From the time I was a very young child I wanted to do three things with my life: write, help people with “problems,” and be a mother. At this stage of my life I feel very fortunate that I get to do these things full time. But it was not always the case for me. There was a time, almost a different life, when nothing seemed to be going my way at all.
Why I Do, What I Do
by Janis Ruoff
When I decided to write, and publish, a book I was not planning on writing a Memoir. I thought I would write a novel. And maybe I will, but for now what happened is the creation of a Memoir called Crashing Through Walls. When the book first came out I was worried: what would people think of it and of me! And then, one by one people began sending me, positive comments and telling me it touched something for them in their lives, and I began to see it less as a reflection of me and more as a tool to help others with their recovery and coping after a host of problems like I described from my own experiences.
The book is about the painful experience of my son’s traumatic brain injury (TBI), but also addresses my experiences with other human bumps and potholes on the road to happiness like:
- Career hurdles
- Dating after forty
- Raising a grandchild
- Caring for a child with a disability
- Helping (caretaking) an adult child with a disability to have a good life
Since Crashing Through Walls was released, each of these topics have been the focus of discussion that I have had with my readers, and I thank them all for sharing with me their reactions to my book and bits of their own stories.
One of my favorite things in life is seeing the results of something I do make a positive difference in someone else’s life. So if you find that my books, or anything I write (in my blog or in articles), helps you or someone else – please let me know because it would make my day to hear about it!