I was diagnosed with Stage 2 Breast Cancer on November 11, 2016. I had a dble. mastectomy and remained cancer-free until November 11, 2022, when I was diagnosed with early lung cancer. Between cancers, in November of 2018, I entered Prairie Ridge for my alcoholism and have been sober since. I also had two neck surgs. and two back surgs. I’m blessed to say the lung cancer has been removed! I’m five weeks post-op and feeling better everyday. As I heal and regain my strength, I plan to be a Grandma again to my “beautiful seven”.

Once you’ve had cancer, it’s always in the back of your mind, no matter how deep you try to bury it. The “big scare” never leaves you. Now that being said, cancer has made me a better person. I’m more tolerant, thoughtful and I hope, loving. It’s led me to try and let the clutter go and enjoy the fact I’m alive.

To play like a kid again and remember what made me happy before it entered my life. I remind myself to slow down, breathe it all in and realize how lucky I am.

My daughter, Samantha, nominated me for this bedroom makeover and I thank her dearly for that! I’m still processing it all. So exciting and scary-fun at the same time. Due to my back, I lay down several times a day and sometimes all of this catches up with me. I spend a lot of time in my bedroom with my best friend, Lola, my beloved dog. We can’t wait to see what’s in store!!

Ya know, people are really good and I am so thankful. Katie and her husband, Jack, have been wonderful and so kind. As they began to explain all that’s involved and has to happen, be scheduled, measured, and all the people involved it takes to get it all done, it’s still unbelievable to me. To the people who sponsor my room and all of you who are involved in any way, “Thank You” seems hardly adequate for what I’m feeling. I pray you all have something this beautiful happen to you in your life. God bless.