Note: Mary originally posted this on her Facebook page and allowed SheTaxi to share her update with our audience. Wishing you a speedy recovery, Mary! 

I fell on Tuesday night and have 3 fractures in my left shoulder. No story of tripping on ice or falling over my dogs—just misjudged the step and fell shoulder-first into my house. I could hear the bones break, and I knew it was bad. I’ll know in a few weeks if I need surgery—I’m praying for a recovery with healing since the X-ray shows clean breaks. I wrote a post about giving myself the gift of grace this year. I need it more than ever. Feeling helpless and dependent on others is very humbling. I am so grateful for the help of my sister Anne and my nieces, Kelly and Maria. Even more grateful for my 12-year-old great-niece, Leti, who is staying with me. I would give anything for a do-over for Tuesday. What I’ve learned in less than 72 hours is I am lucky to have the support and love of my family who have jumped right in to help. I’m grateful for all of my friends who have offered to help in any way they can. I value my mobility now more than ever since I don’t have it. I’ll miss taking a bath—it’s my end-of-day routine. I have very few clothes that I can wear right now. Just some sweaters that are big enough to button over my sling, which I’ll be in for 6 weeks. I can type since I’m right handed and my left hand is fine, so it’s awkward, but I’m managing. I haven’t been at all grateful for COVID, but I’m glad now that I can work from home and recover. The pain is intense but incremental, with small improvements each day so far. Please say a prayer for me for a full recovery. I’ll take every advantage I can get. Last piece of advice: Appreciate your health.

About the Author:


Mary Jacobs is founder of The Women’s Excelerator. Mary is a strategist, educator and consultant who has a passion for working with women entrepreneurs. Her focus is on sales strategies for launching and building sustainable businesses for women starting professional service firms. Learn more about Mary at

1 Comment
  1. PEGGY PAUL 3 years ago

    Mary, I can relate to your blog post, as I felt the same way a few years ago when I broke my foot and ankle. It impacts your life greatly. Hang in there and take good, good care of you!! ~Peg

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