About Lee Gaitan
Who is Lee Gaitan?
In 2002 my entire life collapsed under me and the road back has not been short, easy or clearly defined. The unfolding crisis was particularly challenging for me because I was not a fresh-faced ingénue when it happened. While women my age certainly tend to bounce, it can be much harder for us to bounce back! To back up and bring you up to speed … I am a wife, mother, teacher, writer and speaker, but above all I am passionately committed to overcoming life’s obstacles, surviving sometimes by the skin of my teeth, but always with humor and optimism. I want to share that with others and encourage them to do the same. I would much prefer that life be easy, pretty and nice, but it rarely works out so neatly. Right? Most of us face our fair share of hard, ugly and mean along the road of life.
In the past twelve years I have had to deal with more than a healthy helping of “are you kidding me?” moments. In 2002, I hit rock bottom. It was so bad I lovingly refer to it as a year of “shock and awfulness.” That year my father died, my mother was in the hospital, semi-comatose from grief, and my husband of 22 years lost every penny of our money BEFORE running off to Arizona with his girlfriend, who just happened to be a former stripper. That was just the beginning. I spent the next decade struggling with loss and challenges on every front, from finances and family to health and career. While there were many bounces up and down over the years, I have finally bounced back and it was well worth the effort. I’m now happily remarried, employed and have published my second book. I even have children on three continents and a granddaughter far too far away!