I’ve learned a lot about generosity over the past year. And, I guess you could say, I’ve learned it the hard way.
At 45, at the end of a five-year investment in graduate school, I was diagnosed with aggressive breast cancer. Instead of heading into my new career as a speech therapist, I jumped into a year of disabling cancer treatment. And, instead of paying down student loans, my family braced itself for a whole new financial burden – expensive insurance premiums and thousands of dollars of out-of-pocket medical expenses – all while I was sick, scared and unemployed.