What a Wonderful Experience -- Time to Say So Long

Industry Observer with RETIRED / State License is Inactive Inactive License Oregon

This will be my last "professional" post as a licensed real estate agent in the State of Oregon.  My license expires today, and I will not renew.  For all intents and purposes, I have to RETIRE, from a profession I love, due to health issues.

Almost 10 Years Ago . . .

To recap to kneecap:  May 28, 2008 my body was severely damaged.   A medical device was used on me during a knee replacement and the device was not FDA approved.  Who knew?!?

The surgery was so bad, there was total misalignment of my left left.  Ironic, since the #1 outcome of a successful TKA is:  Alignment.  Who knew?

The second surgery, six months later, shows how metal rods had to be implanted to correct the "malpositioned prosthetic components."

The U.S. Dept. of Justice went after the company, fined them over $88 Million Dollars, and sent the CEO to jail.  Me?   I had to suffer through it all with zero . . . zip . . . nada . . . no compensation or redress for my injuries.   All I got was this New York Times Article:  Knee Replacement Device Unapproved, But Used in Surgery.  


How Active Rain Changed My Life

During the time I was in the thick of my medical crisis, I had Active Rain.  I vaguely recall an agent in San Francisco mentioning AR to me in 2007.  In 2008, when I was so badly injured, I started "lurking" on the site.  I read so many wonderful posts, and felt an immediate connection.   Then I became a member, still only "lurking."  Then I started to comments and finally,  I wrote my first post.  

When my body wasn't working well, my mind was still active, and ACTIVE RAIN was there for me.  I poured myself into it and learned so much.  AR was a sustaining force for positive during this time.  The ability to stay connected with real estate colleagues through the nation --  when I could barely walk -- was a blessing beyond compare.


There was so much good found here.  PLUS . . . if anyone recalls the mortgage meltdown . . . that happened at exactly the same time as my PERSONAL health meltdown.  Not only was I suffering with a badly damaged body, an MD in total denial about the damage he caused, but the nation was slipping into darkness.  

WordPress to the Rescue

Connecting with more and more people through ActiveRain (loan officers, stagers, real estate agents) there developed a theme . . . namely WordPress.  WP blogs were beginning to take shape and make an online difference.  I learned "HOW TO" write real estate blog posts.  And I did.  LOTS OF THEM!

Around 2010 things were really tough for me.  I had $75 cash to my name, and was behind on two mortgage payments.  I'm not making this up.  I had to file for bankruptcy protection in 2009, but still with the market as it was, and with 3 other medical procedures needed, in order to "try" to fix the medical oopsie doodle, I was once again down.

But I kept plugging away.  I had to.  I had no choice and I had to survive.

Business Got Better

When I was posting on Active Rain about my Word Press blog I had just created, an ActiveRain member reached out to me and asked if I wanted to meet once per week with a group of other AR members.  That was a life changer!  I'm not naming them here, because I'm not sure if they'd want me to.  But, there was a core group of 7 of the kindest people.  They helped me with my WordPress site.  I applied what I learned, I learned on my own, I wrote, I did the heavy lifting . . . and it paid off!

I kept going and each closing I would have, I said a prayer "Thank you God" for helping me and blessing me during this.

Health Got Worse

Unfortunately, our bodies are like cars . . . once you're in an accident it's just never the same.  The medical procedures I've had to endure, the pain, and with some on-going mental health issues, I just can no longer work.  It's more than a pity, but it's time for me to retire.  I am unable to work.

To give an example:  Just this weekend I was re-screening screens with Fareed, my boyfriend of (going on) five years.  We were sitting in the living room on the floor, my left leg (the "bad" knee) was outstretched since I can't bend it anymore.  My right leg (the "good" knee) was bent so I could maneuver around with the screen and spline.  About 30 minutes in, I felt some pain and thought it was my leg "going to sleep" . . . I stretched it out.  I'm still on the floor, not doing much but re-screening . . . but the pain was increasing.  About 5 minutes later, I couldn't move.  I could barely make it to the couch.  Nursing the right knee with ice packs for about an hour, I felt I needed to seek medical attention.  Turns out I either sprained or tore the medial collateral ligament on my right "good" knee!  MRI's will show what is what.  With over 20 years of over-compensating my left leg (the "bad" knee) I have ruined my right - weakening the ligaments, tendons, meniscus.  I could feel the pain advancing in the right knee for several years.  Seriously . . . I was on the floor, with my leg bent slightly . . . and the ligament is torn?!?!?!  Yup . . . right knee shot.

