I’m a mom. I am truly one of the biggest momma bears out there. I am blessed to be the mother to two world-changing children. My daughter, Carly, is in middle school, is a small business owner, vice-president on her Student Council, serves on the Teen Advisory Council at Levine Children’s Hospital, and plays on the volleyball team at her school. She is an over-achiever, and she is brilliant. My son, BJ, is in Heaven. He fiercely fought the ‘most curable’ type of leukemia for 3 1/2 years, relapsed during his original treatment period, and passed away 2 days after his 15th birthday. He changed lives across the globe for his strength, his courage and his faith, and he continues to do so. He was given the honor of being a distinguished Honorary Navy SEAL of SEAL Team 8 just a few months before he died. The SEALs saw in him the fundamental characteristics of a Navy SEAL. His perseverance and determination inspired people and his death has changed many lives.
In an effort to survive the loss of my child, my focus is to make a difference in the world of childhood cancer. I see the good that has come and know it will continue to come from my son’s life, the manner in which we lived through childhood cancer, and how Carly and I continue to survive his devastating loss. I continue to push forward with BJ’s message of faith through trial, and continue to spread his story in hopes to inspire and motivate others. My greatest joy and deepest sorrow come from my two children.
Thanks for reading my Notes from the Inside.