OK, so I’m a little slow sometimes. I know that. People say things to me and sometimes it appears that those things aren’t registering with me, but they are. I might just need to ponder, reflect, and consider first. This is one of those times. So many people have told me I need to write a book, but I just don’t have any solid answers for anyone, so what would I even write anyway? But I have learned …. oh have I ever learned so many things. And I’m still learning. This journey of mine is certainly not boring. Fraught with pain, financial hardship, and most of all, prolonged terror … it has been all of that. And has forced me to take out and try on things I would never have peeked at in the past. But it has not been boring.
So, a little about me … I was born in 1958 in NC and I never left the South until I was in my 20s and in the USMC. I went to college and graduated in 1980 with an MBA in Theater Arts. I taught dance with Arthur Murrays, then sang and choreographed for a band called Black and Blue. From there, I realized I had a college degree, but no skills for a real career. It was then that my brother, who had delay enlisted in the Marines, talked me into doing the same. With that degree, I had hoped to obtain a commission, but the universe had different plans. I was not accepted into the commissioning program, so in true stubborn form, I said, “No? I can’t be a Marine? You just watch this.” And I enlisted. And married my first husband. And had a beautiful miracle daughter.
After eight years in the Corps, I decided I could provide better for that child (the husband had since moved on) with bars on my shoulders than stripes on my sleeves, I decided to apply to USAF Officer Training School. Got accepted, got commissioned, and spent the next 12 years in the USAF. During that time, I had two more marriages, but the third time was the charm and I have been married to my husband, John, for almost 14 years now. My original diagnosis was barely a year after we got married.
Shortly thereafter, I discovered Papillon dogs and dog agility! That was a life changer for me. I now have FOUR Papillons, two of which have been competition dogs and one of which was a North American Champion! They are my very best friends, my little girls, so you will see a lot of them in here.
My original diagnosis fell in the last 5 years of my career, so when 20 years came, I punched and haven’t looked back. I am fully retired and spending my time talking to other cancer patients and helping educate people on cannabis medicine. This blog is a larger reflection of that. It’s a bit eclectic, much like me. I talk about my breast cancer experience, cannabis medicine, and other tidbits I’ve picked up along the path like beautiful seashells on an empty beach at dawn.
I feel that my life has been put in overdrive. I learned so much about alternative medicine and God’s will for healing during the course of my first diagnosis. But ever since the mets, things have hit a time warp and my learning has been punched into turbo. It’s getting to where I feel like if I don’t talk about it, I’ll explode. So here we go … strap in, buckle up and hang on. Keep yer arms and legs inside the vehicle. It’s gonna be a ride!