Mary Beth Sammons is an award-winning journalist and author who writes about the ups and downs of handling life, parenting, and caregiving with grace and gusto in Family Circle, the Chicago Tribune's lifestyle section, and on various online health and wellness websites, including; and Mary Beth has written seven books in the women's self-help and health and wellness fields, including We Carry Each Other: Getting Through Life's Toughest Times; My Family: Collected Memories; and Gifts with Heart. Her newest book, Second Acts That Change Lives: Making a Difference in the World, will be published in spring 2009. She has received several industry awards, including first place from United Press International for best spot news coverage, a PR Silver Anvil Award, and an undergraduate scholarship from the William Randolph Hearst Foundation.

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