I forced myself to put on makeup, show up at work, and put one foot in front of another. I said thank you, cried, and ate too much. I hid. Losing was hard. Harder than I thought it would be.
In the last year, I have hugged my family more, traveled, and have a new work family at WYDOT. It took a while, but I have found balance in life and take care of myself by exercising regularly, eating well, and sleeping more. I found a new normal. My family and friends remain tremendous supporters in my life and continue to provide me unconditional love. I’m happy.
And I’m thankful. I’m thankful for the experience, for the support, and for the opportunity to still do good things. I’m thankful that my family is healthy and my children are thriving. I’m thankful that I have time in my life for people and to work on my passions. Thank you to every one who has reached out to me over the year or asked me how I am doing. I can honestly say, I’m thriving.
On this one year anniversary of my loss, I just wanted you all to know that I actually feel very much like a winner.