I love it when people ask me what I do because I am not just one of anything. The truth is, some folks are just one thing; like a banker, an insurance representative, a chef, a dentist, a doctor, a nurse, a programmer, and so many more hard-earned career titles. However, that is not to say that anyone is one-dimensional. We are all multi-dimensional in different roles through out each day.
As it turns out, if I put all the pieces of my past together, I am a writer, a health communicator with a nice mix of clinical experience from working in the trenches as a Licensed Nurse’s Aide, and industry experience from a decade in health and financial services, a marketer of services and products, a director, an entrepreneur three times up to bat.
I am not much of a sports enthusiast. I will say I like baseball. I can follow the game, and as a visual person and writer, the baseball metaphors are fab. I am also a wife and a mom, and we have four dogs; two Tibetan spaniels, one Shih Tzu, and one hound mix getting on in years. I am also an advocate for change in many social issues. I’ll save that for another day.
What makes me different, is my young midlife. I often feel that I’m too young to have a husband with terminal cancer diagnosed in 2008. I’m too young to have to support his illness and illnesses that go along with cancer; to be strong in the face of his weaknesses. I fear I can’t possibly be strong enough for him and me, and our son, and all that goes along at end of life. What scares me the most today is knowing all treatments and therapies are exhausted. If you have stood in shoes like mine, you are different too. Life like this changes people and families and friends.
So, once again, I am trying something new in my professional development (Batter up!). In an effort to support my family and hopefully to help others like me, I am going the Full Monty on ideas I’ve put off for various reasons. Mainly anxiety and fear. I must stop self-defeating thoughts. We all have demons, a point so poignant and clear with the suicide of actor and comedian Robin Williams. There is a saying that writing is easy, just open a vein. The truth is, we really don’t know where our talents lie until we try.
Don’t be mislead. I’m not going the Full Monty nude. I mean that I am going transparent with facts and fears blocking my path (Play ball!). I’m going to dare to dig deep on issues I’d rather run from. I have found faith, and some peace through yoga, and the benefits of physical fitness. Maybe I’ll rediscover my quirky sense of humor. I have to admit, I’m tired of all the seriousness of the day.