(I am very proud to introduce you all to my amazing mom. She inspires me every day!)
Why do you get out of bed in the morning?
I have a good life and am always ready to get up to a new day and a delicious breakfast.
Tell us about the lessons you learned from one of the worst times in your life; how has this experience made you into the person you are?
My husband was diagnosed with schizophrenic paranoid syndrome. Although he was close to dying, I finally realized that his idea of reality wasn’t valid. I was able to look back on my life and realize that he was crazy, not me. It also made me realize that I couldn’t “fix” my life by myself. I started therapy in 2007 and am still going every week. When my friends say “why do you go to therapy, you seem so healthy?” My reply? “I am healthy because I go to therapy every week.”
Will you tell us about any of the amazing things that has happened in your life, and how they came to be?
My two daughters are the most amazing things in my life. I think you can figure out how they came to be!
What are you passionate about?
Life and all the new and exciting things that it has to offer. I don’t think there’s anything that I couldn’t get excited about.
If you could choose one thing to heal in the world, what would it be and why?
Incest. I was abused as a child and it is the most debilitating thing that can happen to a child.
How does your own experience of healing enable you to help others, or be a light to the world in some way?
I am able to be quiet and listen. I am able to honestly share my feelings with no expectation of anything.
If you had only one piece of advice to give to yourself as a baby, what would it be?
Oh my God! Get out of that crazy family you were born into!
Was there any particular book, person, or film that had particular impact on you that you would like to share with us?
A Beautiful Mind. It gave me a glimpse into my husband’s tortured mind.
Is there a question that I didn’t ask that you wish I would have? If so, what is it? I’d love to hear the question and the answer!
What would you tell someone who is hurting? Don’t give up. It may not be your time now. Just survive for now, your time will come. Look at me-I’m 79 years old. Survived (sometimes just barely) for 73. But just look at me now. You time will come, just hang in there.
Is there a way our readers can connect with you or learn more about you?
I have no website but anyone is welcome to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.