Last year I wrote an article that was close to my heart about bullying. I was bullied as a child because of my cerebral palsy. I still remember the laughing and cruel things children said after all of these years. I also spoke about my protectors in high school Brian and Ricky. College I was surrounded by the best “big brothers” a girl could ask for…..the entire Georgia Southern University football team ( I was a football manager for the team). College was a breeze for me as far as friends go. After four years, I was thrown into the real world. I admit I was one one of the lucky ones.
A close friend however was not as lucky. She shared her story with me, and I have her permission to share some of it here. She graduated college with what she thought was her dream job. Her job started out great, however as soon as she started making progress, and the people she was working with starting complimenting her, and coming to her for advice on how to better implement positive changes in their departments, her boss started making her life miserable. She dreaded going to work, but would force herself to smile because she was there to help others. Every night she went home in tears. The dream job she had waited for her whole life was shattered one day while she was at work and she all of a sudden fell ill. The immense stress she was under landed her in the hospital with what they first diagnosed as exhaustion. The diagnosis was changed to a stroke after a catscan and a MRI were completed.
After she got out of the hospital she turned in her resignation. A month later, she landed a wonderful job at a business that looked for differences, creative souls, and those that went for their dreams. After getting out of an abusive relationship she went on to have beautiful children and marry the man of her dreams. She now has a job that allows her more time with her family and she LOVES her job! They are active in their community and church…what could be causing her distress?