I was raised in a loving home…Dad, who was a “little immigrant” from Scotland was a dreamer. His wonderful optimistic attitude towards life, his love of the English language looms large in my memory. Mom, daughter of hard working German farmers, is beautiful, smart, becoming an RN in 1943.
We had a robust family of five. Economics in our home were very slim, but we didn’t lack for the necessities
Getting an education and in the workforce was paramount:
- I became a diploma RN at age 19!
- earned an Advanced Certificate in Gerontology 1996
- married to Garland (now 39 years)with family of 3 sons.
- worked 5 years, stayed home 10 years with the boys.
- live payday to payday…but had necessities of life.
Time for Change
When both our fathers died within four months of each other, we were in our thirties.
It was time for change now or never. We moved to the Prairies to go to school. We have been “transplanted” far away from home.
- five years of school for Garland, I took a refresher course and back to work.
- 20+ years now of working full time in nursing.Specializing now in Palliative or Hospice Care.
- being very involved in our son’s lives,their families, encouraging their dreams.
To Create The Life For Family Dreams, You Can Do That Too
Our oldest son, loves the forest. When we can develop his land a little, it will also give good recreation for our youngest who struggles with mental health issues at this time.
What Makes Me Happy? ….What Makes You Happy?
- Spending time with our three grandchildren.
- attending spin and weight training classes
- reading anything Jane Austen genre
- hospitality,I love to have people in our home.
- walks on “the trail” with Garland
Stepping Outside The Box…..Are You Ready To Step Outside The Box?
- 10 years ago, our youngest son began his struggle with Mental Health Disorders
- we find out 11 yrs after the fact, that he suffered sexual abuse
- now we are dealing with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and associated symptoms.
- 10 years of advocacy. Pressing for change in the delivery of support services in community
- 10 yrs of pressing government for supportive social housing
- 10 yrs of peer support groups…lots of family deal alone with similar issues
Our son lives with us. We are grateful for annual funds granted to pay for mentors.
We are grateful he is at peace living at home with us, in the midst of his internal turmoil. We are believing that God has the capacity and Will to release our son from his “demons.”
We are grateful for help in that regard.
I am grateful for the ability to be strong/loyal. I am grateful for the skills to advocate for change. I am grateful for my husband’s infinite love for our son and for me in these days.I depend on our personal Faith and the support of our Faith community to endure this journey
17 years ago, I began a business relationship with an MLM which I am still loyal to through the bumps and highs of new business development.
My MLM has a program within it’s business model that helps to address Malnutrition for children living at risk. The ability to give back simply through taking my own nutritional supplements makes doing business meaningful.
I’ve told you a lot about me, now here are some insights others have made of Pat Campbell.
I hope to get to know you a little more,