I was born in Glen Cove, New York and have lived in San Paolo, Brazil; Rome, Italy; North Carolina and now reside in South Florida. I live with my husband of 41 years and 2 aging and lovable dogs in what I affectionately call “The Schoen Assisted Living Facility”. I have a passion for music, traveling, working with abused animals and spending time with my daughter, son-in-love, and especially my grandsons, Aiden and Ryker. I am a contributing author to Chicken Soup for the Soul and conduct workshops on Surviving Medical Mayhem which empowers people facing medical adversity with education, faith and humor as they navigate the medical arena.
But how did I get from there to blogging on this website?
When I was a little girl, I wanted to be a writer. I shared this with an author friend of the family. She said “Loretta, write what you know.” But at 10 years old – What did I know? Nevertheless, I began writing poems. Writing poetry is what got me through high school. Teachers thought I was oh, so sweet and good in class. If they only knew I was either doing the homework from the class before or writing poems about whatever caught my fancy. In college, I majored in English and even took a Creative Writing class where the professor suggested I choose another career. So I did. I majored in life: working, meeting and marrying my soul mate and raising a child. I forgot about writing – it was too hard, I wasn’t good enough, I didn’t have anything to write about. Besides, it was just a childhood dream, right?
Flash forward a couple dozen years and I found myself with a plethora of experiences relating to medical issues: mine, my family, and my friends. With those experiences came the stories. Survival stories, really. The tears and the triumphs, the laughter and the losses, all began to pour out of me and with each one there was a healing either for me or those around me. By no means was it an easy journey and I have the battle scars to prove it. But along the way I have found pockets of wisdom and moments of sanity from the other side of that journey to the message and purpose God has for me. And it is this knowledge that God gifted me with that spurs me to want to discuss, share and empower readers to bring a heavy dose of faith and a sprinkling of humor to whatever medical mayhem you or your loved ones may be facing.
Hopefully, with patient readers (pun intended), it is my hope that you will find this website a blessing to lessen your stressing.