In 2003 my MS started to progress. I was having flare-ups and even with treatments I was not able to fully recover. My Doctor advised me that I could not continue to teach and take care of my children, who were 7, 8, 9, and 11. I had to pick one, of course my children.
I left work thinking I just needed some time to fully recover and get healthy.
Even though I knew it was best for me to stop working, I didn’t want to lose my identity. In my mind if I could no longer call myself a Math Teacher, then I was nothing but a sick person.
It was the summer of this year when I discovered that it is not what you do but who you are as a person that defines your identity. It was a moment at our dinner table when I mentioned going back to work. All four of my children said,”No don’t go back to work!” They had such fear on their faces and it was that moment that I realized how blessed I was to have these children.
I am a proud Mom. My kids missed me and needed me to be healthy. What I loved about being a teacher was the ability to make a difference in someone’s life. Not going back to work was making a difference in my children’s lives. The teacher in me did not leave it is a part of who I am.
I strongly believe that everything in life happens for a reason. Have you ever had an event in your life that turned your world around?