About Me

bostlerHello Friends!

I’m a 44 year old wife and mom. I am also a retired school teacher of 12 years. I didn’t choose to retire – it was chosen for me. I miss it terribly. But disappointments are part of life. So is joy. I certainly have had my share of both. Since I am no longer able to teach (which is and always will be my first love), I’m embarking upon uncharted territory. I find that I have a lot to say – about sickness, Lupus, happiness, wants, dreams, pets, feelings, thoughts, wishes, and so on. I’m sure most people experience all of these things.

Being on disability isn’t FUN. It isn’t like a constant party of “alright – I get to stay at home and do nothing!” I get bored. I have doctors’ appointments. I have mood swings. I have memories. This is a place for me to just share what is on my mind! You may like it, you may not, but I’m not going to make excuses about who I am. Am I ashamed of some things? Of course. Am I proud of more? Of course! I will have good days and bad days and I would love it if you would like to follow along with me. Mostly, I guess this is like a public diary – but it is also a window into my thoughts – I’m sure I will give a little piece of my heart and soul to those who choose to read my words each day. Most of all, I hope that it will become a way for my family to understand me a little better. Perhaps it will be my legacy…

You can read all of my blog entries by visiting My Story.

I’d like to share with you a song that just seems ‘fitting’ for my new path! For now, I’ll just call it My Mantra. I hope you like it!


Brandy Ostler

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