Who Am I?

About Me in ten words or less: Faith, Family, Frogs – not always in that order.

Faith: I am a Christian who is thankful every day for the blessings I have in my life.  My life is not perfect. I know that I am not strong enough on my own to handle everything life throws at me. But I know that God is with me and when I put my faith in Him I feel the calm during the storm.

Family: I have a loving husband and 2 beautiful daughters.  In addition to our immediate family, we have parents, siblings, nieces and nephews, and cousins.  Families can be a great source of joy (and to be honest, can be a source of stress at times).  No family is perfect, but they are my family and I love them all.

Frogs: I am a proud alumna of Texas Christian University (the mascot is a Horned Frog – that is a trivial pursuit answer in case you were curious). I LOVE college football and especially my Horned Frogs. During football season Frogs may actually move ahead of family on Saturday afternoons.  The good news is that I share that passion with my dad and one of my daughters, so maybe it is a tie.

In 2003 I was first diagnosed with Stage 3 Breast Cancer. I finished my treatments in 2004 and then did not think about cancer again. At least not until 2010 when I learned that I had Stage 4 (or metastatic) cancer. The cancer had metastasized in my hip and I could not walk.  I had surgery on my hip and therefore you might see me walk with a limp or use a cane. Currently, my cancer is stable, in other words, it is not progressing or growing.

Having Cancer makes you appreciate that nothing in this life is certain. We are here only for a short time.  We should make life beautiful for ourselves and others. Living a full life is not about accumulating the most toys as the old bumper sticker implies. Living a full life (IMO) is creating memories: for you, for your family, for your friends and for the people you come into contact with.

BuiltaLife is about me and my journey to continue to live a full life.  I hope you enjoy it and choose to join me on this journey.