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October 14, 2009

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NovaSite! Recognition Plaque Turmoil Turns To Hope

Ole Sam was cogitating the other day. About twists and turns in his own life. “Spook do you think when someone writes about turmoil turning into hope, there is a therapeutic benefit?”

“Well Ole Sam, I think that depends” answered Spook.

“Depends upon what?” asked Ole Sam.

Well the two old codgers talked for hours. In the end what they said is unimportant compared to what Becky Knouff has said. So in Becky's own words, you dear reader may find hope and some friends along the way who will learn something of value and return a friendship too.

My name is Becky Knouff. I live in a very small town in Ohio. I am disabled as a result of Multiple Sclerosis. I am a mother of two grown children and the grandmother of a beautiful little boy, now two. I have a cute little dog named Smokey.

In 2000, a friend of mine introduced me to the Internet. All at once, I discovered a new territory 


Turmoil Turns To Hope

where my feelings, opinions, views, experiences, and values could be shared with the world. It didnot take long before I found a way to do it.
On February 1, 2000, Turmoil Leads to Hope was born, and I discovered my passion for sharing and writing. It all began with a free site at Free Web Tools, but it would not remain on the free server long. By 2001, I had to pay for the hosting because I was already outgrowing the free site. Plus, I wanted to offer my visitors an ad free experience. I stayed at Free Web Tools, but paid for their premium package. My site was bigger and now was free of ads.

In the first two years of Turmoil Leads to Hope, many changes took place within me and my life. Since the site is an extension of me, it is quite obvious that when my life changes the design and content of the site will change, as well.

In June of 2002, I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. Shortly there after, it was discovered that had the progressive for on MS call, Primary Progressive Multiple Sclerosis or PPMS. This was devastating for me, but I got through it while writing about the disease and dedicating a page the Multiple Sclerosis on my website.

You see, from the very beginning I wanted my site to express my feelings, opinions, experiences, views, and values. In doing this, I hoped that others would find support, help, comfort, compassion, and hope to get them through those rough times brought about from the suffering of abuse and tragedy. I wanted them to not only know that someone else knew how they felt, but that someone else was in their corner fighting for them. I wanted them to know that I cared about them and was there to help them in any way I could. As it turns out, I was the one helped the most by them.

While helping them, creating and re-creating my site, and sharing the information within it; I found my voice. I found my written voice. I found that what a college professor had told me long ago was true. I had the ability to reach people through my insightful writing. This writing skill continues to be expressed in many places over the internet.

The internet has become more then just a place to house my site, but a place for me to speak for those unable to speak for themselves and to express my opinions in many places about many subjects. I am an opinionated person, and I have found many outlets for my opinions thanks to the Internet and the development of my site.

My site, Turmoil Leads to Hope, has undergone many changes since it was first created in 2000, but the basic concepts has never wavered. This concept is to help turn people turn their turmoil into hope through compassion, support, and love while sharing my own experiences. Turmoil Leads to Hope is not just the name of the site, but it is the way I try to live my life each and every day and is the concept behind all that I do. It is my purpose not only for the site but in all that I do.

I have created many other sites and many of these have come and gone, but Turmoil Leads to Hope will never go away. It has a message which far exceeds the Internet and many people are being helped and finding support through it. It is the greatest of all my achievements, and the pinnacle of all my dreams.

I now have articles listed at Associated Content, a book written called, “Chaos Was Her Bread, Calamity Was Her Water: A Story of Abuse, an E-book on Lulu called, Day by Day with Multiple Sclerosis, and various other writings scattered over the Internet. None of these have made me rich, but my writing skills grow with each task. Who knows where this will lead me in the future? I do know that creating the website, Turmoil Leads to Hope, has created my written voice and it will never be silenced.

Having Multiple Sclerosis challenges me daily. It limits many of my activities. Through my site construction activities, I was able to find an outlet which continues to allow me to be a vital productive person.

There is still breath in my body, my hands still work, and there are still plenty of people suffering from abuse, illnesses, disease, and tragedies. As long as these facts are true, I will continue to do what I have done since 2000. Turmoil Leads to Hope, is still there to help all who needs it.

The visitors and many other website owners through their websites have helped me through this process. I wish now to take the time to thank them all. I wish to thank all those who have visited and supported, Turmoil Leads to Hope over the years.
The Brothers Grinn
(Denny Lancaster and Bernie Howe)

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