I taught high school English for thirty years. My favorite class was teaching writing, but I never did it myself other than private journaling. After leaving teaching, I became a real estate agent and very busy. Then I was diagnosed with Cancer. That ordeal became the subject of a book. Finally, I had an important subject and determination to write about what it took to be well. My deepest wish is to share it.
My profession was “Teacher.” Then it became “Real Estate Agent.” Now it is “Author.” With each profession, I believe that ultimately, I am a teacher. I love seeing possibility in others, opportunity for abundance and health. I think my new profession could be called, “Encourager.” I have been asked to share my journey with our Cancer Center. I also have several people I mentor. My life has expanded into a ministry of hope.
Instead of a “death sentence,” Cancer has given me a whole new way of connecting to myself through writing and to others through encouragement. My daughter calls my retirement “anti-retirement” because my days are fuller and busier and more purposeful than ever.