Sue DiStefano

Sue DiStefano plays at Westminster

Blessings come in mysterious ways and paths, sometimes through pain and trouble. I retired last March from the health care field for over 25 years, and then my own personal health took a turn for the worse and I underwent 3 surgeries in 6 weeks. Needless to say, this phase of my life was not looking to bright. I found I needed help from numerous friends and I had to learn how to receive and let go. The process of redefining myself has been a challenge. I was alone for the first time in my life since my husband had recently passed, and I did not have that "purposeful" job to go to. I decided that in order for me to attain any quality of life and emotional and spiritual balance in my so called golden years, I had to take care of my body by physical therapy and activity. This being said, I discovered that I am not good at working out alone. Then, last October, I joined the Westminster Rec center, looked over the basketball courts and saw people of my age group playing with a whiffle ball and laughing! That day, I met you and you quickly provided me with a racquet and a ball and ushered me into a racquetball court and told me to practice on the wall and to come out when I felt comfortable! This was no easy task for a tennis player of 40 years!!

The harder I tried, the more frustrated I became!! Self pity is a slimy, bottomless pit. Once you allow yourself to slide down these walls, the harder it becomes to get out and depression and loneliness move in. You have been a blessing to me. You are always supportive, encouraging, and accepting of all different personalities and you accomplish this with a infectious smile and well chosen caring words. Pickleball has become my lifeline and I cherish my picklepals!! Today I feel much more confident in my future and have replaced fear and worry with laughter, hope and trust. Thank you for being there for me and may the Good Lord Bless you and look over you.