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Personal Stories on Reslience: Jan Zacharjasz

February 27, 2019

Throughout my life, I’ve had my share of unexpected changes starting with my parent’s divorce when I was 10, to the loss of my father when I was 30, to one of my children requiring multiple surgeries as a child.  Fast forward to my husband requiring stents at age 49, to relocating and caring for my mother-in-law for seven years through Alzheimer’s, to my other child nearly being killed in a car accident just a few years ago. 

When I look back at how I coped through these shocking moments, I found some common elements that served me incredibly well – my ability to persevere, my sense of humor, my optimism and the development of strong support systems. 

What I didn’t realize at the time was that these are all key features of resilience.  As I began to study resilience, I discovered, much to my delight, that you can actually learn to become more resilient, no matter how old or young you are, nor how much or little life experience you currently have.  This realization gave me tremendous hope and optimism, and has translated into my passion to share this with others in the work I do. 
Truth be told, I’m no different than anyone else.  We all have our trials and tribulations, and encounter unexpected and unwelcomed bumps in the road.  The other truth is that we can all learn to manage these changes, whether they are crises or more of the “everyday” variety, with greater courage and confidence and with less distress and anxiety.  And that’s what the TTN On Resilience program is all about.