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Barbara McNally
Barbara McNally is the author of Wounded Warrior, Wounded Wife , Unbridled: A Memoir, and the founder of the Mother Lover Fighter Sage Foundation. Proceeds from the books go to the foundation whose primary focus is to assist the wives of wounded warriors. Learn more at You can follow Barbara at @barbarakmcnally or at

Entries by Barbara McNally

Five Ways Wounded Warriors' Wives Deal With Post-injury Sex & Intimacy

(0) Comments | Posted May 5, 2016 | 3:35 PM

The first days and weeks after a Wounded Warrior's return are a whirlwind of fear, confusion, stress, and life-altering decisions for all family members. The months that follow are typically packed with physical therapy, adjustment to prosthetics or wheelchairs, and a scramble to get back to normal life. Finally, after...

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5 Things I've Learned at SPA Day

(0) Comments | Posted April 19, 2016 | 2:52 PM

Women never have it easy.

We've made huge strides over the years and are no longer viewed as mere objects of beauty destined for homemaking. (That is, unless you ask Donald Trump.) Today we are free to choose and pursue varied careers. And although we do so in a...

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Five Stages of Grief Growth

(1) Comments | Posted April 1, 2016 | 11:49 AM

In my work with the wives of wounded warriors, I've seen post-traumatic stress (PTS) in the warriors themselves as well as in their family members. According to Mental Health America, PTS can affect anyone who has experienced or witnessed a traumatic event such as sexual or physical abuse,...

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Surviving the Holidays After Divorce

(0) Comments | Posted December 16, 2014 | 8:22 PM

The holidays are an emotionally charged time of year for all of us, but especially for those who have experienced any loss, which, I'd argue, is most of us who are over 30. If you're experiencing your first holidays after a divorce (especially if your kids are spending the holidays...

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5 Reasons Malala Yousafzi Will Inspire You

(0) Comments | Posted October 29, 2014 | 2:25 PM


History was made on October 10 when Malala Yousafzai became the youngest recipient of The Nobel Peace Prize in history. Malala has been making an international name for herself since the age of 11. The daughter of education activists, Malala is paving a...

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10 Ways to Give Back at Halloween

(0) Comments | Posted October 28, 2014 | 3:53 PM

2014-10-28-pumpkins.jpegOne does not normally associate October with charitable efforts. Halloween's holiday cousins, Thanksgiving and Christmas, usually take the spotlight in the do-good arena. But, Halloween is ready to do its part in the higher good category.

Here are ten ways...

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12 Reasons to Love Blake Lively

(1) Comments | Posted October 28, 2014 | 1:37 PM


We first got to know Blake Lively as Serena in the hit series "Gossip Girl" but this girl has grown into quite the woman--now expecting a baby with her husband Ryan Reynolds. There are a dozen reasons Blake is a "woman to watch"...

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What Emma Watson's U.N. Speech on Feminism Means For Men

(1) Comments | Posted October 6, 2014 | 5:21 PM

Daily, we see celebrities representing the face of various products and causes. From makeup to lotion to political fundraisers to controlling the pet population, the endorsements abound.

While our beloved celebrities may win awards for their on-screen personas, the public is usually pretty conscientious of who actually has a...

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4 Reasons Why Jennifer Lawrence Is Brilliant: Her Class Is No Act

(0) Comments | Posted September 10, 2014 | 3:44 PM


More than 100 female victims (and one male) were a part of what is being called the "biggest showbiz hacking scandal." The red carpet starlets were shaken by the invasion of privacy, but are busily taking action. The best-known of course being none...

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Four Steps to Planning a Volunteer Vacation

(0) Comments | Posted August 4, 2014 | 5:15 PM


If you love to travel, meet new people and experience different cultures, volunteer vacations are a great way to see the world. I've volunteered in the Canary Islands, Mexico and Jamaica. So, when I visited Thailand recently, I stopped by the local orphanage...

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Single vs. Married: Which Side Are You On?

(3) Comments | Posted June 17, 2014 | 5:50 PM

One of my friends, a married woman with children, recently posted on Facebook about her days by herself while her family was traveling. She wrote, "Each day I spend a little quiet time, cleaning, writing, puttering... being alone is a blessing."

That perspective got me thinking about my own alone...

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5 Things I've Learned About Resilience From Wives of Wounded Warriors

(0) Comments | Posted May 27, 2014 | 12:13 PM


Almost two million men who served in Iraq and Afghanistan are healing, not only from physical injuries but the emotional scars, and so are their families. Learning to live with post-traumatic stress, traumatic brain injury (TBI) and physical disability takes work, by both...

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6 Dinge, die ich während meiner Ehe verloren haben

(2) Comments | Posted May 25, 2014 | 2:07 PM

Ich habe jung geheiratet, ich war gerade erst fertig mit dem College. Es war nicht sofort nach meiner Scheidung, sondern viel später in meinen Leben, als ich komplett realisierte, was ich während meiner 23-jährigen Ehe alles verloren hatte.

1. Ich beendete meine Karriere.

Derjenige, der die Gehaltsschecks nach...

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7 Surprising Things I Learned About Buddhism While in Thailand

(3) Comments | Posted May 23, 2014 | 12:17 AM


I recently traveled to Thailand and learned some new (and unexpected) things about Buddhism while visiting temples in Bangkok, Chang Mai and Chang Rei.

I enjoyed my visit to Thailand, but wanted to share some lessons (that I learned the hard way) in...

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6 Things I Lost When I Was Married

(73) Comments | Posted May 14, 2014 | 1:25 PM

I married young, fresh out of college. It wasn't until after my divorce, much later in life, that I fully realized all of the things that I lost during 23 years of marriage.

1. I quit my career.

He who brings home the paycheck makes the rules. I...

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It's Fabulous to Be Single: 7 Advantages of Traveling Solo

(3) Comments | Posted April 24, 2014 | 12:23 PM


Divorced after 20 years of marriage, I find traveling as a single woman a doorway to self-discovery. Without having to compromise, I'm free to live life on my own terms. Despite loneliness at times, I am pleased to have found a whole new...

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