I was born and raised in the small town of Leitchfield, Kentucky. Population these days is about 6,800. I was born to single mom and met my dad a few years later.
My childhood included a family farm with cows, horses, chickens, and pigs. I enjoyed playing softball and still do. I ran cross-country and track & field, both of which I loved dearly.
I went to college at Murray State University in Murray, Kentucky. I studied Business Management & Human Resources and graduated in 2007. Those four years were some of the best.
I moved to Louisville, Kentucky in 2007 and started my management career but didn’t care for it a lot so switched to recruiting… then the 2008 recession hit and there went that career choice.
In 2009 on a cool fall day, I met my husband at Keeneland, a horsetrack in Lexington, Kentucky. I remember the first moment I saw him. He was wearing a pair of khaki’s, a brown sweater, a button-up underneath and a tie. He had a cup of bourbon in his hand and was bettin’ on the ponies.
A couple of months later I took a position in Administration and later moved to Human Resources and then Marketing.
In 2015, my now ‘husband’ asked me to be his wife and of course, I said yes. In 2016, we were married, welcomed our first daughter in 2017 and our second, in 2019.
In March 2020, the entire world shut down due to a coronavirus disease that was first identified in Wuhan, China. If you are reading this, you’ve been affected one way or another by this world-wide pandemic. Maybe you contracted it or have it now, maybe you are a front line worker that deals with it daily, or maybe you lost a loved one that contracted the disease. No matter the affect, you’ll remember 2020 for the pandemic. I will remember 2020 as the year I was diagnosed with Stage 3 Invasive Ductile Breast Carcinoma.
My journey as a breast cancer patient has included emotions I didn’t realize I had. I have looked at myself in the mirror and have seen a stranger. I have hugged myself and said it will be ok. And I decided to make this blog so that you can walk with me through this journey and perhaps share it with someone who needs to hear these words.
One thought on “In my 35 years.”
Great job so far MaryBeth. You’ve always had such a way with expressing yourself. ❤️