I am a different person than I was 3 1/2 years ago. Different ..... and yet the same. When Jim died of an aortic dissection on December 18, 2007, a large part of me died, too. I feel like I have been to hell and back in those years. And I have survived.
I am starting to find pieces of the "before Janine" and am able to pick them up, dust them off and place them back within me. They aren't the same, but they're here nonetheless. My life is mostly good now, like the average person's. I am happy. I have fun. I am funny, sometimes hilarious .... sometimes less so than I think. :)
I love to make people laugh .... always have. But now, more than anything, I love to connect with other widowed people .... to let them know that they are not crazy, they are not wrong in how they grieve, they are not worthless now. But most importantly, they are NOT alone. There are more of us here than you think. And you wouldn't recognize most of us, because we don't look the stereotypical "widow". Yes, we cry, but we also laugh. Long and hard. And we know, better than most, that life is short, love is important and support is critical.
Yes, I am different now. But these differences make me a better person than I was before. And you know what? I think Jim approves. Very, very much. :)
Please help me to honor Jim's memory by supporting widows & widowers who don't have the wonderful support I've experienced over the past 3 1/2 years. Jim was a wonderful man, in all aspects and he'd be the first person to send in a donation. So please, if you knew him, if you know me ... take a moment and help us help others in this "club no one wants to join". And thank you!!
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