Motivating Stories from Local Women
Every woman has a story to tell, and no two stories are alike. Meet the women who have persevered through challenges and tribulations and come out the other side stronger than ever. These unique individuals have seen their fair share of adversity but continue to inspire those around them with the lessons they have learned and their love of life. Read on for four truly motivating stories by the women who experienced them firsthand.
Photography by Emily Long / Photos taken on location at Miller Park
I have always felt it is important to stay healthy. That means watching what I eat, drinking a lot of water, and exercising. Spiritual and mental health are important as well. I would later learn just how crucial all of this really was, and boy, was it important!
Life for me, like so many other working moms, was always full speed ahead. There was always something to do. My time was divided between work, involvement in civic and social organizations, serving on boards, and volunteering, along with my church and, most importantly and rewarding of all, being a mom. I loved traveling with my family and friends, even if it was sometimes for a conference.
On August 25, 2019, just a week after dropping my son off for college, I was getting ready for church, and the next thing I knew I was on the kitchen floor. The ceiling was spinning, and while confused, I managed to call one of my best friends. She kept me on the phone and called 911, and thank God she did. She, her family, and emergency responders quickly arrived at my house. The last thing I remember is being in the ambulance and experiencing the most excruciating pain I had ever felt. I don’t remember much else until about three weeks later.
Despite having no risk factors, I had suffered a pulmonary embolism. I spent the next six weeks in the ICU before going to rehab, which was followed by four months of recovery. Of course, it wasn’t easy. I leaned on my faith and tried to smile and stay positive. My family and friends were by my side every step of the way. My doctors said being healthy helped save my life. Let’s just say that, plus a miracle.
Today, I am back at work, staying active, and trying to eat healthy. My journey is one that has strengthened my faith and made me even more thankful for my family, close friends, and this wonderful community. It has also given me a renewed focus on my purpose in life.