I have been happily married to my husband for almost 20 years and the proud parent of a beautiful little girl.
I spent the majority of my childhood in Seattle, Washington, but during my Junior year in HS, I moved with my dad, stepmom, and brother to Indianapolis, and then 3 months later to Cincinnati, OH. Here I met and married my high school sweet heart.
I didn’t immediately go to college after high school, for many reasons, but eventually went back at 28. I studied Advanced Medical Imaging Technology. I graduated with a BS from UC and landed a position just north of Cincinnati. I worked at a local hospital for almost 11 years before I got laid off. They eliminated my position. My choice was to compete for 1 second shift position and much more call or take a nice severance package. Without hesitation I knew I was going to take the severance package, but I had to let my counterpart sweat it out a little.
By this time, I had already been 5 years diagnosed with MS. January 2008 was that eye opening day. Although this was an adjustment, it has never kept me from doing what I set out to do. Really, the only thing it has done is make me slow down. I can’t go 100 miles an hour with my hair on fire anymore.
When I got laid off, I wasn’t sure of the future, but I planned on doing something. I knew there were not any jobs in my field, and I had been wanting to head back to school. So, 3 days after my final day of work, I started my graduate degree. December 2014 I graduated with an MSEd in Training and Performance Improvement. Although I have not been able to find a job in the field, I have been working on many other projects and keeping myself busy.
I didn’t know it at the time, but getting laid off was the best thing that could have happened!!
With a bachelors in Social Work, Linda is 56 years old happily married with eight children and a ton of grandkids. Diagnosed with MS in 1995 and now having accepted and truly embraced her new reality, Linda has been certified as a life coach. She is dedicated to proving that joy can be chosen no matter what our individual circumstances are.. Linda is now working in the tourism industry in Alaska.