My parents met at Ohio State; my father was from NY, my mother NJ. I was born in Cleveland in 1956. I have four siblings; two older, two younger, equal mix of sisters and brothers.
We moved to Los Angeles when I was 6. I moved to San Francisco in 1979, married and had my children there, both born at home. My daughter, Pearl is 29, my son, Jackson is 27. Pearl moved to Columbus almost 4 years ago (the Bay Area was/is unaffordable). I followed her a year later. Were my parents still living, they would be charmed to know that their granddaughter brought us back to Ohio.
I spent many years as a middle school special education teacher, and I continue to offer my services as an academic tutor/mentor. I now work for The Columbus Metropolitan Library, which I love.
My ex-husband is English. He also has 4 siblings. I am closest to his sister, Zoe, who will be marrying her long time love, Tony, on May 4th. The last time we saw one another, I was still recovering from ovarian cancer; about 13 years ago. It strikes me as somewhat ironic that I will see her again under similar circumstances. I will surely have the same "hairdo" this time around as well (if it grows back, sigh.........I was much further along this far after chemo the last time, if I recall correctly ;-/).
I was diagnosed with stage 1b, triple negative breast cancer in late July/early August. I have an amazing team of doctors who have seen me through surgery, chemo and now radiation. I am just about finished with active treatment.
I have the ovarian cancer to thank for the early detection of this breast cancer. Since I was discovered to be BRCA1 positive, I am checked every 6 months. The excellent care begun at UCSF has continued with OSU. I am a very lucky woman.
*Barbara wished for plane tickets to London so she could join her family for a wedding there-how exciting!