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Chanda Gunn, seen here celebrating a win at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Torino, won a bronze medal with the team after a 4-0 victory over Finland.

Gunn, who has epilepsy, started her college career with University of Wisconsin.  Unfortunately, her freshman year, she had to miss school and ice time due to grand mal seizures.  Gunn, who had not disclosed her epilepsy to the school, spent almost a year in the hospital getting the seizures under control.  Once her medications were adjusted, Wisconsin had moved on, and she had a hard time finding a school to play for.

Gunn joined Northeastern’s program as a walk on and worked her way up to a starting position with a scholarship setting several records along the way.  In her junior season (2002-2003), Gunn put up a 1.37 GAA, good for second in the country, and led the nation with a .950 SV%.  In her senior season (2003-2004), Gunn again led the nation with a .938 SV%, posted a 2.06 GAA, and was named Hockey East Player of the Year. She was a three time Patty Kazmaier award finalist and won the Hockey Humanitarian award in 2004.

In addition to her Olympic bronze medal, Gunn has also won gold (2005) and silver (2007) medals with Team USA at IIHF Women’s World Championships.

Photo credit: USA Hockey

So I’ve been nominated for the Ice Bucket challenge. S’ok. All good for it. And I have a personal reason. My Mom’s godmother (whom she was named for) had ALS. It affected her greatly,seeing what the disease did to her godmother. Whom she called one of the sweetest,smartest, and no sh**t lady she knew. Her godmother was from Baton Rouge,LA. Worked as a librarian for the city of Cincinnati,OH. And traveled with my Mom to OK City,OK when my Mom was in college. Visiting the extended family. She walked on in 1970 from complications due to the ALS. Ms Wanda Lynn was fifty-nine years old.

Brave is airing on ABC Family, not Outlander but it’ll do in a pinch.

Besides it seems appropriate that I’m watching Brave on my Mom’s birthday. It was the last Pixar/Disney movie we where going to watch (and snark at). Due to my family (read my father) being himself, we never got the chance. She walked on a week after I bought the DVD in 2012.

I know she’d have loved it and Outlander (both the show and books). My love of reading came from her.

Speaking of the novel I’m almost at page 600. This is the most I’ve read in a week since I cleaned myself up in 2011. Plus the epilepsy medication, the adjusting has often left me restless. Am looking forward to the second book and the third,fourth…Ya get the picture.

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