Because I was struggling to explain to people how my life had taken this devastating turn, my husband, Wayne, offered to put some of my journal writings on the internet. This way I would not have to grapple for the right words, but could just tell people, “Check out the website.” We figured the only people who would read from the site, would be friends and family.
We were shocked when the emails started pouring in from others across the globe, who were also living with chronic conditions. We began hearing story after story about friends, mothers, children, sibling and spouses who have abandoned their loved one, because of their illness. Surprisingly, we also received letters of thanks from people who said the website had changed their lives and relationships, as loved ones asked for their forgiveness after reading the articles!
Soon to follow, my husband, Wayne, founded the Invisible Disabilities Association (IDA). Wayne, the Executive Board, the Advisory Board and their Volunteers have a wonderful heart for those living with debilitating conditions. They reach out with awareness, encouragement, education and support through publications, videos, radio programs, seminars, events and an online social network, My Invisible Disabilities Community.
I thank God He gave me purpose, amidst the devastating losses. Sharing “my life with disability” with others living with chronic Illness, pain and injury has been an opportunity to turn a tragedy into a triumph of helping others! In 2005, I was honored with The Hal O’Leary Inspiration Award, given to me by the Colorado Rockies. Without my husband Wayne and the board members who run IDA, none of this would be possible! Thank you everyone who gives their time and hearts to others who have lost so much to disabling illness, injury and pain.
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This Webpage is Not Affiliated with These Organizations. Due to the seriousness of Sherri’s illness, she is not an employee nor is she able to answer emails. Please see one of the organizations for more information or to join a support group (where you can connect with Sherri and others living with debilitating conditions).