I am a wife and mother of two children and have an amazing husband who loves and supports me more than I ever thought possible. Our family has experienced living abroad in Japan for many years and now our roots are planted in the beautiful state of Colorado, which we absolutely love. I am also a thyroid cancer patient, survivor and advocate for all lives who have been affected by this disease. I was diagnosed with Stage IVA papillary thyroid cancer on January 26, 2011. This blog is dedicated to all those lives that have been touched by thyroid cancer in one way or another, and in loving memory to all who have lost their battle to this disease. I want to not only share my story, but also to have a place where others can share their stories as well in order to build a community of support so that no one has to face this disease alone.
I work as a Special Education Paraeducator with special needs children which is a profession that I feel is so rewarding in being able to touch the life of students who have challenges and difficulties and being able to help them to succeed. My interests include nutrition and fitness, cooking, gardening and reading – especially suspense novels.
In addition, I dedicate much of my free time volunteering at local hospitals serving as a patient advisor working with patient councils in order to improve patient experiences and quality of life for all cancer patients, survivors and caretakers. My goals are to create and promote awareness of this cancer through education in early detection, the valuable role that nutrition and fitness plays in the life of cancer patients and the importance of thyroid cancer research.
Thank you for visiting my site and feel free to leave a comment and I hope that what you find here can be beneficial to you.