Note from Kathy: You may have noticed a new full-time member of the Brave Girl team! We have been blessed beyond belief because our dear friend Patrice and her husband Michael have moved here to Idaho from their home of 35 or so years in Southern California. Melody and I want to introduce you to this incredible woman and start letting you discover why we are so excited and absolutely giddy that she is here with us!!!…how many amazing and beautiful things she has to teach all of us.
This new chapter in her life is unfolding day by day, and it proves that you never really know what surprises (wonderful happy surprises as well as tough and painful surprises) life has in store right around the corner. We have asked her to begin sharing her story right here on our blog…it’s a story of crazy, un-explainable miracles and twists and turns along with struggles and heartache and sacrifice, and now it’s the story of building a brand new nest….It has been a long long road from California to Idaho for sure…when Patrice stepped off the bus at Brave Girl Camp a few years ago, we had no idea what a wonderful sisterhood was in store for us.
We know that you will love Patrice as much as we do! Welcome to Idaho, Patrice & Michael!!!!!! love, kathy & melody
Looking back just a year ago… It is so hard to imagine that our lives have changed so much.
Last year my mister was diagnosed with cancer and we were looking at a pretty devastating surgery.. Pretty much everyday was hard, pretty much everyday was beautiful. Does that make any sense?
I was thinking last evening about how cancer makes you brave, it brings you to your knees…. It makes you cry and it makes you laugh… You make choices that you never thought you would make… You make deals…. You beg…. And then you get up in the morning and you live. Either you live wherever the wind blows. Or you decide to get up and be who you really are. You learn to fight with your heart and your hands open to all that is before you. You learn to protect. You learn to let go of the control you thought you had on your life, on those you hold dear… You watch them all suffer.
Most days I had no words… It was not always pretty….It was all I could do. I wished it was me so much… I wished with all my heart it was me that was suffering and going through a body that was betraying me… But I watched as the man who has given me all of himself suffered. That was the beginning of this story… A story that has a very good ending. Living in a very good home together, healthy… Building a new life, a new nest…
I remember one Sunday morning after reading a article on Brave Girls Club, looking up at Michael and saying. “I am not sure why… But I need to get to this camp.” I didn’t have any idea that our lives were about to change drastically. That’s when I guess the journey to Idaho started…