Crisis. We don’t know why or how it will happen, but if you’ve lived long enough, it’s not a matter of if it will happen to you, but when. Now, we don’t mean to be the bearer of bad news or come across as negative. If anything, we believe that people can only survive with hope and help. But many of us here are also old enough to know that life isn’t always a fairytale and crises do happen to everyday people. Webster defines a crisis as: “an unstable or crucial time or state of affairs in which a decisive change is impending-especially one with the distinct possibility of a highly undesirable outcome.” (Source)

Sometimes you can bring a crisis on yourself by a series of bad choices, and other times, you’re simply thrown into one.

Meet Nancy Nelson, Certified IPEC Professional Coach Specializing in Resiliency, Transition, and Grief

It’s easy to look at Nancy’s certifications and think: “Great, another academically certified expert. They can’t relate to me, they don’t know what I’ve gone through.” We hear you and completely understand that sentiment-many of us at The Book Professor have it too. But Nancy is different than just your average certified professional coach. She’s lived what she teaches and has come out on the other side still standing to share her own journey through crisis and grief.

Her Story

Nancy’s story isn’t pretty. Trapped in an unhappy marriage, she asked her husband for a divorce. A few days later, he disappeared. His phone, his wallet, and his money were still in the house, but Bob was gone. The police conducted an extensive search, but he was nowhere to be found. Even the cadaver dogs couldn’t find a scent. Under the cloud of suspicion, Nancy did her best to hold things together for herself and her kids. But where was Bob? Her book, Lessons From the Ledge, is a harrowing tale of living through Bob’s disappearance and the aftermath of what was eventually discovered.

Nancy lives in the northwest suburbs of Chicago with her 19-year-old son, Sam. Frequent visits from her 24-year-old daughter, Jillian, and the daily antics of Winnie the Rescued Wondermutt and Boltie Bolterson, the mighty chihuahua, keep her occupied and usually laughing. Widowed in 2010, she completed her BA in Applied Behavioral Science in 2013, and her certification in Life Coaching from IPEC in 2015. Normalizing grief and understanding the aftermath of suicide is her passion, as well as helping people grab their individual greatness.

Lessons from the Ledge was written to guide women in crisis to dig into their resilience, to push past the pitfalls, and to reframe the pain, so they can thrive instead of merely survive. The book will be available in July 2017.  Mark your calendars. This book is for EVERY woman!

“If even one person finds truth in what I write and feels less alone, all the struggle is worth it.”

-Nancy Nelson

What about you? Do you have a story to tell that can save lives, change lives or transform society? If you are someone you know has always wanted to write a book, reach out to us, and we can help you make it happen!