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When Carter was drafted by the Arizona Diamondbacks and I graduated from Oregon State in 2011, we thought our lives were about to go on an exciting ride. He’s from Canada, and I’m born and raised in Portland, Oregon, but wanted to branch out and live somewhere new. After he popped the big question and I said YES we decided to move down to Arizona. This was not only the team he was affiliated with, but where Spring Training took place. I would start my teaching career and then travel with him during the summers.
Everything changed after living there for only 3 weeks. On our way to look at a wedding venue I had a grand mal seizure that later lead us to find out I had a grade 2 Oligodendroglioma brain tumor. (I have the whole story in the “about me” page of my blog listed above.) This was something we never would have expected and put a bump in the road for everything we were planning.
I had surgery that removed most of it but unfortunately we found re-growth this past fall. Carter decided he wasn’t going to play, and wanted to stay back home with me as I went through Chemo and Radiation. BUT, things have been going much better than we expected, so, after my major round of chemo every day, and radiation Monday-Friday, I told Carter I wanted him to go back and play. This is something he won’t be able to do his whole life and I want him to experience it while he can. This is his passion and we both love the game. I love watching him and supporting him in his dreams. Seeing him do what he loves makes me happy.
I may be going through a hard time with my health, but staying positive and not letting it affect our lives with what we love has made things that much better, and I know that I’m going to win this battle of cancer. I’m going through 6 months of just chemo, 5 days each month. So far so good, and I was even able to come out and visit Carter. My last month is November which means I get to finish before the holidays and then start the New Year FINISHED with treatment! Always remember, everything happens for a reason and God has a plan in store for us.