There are several messages that I share in my presentations: the importance of support systems, using certain tools to maintain a positive attitude, keeping your faith and not giving up hope, no matter how challenging some days can seem! And over the past 2 years, I had many days where I really had to push myself to get out of bed.
Steve and I divorced this past year. It was the hardest year of my life and there were many days that I wondered, Will I be happy again? Will the tears ever stop? Should I keep speaking? How long will the bitterness in my heart last? And as someone who speaks on positivity, I thought Jean, you’re such a fraud!
Well, I did get through it. I am happy again. Yes, the tears did stop when I let go of the bitterness. And I wouldn’t be where I am today if it wasn’t for my supportive family, friends and talking through all of my feelings with a mental health professional.
I’m sure by now, you’re wondering. What happened? Since receiving my correct diagnosis, I became more independent and quickly grew and changed as a person, and he didn’t grow with me. This was something I feared when my life changed overnight. And it was something I thought about as we prepped for The Today Show interview. Yet, I hold no regrets!
I have always believed that God has a plan for each and every one of us. And this was part of His plan. I still give thanks every time I receive an e-mail from someone across the globe stating they saw my story and are now able to walk. And I don’t regret marrying Steve, because without him, I wouldn’t have my children.
But the past two years have changed me yet again. Isn’t that what life is all about? When I wake, I thank God for my life. And as I drift off to sleep, I thank Him for the blessings that He put before me during the day. Yes, going through the divorce was more painful than all the surgeries and medical procedures combined that I had as a child, but I made it. And I’m stronger and more confident because of it! I am so glad that I didn’t give up! And I thank my family and friends for standing beside me, every step of the way.
8/28/2020 08:37:31 am
Thank you for your honest post, Jean. No doubt the last few years have been a mighty struggle for you and your family. It’s good to see you’ve come through it all more independent and strong. Wishing you all the best as you move forward.
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11/25/2022 01:35:34 pm
I hope some day we can meet and chat one on one.... I'm 69, divorced at 67, with 34 years of marriage behind me. Reading your book was life-changing, as I now am ready to seek the right kind of help and not wallow in defeat any more. God bless you. Glad you found Jason, and even at my age, I'm looking forward to meeting my own true prince.
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