An Open Book, Updated.

My life is an open book…  I’ve been asked if doing so makes me incredibly brave or incredibly stupid.  I don’t know… and it doesn’t matter to me.  Almost 3 years ago I opened up my life to anyone who came here… And I did so… so you would know that you’re not alone in what you’re going through.  We all however go through challenging times that test our resolve.

For those of you that are new to our page or website and don’t know me…  here are some of the high (or low) points.  I’m 57, unemployed…and have been for the most part since March 2009.  I had a 24 year career with one company and when they were acquired my position was eliminated.  Jack & I relocated to to a new state both for Jack’s work and to help my parents… leaving our home of 20 years and our friends.   Shortly thereafter Jack was diagnosed with chronic leukemia and skin cancer that progressed into a more series problem. He’s undergone surgeries and radiation.  My parents moved into a home on our property and dad died unexpectedly leaving me to be the primary caregiver for my mom, who is blind.  During the housing boom we invested in rental properties that we lost when the housing market tanked.  We’ve gone from living the dream to starting all over again….and I’ve experienced every emotion you can imagine with these major challenges in our lives.  We moved back to the Pacific Northwest last year, which is “home” and brought my Mom with us.  She now resides in an independent living residence close by.

Jack again when through a major surgery for head & neck cancer though is now cancer free.  My mom tells me that she has never been happier… ever.  As for me I writing and being part of the Simple Steps community is a blessing beyond words.

Through all the trials and tribulations I have always believed that they were happening for a reason.  While I wouldn’t wish them on my worst enemy…  I know in retrospect that they were there to teach me invaluable lessons.

I’ve learned that nothing matters except family & friends.  I’ve learned that I can do more than I ever thought I could… or would.  And I’ve learned that no matter what happens in life I am not alone.  And… neither are you.

Thank you for being part of Simple Steps… and for sharing the positivity far and wide.  Together we can help this world be a happier place… where people know they are loved and living in this very moment is all we need.

So in retrospect am I brave or stupid? I don’t really care. If my story helps one person to know that they are not alone then it’s worth all the transparency of my life.

With love, Cheryl

 

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