In the end, it was the right thing to do to settle and to let go of my ring. The pressure was too great and I couldn't keep fighting and spending a fortune on attorneys. I couldn't keep pace with a public company. We settled and I am so thankful for all the attorneys who worked so hard on my behalf. Skip Kessel and Michael Gless at Kessel, Young, and Logan will always be heroes to me.
Time to celebrate! It was important for me to share my settlement with Kyle, Lisa, Ken, and Mauricio because they had been there witnessing the stress and encouraging me throughout the months following the tragedy. I wanted them to know that one more piece of the mess I was handling had come to a close and that there was light at the end of my dark tunnel. John worked tirelessly coordinating my different attorneys and advising me through all the difficulties. I wanted him to be there to thank him and share in the celebration dinner. He suffered through many difficult phone calls and lots of tears and I will always be indebted to him for his patience and advice.
In looking back, I learned a lot through the process mostly about the resilience of people facing overwhelming odds. We are tougher than we think we are when we are backed against a wall.
Until next week, keep your head down and keep pushing forward.