|Her first layoff lasted from 1994-1996, and looking back it seems as if she lived and learned a lifetime of lessons during that period. Little did she know that she’d write and have a book published about helping others during their own layoff experiences. But, that’s exactly what happened.Two weeks after she was laid off the second time (2002-2004), she was trying to save money by pruning my 30-yr old tree, by myself. When you are a single mother and you’re without work, you do what you have to do! She lost my balance and fell off the top rung of her 16-foot ladder, ‘breaking myself’. Her right leg was broken, she’d torn the meniscus in her right knee, injured her right elbow and arm.
She just couldn’t believe this was happening. “God, WHY are You allowing me to go through this AGAIN? WHY did You allow me to lose a job I enjoyed, and then allow me to have this accident that leaves me housebound and howling at the moon in pain?” Really, she can’t describe how she was feeling, other than to say, confused. she wasn’t necessarily angry or sad, because she’d learned from the first layoff experience, that everything was going to be OK. She had peace this time but only because she knew if her daughter, Emilie and I got through the first layoff, that we could make it through another one.
Mary shares how she survived and tips she learned. Now she offers help to others who are laid off. Reach Mary at www.MaryKaarto.com
As a single mom, Mary Kaarto got laid off from her job.
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