The Sky Is No Longer The Limit
I was taught to reach for the sky, and to be cautious when things change in life and when your back is up against the wall, you fall to your knees and pray. And my back has been up against the wall, and my knees were on the floor praying to God to show me the way. I was always ambitious, my parents would say you are our peculiar child. The most challenging part of life is learning to never give up and keeping it moving forward.
I thought I had my life all planned out an entrepreneur at the age of 29, I had established my own medical equipment company along with a medical consulting company. I was on a roll nothing could stop me (so I thought), until being diagnosed in 2004 with Systemic Lupus Erythematosus with 28 underlying conditions. Did I think that my world was over no I didn’t, I just wanted a quick fix so that I could continue on doing what I was doing. Yes I knew that this chronic illness was serious but in my mind I believed that it couldn’t stop me.
After two strokes and a heart attack I knew exactly what I had to do, and that was to sell the businesses and take care of my health. Was I concerned at this point? Yes. And that is exactly what I did. I found myself in the hospital three to four times a month, and during this time I did what I was taught to do and that was to pray, I was engulfed in dark clouds, but there is one thing I knew for certain and that was God never left me alone, and God had a plan for my life. I was in a valley of dry bones, and when I emerged I was like the Eagle. The Bible states in Isaiah 40:31 “But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint”.
I had to go back to the teachings and the foundation that my parents placed in my life. You may get down but you get back up to fight another day, you are a Hendrix and you never forget that, and I haven’t forgotten those words or the foundation of having an unshakable faith, my feet are planted on solid ground. I surround myself with those who have the same mind set as I do, I block out the noise of negativity, uncertainness, doubt and fear. I had to reinvent myself and not to strive for things, because things will be here when I'm no longer present on this earth. You see my degrees don't define who I am, what defines me is being able to serve others.
My mother use to ask me every day when I would come home from high school, what have you done today to help a needed soul along the way. Me being a teenager I never understood what she meant by that, but today I do. Service of remaining unselfish, service of doing something for someone else without expecting any reward or gain. Service of being that shoulder to lean on, service of giving you a hand up, service of encouraging others and sharing my experience in life. You see you never know what an individual goes through in life so if I can give an encouraging word, the knowledge that I’ve gain, if I can just touch one soul I'm good, my job is done.
No matter what I have been through or what I'm going through I maintain a positive outlook on life and surround myself with individuals who keep me uplifted and encouraged. I refuse to just settle for the status quo, I have so much to do, and I will remain living my life to the fullest, you see the sky is no longer the limit I'm reaching for the universe, and my time on this earth will not be in vain. There will always be situations in life, you either deal with the cards you were given or you fold your hand, and at 57 I'm playing the cards I was dealt and I'm
Susan L. Hendrix, Ph.D.
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