I was born in Tampa, Florida, and graduated with a degree in Women's Studies from the University of South Florida. In 1992, my husband Skip and I moved to Fairview, North Carolina, and lived on four acres in the country in a a house we designed ourselves. I was active in many community organizations, including the Preservation Society of Asheville and Buncombe County, The Drovers Road Scenic Byway Committee and the Fairview Community Center. It was our intention to live out our days in our dream house in the mountains, but in 1999 my husband was diagnosed with abdominal liposarcoma, and everything changed.
After undergoing several years of treatment in Asheville, we decided to seek a second opinion at Moffitt, since it has only one of several sarcoma clinics in the U.S. In 2002, we moved back to Florida so he could undergo chemotherapy and radiation at Moffitt. It also made sense to return to our hometown where we had a large support system already in place. Since becoming a patient at Moffitt, he has undergone many more surgeries and treatments to address the cancer, as well as the complications that accompany it.
We are lucky that we have many friends and family members nearby who offer us their support and encouragement. We also are lucky that we are members of the Moffitt "family." Having spent so much time here, and meeting so many wonderful people, I decided that I wanted to do my part to give back, and was fortunate enough to be chosen to become a member of the Patient and Family Advisory Council. As a member, I hope I can help other patients and their families as they face the challenges presented when a loved one is diagnosed with cancer.