Wonderful Support System

My Husband

A good man is hard to find but 30 years ago I found a great one and we have been married for 24 years. Not only do we have the same interests, morals, and values; we both love to experience new things, people, and places. We both work very hard to earn extra money to explore the world. Each year we go on an adventure (i.e., the Amazon, the Galapagos Islands, Palua, China, Egypt, Africa). We are not wealthy: adventure travel, for us, is a priority over things (i.e., new cars, jewelry). After I was diagnosed with Wegener’s Granulomatosis, he selflessly put everything he wanted to do on hold so I could pursue my quest to climb Mt. Everest and complete the Alaskan Iditarod Sled Dog Race. To do this, he has allowed me to use our “travel fund” for training. In addition to the financial support, he went with me on many of my training climbs so we could be together: even though he hated sleeping in tents and all the rest that goes with spending weeks high-up on big mountains.  And even though my activies have used up all of our disposable income plus more, he continues to support my efforts to follow my dreams and raise rare disease awareness. I have the most selfless and supportive husband on the planet. We are soul mates: together always – even when we are apart.

Diving vaction in Indonesia, 2007. Photo taken by John.
Diving vaction in Indonesia, 2007. Photo taken by John.

My Daughter

A mother could not ask for a better child. She is loving, caring, and very giving of herself. Like us, she is also an adventure seeker. In 2008, she took a semester off of college and went to Zimbabwe where, for one month, she was a volunteer at a lion reserve.

She loves working with lions! Lion Reserve in Zimbabwe, Africa 2008.
She loves working with lions! Lion Reserve in Zimbabwe, Africa 2008.

The Cal State Fullerton Community

I cannot begin to describe the supportive environment from all levels of the University: from the administration to the students. I can honestly say that I love teaching at CSUF, and to a large degree, it is because of the dedicated, professional, and caring  people who make up the community of the University. It truly is an amazing place to work and I am fortunate to be a part of  California State University, Fullerton. In addition, both my husband and myself are CSUF alumni.

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