I was asked to write my story by several folks and so I thought it may be of interest to you also. I wanted to follow up and share a little bit more about me. So, to all of you who already know me, you’ll know the first and most important thing about me is that I am a SURVIVOR. If you give me a moment, I’ll explain.
In 2004, I was diagnosed with Rhabdomyosarcoma (RMS), a rare cancer of the soft tissue that grows on muscle. I was 28 years old. I had an eighteen-month-old son. I was newly married. I was the only 28-year old ever diagnosed with this disease, so I guess you could say I was special! For the next year I was consumed with radiation and chemotherapy.
Treatments at the hospital for 6-8 hours each, three to five days a week. Many times, I had to haul around a chemo bag that was pumped into a port in my chest 48 straight hours. I had surgery to remove the tumor. I was poked. Prodded. Stuck. Medicated. Nauseated. Everyday.
It was miserable. My body deteriorated. My immune system was severely damaged by chemotherapy and other meds. I had to be hospitalized once due to zero platelets in my blood. Literally. I had multiple blood transfusions throughout this process. At the lowest point, I had to spend a week in the hospital because of severe deterioration of my physical being.
A few days after I was released, I finished my last chemo treatment and never had a relapse. That was in 2004. As of August 28th, 2018, it has been fourteen years I have been in remission from the Rhabdomyosarcoma. They told me the disease had a 90% mortality rate. I guess I’m one of the lucky 10%. I think about that every day.
One thing I learned during my illness is that relationships are essential to surviving this world and all it brings. My husband was vital in my treatment and recovery. Adam was there every step of the way. I don’t think I would’ve made it without him. He’s the most loving and supportive person that I’ve ever met in my life.
My family was also a key to my recovery. My mom and “Pops” stepped in to help us with my baby son when we needed them the most. They’ve been there for me from day one. Every step of the way. Whatever I needed. That’s why, as a family, we’re all so very close.
In this life I have learned, most everything is a matter of perspective. Paying attention to what’s important. When I was ill my husband, our family, demonstrated this through their help, through their actions. Now, when I meet someone for the first time, I understand their emotions because I have felt all of them. I get it. I can sympathize with fear, excitement, and stress. I’ve been there. I know that through my help, through my actions I can alleviate what pressures they may be experiencing. I trust that every day is a gift. I learned, in the deepest sense, to not take anything for granted.
Being a survivor has made me a more compassionate person. Cancer is a physical disease. But it’s likely the most emotionally challenging experience a person can go through. But you know what? I made it. And I am so much stronger because of it. I know that if I can handle that experience, I can handle anything!
That’s how I handle my clients in real estate. I have a unique and understanding compassion for every one of my clients. We’ve all been through our challenges. Life can be hard. No. Life is hard. Most people have experience with cancer, directly or indirectly. Everyone has been through something. We’ve all survived something. Today, I look at an obstacle as an opportunity to pay forward what was given to me by my husband, family and now, four beautiful children. I respect this in each client and treat them as such. I am blessed beyond words for the experiences I have had.
I take nothing for granted and I intently listen to anything and everything that is important to my clients. I have learned to value and appreciate each one and their situation. My goal in serving my clients is to ensure that their real estate transaction is as stress free as possible.
Thank you for taking the time to learn about me and my life. I would love nothing more than to share my experience and knowledge to assist you with your real estate needs. I hope that you will allow me the opportunity to be your Realtor.