When does life get better? That is the question 15-year-old Janice Thomas asked herself when she lived with her affectionless father, and subordinate mother.
As a sixteen-year old, life got better when she married Wayne, had his first baby.
She thought being a wife and mother was a great life, and it was until Wayne, fueled by drugs and alcohol, started to assault her.
As a 27-year-old she thought life was better when she divorced Wayne and married Ron.
At 32 years-old she wondered when will life get better because she and Ron were separated. But she knew she could reconcile with him and life would get better.
She and Ron met at a pool hall to talk reconciliation. They were drinking, playing pool, and having a good time. They met and talked with people. One person they met was Jim. They left the bar with Jim to look at Jim’s gun collection.
Two months later Janice woke up in a hospital room wondering why she was there. She couldn’t remember the night at the bar. Ron was there and he told her they had been looking at guns, and well, he shot her. Not only did he shoot her, but she was paralyzed. She cried out ‘this can’t be my life?’
When Janice returned home to face life as a paraplegic her kids were scared, her parents demanding, and Ron’s guilt drove him to drink, and he abandoned Janice and the kids. Without a husband, or a job, or income, Janice faced a life that wasn’t getting better. She thought it wasn’t worth living.
This inspirational and uplifting story will challenge readers to examine moments of tradegy that every human face’s in their mind, body, and spirit.
Janice took control of her life, even moving away from her parents, and all that was familiar, to build a new life. Janice’s grit, determination, faith, and love kept her family together.
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About the Author
Richard Ballo is the author of two award winning books, and is a national speaker on overcoming life's obstacles. He has appeared nationwide in person, radio, and television. His works have appeared across the nation in books, magazines, and newspapers. He is a former board member of Avow Hospice of Naples, Former Board member of Seacrest County Day School, and has been active in Kiwanis for over 20 years. He and his Terri have three children and three grandchildren.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 My Mistake 1
Chapter 2 Feeling No Pain 7
Chapter 3 Is that Ours? 11
Chapter 4 What Happened? 15
Chapter 5 Wide Awake Now 19
Chapter 6 Ron Goes to Rehab 23
Chapter 7 God's Will 27
Chapter 8 Visitors Aren't Always Welcome 29
Chapter 9 I'm Stable Enough 33
Chapter 10 Grueling Rehabilitation 35
Chapter 11 Sexual Frustration 43
Chapter 12 Finally Going Home 49
Chapter 13 Who's There 55
Chapter 14 Tackling Housework 63
Chapter 15 Starting A New Life 71
Chapter 16 My Teenagers 77
Chapter 17 Finding a Spiritual Community 85
Chapter 18 Spiritual Conflicts 93
Chapter 19 Kids Moving Out 97
Chapter 20 Male Companionship 103
Chapter 21 Truly On My Own 113
Chapter 22 The End of Independence 121
Chapter 23 Physical Trials 125
Chapter 24 New State of Living 135
Chapter 25 Helping a Friend 139
Chapter 26 Living Challenges 145
Chapter 27 Losing My Mother 149
Chapter 28 Reflections on Darkness and Light 153
Chapter 29 Giving up Smoking 157
Chapter 30 Life's Regrets 161
Chapter 31 Ron Is Still Alive 165
Chapter 32 Physical Scars 173
Chapter 33 I love My Babies 175
Chapter 34 Final Diagnosis 179