I medically retired in Jan 2014 due to a complex medical history which can be best summed up as an over arching idiopathic disease.
Living with a disability of any kind can be incredibly challenging. Learning to live life differently and well with a sudden change in life’s direction, particularly due to a disability, can be extremely difficult but also strangely rewarding as appreciation for the simple things in life can begin to grow. Simple things like time spent with loved ones talking and renewing relationships, coffee by the ocean or in the countryside on a good day with your partner or friends, reading a book you’ve always wanted to pick up but never had the time or listening to music while sitting in the garden. One of the cheeky things I really enjoy now, is listening to my neighbours all leaving for work at some ridiculously early hour while I’m lying in bed…granted I’m lying in bed in pain on most mornings but it’s still nice not to have to jump out at the sound of an alarm!
I’ve lived life in the fast lane for 30 years with a successful management career in financial services and in various consultancy roles for not for profit organisations. I enjoyed every minute of those able bodied years and am very grateful for the experiences I have had. My career highlights include; contributing to creating an exceptional customer experience culture in the various Banking and Insurance departments I’ve managed; leading an inspired and motivated team of people, many of whom are now life long friends; restoring an historic church building to its former glory; working as a management consultant in the Anglican Church for a short period assisting Church Leaders to bring about exciting reformative change.
Here’s the link to my first blog which is all about “My story” and the health events that changed my life completely:
My journey is not over, it has really only just begun, as I venture daily a little further along an unknown path, with my loving husband by my side as my friend and carer. I am looking forward to taking time out on my good days to do a bit of writing about where this path leads me and share a little of what I learn from my experiences along the way. Another benefit of a change of life…time to blog!
I’m also a Contributor at “The Mighty”
If you’re looking for genuine support, care, understanding & friendship, you are so welcome to join my closed Facebook support forum, Medical Musings with Friends . It’s a safe place to connect with others living with chronic & complex diseases, who truly understand the daily challenges. A warm welcome awaits.