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Pulled from comments: An inspiring story from Geof -- thanks for taking the time to share and congratulations on pulling yourself through challenging times. The bottom line:

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To buoy folks' perspective on things, I'm a professional in my mid-thirties, 12 years experience, was laid off in January of last year.

Had a lot of troubles last year: was laid off a few months before my first child was born, my mother in law died suddenly and unexpectedly (about a month before our daughter was due), my wife lost her job the day she came back from maternity leave, and to top it off, I needed emergency back surgery. (Fortunately, that issue cropped up while my wife still had her health benefits--she was given three months insurance as part of her severance.)

Having been laid off in prior slowdowns (post 9/11, and then the plague of corporate scandals in '04) through it all, I was determined that I was going to come out better off

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