A career in television news was the main abmition in Dana's life from high school. Her dreams carried her through college at Liberty University and into her jobs at two of Virginia's top stations. A move to Pennsylvania eventually landed her with Hearst and in their Washington, D.C. bureau. Dana then moved to CBN, where she fulfilled her professional dream of joining the White House Press Corp.
Along the way she kept in touch with Michael, a man she had only met through a chance Email in college. A long-distance relationship was tough. The good-byes grew more painful. On a crisp October evening beside the fountains of the World War II Memorial on the National Mall he asked her to spend the rest of her life making memories with him.
In high school Michael had been paralyzed from a sports injury. They were well-aware marriage would bring them challenges. After a year of juggling career, marriage, and this role as caregiver Dana lost herself. She found help in books from others, but the clean-cut answers weren't working. Counseling led Dana and Michael through the process of grieving over the challenges his disability brought.
During those dark times Dana opened up, sharing her story on her little blog. Stories about her puggle Brokaw, work, food, and travel were peppered with stories about caegiving and disability. People across the country followed their story.
Life grew more enjoyable as they faced the challenges together. They cried less, laughed more, and opened up to other couples. Those relationships grew into a platform for ministry, their blog reaching thousands every week. The catastrophic dismemberment of one of Dana's brother's soldiers introduced them to young men and women facing similar struggles.
Dana wears many hats. She is still in television news (back at home now), still wife, still mommy to her puggle, still sharing her experiences through the blog, still reaching a growing community of spouses caring for someone with a disability. There is no balancing it all, just living day-to-day and encouraging others along the way.