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July 10th, 2018 12:02 PM by MARGARET MICHELLE WILLIAMSON

The Journey

As I am sitting in my hotel room, day after day over 4 hours from home, I know the deadline is vastly approaching. I had promised myself that before I came home I would have completed the blog that I have so longed to write for the past 3 years of my life.
As we journey through life there are many bumps in the road; wrong decisions, right decisions, the decisions we never make, happiness, sadness, sickness, sorrows and life lessons that different seasons of life will present. Feelings of brokenness and wholeness that overwhelm me as I sit here writing my story that I hope will encourage and bring truth and life to everyone who reads it.
My life has been great and I am so blessed to have a wonderful husband, 3 daughters, 2 sons, 2 grandchildren and 1 on the way. We are a family unit of one and Jesus is at the center of it all. They have all been supportive, diligent, patient and loving as I have encountered one of the most difficult seasons of my life. 

 

I need to start with a little background so the journey will all make sense. Darrell and I have been married for 29 years. I have been in the Real Estate Business for 18 years. We opened The Williamson Group Realty over 10 years ago. I remember as they were placing the sign, Darrell and I standing in the parking lot with butterflies in our stomachs as we saw what we had prayed for becoming reality right before our eyes. This is not where my life began but where this story begins. As we opened the doors we saw the market crash right before our eyes. It was a difficult time but we knew God was in control and one day there would be a testimony for all of the tests we were going through. It was about this time that I can say God started doing something in me that I didn’t understand or could explain up until now. It was a process of life where I felt like I was on a never ending roller coaster. The real estate business has been great for our family and has opened a lot of doors for us to hear the stories and help so many of our customers. Without the support and love of our clients, we would not be as successful as we are today. But as the days would pass and I would push myself to be the 24 hour Realtor and to not let anyone down, I not only lost a lot of memories and time with my family but somewhere along the way my health began to decline and I ignored it believing that I was just getting older and as you get older the body does not seem to react the same way. Needless to say I was getting older but the demands I had placed on my life for the past years were going to be the driving impact on the rest of my life. This is where everything started to not make sense but I chose to ignore and continue to push myself until my body began to push back. The first fall, no big deal right? Must have just tripped or just exhausted myself today. I will rest and be good for tomorrow. Then the falls started happening more frequently. Not putting 2 and 2 together and just ignoring that anything was wrong, Darrell and I went on our anniversary trip to Colorado dude ranch and this is where it all started to come together. All the falls that had happened so far were only minor. Bumps, bruises and my pride being hurt because I would fall in public would be the only injuries I would face until this time 3 1/2 years ago. Darrell and I were in Colorado being taken up to the top of a hill to go mountain bike riding which I had never done before. But anyone that knows me well knows I will try anything. My story was to go big or go home and if my daughters and other people could do it, so could I. As you can tell once again the true reality of my health had not set in. As they dropped us off, Darrell and I stood by our bikes and took the awesome picture of us at the top of the mountain. We were going to have a story to tell. It was not the story I thought at that moment though. As I started to climb onto my bike for the adventure of a lifetime, I popped right off and into Darrell's bike I fell. As I try to be tough and try to stand up, we can see that my hand is definitely mangled up. The bones in my hand were crushed and 13 screws, 9 plates, 2 surgery’s later I started to realize I am not as young as I used to be and neither was my body. I began to put all the pieces together and thought maybe this just wasn’t coincidence anymore. After several trips to the doctors and many opinions and second opinions that I didn’t want to believe, I was diagnosed with peripheral neuropathy among a few other things that were all minor. For those of you who do not know what this is, it is nerve damage that starts at the outer limbs of your body. This is why I was falling at different times. The neuropathy had caused my feet to not have feeling in many areas. So after another fall that resulted in knee surgery it was time for me to face the music. I NEEDED TO SLOW DOWN AND RE-EVALUATE MY LIFE.


This is when you will truly see the love, compassion and support of our family. All the girls started moving back home to take care of me and the business. That leads me to this last year of my life. I know a lot of you have noticed I have not been in the office much and Brandi and Taylor have began to take care of most of the real estate. I love that my girls are there and they are doing a great job with all our customers, business affiliates and friends but I did not see this coming so quickly. I have spent the last 3 months of testing, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy and many other not so exciting things at the Mayo Clinic. I wish I was here to say that the diagnosis wasn’t correct but not only was it correct it came with many other obstacles with all of the testing. I will be headed home Tuesday, July 10th and will head back to Mayo Clinic August 2-10th for 2 more surgeries. I will be working around 20 hours a week between July 10th and August the 2nd. After recovery from the surgeries, I will be back in the office 20-30 hours a week for now. As we begin the transition at the real estate office of Brandi eventually taking over within the next 1-2 years, I felt it was best for me to open up my heart and begin to tell the story that so many of you have asked about. This is not the end of the book it is just another chapter in my life. With another grandchild on the way and many more years of my life yet to live, I will learn to adjust my schedule and my time around my family. I think I will always be a part of the real estate office because I love helping people but I have realized that for so many years now I have had my priorities out of order.


I would like to thank each and everyone of you for the patience and understanding you have shown my girls at the real estate office for the past months. I know it was difficult for a lot of you but I think you will see that they are amazing at what they do and they have big hearts and so much compassion to share as they begin this new chapter in their life. 


As I take minute by minute and hour by hour, things might change or there may be other bumps in the road but I know I am right where God would have me. I say all of this so hopefully you will not take your life or your family and friends for granted. We have one life to live and TODAY IS THE FIRST DAY OF THE REST OF MY LIFE!

Michelle
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Posted by MARGARET MICHELLE WILLIAMSON on July 10th, 2018 12:02 PM

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