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RISING STAR

OFFER a Solution MELISSA Barlock

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Pushing through OBSTACLES

ased outside Toronto, Canada, Melissa Barlock is raising her two young children while building a global business from home. After a health challenge put an end to her career in corporate sales, she became a stay-at-home mom but was missing part of her identity. Looking to contribute her gifts beyond her family, she found the perfect vehicle in network marketing. A week before Melissa got married, her life was suddenly turned upside down when she was diagnosed with a brain tumor and epilepsy all in one day.

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“I lost my job and my independence,” she says, “and I was faced with a decision: I could let life’s circumstances defeat me, or manifest with positive thoughts.” Two weeks later, Melissa’s younger sister came down with a rare disease and died within two weeks. Despite all the hardships, over the next year Melissa’s health stabilized and she became pregnant. “When my son was born,” she says, “I realized how precious life was. I knew I didn’t want to go back to work and put him in daycare.” Two years later Melissa’s daughter was born. Melissa loved staying home and seeing her chil-

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