If you had to pick three words to describe the nominee, what would they be?
Strong, loving and committed.
How has the nominee coped with adversity in their cancer journey?
When she was a junior in college she was diagnosed with cancer. She took time off to do treatment and after completing treatment was given 2-6 months to live. She did not let this stop her from achieving her dreams. She took her studies home and worked hard during and after treatment to complete her work. She was able to graduate college and then go onto law school. Throughout her journey she has taken one day at time and approached life with a positive attitude. She did not let the statistics for her rare cancer slow her down. Currently she continues to live with her cancer, which is in stable condition, but is considered chronic. She continues to attack life with verve and an outpouring of love to those around her, regardless of her cancer status.
In what ways does the nominee bring the mantra of "get busy living" into their day-to-day life?
This person gets up everyday and continues to move forward no matter the obstacle. She works hard to give back to her community and to the cancer community. She has recently had more health setbacks with a rare vascular condition. She was able to take her treatments in stride and continue to work, volunteer and be a foster mother. She does not waste time and works very hard to maintain her health and her commitments to her family and the community.
What is unique about the way the nominee gets busy living?
This person is very unique in her "get busy living " activities by giving back to those in her community with or without cancer. She and her husband provide a safe and loving home for children in foster care in their community. She recently went back to a full time law practice and has been acting as an advocate and Guardian Ad Litem to children who do not have their own voice in the legal system. She also does takes on free legal cases when time allows. She volunteers for Stupid Cancer and helps promote and put on events in her home state and has been the chairperson for her local Relay for Life event. She is also an active ACS CAN member helping advocate for cancer survivors and caregivers on a legislative level. She has also started a support group on Facebook for survivors and caregivers of EHE worldwide and provides individual support for members of the group. Most importantly she maintains a positive attitude, continues to be a supportive foster mother and strives to make the most out of everyday, leaving the world that much better at the end of the day.
How has the nominee impacted you directly?
This person has been a great source of support and inspiration. She has taught me that no matter the adversity life throws at you, there is a way to continue to live each day and live it well. She continues to be a huge source of support to my family as we have been walking down the path of trying to create a family. Her positive energy and support have helped me believe in myself, when I was struggling to find my own self worth. She has this quality of making you feel as if you and your story are the most important in the world and that kind of unconditional love and support have been a buoy to my spirits on many occasions.