The book you are holding in your hand is the sequel to the one about my earlier years, and it’s filled with more stories of my life’s journey. Some of them will make you laugh, others will make you cry, and some will make you realize that it’s our attitude and appreciation for life that makes every day worth living that life is lived and despite everything surrounding us, we choose how to live it; that when we focus on what we want, we don't have to wait for anyone to rescue us; that when things are bad, we still have options; that consequences, when accepted, are empowering. These life lessons are worth your time. Take a few moments to help pass them on. Be part of that moment that helps me offer my voice to a world that can use it, that makes this world better.
While I was fortunate to have a husband who loves me and children who are loyal and loving, I have spent most of my life fighting the tribulations brought on by a car accident that left me in a permanent state of pain. Yet through it all, I have learned how to deal with the torment, the frequent hospital visits and the unsettling health issues.
I decided long ago that I would appreciate every new day, bury my pain behind my smile and remember that laughter is the best medicine. But my biggest challenge has been to forgive those people who left me with permanent scars, both physical and emotional. Yet, it’s those scars that have become the foundation of my healing and the reason that I am able to be a shoulder for others.
I’ve had to retire my scissors and many of the other things that gave me great joy in life, but my life isn’t over, yet. Every day is a blessing with new challenges, and I’ll treat whatever comes the same way that I always have. I will continue to be thankful to God for my life and for giving me the joy of being a loving wife, mother and grandmother. And I will continue to treat others the way I have always wanted to be treated.