I medically retired in Jan 2014 due to a complex medical history, which can be best summed up as an overarching 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.
The Simple Things in Life
It can also be 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. Time to enjoy coffee by the ocean or in the countryside on a good day with your partner or friends. Re-discovering the joy of leisurely reading a book, 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.
I’ve also enjoyed various change management consultancy roles for not for profit organisations.
I loved 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 award winning 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 lifelong friends.
- Receiving the inaugural Leader of the Year Award just before I medically retired (such a special parting gift)
- Restoring an historic church building to its former glory,
- Appointed as a management consultant in the Anglican Church, and assisted Senior Church Leaders (Clergy and Lay) to bring about exciting reformative change.
- It has been a lifelong dream to write a book and I feel incredibly blessed for the opportunity, the love, support and encouragement from so many people.
My first blog post 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.
Each day I venture a little further along an unknown path, with my loving husband by my side as my best friend and carer.
I’m keeping my eyes on God’s purpose for my life. He has led me this far and I know He will continue to guide me and give me the strength I need for this next chapter.
In many ways so much has changed, but nothing has changed where my faith and trust in God is concerned. I am resolved to make the best of each and every day I am blessed with.
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!
If you’re looking for genuine support, care, understanding and 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 and complex diseases, who truly understand the daily challenges. A warm welcome awaits.
Australian Aspire Awards 2020 Nominee – Awarded Medal of Recognition for Individual Best Achievement Community Advocacy.
Thank you to Arthritis Queensland for the nomination!