It helped me remember why I became a nurse.
Thank you for bringing the speakers Jill and Gordon—Painful Blessings.
Please tell the Viggiano’s thank you for sharing their story. Really puts everything in perspective. I so admire both Jill and Gordon. I honestly would not be able to do what they have done. I’m on a redeye flight tonight, so their book will be a good read! So inspiring!
The Painful Blessing was an amazingly inspirational motivating share.
I liked the slides that were presented with the talk.
I like the patient perspective.
Great Q & A.
I had the honor of speaking at a fundraiser for Wilderness Journey Ministries this weekend. They do the wonderful work of helping families and loved ones communicate effectively and lovingly when a life-threatening diagnosis is received. I love their slogan: “Helping families face a life-threatening illness holding Christ’s hand.”
It seems a bit surreal sometimes to be the person offering perspective and encouragement to others in need. It just wasn’t that long ago when I was the one in need. I am so happy to offer hope by being an example of successful, ongoing recovery. With each story of not-so-successful recovery, I am reminded how important The Team is! No one recovers alone.
Hearing stories of families who needed a terminal illness to finally learn how to talk about the important things was an eye-opener. I guess we put off those important discussions because we assume there is always tomorrow so why rush it? Every story included the realization that having the important conversations brought them closer and they were sorry they waited so long. Good lesson to learn.
That was Jill. Truly amazing! I hate to gush…but I will. It is Sunday night. Your probably preparing for your Monday as you read this.
I head this speech a lot…but this time it was different. As she addressed the group, I could “FEEL” each slide. Does that make sense? Her presentation was spot on. Her annunciation….her pauses…. her timing….her jokes….were perfect. I can’t praise Jill enough.
Jill’s presentation is about MY recovery…from HER perspective…not MY perspective. In her speech, she covers:
- How bad I really was
- Risk of raising our 2 children
- Long, long road of recovery
- My crazy path of recovery and all the different stages
- Changes she faced
- What she learned as a result of the experience
- How she is different now
Jill completes her talk with:
I am ok with my weakness! I am a better person for it. I am wiser and more compassionate. I try to live with gratitude and a cheerful heart. Reaching this place of peace in my life has been a Painful Blessing, but a blessing all the same.