Karissa Rund is a super survivor, a speaker and a storyteller. She feels uniquely suited to talk about suffering and overcoming darkness because her life has had more than its share of tragedy. Her mother died of breast cancer when Karissa was just 11 years old,  she survived the Columbine shooting as a high school freshman. When she was 20, she became a war widow when her husband and high school sweetheart was killed in action in Iraq.

At 31, she was diagnosed with “terminal” Stage IV cancer. Karissa was educated in journalism at the University of Colorado Boulder, in public relations at Georgetown University, in business at the University of Colorado Denver and in theology at Denver Seminary. In addition to fighting for her life, Karissa is also currently co-authoring an as-of-yet untitled novel about her one in a trillion life. She’s married to Doug, her first husband’s brother.

You can visit her website here.

About the author

Sheryl Gonzalez Ziegler, Psy.D. holds a Doctorate of Psychology, is an Author, Speaker, National Media Contributor, Non-Profit Board Member, Girl Scouts Leader, Girls on the Run Coach and Advocate for children. She has been treating children and families for over twenty years with areas of expertise in anxiety, trauma, divorce, stress management and depression. Dr. Ziegler is the author of the best selling book, Mommy Burnout: how to reclaim your life and raise healthier children in the process, the winner of Best Parenting Book of 2018 as awarded by International Latino Book Awards.

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