And now, the answers to your questions -
How did you and your husband meet?
Brian and I originally met in the summer of 2004 when we were both summer interns at our church. Our church is huge, though, so we didn't really know each other then. After that summer, we both went back to college and continued our lives for several years. The two of us ended up back in our city and attending the same church again in 2007. At this point, we became good friends, and things just blossomed from there.
What was your favorite wedding gift?
Brian - hands down! Second to him, I love all of my serving pieces and my red Kitchen Aid immersion blender.
What is your favorite TV show?
This is a tough one because I'm not much of a TV watcher. I guess I'd have to say Paula Deen's cooking show. I watch it every day while I'm resting and waiting on Brian to get home from work.
What is your dream car?
How has life been for you since going back to work with everything going on? Is it overwhelming at times, or are you managing to get it all done?
Life has been hard since going back to work. My school has been wonderful, but primary teaching is a very physical job. Most weeks, I haven't been able to hold up to a 5-day week, and I only end up working 3 days. It is extremely overwhelming and I just survive most work days. I am not at my best as a teacher, and being a cancer patient is a job in and of itself. It requires constant appointments, rest, exercise, phone calls, and pharmacy runs. It is certainly easier on your body to do this when you're 25, but it would be much easier on my schedule to do it when I am retired :)
If you could be the spokeswoman for one product what would it be?
I'm going to change this question to "If you could be the spokeswoman for anything, what would it be?" At this point, I would be the spokeswoman for self breast exams, because doing this saved my life. Early detection is the key to survival. We have to be advocates of our own health.
What is your all time favorite scripture?
2 Peter 1:3 - "His divine power has given us EVERYTHING we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness." -->To me, this says it all. We have all we need, and it's by no doing of our own. To God be the glory!
What movie could you watch over and over again?
What book would you recommend to me?
To Kill a Mockingbird or The Shack
What was your most embarassing moment, ever?
When I was in preschool, my class got to go to the library each week and check out books. On our appointed day, I quickly chose my book. Even at a young age, I chose my books based on their covers. Presentation is everything in my book :) Then, I quietly got in line and waited for the librarian to scan my book. As I waited, I felt the urge to go potty. I rocked back and forth on my toes and crossed my legs tightly, but neither tactic seemed to work. All of a sudden, I could hold it no longer, and I used the bathroom on myself. Unfortunately, I had worn a short denim miniskirt to school that day, so a puddle began to form around my white Keds on the blue carpeted floor. I froze in embarassment! Fortunately, my grandma was there in not time with some fresh clean clothes for me to change into.
What was your most favorite subject in elementary school?
Language Arts - writing
With all thats happened in the last few months have the fears you thought plagued you most changed somewhat?
I would say that my perspective has changed 100%. I am more compassionate towards people. I am more reflective on my own actions and life. I am more aware of my dependency on the Lord and others. I am more in love with my husband. I am more convinced of my mortality. I am more blessed beyond measure.
Has the newlywed rush that other people put on us eased up any?
I think this question is referring to the rush to have children. And, obviously, Brian and I are not leading the typical newlywed life. We are not fighting over toothpaste squeezing strategies and the brand of toilet paper to buy. I don't remember anyone asking when we were going to have kids. However, I was shocked when I was first diagnosed that many people would just nonchalantly say, "You know, you probably won't be able to have kids after you go through chemo. Are you going to harvest your eggs?" Or, "What are y'all going to do about having kids?" I don't know when society deemed it okay for strangers or even close family/friends to invade the privacy of a marriage and ask these questions, or better yet, offer advice to a married couple about these things. Trust me, if you're ever in this position, don't offer advice unless someone asks you for it. The couple knows what they are facing, and it is truly none of your business unless they bring it up. These sort of questions can have extremely emotional answers.
What is something that your husband says or does that always makes you laugh?
I think a better question would be, "What is something your husband says or does that does not always make you laugh?" Brian is hysterical - ALWAYS! It drives me nuts because I can't keep from laughing at him when I want to be mad, but it's my favorite quality about him, too. Let's see, specifically, Brian does great impressions of people - famous people and people we know personally. I LOVE it. He picks up on their little quirks and does a great job of making fun of them.
What is one of your favorite movie quotes?
"You know what they say: If you don't have anything nice to say, come sit by me!" (Steel Magnolias)
If you go to Starbucks, what do you order?
Pre-Chemo: White Chocolate Mocha
On Chemo: Signature Hot Chocolate (Chemo and coffee do NOT mix)
Coke or Pepsi?
Neither. I'm a Dr. Pepper girl.
Who was your FAVORITE college roommate?
Hmm, who could've asked this question? Whitney at GlamLifeHousewife fo sho! No really, she was! I love that girl!
How many students are in your class this year and what's your favorite part of the day with them?
15 2nd graders. I love the language arts block in the morning. I like to read aloud and hear their ideas about the books that I read.
What's your favorite way to spend a Saturday?
A perfect Saturday for me would include these elements, in no particular order:
-lots of rest
-a clean house (because I cleaned it on Friday)
-a yummy breakfast
-a long walk with Brian and our 3 dogs
-a movie at the theater
-late lunch or dinner out
I like leisure.
What's your all-time favorite song?
Oh, this is so hard! I can't narrow it down to one song. I'll say that I love Gavin Degraw.
How are you?
I'm GREAT! Y'all, I feel totally normal this week. I have been full of energy and health for the past several days. I have my 3rd round of chemo (of 6 rounds) next Friday, so I'm trucking right along on this whole fight. If you are a praying person, please pray that I continue to have relatively minor side effects.
What are your goals for the future?
6 month goals:
-have my final surgery
-wrap up this crazy school year
-go on a vacation with Brian
1 year goals:
-sell our current home and buy a new one
-finish Herceptin treatments and have my mediport removed (this will be the last step in fighting my cancer)
- begin writing a book with Brian about our life and the trials that we've been through to get us to this point
-go on another vacation
-work in full-time ministry
-retire early to do volunteer work
-help other young women who are facing breast cancer diagnoses
Wow, that was a long post!