This letter was written by Susan Achey at 42 years old to herself at the age of 32.
She had the life she always dreamed of working as a copywriter at an advertising agency in New York City. But the rug was pulled out from under her.
Dear Mini Me,
Everything is going great in your life. You are living on your own and traveling the globe: Fiji, Malta, New Zealand, and Australia. You are at the top of your career, but then, in an instant, everything changed. You take one step off the street corner, and suddenly get swept up in the basket of a delivery guy. You never saw him coming.
After weeks of tests, going blind in one eye, and losing feeling in both legs up to the waist, you are diagnosed with MS: Multiple Sclerosis. It sounds scary, and it is, but you are one of the lucky ones. You regain your sight. You regain feeling in your legs. You decide to leave the fluff of toilet paper and candy in your current career, and join an advertising group that helps people with fibromyalgia. You – who gave up the idea of becoming a nurse after high school, because you would have to give yourself shots – now give yourself shots. And to top it off, you meet a wonderful man at 42 who loves every bit of you, for you.
In other words, there’s only one thing I can say to you, “I am so proud of you.” You have strength, courage, and incredible confidence, and this little setback will not hold you down.