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Veteran Urges Others Women to Be Unstoppable

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    Veteran Urges Others Women to Be Unstoppable

    Deanna Wheeler is a veteran, who was wounded in Afghanistan only to face another tough diagnosis. Now, she's using music to fight back and encouraging other women to be unstoppable. (Published Monday, Dec. 3, 2018)

    Deanna Wheeler is a veteran -- wounded in Afghanistan, only to return home and face even more hardship.

    On Mother's Day this year, Wheeler started to notice symptoms of Guillain-Barré syndrome, a rare disorder which caused her body's immune system to attack her nerves. She was eventually paralyzed from the waist down.

    "Honestly, I didn't know the prognosis, I didn't know if it was short-lived or long term," Wheeler said.

    But as she's done so many times, Deanna fought; getting stronger. Walking again, just a few months after diagnosis. 

    Wheeler said music -- and her dream of being a country music star -- helped her find a path to recovery.

    "Writing music, playing your own stuff and watching it come to life is so therapeutic," she said. "It's cathartic 'cause you realize all that pain actually had a positive result."

    Now she's embarking on a new path: encouraging other women to be unstoppable.

    "When women reach out, we band together and have this unstoppable charisma together. We can do this, we can all succeed."

    A local production company, the RLP Network, is filming Wheeler's journey for a documentary called "Unstoppable Now," showing how women connect to empower each other.