My world fell apart when my late husband was diagnosed with ALS. From diagnosis to his passing was only 9 months. We had been together for 22 years, we had a great marriage. We actually not only Loved but Liked each other! Our children were 16, 13 and 10. The only reason I got out of bed after he died was for our kids. For years I only focused on getting them through, making sure they were ok, never looking in the mirror at myself.
After five years I met a friend who referred me to Angela. At first, I resisted. I forgot to call. I was fine, I didn’t need help, my kids were good, that was all that mattered. My friend finally cornered me and called Angela—and my world changed. And I am not a dramatic person, I am a cynic, I am angry that my husband was taken from me and our children. Within minutes of chatting with her, I felt relief, acknowledgment of my anger, my loss… I was simply pushing through, barely holding my head above water, not living, just surviving, barely. It was all an illusion and I had never acknowledged that until Angela told me—as I write this, I am holding back tears.
In the last few years, Angela has helped me and my children through some incredibly challenging times. When my daughter was faced with a life-changing situation, she did not want to talk to me, she wanted to call her. Angela has helped me see that no matter how strong we may think we are, there is always some spirit that is holding us up, giving us that strength, sometimes yelling at us to move on and let something go and start healing.
I know there is something out there bigger than all of us. Angela has helped me see this. Thank goodness she has opened up and accepted this amazing gift and has in turn, given her gift to help others like myself and my children. I can honestly say I don’t know where we would be without her.
In one session she told me to get out! Do what I needed to do, it was toxic. Well, I did not take her advice. I thought if I tried to stay positive and accommodate the issues, it would be fine. What a mistake in not heeding her advice. I spent another 6 months in the situation, but when I finally gave it up and walked away, the weight that was lifted from me was liberating! I will never not listen again.
We all think we have control over our lives, situations, outcomes—lets face it, we don’t. The cynics can say whatever they want, in this day and age, I am going to take all the help I can get for myself and my children. I will continue to consult with my friend Angela, always.