But, in the meantime . . . 

My decision to retire was made a few months ago.  I believe it was the only decision to be made, and I did so with much sadness.  After this weekend's WTF . . . I know my body, and mind need to rest.

I was blessed to work when I did, and when I was able. Make hay while the subshines, as it were.

I was blessed to have met so many wonderful people here on Active Rain.

I was blessed that in my real estate career I helped people and did a good job for them.


I was blessed that what I learned here helped Buyers find me . . . so that I could earn a living.

What I Will Miss The Most About ActiveRain


This experience has been a true life changer AND life saver for me.

I will cherish the time I spent here, countless hours, learning and developing.  

I leave with a sense of peace knowing how blessed this AR experience has been for me.

I thank everyone who touched my life, by a comment, by phone call, or with a thought.

Thank you!





My AR profile has been edited to reflect my inactive real estate license and retirement status.  I would like to keep my blog posts up.

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Carla Muss-Jacobs has RETIRED effective May 1, 2018

Representing Buyers in the Portland Metro Real Estate Market | Clackamas Multnomah and Washington Counties | Since 1999

Carla Muss-Jacobs, REALTOR®, ABR, CEBA, ePro
Principal Broker/Owner ~~ INACTIVE

Carla Muss-Jacobs' retirement became effective May 1, 2018

Direct: 503-810-7192 


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Comments (74)

Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Carla Muss-Jacobs, RETIRED - Until you posted, I was unaware of the problem. Ironically, I was reading my Neighborhood Blog this afternoon and someone wrote the following:

Malpractice Attorneys


I am now desperate. I’m on my 3rd knee surgery in 18 months. Can anyone recommend a malpractice attorney? Thank you.

May 04, 2018 11:51 AM
Hannah Williams
HomeStarr Realty - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376

Hello  Carla Muss-Jacobs, RETIRED  so sorry to hear of your health issues I had no idea . I think Patricia Feager  has a wonderful idea . You should look into it . I certainly hope to still see you here in the Rain

May 04, 2018 01:36 PM
Carla Muss-Jacobs, RETIRED

Hannah Williams -- I have no more energy left but to do the day-to-day functions, and even that is very limiting for me.  Thanks for your kind thoughts!

May 06, 2018 01:33 PM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Carla Muss-Jacobs, RETIRED - I saw this post on Robert Vegas Bob Swetz reblog. I wanted to make sure I stopped by to let you know we stand with you. No one should have to go through the pain you have suffered and to have to give up the career you love is heartbreaking.  

May 04, 2018 02:13 PM
Carla Muss-Jacobs, RETIRED

You are very kind and understanding.  Sheri Sperry - MCNE® - yes, it's been 10 year of dealing with the botched surgery aftermath.  Thanks for standing with me . . . can I lean a little? LOL

May 06, 2018 01:35 PM
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty

Carla Muss-Jacobs, RETIRED - hopefully you will remain a part of Active Rain even if no longer active in real estate.  I've enjoyed interacting with you over the years and wish you all the very best going forward!

May 04, 2018 09:11 PM
Carla Muss-Jacobs, RETIRED

The same here Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers -- I've enjoyed seeing you faces!  

May 06, 2018 01:32 PM
Brian L. Sirota, Esq.
Bristar Realty (Realtor/Attorney) - Orange, CA
For Solutions: (714) 501-7660

Carla, let me take this opportunity to share my thoughts about you:  

You've been one of the brighter, stronger and more honest voices in the rain.  If pain instructed your tone on occasion, you still remained intellectually true.

I admit surprise to learning of your concentration difficulties;  your posts were always perceptive, pointed and well written.  

I'm gratified to see many have kept you in their thoughts, and I genuinely wish you the best.   You have been and will continue to be missed!

