Jan Blumenthal cherishes her work in the mental health field, and for the past five-and-a-half years she has given of herself to support the recovery of individuals at Circle Lodge, a community residential rehabilitative program in Norristown serving individuals who experience mental illness.
Jan is quick to point out that she now works where she used to live. She experienced 15 to 20 hospitalizations in her lifetime. During those traumatic times, she was puzzled by her life, not realizing then that she was experiencing mental illness. But one hospital psychiatrist and a supportive staff helped her recognize her fears and paranoia and guided her forward on her recovery journey. They encouraged Jan to live at Circle Lodge after leaving the hospital, and she slowly overcame the trauma of her past.
She says that she was destined to experience mental illness so that she would have the compassion and sensitivity to work with her fellow peers. She feels that her whole life was heading toward this place in time where she can now give back and support others who are in the process of healing. Her work at Circle Lodge is transforming and healing to her soul.
Today, Jan is happily married to Ken Eng, and they just celebrated their 10th wedding anniversary. Jan credits much of her recovery to her husband, her strong faith in God, and her good friend, Sandy Watson. She has a son, daughter-in-law and three grandchildren that contribute to her happiness.
Jan is the evidence of how giving heals the soul.