Humorist shares stories of life, health at annual event

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In life, there are potholes and if you aren’t standing in one now, you probably will be soon.

Not exactly words you’d expect to hear from a motivational speaker but Kelly Swanson isn’t your typical speaker.

Highlighting Weatherford Regional Medical Center’s sixth annual Healthy Woman event Sept. 17, Swanson shared poems about aging, women’s issues and a host of other topics as much of the crowd was in hysterics.

“Authenticity is what people need and I’m gonna let you into my world,” Swanson proclaimed in her heavy Southern drawl. “Be afraid.”

The author of three books, including Who Hijacked My Fairy Tale?, Swanson came out holding a mirror and “talking” to herself about the realities of life and how wanting to be whisked away by Prince Charming didn’t quite turn out that way.

“I thought all I had to do was look pretty and my Prince Charming would come and I would live happily ever after,” she said. “But when you look like androgynous Pat, that doesn’t happen.”

After joking that most people thought she was from New Jersey when they heard her talk, Swanson explained how her upbringing in Georgia taught her how to speak her mind but in a “kind” way by using the phrase, “You know, I don’t mean to be ugly but...” and finishing it up with, “I’m just sayin’” and “bless their heart.”

Using experiences in her life, Swanson stressed that it isn’t necessarily what obstacles you face but how you deal with them that matters.

“See the life you want, believe in your dreams and do what it takes to reach those dreams,” she said. “Life can’t be lived in the ‘ought tos’ and the ‘should haves.’”

When Swanson was finished, WRMC Marketing Coordinator Nadia Nazeer and WRMC Marketing Director Emily Lewis announced that a donation in Swanson’s name was given to the Careity Foundation, which specializes in providing services for cancer treatment and care. Door prizes of purses and other items were then doled out by Nazeer and Aledo Mayor Kit Marshall.

Prior to Swanson’s talk, attendees walked the perimeter of Southwest Ford to visit about 25 vendor booths ranging from healthcare to jewelry. They were then let into the dealership to enjoy dinner catered by AJ’s Catering.

For more information on the Healthy Woman program, visit or call 817-341-7465.

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