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This is awkward...
It feels strange to be talking about myself.  One thing I have learned is when you share a piece of yourself it allows others to do the same.  Everyone has a story and each is as valuable as the next.  
I started to realize a few years ago my attitude was getting very negative, everything was a fight; from my son's school issues to co-workers ignorance, to bosses harassing me, to the bank balance and my 13 year old was giving me more attitude than I could put up with!!  I was tired all the time, I felt useless and misunderstood on a daily basis and I saw my clients as poor decision makers just taking up my time.  Can you imagine how ineffective I was at work and at home?
There finally came a day when a client spewed obscenities in my face when I was telling her she was right!  Wow...I knew I had to step away from it all.
Of course when I took some time off work and other activities, I figured they would drown without me. I was sure school projects would fall apart and none of the things I was working on would get done!!  What a surprise...everything went on fine, I wasn't even missed.  Hmmm...
I started reading.  I read about human behaviour, conflict, biographies of great thinkers, and then found books about self care.  The first and most important lesson I learned is...ready?...
I am where I am because I put myself there.
From that point on I gathered as much info as I could about how I got to where I was and how I could move out of the place where I was and back to being the caring and empathic professional I was before.
When I went back to work a couple months later, I started to look at things differently.  Shortly after that, I went to conference in Kingston and attended the workshop about compassion fatigue put on by Françoise Mathieu, from Workshops for Helping Professions, and I found my new path.  When she describe the symptoms of compassion fatigue I became emotional because she was describing me as if she had been walking beside me the previous year or so.
I told her I was the poster girl for compassion fatigue and that moment has brought me to here.
I hope my story can help someone else find their way...
 

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