Too many hurtful things have been said and too many feelings have been trampled on. Everyone is talking and no one is listening; I wonder, where do we go from here?
In life there isn't a rewind button, but unfortunately in reality TV there is. It is always difficult to have to deal with issues you thought were already put to rest. I guess in some ways though, it can be beneficial. It has shown me a way to learn from mistakes and try to make the future better. I have always believed that life is about growth and change, and I’d like to share some of the things that I have learned and some things that have helped me grow.
I have learned that most people are good-natured and supportive. I have learned that the viewers are caring people whose interest in me is very heartwarming, and I want you to know you have my sincere thanks. I have learned to listen to critique and criticism and understand the difference between helpful constructive criticism and just plain meanness. I have come to understand who I can count on and has my best interest at heart and who does not. But most of all I have reaffirmed that my family -- and by that I mean my husband, my children, my mother, my sister, and brothers -- are the ones who have never wavered in their love, support, and kindness. They are the true meaning of family.
I have grown so much as a person, and the RHONJ experience has enabled me to become involved in many charitable organizations that are now so close to my heart. As you know, I have become very involved with The National Brain Tumor Society. Just this week I was invited to be the keynote speaker for a program held by The Children’s Brain Tumor Foundation in NYC. These experiences and the giving and sharing that accompany working for a cause are life-changing and positive. I urge all of you to get involved in helping out in any way that you like. It will change you in the most wonderful way!