May 05, 2018 05:19 PM
Carla Muss-Jacobs, RETIRED

Brian L. Sirota, Esq. -- thank you for your comment.  We've never had a reciprocal comment exchange, although I've read your posts and appreciate reading your comments on other posts.  The layers of "difficulties" aren't even detailed with this post.  I am blessed, and even with these slings and arrows.  Thank you again!

May 06, 2018 01:31 PM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

Keep staying so positive! World needs more of it and I will always really appreciate it!

May 06, 2018 11:43 PM
Jan Green - Scottsdale, AZ
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Carla!  I'm so sorry just now to be reading this post. The interesting coincidence is  I sent you a referring agent from Phoenix. Oh jeez!  I was thinking of you and now I know why.  I"m going to call you tomorrow as I don't feel right now to.  You're in my thoughts and prayers friend :)  I hope you are doing better or getting better somehow.  Hugs!

May 09, 2018 09:38 PM
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

I hope your health improves which is the most important thing in life. Enjoy but what the heck, blog a few times about what life is like after real estate. it could be very instructive.

May 10, 2018 07:02 PM
MichelleCherie Carr Crowe .Just Call. 408-252-8900
Get Results Team...Just Call (408) 252-8900! . DRE #00901962 . Licensed to Sell since 1985 . Altas Realty - San Jose, CA
Family Helping Families Buy & Sell Homes 40+ Years

Hi Carla,

Sad to hear you are no longer practicing real estate. As you say, Health must come first. Hope you still stay involved here at AR.

May 25, 2018 01:15 PM
MichelleCherie Carr Crowe .Just Call. 408-252-8900
Get Results Team...Just Call (408) 252-8900! . DRE #00901962 . Licensed to Sell since 1985 . Altas Realty - San Jose, CA
Family Helping Families Buy & Sell Homes 40+ Years

Carla, I just wantd to add a prayer for you.

Lord please lift up Carla and heal her from this pain. Show her Your way for her to keep earning and keep helping people and she heals. Amen.

May 25, 2018 01:17 PM
Carla Muss-Jacobs, RETIRED

Thank you Michelle Carr-Crowe-Top 1% Diamond Certified Real Estate Team Sells Cupertino San Jose Homes-Just Call 408-252-8900 -- My body has the pain, but as long as my brain doesn't hurt, LOL.  Thank you for keeping me in prayer.

May 27, 2018 01:01 PM
MichelleCherie Carr Crowe .Just Call. 408-252-8900
Get Results Team...Just Call (408) 252-8900! . DRE #00901962 . Licensed to Sell since 1985 . Altas Realty - San Jose, CA
Family Helping Families Buy & Sell Homes 40+ Years

Hope things are working out well for you in your new career.  Keep that brain working-God has more things for you to accomplish in this world. God bless you.


Jun 06, 2018 12:06 PM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

I'm not sure how I missed this post when you originally wrote it, but I'm glad I saw it now. I'm sorry to hear that your physical challenges have resulted in you having to leave the career you love. That's heartbreaking. Perhaps you will reach a point where you can write, because as others have mentioned, you do have a talent with words. I also hope that you get relief from your pain. I'm thinking of you.

Jun 10, 2018 01:18 PM
Carla Muss-Jacobs, RETIRED

Thank you Kat Palmiotti -- I'm not on AR that much and just read your sweet words.  I do not take pain medication because of it's addicitve qualities.  I learned to do less, which is pain management for me.  Thanks again.

Jun 18, 2018 05:42 PM
Thom Abbott
MyMidtownMojo.com |770.713.1505 | Intown Atlanta GA Condo Living - Atlanta, GA
Midtown Atlanta GA Condos For Sale

Carla Muss-Jacobs, RETIRED ...love you to the moon and back! I hope retirement helps you in the right direction! I'm thinking I'll be pushing a walker down the street showing property. Hopefully I'll be able to get a retirement fund "re-funded" and have something for a rainy day.

I remember that glorious "7" and I, like you, learned more than I could even imagine possible. Most all of us have become very successful, and as such, the need for the follow up and the meetings have become next to impossible to put together. 

