Have you ever wondered how powerful an organization can be? I would like to share my story about joining my local Women of Today chapter so you know how much it improved my life.
I have lived in this community for 24 years and my life was consumed with raising my 2 children and trying to be a good wife in a small town. I was the very active mom in my children’s Lutheran schools by being on committees, volunteering for every event and trying to hide my depression by keeping active. Depression haunted me more often than I care to admit. It began to break me down and I let it ruin my ability to communicate with my husband. After 13 years of marriage, we were doomed and divorce was the result.
I moved from Truman to Fairmont and started to pick up the pieces. My life would not be the same with my children. They were entering their early teen years and I ruined their life. That guilt to add to my depression. Time heals and forgiveness started to show its face. As time passed and they matured, things improved. I had a new husband and a job I loved. But depression knows how to find me too easily. It would sneak back into my life and attack me when I least expected it.
With my children grown, and a husband that was over the road truck driving, I found the darkness often. Tears were a nightly occurrence and I longed for friendships. It occurred to me that after 20+ years in my community, I had very few friends that I could confide in and turn to when I needed help.
Then one day, I received a Facebook invite from a woman that I only meet a month earlier. She invited me to a Woman of Today event for an evening of card making. I love making homemade cards. I was excited to attend the event. The event was a recruiting tool for new members. I didn’t know that but I was there, making cards, and I enjoyed it. So, I thought why not; I could use more friends.
Little did I know that day would change my life. Being a part of the WOT has given me a sense of purpose again. I am back volunteering, but this time, it is for our community. This time, I am working along with my new “sisters”.
I am so grateful to have joined the WOT. I never knew how powerful the friendships would be for me. I still have dark moments with depression, but this time, my sisters are there to support me. I look forward to our adventures and our community service projects.
Depression is a part of me. I don’t think I will ever be free from its grip. But I am getting stronger and I can talk to my husband when I feel the darkness surrounding me. This time, it won’t destroy my marriage. And my WOT chapter, they embrace me. They accept me for the person I am and what I achieve to be. I don’t know what I would do if I didn’t know these amazing women in my life.
If someone asks me about WOT, without hesitation, I can say it changed my life for the better.
Fairmont Women of Today Member since 2015