This is the seventh and final installment of my series – it represents more of me than what I wrote about a year ago for those of you who follow my writings. In this article, I’m sharing what my plans are for the future. I decided to write this series in the hopes that you will understand how I got to where I am today and take it as inspiration, because my experiences are not all that uncommon. I think there may be many people out there who can relate to them. I am an overcomer by nature; I never give up when something is worth fighting for! Remember – no situation and no person is hopeless!
Again, as I said in my first article of the series, I identify as an adult child – which means I am a child of parents who were involved in using drugs and alcohol. With both of my parents, their substance use likely got started with smoking cigarettes and drinking cocktails socially. My dad was more of a functional alcoholic, and my mom developed into full alcoholism. Additionally, my mom’s family doctors, knowing fully well that she was drinking, continued to prescribe uppers and downers on a regular basis. Addiction was swept under the carpet much more in the time my parents lived.
Well, if you’ve been following this series, you know that I’ve very loosely categorized events into different time periods. I say loosely, because frankly I’ve jumped around a lot, as my memories came to me, and didn’t always fit exactly into those times of my life! No big deal – this was done as an exercise for me in remembering how far I’ve come and through very adverse circumstances, and I very much hope that many of you can relate to my experiences at least in some way. So, you can see that I never gave up, and always tried to be an overcomer and a purveyor of good information to others. I care. I share. There is no such thing as a hopeless person in a hopeless situation unless you use this mindset. It’s your choice. If I can overcome deaths of dearly loved ones who should have by rights outlived me (and I didn’t even mention the loss of my soul mate just a few short years ago) and figure out how to shut down my autoimmune disease and create a new, healthy me, then of course you can too.
I plan to expand my company, keep creating inspiring and scientifically informative information in articles and courses, give more professional conference presentations, and build as large an audience as I can. I want to spread the good news that anyone can turn any situation around and create for themselves a happy life, a happy ending, one that goes on into the future indefinitely. By the way, when it is my time to depart life many years from now, I’m hoping it’s going to be on my own terms – meaning I knew it was my time and that when I get to meet my Maker, he’ll be saying, job well done! And I wish the best for all of you.
This isn’t goodbye – it’s see you later.
And as always, have a happy, holistically healthy day!
Dr. Donna Poppendieck (Dr. P) has over 30 years of experience in the mental health care field. She is a seasoned college professor and instructor for providers. She uses credible, proven holistic health strategies in instruction for parents of children with mental health challenges looking for another approach as well as healthcare providers seeking to implement or understand holistic strategies.