FEEL-GOOD NEWS: WEAU viewers share reminder of positive things in life

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EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) -- Babies in monster hats, surviving heart attacks, marriage proposals, toddlers surviving cancer, and dogs in Halloween costumes: it’s what makes western Wisconsin the best place in the world to call home. It’s all about the people.

Covering the devastating news, much like watching devastating news, can take a lot out of you. It’s frustrating. It makes you want to stop and cry, and it makes you want to scream and pull your hair out. The devastation, the repeated scenarios you thought you’d never have to cover again, and the heartbreak are a lot for everyone to carry.
That’s why we asked you to share a little love our way and share with the rest of our Facebook friends what makes you happy. And we found out the world isn’t a sad place, but a beautiful place.

We learned some really goofy, and just darn right funny and neat things about our Facebook family.

We found out that Misty’s daughter shared her apple with a pig at a farm last weekend. We learned that Samantha dressed her adorable cat in a flannel shirt for fall. We learned that Manda has a chicken named Lasagna and she loves trying to get in the car. We learned that Nate and his kids designed and built a wooden sailboat.

We also learned some beautiful and touching stories that we’ll never forget.

We learned that Bridget’s son battles epilepsy, and her husband’s company in Black River Falls held a fundraiser to give him a seizure detecting watch. We learned that even in the midst of immense tragedy Lanie’s friends have started a pay-it-forward of kindness after the death of their 4 month old daughter. We also learned that Kellie’s two little boys are thriving and just turned three years old after being born at just 25 weeks and weighing only one pound.

Yes, there’s always going to be absolutely devastating events in this world. They may make us feel like our world is spinning out of control, and we should not forget the things that make us sad. But if you ever find that sometimes it’s just too much to bear, remember to look local. Remember all the great things that happen in the Chippewa Valley every single day.

A big thanks to everyone who submitted great pictures and stories on our Facebook page.Click here to read more posts by viewers.

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