Fran McGuckin of Abbotsford has a short story published in the newly released Chicken Soup for the Soul book Think Positive, Live Happy.

Chicken Soup for the Soul author to speak in Abbotsford

Frances McGuckin at House of James on Nov. 14

An Abbotsford author who has a short story featured in the Chicken Soup for the Soul series will share her story and sign books on Thursday, Nov. 14.

Frances McGuckin will be at the House of James (2743 Emerson St.) at 7 p.m. to talk about how changing her attitude to one of positivity has helped her in healing from a brain injury and in dealing with everyday life.

McGuckin was a small-business expert and author of the book Business for Beginners in 2005 when her vehicle was T-boned and she suffered a severe traumatic brain injury.

Throughout the years, she was embarrassed to tell people about her injury until reaching out to the Fraser Valley Brain Injury Association last summer after a traumatic event set her back.

“Their support has been fabulous and now I am working on a book to help brain injury survivors and their families,” McGuckin said.

“I want to spread the word that there is healing, hope and happiness after trauma. I said I would never speak or write again after my accident. And here I am , in a smaller way, getting published and challenging myself to speak again.”

McGuckin also found strength through volunteering at the Valley Therapeutic Equestrian Association (VTEA) in Aldergrove, working with the children from across the Lower Mainland with special needs who take horse riding lessons.

Her short story Warm From the Inside Out tells about how volunteering at the VTEA changed her life. That story was published as part of the newly released Chicken Soup for the Soul book Think Positive, Live Happy.

McGuckin says it took her over 10 years to grieve after her accident.

“I didn’t start healing until I accepted this new me and started thinking and acting more positively. Volunteering at VTEA is an amazing experience,” she said.

McGuckin said part of a debilitating residual of her brain injury is depression and anxiety, but she doesn’t need pills; instead, her “weekly medication of horses, helping and happiness” gets her through.

She said she was happy to share her story about VTEA and was excited to see it selected for inclusion in Think Positive, Live Happy.

“I’m honoured to be included in this book of short, motivating and uplifting stories and want to encourage others that finding your happy place helps in healing.”

RELATED: Two local authors featured in Spirit of Canada book

RELATED: Abbotsford author supports Valley Therapeutic Equestrian Association with new book

Just Posted

Abbotsford man’s murder trial set for January

David Albert Miller charged in death of 52-year-old woman in Kamloops

Snow clearing facts: One fine issued last year for not clearing sidewalks in Abbotsford

City used 3,500 tons of salt last year, paid just 5 cents/pound

Car fire & explosion in Abbotsford believed to be linked to previous arson attempt

Suspects seen pouring gas on car on Mayfair Avenue, in central Abbotsford

Abbotsford Police’s bike squad members redeployed

Squad had been used as reserve manpower for higher-priority areas

Great Gatsby event raises funds for Fraser Valley hospitals

Politicians, supporters and more gather in Harrison Hot Springs for fundraising bash

VIDEO: One man dead after early morning house fire in Langley

Two other people were sent to hospital with injuries

John Mann, singer and songwriter of group Spirit of the West dead at 57

Mann died peacefully in Vancouver on Wednesday from early onset Alzheimer’s

Teacher tells B.C. Supreme Court that student was ‘happy’ to watch smudging ceremony in classroom

Case being heard in Nanaimo over indigenous cultural practice in Port Alberni classroom

VIDEO: B.C. high school’s turf closed indefinitely as plastic blades pollute waterway

Greater Victoria resident stumbles on plastic contamination from Oak Bay High

B.C. mayor urges premier to tweak road speeds in an ‘epidemic of road crash fatalities’

Haynes cites ICBC and provincial documents in letter to John Horgan

South Cariboo Driver hits four cows due to fog

The RCMP’s investigation is ongoing

B.C. won’t appeal decision protecting ICBC court experts

Change to evidence rules next to save money, David Eby says

1898 Yukon gold rush photo featuring Greta Thunberg look-alike sends internet into tailspin

Jokes erupted this week after a 120-year-old photo taken by Eric A. Hegg surfaced from archives

Most Read