 2018 at 9:24PM
    CD Richards: In principle, I agree. But language changes with time. When I was young, I got my mouth washed out with soap for saying "bum". I also tend to think of people who use expletives every second word as lacking in the ability to express themselves. That said, the occasional f-bomb doesn't bother me. Also, how do you feel about a story where a particularly unsavory fellow is a main character? Surely this depends to some extent on genre. What if I'm writing a gangster novel? Not that I would, they don't appeal to me.
    January 15, 2018 at 2:32AM
    patcelaw: I understand that there are story lines where the expletives language may be called for But, making it a common practice may be done for shock value or because the writer has a hate relationship with someone. I have always had the ability to roundly put someone in their place and never use a vulgar word in the process.
    January 15, 2018 at 11:15AM
    Dean Kuch: I was given Castor Oil by my parents if I slipped up and used a swear word.
    Horrible stuff--I can still sometimes taste it today!
    UGH!
    January 15, 2018 at 12:34PM
    JanPerry: In principle it's true. Unfortunately in this world we live in being polite means you will be ignored. That's what it's like here in Aussie land. They love to boss you around here.
    March 16, 2018 at 1:47PM
    Marie Foster1: In addition to the profanity being offensive, I am turned off by people who take the Lord's name in vain. When it occurs in a movie I wonder...were they unaware that many people will be offended by this?
    September 17, 2018 at 8:18PM

FanStory wrote to patcelaw: Happy New Year finished third in the contest "New Year, New Me"
January 3, 2018 at 4:10PM

patcelaw: Are there others having trouble with the site today?
December 28, 2017 at 5:48PM
    Jannypan (Jan) : I like CLASSIC the best [yeah, I know]. The available list of poems & stories & the well received list of the same has been missing for over a week.
    December 28, 2017 at 6:38PM
    Sankey: Had a couple of times when it was treating me like I was a new Member. Glad that has gone. It happened a while ago, too.
    December 30, 2017 at 1:50PM

patcelaw: I really don't want presents, I'd rather have your presence.
December 18, 2017 at 1:58PM
    Jannypan (Jan) : Patricia,
    Please post your email so we can communicate.
    December 18, 2017 at 7:10PM
    mrsmajor: We are sisters in Christ, Pat, I'm with you...Blessings!
    December 19, 2017 at 7:56AM

 
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