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My Journey In My Life

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Who am I? What do I tell people when I am asked this question? Do I even know the answer? It has taken many years for me to be able to answer this question. All of my life experiences have led me to the road I am on today, and I would never give them back.

Growing up I was a quiet and shy. I kept to myself a lot, and only had a handful of good friends. I had good parents who always supported me and encouraged getting out of my comfort zones. After a year of college, I was married and started life as a married woman. Even at the age of 20 with a brand-new baby I still struggled with being shy and quiet. I was happier being at home with my family than out in big groups of people. My husband and family continued to encourage me to get out and make new friends. I had a couple of people in my life that I could call friends and that was all I needed. I could not have predicted what would come next...

In December of 2004 I received a phone call that would change my life. I remember bits and princes of what was said to me during that phone call. Things like “Stage 3 Medullary Thyroid Cancer”, “We won't know until we get in there”, and “If you are going to get cancer, this is the one to get”. By the time the phone call ended I know that my treatment plan would consist of surgery and radiation. After I had my cry I made a decision to be pro-active. I needed to know exactly what was going on and what my options were. I needed to find my voice to tell people what I needed and wanted.
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