I was working 24/7 to find ways to increase revenue. My frustration level hit an all time high when my concerns for my team, and ideas for alternative solutions, weren’t being heard. I knew what I wanted to say, but after being shut down several times before, I’d lost my confidence. I doubted myself, “Perhaps I’m wrong? Perhaps the focus should be on the revenue and not the people?”
As if this wasn’t stressful enough, my son, who was suffering from a rare disorder called Hurler Syndrome, was in and out of the hospital. I was so exhausted and overwhelmed that I started drinking wine every night to unwind and try to find a sense of calm in the midst of the chaos.
One morning, after being at my son’s bedside all night, I realized I either had to quit my job or get help, otherwise I was headed for a breakdown.
I started working with a life coach who challenged me to slow down and reflect on my victories. In doing so, I finally acknowledged how I’d spoken up and used my voice to fight for my son’s life. It was because of me and my tenacity that we found a medical solution that saved my son’s life and so many other people’s lives, too.