Then there the defections ... and some drama thrown in for icing....but we didn't need those people I guess. Or as the saying goes, people come into your life for a reason, a season, or a lifetime. I'm joyful and grateful for the lifetime people. The reason and the season...they were there just for that. 

God Speed my friend.....I wish you nothing but the best going forward. And when Portland makes my travel list, I'll be calling you!

Jun 20, 2018 02:26 PM
Carla Muss-Jacobs, RETIRED

Thank you so much Thom Abbott .. . having to stop work was not something I ever wanted, and I thought I'd be doing this forever too!!  PLEASE come visit Portland!!  

Jun 22, 2018 05:45 PM
Dorte Engel
RE/MAX Leading Edge - Bowie, MD
ABC - Annapolis, Bowie, Crofton & rest of Maryland

Dear Carla,

This is the best decision for you, but we will miss you. Stop by from time to time.

Jul 28, 2018 01:48 PM
MichelleCherie Carr Crowe .Just Call. 408-252-8900
Get Results Team...Just Call (408) 252-8900! . DRE #00901962 . Licensed to Sell since 1985 . Altas Realty - San Jose, CA
Family Helping Families Buy & Sell Homes 40+ Years

Carla, who would you recommend for a buyers agent for a young single low-down buyer in Portland?

Aug 01, 2018 11:16 PM
Carla Muss-Jacobs, RETIRED

Michelle Carr-Crowe-Top 1% Diamond Certified Real Estate Team Sells Cupertino San Jose Homes-Just Call 408-252-8900  -- my pick is Anne Stewart.  She's with Keller Williams, and niches to Buyers. You can find her here:  https://www.buyersagentportland.com/


So sorry for the late reply.  I hope this helps!!

Aug 20, 2018 12:24 PM
John Marshall - FORE!
LoKation Real Estate - Cherry Hills Village, CO
Specializing in Golf Course Properties

Carla Muss-Jacobs, RETIRED I have been to your wonderful city twice since we last spoke, and unfortunately both were very short visits, helping my son first move to Lake Oswego and more recently he moved to Beaverton to find his "musical calling". 

I do miss you on AR and enjoyed getting to know you over the years and I promise that next time I come out that way for a visit, I will look you up.

Take care of yourself, enjoy your retirement and thanks for all the smart ass comments and posts over the years, you definitely made me smile every day!

Aug 29, 2018 02:35 PM
Carla Muss-Jacobs, RETIRED

Thanks John.  Hope to see you at some pint . . . err I mean, point.

Oct 04, 2018 06:54 PM
Brian Madigan
RE/MAX West Realty Inc., Brokerage (Toronto) - Toronto, ON
LL.B., Broker


Sorry to hear this. I always enjoyed so many of your posts.

I haven't had that much time to participate here as I had in the past.

All the best!


Jan 12, 2019 11:26 AM
Carla Muss-Jacobs, RETIRED

Thanks Brian!!

Feb 02, 2019 05:27 PM
Cynthia Larsen
Cotati, CA
Independent Broker In Sonoma County, CA

Wow, sorry to hear about all of the pain you have been through! I shut down my business on Dec 31st of last year but will keep my broker license active so I can refer business to other brokers. Retirement is definitely an adjustment, but I think I will survive. Take care Carla, I wish you all the best.

Apr 08, 2019 10:18 AM
Steffy Hristova
HomeSmart Elite Group Tempe AZ Tel: 602.710.8161 - Tempe, AZ
Tempe AZ Realtor - Your Home Close to Your Work!

Hi Carla, I accidentally came to your post today. I hadn't read anything from you recently and was wondering. I hope you are enjoying your retirement and feeling better. What an experience!

Jun 21, 2019 12:18 PM
Lana Robbins Licensed Managing Broker/Owner
Aloha Kai Real Estate - Kirkland, WA
Licensed in Washington, Florida, and Hawai'i

Hi Carla. I just noticed your post nearly one year after you posted it. I would never have guessed what you have been going through. That physician is a horrible human being. I hope it gets better for you.

Aug 03, 2019 07:13 PM