In January, 2009, I was a busy woman. A stressed-out Nortel software designer. A hard-working mother to 7 and 9 year old girls. A passionate kidlit advocate publishing four podcast episodes a week. I exercised tonnes. I moved fast. I hardly slept. In April, 2009, after 26 years of systems analysis, programming and design, I leapt to a short-term technical writing position. I'd never identified with my occupation but without my high-stress, high-tech job, I did kind of wonder who I was. But I was Andrea Ross of JustOneMoreBook. I was creating stuff. Life was exciting. And the twenty-minute walk to my cushy tech-writing job was lovely. I was fine. In September, 2009, in midst of that six-week diagnostic stress, I kicked our beloved podcast to the curb. Before that identity loss had time to hit, I'd been diagnosed with breast cancer. Thus began another busy year. In September, 2010, I returned to my short-term technical writing position. But the pointlessness, plodding pace and poisonous co-workers soon put an end to that too. On April 14, 2011, I quit. Ending almost 30 years of constant full-time employment. And here I am. No podcast. No job. And two tween-age kids who consistently resist me. I could cook or clean. But I don't. I could get out and do stuff. But I can't think what. I know I'm lucky. Now, who am I?
Andrea Ross was diagnosed with breast cancer October 6, 2009 and intends to survive and thrive. You can read more from Andrea here.
Posted by Andrea July 26, 2011