I gave a brief bit of my lifes journey with weight loss as my introduction, however there is far more to it then just weight management. You see even though weight has been my life long issue there are other aspects to my health journey. The most significant in my past was the loss of my Mother in 2008.
My Mom was not just my Mom, she was my true North, my ride or die best friend. Her cancer diagnosis in 2006 was harsh, but the worst was yet to come. You see over the 18 months my Mom lived after her diagnoses, a number of things happened. My daughters continued to grow, my oldest was approaching 13 and my youngest was 10. My Ex-husband came back into our lives (as Julia Roberts proclaimed in “Pretty Woman”, Big Mistake, Huge) and I proceeded to ignore what was happening to me.
After a very strong fight my Mother lost her battle and passed 7 days after her 78th birthday. My ex lasted for another 1 1/2 months before I locked him out of the house, during which time not only was I in a deep depression, I was having problems physically. I refused to listen to my body and went from March of 2008 to September of that year, progressively becoming sicker both physically and mentally, when my Best Friend called an ambulance and I was taken to the Hospital for a week long stay. During this time frame I was informed that I was Diabetic, had an inactive thyroid, and was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis. I was really on a role.
Because I had left my job in 2007 to take care of my Mom full time I still had to bring in an income so I went to work from home answering calls generated by people responding to Infomercials and print ads. This did not pay the bills, however I was able to hold on until July of 2009 when my girls and I lost our home to foreclosure. We were now homeless and didn’t know where we would end up.
It has been a long and windy road for sure, however I think in some ways it has been a journey of discovery and perseverance for all of us. We are all still standing, my children are grown and working towards their own independent journey and I am attempting to find myself again. No road is easy (unless your Donald Trump) but there is always a reason why things happen the way that they do. The Universe has a destination for us all we just have to hang on and survive the ride.