Not Ready for Retirement: Cherryl

I don’t know where to start, so being me I will just take the direct express route. When I arrived at JWC I was a basket case. I spent the first few weeks curled up on my bed in the fetal position when I wasn’t staring blankly at the wall. I felt useless, old, broken, and lost.

Every staff member I encountered helped me feel welcomed into this amazing community of diverse and wonderful women. When I met my amazing care manager I began to see a glimmer of light in the darkness that had settled in my bones. Carol’s guidance and patience helped me muster the courage to go back to school. Where I found out my 60 year old mind could understand math in a way my 14 year old mind could not. I was able to write my first term paper ever, and I got an A, if that wasn’t enough we had to write a spoken word poem and I aced that as well. Still baby steps, but I was moving forward, now I’m well on my way to a college degree. Something I never had the courage to even dream was possible. JWC made this goal a reality for me.

The people in the front office who provided me with reams of paper, miscellaneous office supplies and put up with my constant griping about the Wi-Fi crashes, that kept happening when I needed to write that first college paper, I can’t begin to thank you enough for your patience and grace.

I begin a part time job at Swedish in the coding and billing department on Monday, never dreamed that was going to be a reality for me at this stage in life, but with the classes offered at WC I learned how to update my resume and how to not only make it through a job interview but to make it through the job interview process without coming off like a babbling fool. Kudos Dani.

So this is my way of saying thank you for helping me believe in my strengths and abilities, for allowing me a place to heal and grow and for having by back in a way that had never happened in my 60 plus years on the planet.

Oh and my teeth thank you for making the new choppers a reality. So in closing you all rock and are the most amazing individuals I have ever encountered.

Still don’t think I’m ready for the retirement home Carol, but if I get in, I will rock the place like Melissa Etheridge on steroids.


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