The ink of my mental health recovery story grows bolder as each page is turned, and today a big page turned…October 29th, 2019
Today i am proud, and a little sad, but mostly very happy
A page is turning today toward the next chapter of my life and my journey. The next chapter isn’t written yet, rather it is *being* written, and life marches on as ink is flowing pretty quickly… and onward I go…
Today was my final day serving the healthcare providers and patients of South West Ontario as a Communications Consultant for the connecting South West Ontario (cSWO) program. My employment wound down over the last few months as resource constraints in the provincial healthcare sector crept into my team.
Right now I don’t know what the next chapter holds, and that’s actually rather exciting because I’m not approaching this with a feeling of worry.
Let me explain…
Today I am proud for two very profound reasons.
First, and most importantly, I am proud of the cSWO program, my teammates (some of the finest people I’ve worked with), and the work that the regionally integrated electronic health record systems have accomplished in my four years with the program. I was constantly driven to do my best at work because I felt the passion of this team, and the pride that the solutions we were providing to the healthcare system were significantly making a difference in improving patient experiences. Over four years I shot a handful of videos and dozens of success stories across South West Ontario with testimonials from frontline healthcare providers and patients themselves who’ve marvelled at the way that sharing real-time, instantly available health information has made the care journey smoother, safer and just all around more efficient. I’m a little sad that I won’t be shining a light on these success stories every day; but I’m very hopeful that the good work of applying practical technology solutions to improve care will continue in some capacities in the future. Our healthcare system in our region is remarkable with remarkable people caring for patients, and I am extremely proud to have been a part of its promotion and advancement.
Secondly, less macro but still very profound to me, is the transformative effect that these four+ years with the cSWO team have had on my entire life. In October 2015 I started working part-time for the holiday season at Indigo bookstore. I was trying hard to restart my employability and daily life functionality with a job where my goal was just “get to work for every shift.” See, at that time, just getting my feet to move forward was a challenge as I was battling the lowest part of bi-polar disorder. Meaningful, purposeful and enjoyable work made all the difference to restoring and revolutionizing my total well-being. While Indigo uplifted me and helped balance me, in November of that year I started through the beautiful opportunity of working part-time as a communicator for cSWO. Soon, I found my calling again because the work I described above was so *real* and *important* to me. Soon I ramped up to four days a week… and soon thereafter I resigned from Indigo as I was ready to work full-time at cSWO with some extremely supportive leaders and colleagues giving me wind to my growing sail.
Four+ years, and I look back in utter amazement at how far my journey has come. To hold a great job for this long was something I couldn’t even fathom in 2015, let alone the other successes of these years. Life hasn’t been perfectly smooth sailing every day, of course, but the upward trajectory was greatly uplifted by the job that I loved going to every day.
The page is now turning, and I have in my toolkit enhanced skills, great connections, CMP certification, and even experience having led IABC London. I’ve also worked extremely hard to get my life to a point where I am ready to take on the next chapter… I now have “my hands around my life” in a way I never ever had before. Life is organized, simplified, and oh so ready. Life is full of exciting possibilities, and thanks to all the support I’ve had along the way, I’m ready to make the ink a bit italic and bold in the next chapter. I might even underline some parts ahead.
I’ll keep you posted as the story unfolds.