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Its been a while since I wrote my last newsletter. I didn't feel I would be practicing what I preach if I allowed myself to be spread too thin and with things going on in my life, I needed to focus on my priorities - my family and my clients. I enjoy writing this newsletter, but it's not a 'have-to-do.' I send this out because I want to and I enjoy writing it.
For those of you who read my last newsletter, you likely recall my husband had been diagnosed in the Fall with advanced esophageal cancer. The past 6 months have been a whirlwind for us. I would like to share our journey with you.
Also, my beautiful Grandma, Maxine, passed away in January. She had seven children and many grandchildren and great grandchildren. She was a nucleus in our family and will be missed. My Grandma lived near Windsor, Ontario, and my cousins there, Sarah and Heather, would read my newsletters to her each month. They told me she really enjoyed them and I know she was proud of me. Grandma, this issue of The Unlimited Newsletter is dedicated to you!
Enjoy the ride!
Chief Engagement Officer
Surviving Day-by-Day When Life Gets Tough
Thre is something raw about finding out that one of the people you love most in the world could die. Sure, I know we will all die one day. But, this is a bit different. When we got the news from the doctor in the Fall that my spouse has advanced esophageal cancer, a cancer I'd never even heard of before, it sent our world spinning.
My husband, Jeff, started his chemo-radiation (which is essentially doing chemo and radiation at the same time) for 5 weeks back in November. He fared quite well throughout until he got to the last week. The compounded effect of the treatment began to wreak havoc on his body. His heart rate was going through the roof when he went from sitting to standing. He faced severe dehydration because he couldn't keep even the smallest amount of food or drink down. And, the doctors discovered a blood clot in his lungs.
The heaviness of his situation reached a breaking point when he collapsed onto the kitchen floor one day when I was upstairs and he smashed his head off the ceramic tile. When I came running, I could see as I stood at the top of the stairs, he was lying unconscious by the fridge with our children's artwork lying on the floor around him.
In an attempt to stop his fall, he must have reached for the fridge. But his efforts were in vain, and he was too weak. All he could do was drag his fingertips along the surface of the front of the fridge before he went crashing to the floor. Read more.
Today's Thought: "We don't develop courage by being happy every day. We develop it by surviving difficult times and challenging adversity." Barbara De Angelis
Carey-Ann Oestreicher (pronounced O-striker), Chief Engagement Officer for Potential Unlimited, works with individuals and companies to help them reach their full potential.
Nominated as one of Canada's Most Powerful 100 Women, Carey-Ann has held a variety of senior positions including vice-president level and she has worked in industries such as: financial services, automotive and transportation, publishing, cosmetics and fashion.
Carey-Ann's media appearances include CTV's Canada AM, Global TV's Survivor series, CBC NewsWorld, TSN. She has also been quoted in numerous publications such as The Globe and Mail, Chatelaine and Canadian Business magazines.