In February of 2014, at age 33, I was diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic neuroendocrine tumors. My cancer is categorized as stage 4 because the cancer has metastasized to my liver. My son, Jeremiah, is 9. My step son, Briton, passed away in 2011 after an ATV accident. My husband and I work for St. Clair Winery, a family run business that we have helped grow and also grown up in professionally. We love St. Clair Winery, their product, the process, the owners and the staff with with all of our hearts.
I was born and raised in Las Cruces, New Mexico, where I still live. I graduated from Mayfield High School and bleed green and gold. Go Trojans! I met my husband at New Mexico State University while we were both obtaining our MBAs. We love our Aggies.
Due to the nature of my cancer, I will be receiving some sort of treatment/chemotherapy for the rest of my life. It’s quite likely that this disease will take my life. But until then, I will take you on the journey with me. There will be highs and lows in my reflections, but hopefully my natural sass and humor will keep you entertained. Until my diagnosis I lived a happy life filled with friends (who have become family), food, football and fun. I’d be doing myself and those around me no justice if I didn’t continue that.
I have come to learn that you #beatcancer by the way you live. Mine is filled with love, laughter and adventure.
All my love,