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Elizabeth Norton – Cape May Moms Inspiration

Posted by Connie on Saturday, May 8th, 2010 at 6:50 pm and is filed under Loving Life, Spotlight.
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Elizabeth Norton is known for founding the Cape May Moms and is also an inspiration to many. She is born, raised and “blissfully stuck” in Cape May, NJ where she is working to connect people locally. She is an inspiration because she could easily sit back and feel sorry for herself with her multiple health problems, instead she is a positive force to be reckoned with.

Elizabeth is married to “one hunk of a man” @drivesmecrazy. “Make no judgment about it, he is the one that drives ME crazy.”  She has 2 sons and is “also the mom to 21 others that have left my home through foster care but never my heart.”

My 1st boy was a surprise after getting pregnant after being married only 1 month my second was not a surprise but surprises me every day because he is the complete opposite from my 1st. I never know what to expect from my little burst of endless energy.

Elizabeth had a delayed traumatic brain injury that caused her to have POTs – Postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome – Gastroparesis (paralyzed stomach), detached retinas, and many more health issues. It was diagnosed in October of 2007,  but she believes that it began much earlier when she fell off her horse freshman year of high school.  She’s always had problems eating and with fainting since 8th grade.  After going through numerous tests, Elizabeth has come to believe that only God knows why this has happened to her.

She has  good days and bad days – “Days when I can swing on swings with my kids and days I lay in bed for hours. I live day by day and so do my boys and my hubby.”  Her immune system is weak and even common colds can keep her down for a long time.  She has begun to take care of her own health and uses vegetable juicing, the liquid form of acai and other things that she knows works for her.

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Elizabeth used to be foster mom and owned a thriving party planning business but had to give both of them up. “In a way it has been a blessing though because I have learned/am learning a new trade as we figure real time media (a.k.a. Social Media) and it’s effects and uses in our society.”

She’s lost many friends because of her invisible illnesses. Elizabeth accepts this by recognizing that, “My friends are human and made judgments. Many of those judgments I will not understand but one day will hope to forgive.”  Elizabeth does maintain relationships with good friends who understand, some in real life and some online. Losing friends and the judgment that came along with this has been difficult for Elizabeth, but she is “… learning that strength comes in what you can find in yourself spiritually and with those that really love you.”

Elizabeth talks about support:

My husband and I have been through a lot but he keeps me grounded, gives me a swift kick if I start feeling sorry for myself. My mom is slowly understanding the chaos of the last two years. In the moment there was so much I could feel but not explain. Things were happening but people couldn’t see them. My boys have been amazing and I think my 7 year old is one of the most amazing human beings that I know. He loves his brother and dad and without a doubt knew something was wrong with his mom. He didn’t ask questions like others. He just let me read him stories and hugged me a lot. I will always respect him and am so happy to see him enjoy his life as a kid a lot more now that I am out and about a lot more. I have had an amazing friend Tanya, that I think at many points has saved my life, my marriage, and my dreams. She was an angel through the toughest part of my life yet (and I have been through lots of heart break).

Her relationship with God is based on being able to accept God’s plan for her and feeling that she can be open and honest, even being angry when praying. She hopes to find a church home where she can fit in, where there members who love her as she is.  “I believe in God’s ultimate plan and feel he is using me as a tool.”

I am limited but I choose to replace the world limitation with placement. God knows where he wants me and needs me. He can bring a positive out of a negative. I strongly believe that he can take my life and pain and use it for the greater good. Am I “limited” yes….you could say that but I also am forced to listen and be still. With that combination I can learn many things.

Right now Elizabeth has three major business projects going on. I am planning (with the help of some awesome moms the 1st Ever Mom and Baby Expo, a tweet-up on the beaches of Avalon and to jump start the summer and an effort with local hair salons to ship salon cut hair locally to New Orleans to help with the recent oil spill.

Get to know Elizabeth Norton better online and if you’re lucky enough, connect with her in Cape May, New Jersey. If you have a business that needs guidance working online, she’s someone you should talk to. If you have any type of health issue or disability or are going through a rough time in your life, look to Elizabeth for inspiration. Her words and her giving spirit are sure to get you on the right track to thinking positively.

You can find Elizabeth Norton here:

@Elizabeth_N
Cape May Moms
Golden Inn Resort
Party Planning Professor
Professor Of Play
ElizabethNorton.com
Www.beeclicked.com

This is an ongoing effort to spotlight people with chronic illness, health issues and disabilities who are making a contribution in some way despite their pain, sickness, etc.

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9 comments

  1. Thanks for giving me a chance to briefly share my story. I would love to talk to anyone that would love to chat. They can find me on twitter

    http://www.twitter.com/Elizabeth_N
    and if they want to read my story from somewhat of the start.

    http://www.CelebratetheSilverLining.com

    Honored to be interviewed by you. Thanks for the opportunity.
    .-= Elizabeth´s last blog ..Bowling over for a 7th Birthday! – Invites =-.

    comment by Elizabeth — May 8, 2010 @ 8:01 pm
  2. Such a beautiful look into the heart and life of Elizabeth. She truly is inspirational and one of the strongest women I know.
    .-= Erica Mueller´s last blog ..What is the Importance of a Family Vacation? =-.

    comment by Erica Mueller — May 8, 2010 @ 8:26 pm
  3. Wow! What an amazing story Mama. You are not your health problems. They have helped make you what you are today. I do know the good days and bad that you speak of. I don’t share my health challenges very often, b/c most people have the same response…you don’t look like there is anything wrong with you. I have Rheumatoid Arthritis & Fibromyalgia diagnosed when I was a childhood. To see all you have accomplished is an inspiration to me and I’m sure so many other women out there. Thank you for sharing! ((gentle hugs))
    .-= Chrissy Glen´s last blog ..Thirty One Bag Contest, May 6-11th =-.

    comment by Chrissy Glen — May 8, 2010 @ 10:52 pm
  4. Elizabeth is a true inspiration and someone many can learn from. She never passes judgment on others, and has a real giving nature. She’s one tough mama and has a heart of gold.

    comment by Teresa — May 9, 2010 @ 12:10 am
  5. Every mo play the same role and in everyone’s life mom is the important character. No one feels confident enough in their own when they are not under their moms help and guidance.

    comment by Rhinoplasty — May 11, 2010 @ 8:02 am
  6. I could go on and on about Beth. She is not just amazing on the outside, she truly is the most wonderful, caring, and giving person on the inside.

    I can credit her with many things in my blogging career with just being a wonderful friend at the top of the list.

    Someday we’ll meet in person and I’m sure I’ll cry because I’ve met one of my hero’s.
    .-= Tina´s last blog ..Winner Announcement =-.

    comment by Tina — May 18, 2010 @ 11:40 pm
  7. Nice to learn more about Elizabeth, thanks!
    .-= Naomi´s last blog ..Wordless Wednesday- Anatomy, Botany, Sleep =-.

    comment by Naomi — May 19, 2010 @ 3:00 pm
  8. I can’t believe these comments. Tears in my eyes. I am so humbled. Why would someone say such wonderful things about me??? LOL

    Wow, the internet is such a huge part of what holds me together.

    you ladies are amazing in every way. Thank you Connie for letting me see this again.

    comment by Elizabeth — May 19, 2010 @ 5:03 pm
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