I am a 77 year old woman residing in Woodstock Ont. Canada. I have three amazing children, two son and a daughter? I brag about my grandchildren a thirty-seven year old granddaughter and a seventeen year-old grandson. Ron and I were married at nineteen and have been married fifty-eight interesting and adventurous years. A severe car accid
I am a 77 year old woman residing in Woodstock Ont. Canada. I have three amazing children, two son and a daughter? I brag about my grandchildren a thirty-seven year old granddaughter and a seventeen year-old grandson. Ron and I were married at nineteen and have been married fifty-eight interesting and adventurous years. A severe car accident over fifty years ago caused by a drunk driver robbed me of my careers and left me to live the rest of my life with chronic pain. Until then I was a successful hairdresser, make up artist and a model. To help deal with the daily pain I taught myself to paint. First on clothing, then on walls, wooden pieces, stone and now on canvas. It came as a surprise when my family and friends suggested I write about the hairdressing stories I had been telling them for so many years. I have been writing poetry for as long as I can remember but writing a story was foreign to me. I am hoping these stories will inspire someone to live their dreams too. I want to pass my strength on to others.
The book you are holding in your hand is the sequel to the one about my earlier years, and it’s filled with more stories of my life’s journey. Some of them will make you laugh, others will make you cry, and some will make you realize that it’s our attitude and appreciation for life that makes every day worth living, that life is lived and
The book you are holding in your hand is the sequel to the one about my earlier years, and it’s filled with more stories of my life’s journey. Some of them will make you laugh, others will make you cry, and some will make you realize that it’s our attitude and appreciation for life that makes every day worth living, that life is lived and despite everything surrounding us, we choose how to live it; that when we focus on what we want, we don't have to wait for anyone to rescue us; that when things are bad, we still have options; that consequences, when accepted, are empowering. These life lessons are worth your time. Take a few moments to help pass them on. Be part of that moment that helps me offer my voice to a world that can use it, that makes this world better. While I was fortunate to have a husband who loves me and children who are loyal and loving, I have spent most of my life fighting the tribulations brought on by a car accident, due to an uncaring drunk driver, that left me in a permanent state of pain. Yet through it all, I have learned how to deal with the torment, the frequent hospital visits and the unsettling health issues. I decided long ago that I would appreciate every new day, bury my pain behind my smile and remember that laughter is the best medicine. But my biggest challenge has been to forgive those people who left me with permanent scars, both physical and emotional. Yet, it’s those scars that have become the foundation of my healing and the reason that I am able to be a shoulder for others. I’ve had to retire my scissors and many of the other things that gave me great joy in life, but my life isn’t over, yet. Every day is a blessing with new challenges, and I’ll treat whatever comes the same way that I always have. I will continue to be thankful to God for my life and for giving me the joy of being a loving wife, mother and grandmother. And I will continue to treat others the way I have always wanted to be treated.
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My life of CHRONIC PAIN began when I was in a tragic car accident at the age of 28.. You will read about some of what caused me pain in my first two books but in this one I will take you on my painful journey as I share it all. I will share others stories too and how they lived through theirs.
So on my way from his office that day I stopped at Walmart where I found just what I NEEDED a white tee shirt, brushes and some fabric paint. When I went home, I started searching for pictures I would love to paint, because I could draw, I knew I would be able to find something. Soon I was able to find some butterflies I thought would work. I was impressed with the outcome and the sparkle paint added a nice shine to the butterfly wings. I showed it to a couple friends and Sharon being one of them wanted to buy it. but I didn't want to sell it because even though I liked it I still thought it not good enough to sell. Sharon instead of giving me money bought me another shirt and a few more paints. Now I was on a roll.
Before long I had a small area in my downstairs that had nighties, sweatshirts, tee-shirts, hoodies and denim jackets ready for Christmas sale at the local school.
I had many orders and sold more than half my stock that day plus the interest of a clothing designer out of Brantford. She wanted to offer her items with something special on them and felt I could give her what she needed.
I painted so much more but I sold so many and gave many as gifts I do not have pictures of them all.
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