Challenges, Empowering Women, Family, Work/Life Balance

This. Is. Life. 

I have been silent on my social media platforms for the past 2 weeks. Life happened. In a tragic, sad, and heartbreaking fashion. In my continued quest to be transparent and share the challenges of life, career, and family – I will share the happenings over the past two weeks. The emotion and pain are still so very raw but my journey in writing is to share to help others.

My husband of 30 years tragically took his own life on August 5th after suffering with a long battle with depression. The shock, the pain, and the overwhelming sadness over the past two weeks has been surreal. I feel like I am in slow motion and in a dream that I will soon awake from.

The things you walk through in those first days and weeks are scary, sad, and heart wrenching.

I learned even more what an amazing family we have – my gratitude can never be measured for the support and caring that our family provided for us during this horrific tragic, unexplainable loss. They immediately jumped in to do what needed to be done to support me and my children.

My work family has been equally supportive. I have only worked for Comcast for two years and the love, caring, support, and meaningful gestures have been simply overwhelming. I now know the larger purpose for coming to Comcast – it was for more than the work. It was to be surrounded by a true family of colleagues and friends to lift me up in a time of darkness.

Over the next few weeks I will share some of what I hope will be helpful to others as I have walked this journey (and will continue to do so) – how to create a meaningful remembrance for a loved one who ends their life, how to navigate back into work in a meaningful way, how to manage grief, and how to remember and honor the legacy of another.

I will close with this: I deeply loved my husband from my heart. I did my very best to ensure the years since he retired were filled with fabulous fun. I think that was accomplished but there was so much more to do which makes me sad. My husband enjoyed the times spent together with family–they were some of the best times of his life. Together as a couple we truly “lived life” and had fun with ever growing bucket list activities.

My heart is broken and my life will never be the same. But I am so very grateful he chose to spend the last 30+ years with me – I loved being his wife. My husband’s caring and loving soul will be a part of what I choose to remember – as well as the love story of all times.

Thank you to my “village” for holding me up, helping me out, and supporting me – every single gesture and act has guided my days.

“Remember me… the stars, in the wind, in the ocean and in your heart.” -MJB

14 thoughts on “This. Is. Life. ”

  1. Wow Leslie! You are an amazing leader to be so transparent even in your own very personal and painful time. It is what makes you so AMAZING. Thank you for sharing and I can’t even imagine. I am so sorry.

  2. You are an inspiration. I pray each day for you and the family, and much of what you are going through I can relate! Muah!

  3. I will continue to keep you and your family in my thoughts in prayers.You are a woman of incredible strength and faith. I am honored to be part of your journey as a valued leader at Comcast. Many blessings my friend.

  4. Thank you for your courage to share and educate us in the midst of loss and deep sorrow. May the love of family, friends, colleagues and community comfort you and your family in the days ahead. I also know too well – ‘This is Life!’

  5. Thank You for sharing Your heart and being raw in your transparency. To love through depression is not easy, but it is truly rewarding to share life. Wishing you strength in the darkness and hope of life for your families future.

  6. So sorry for your loss Leslie. Thanks for sharing as a reminder to live in the moment. Your prior family wishes you the best.

  7. Many blessings to you and your family always.
    May prayers will be with you and your family. Stay strong and continue on your journey.

    1. Leslie,
      My heart hurts for your loss. You have started your walk of healing in a very brave setting. My prayers go out to you and your family. I’m truly sorry for your loss. Even though I don’t know you, sharing is an open act to help others as well. Thank you!

  8. I am amazed by your strength and courage. I will continue to pray for you and your family. Please know that I am here for you!

  9. Your words brought tears to my eyes this morning as I read it. It takes so much courage to share something so personal in the hopes that you will help other people going through something similar in their life. Mental health challenges, such as depression, are so difficult because they are not commonly discussed in our society. I applaud you for breaking through and discussing openly.

  10. I’m so sorry for your loss. I can only extend my sympathy and hope you find healing in sharing your thoughts

  11. I am so very sorry for your loss. Thank you for sharing your story. You are truly blessed to work with such caring people at Comcast to be there for you. Prayers to you and your family.

  12. I can not imagine your sadness. You are a brave, caring and inspirational woman. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

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