I ran into this title on a pre-made marketing email and found it to be appropriate for this note to you.
Life happens, and sometimes it does in a way the we don't expect and are unprepared for. This is what has been going on for me the last 6 months.
For those of you unaware, in July I was diagnosed with Epstein Barr's virus and systemic Candida. This is not a death sentence, but it is a "death of my career" sentence. These illnesses cause chronic flu-like symptoms that make it difficult for me to work the way I have been the last 3 or so years. They were brought on by chronic, high stress, and will only go away if I change that environment.
As a bodyworker who spends all my time helping my clients manage their own stress, it would be hypocritical for me to ignore myself. Fortunately, in some way, I am physically unable to do so any longer.
I have talked to many of you of my dreams to become a doctor, and now that I am at this crossroad where my body won't do what I ask of it anymore, I must take the path toward my future that is full of health and well-being. When I am through school, I will continue to help all of you by heading research that will change the way our doctors and health insurance companies treat us. We deserve better. We deserve health and well-being.
I begin school in April. I plan on retiring by the end of May. As those months draw nearer I will refer you to another therapist in order for you to continue the good care of your bodies. I currently have a list of three massage therapists that will be good substitutes. I am looking for more, so that all of you have someone you can trust and like.
In the meantime, online booking has been turned off and I have cancelled all membership plans. I don't think it's fair to you to continue charging for my services in advance when there's a good chance I will have to cancel due to illness. I will maintain the service discount for everyone. I will send out a separate email to people in possession of gift cards to use them as soon as possible.
I am truly saddened by all of this. I care about all of you so much. I'd like to think that we have become friends and hope that we can stay in touch.
Please feel free to reach out and ask any questions. I am happy to answer them.