If There Were Light . . .


I often set out on a trip with the good intentions of keeping up with my posts, and this time I was doing especially well – got all the iPad journal pages done for the second day and evening of my trip.

After some really fun time in Silver City, I arrived at the resort in Rio Rico, AZ by dusk. Beautiful place and beautiful room. Got my pictures ready for posting by noon on Day 3, but had to leave to pick up my brother at the Tucson airport at 1:30 pm.

Had a great afternoon and evening together, and then, on the way to their room at the resort that evening, I fell down some stairs (because some lights were burned out), and a piece of heaven turned instantly into a piece of hell. I had broken my right hip – badly. I was far from home and looking down a long, dark night of the soul for sure.

I am not one to share bad news or wallow in it, so we will skip the next eight days. The only thing to be said is that there are always lessons to be learned and you just have to figure out what they were supposed to be.

I am home again, on a walker, and now know what it is like to have surgery. I wouldn’t wish it on anybody, but it wasn’t the end of the world experience I had imagined either.

I am okay, and will be back on my feet faster than most, because I am determined.

I will even come back and share those happy journal pages I had completed- as soon as they are not so sad for me to look at. I was so looking forward to a wonderful trip when they were created.

MANY insights are coming to me, and I know that this incident is my life “falling into place.”

Back with you soon.

Ms. Walker (as my family is calling me)



  1. So sorry, Jessica, about your accident, and so glad you are healing. Keep your attitude of perseverance! Blessings!

  2. Well, well, well Ms. Walker….. that’s all just plain ole nasty news. I’m sending you lots of healing energy…hip surgery isn’t fun….know that first hand. You’re right…things WILL fall into place…when they should. I’ve always said… “time is your best friend or your worst enemy”…and friends are a wonderful thing. Creative you will turn this into something amazing… I just know you will.
    Wish I wasn’t so far away… “a little chard in the gard” …would be good!

  3. I’m so sorry for you accident and interruption of your trip. Rio Rico is so beautiful. Determination…and patience….will help heal your bones. Stay positive.

  4. I am so sorry to hear about your fall, jessica. I am sure that it, and the surgery, were an ordeal you had never imagined. And I am equally sure that you will conquer rehab and recovery with resolve and dare I say it—stubbornness. And a sense of humor.

  5. I am so sorry you had to suffer. I hate suffering for anyone and everyone.

  6. I am sorry that you had the fall, fracture and surgery. I know that I did not enjoy mine and it was just an arm, my non dominant arm at that. The nurse in me urges you to do the rehab and let your body be your guide. If you try to force it, you will regret it.

  7. So sorry to hear of your fall and subsequent surgery. I’m sure you’re well on your way to healing and getting back to feeling better. It’s such an inconvenience to be “stove-up” from our abilities to perform and cre8t. Take good care of yourself and we’ll be looking for those posts soon.

  8. So now I know why I was not getting any of mu email from you. I’m so sorry about the accident but happy to know you are still part of my life!

  9. Jessica,

    I’m sorry to hear that you fell and broke your hip. I can only imagine how painful that must have been. It’s amazing how life changes when we have a traumatic experience. I know you will persevere. That is who and how you are. Get well soon.

  10. My dear, dear friend. . . What a b*%ch!! I was oh so lucky in Tubac when I fell. I can only imagine what breaking something, especially away from home, is like. But you are a survivor!! And you will turn the time of rehab into a time of art. . . that’s what we do (survivor artists, that is). LOL
    Love you, miss you. Hope to see you this fall.

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