My Brief Bio (from my blog: My View of Life as it Happens)

I was born in Salisbury, NC.  My dad died when I was 6 & my mom did both his job & hers … giving me a good childhood. She read to me & instilled in me a love for books & literature & science fiction. She was an exceptional role model & I was fortunate to have been her daughter. I loved Salisbury … the City Park, downtown at Halloween when everyone – adults & children – dressed up, my grandmother’s house.

We lived with my grandmother in her large home, that had once been a mortuary, until her death. Her house looked much like a miniature Monticello from the street but she wasn’t rich. She rented rooms upstairs to make ends meet. That old house, with all of it’s memories & history, was torn down decades ago & replaced on the lot by a Kroger Super Store. It’s the only place I’ve lived that I still dream about.

My mom remarried when I was 10 & we moved to Virginia. I got a step sister & a step brother with the blending of our families. I went to Amherst County schools & to nursing school at Lynchburg General Hospital School of Nursing. I married & divorced, vowing never to marry again. In 1987 I met my current husband when he joined a Starfleet chapter that I founded in 1984. We married in 1997 & he has been the “constant” in my life.

I had a memorable career as an OR Nurse for 38 years & took an early retirement in order to enjoy my life away from the stress, hours & “call” in the OR. 18 months later I was diagnosed with breast cancer, which was a turning point in my life. I had breast conserving surgery, 33 radiation treatments, 6 months of chemotherapy & learned so much about myself, my friends & what a wonderful caregiver my husband was. I also learned that I only had 2 choices for getting through that journey; I could ball up in the corner & cry or get up & make the best of what I’d been given. I chose Door #2.

Since the breast cancer experience I began a second career as a TV talk show host, “Lynchburg Live,” speak to seminars & groups about breast cancer, wrote a book of original poetry that was published in 2013 & recently have begun speaking about fundraising & being a professional woman. My science fiction club has gone on to be International Chapter of the Year twice & Regional Chapter of the year for many years. We support multiple charities & send a local middle school student to Space Camp.

In 2014 I began freelance writing. I have had articles published in Central Virginia HOME Magazine, the Communique & in local newspapers. In 2014 I sold a story to the Chicken Soup for the Soul publishers. “Chicken Soup for the Soul: Inspiration for Nurses” came out in book stores in July 2015.

I’ve been doing this blog, “My View of Life as It Happens,” since December 2013 & LOVE doing it. Surprisingly (to me), I have quite a number of followers. The blog is my most enjoyable writing endeavor on an on-going basis. I LOVE being paid for my work but so enjoy the self expression I experience doing the blog. At this stage as an author, knowing that something I’ve written touches someone in a special way or makes someone laugh is the most important aspect to me.

Even with the bumps in my road, I’ve done most of the things I’ve wanted to do with my life. I’ve had a successful medical career, own my dream home with my husband, Willy, have had a second career in television, have written a book & been published, headed a successful club that is a helping presence in our community, am writing this blog with a number of followers (which has surprised me), have a number of really good friends & I’ve shared my life with some amazing cats. Looking back, I think that means, to me anyway, that I’ve been successful….

I wouldn’t change a thing ………..

 

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