A financial adviser's long journey from full-time caretaker to entrepreneur
By Morey Stettner
Jennifer Failla's return to work required lots of structure -- and time
Jennifer Failla spoke to her mother every Sunday for years, so when she couldn't reach her one day in November 1999, she started to worry.
"My mother was living alone in a Miami Beach apartment, and I had a bad feeling," said Failla, a certified financial planner in Austin, Texas. "I knew something was wrong."
On Tuesday morning, Failla contacted the police. They called back within hours with terrible news: Her mother, who had been hit by a car while crossing the street, was in a coma. Medical workers needed to talk to next of kin. Frantic, Failla called the hospital.
"I need you to get here as soon as possible," a nurse said. "How fast can you get here?"
Within hours, Failla was on a plane to Miami -- a flight she would take dozens of times over the next three years. It was seven years before Failla would resume her career as a financial planner after taking a hiatus to be her mother's caregiver.
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