The Cause



According to the American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association, Inc. and facts from the Office of Research on Women’s Health at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), autoimmunity is the underlying cause of more than 100 serious, chronic illnesses. It targets women 75 percent of the time. Many of the millions of women who are diagnosed are unable to work full time. Therefore, many may have little means or funds needed to start their dream business.

I understand firsthand how hard staying positive can be when this type of thing shows up on your doorstep. I was diagnosed with an autoimmune chronic condition (similar to lupus and rheumatoid arthritis) named mixed connective tissue disease, in 2010.

So, I know what it feels like to have limited funds and having to spend those limited funds on commitments, like medical expenses.

I also know the power of ONE.

Dr. Mike Murdock said, “All You Need Is One Person To Believe In You” and thank God I can honestly say that his statement is not a theory. It took me about 8 months to recover from my first flare-up. That thing flipped my world all the way up. There were days the pain felt unbearable, the money was funny and the spark to persevere was dim.

However, there was ONE person. My amazing husband…

He supported me. He pushed me. He kept the vision for my dream alive when all I could see was a freaking nightmare! You may be thinking to yourself, that is what a husband is supposed to do.

Yeah, that’s true.

However, I didn’t see a person who did those things because he thought that was what he was supposed to do as a husband. I saw a person…a selfless human being… give of himself… while I was at my lowest point.

His love and support helped me cultivate the courage to tell myself, “Shannon, You Can Do Tough!”

Not to mention, I had exhausted my savings because I only wanted to work with holistic practitioners and ingest holistic supplements which dwindled all of my little business startup seed money.

Oh, but the power of one! It was a Tuesday, I awoke to a check and a note stating, “this is not a hand out… this check represents a hand up. I believe in you. Love, Robert.”

That check replenished my savings and some. It was on that day I said, “I want to be the person to help ONE woman replenish her account, restore her dream and turn her pain into her power.”

I wanted to be that ONE person Dr. Murdock talked about and who my husband was to me.

You Can Do Tough™ initiative is a private scholarship program in place to help provide a small capital injection to assist a woman who may be experiencing hard times financially because of her chronic autoimmune condition–but she has not lost her ambition to start or progress in a particular profession or industry–of which she is passionate about.

As we prepare with much excitement to host fundraisers to establish our private scholarship program we look forward to your contributions and support of such a worthy cause.

How do you make contributions?

A percentage of any purchase you make on a product or event will go towards this private scholarship. One woman will be selected to receive the scholarship each year during the month of March which is National Autoimmune Awareness Month.

If you are a woman interested in starting a business + living with an autoimmune condition and would like to apply for the scholarship email Title the email: You Can Do Tough ™ Private Scholarship. We ONLY accept 25 applications for the YCDT  (formely known as the “Turn Your Pain Into Your Power” scholarship) which is valued at $400.00. You must live in the United States. The application intake process will resume January 2017.

You are LOVED. You are Courageous. You Can Do Tough

Meet & learn how our previous recipient felt after being selected for the private scholarship here.

Thank you for the support in advance.
~ Shannon

you can do tough