Busy And Thankful Life

LWMSeptOct2014-Final_Page_17The past year has been both busy and fulfilling. With a daughter going to college this year, I have returned to work full time as a speech-language pathologist. I have a private practice; work in the school system as well as at a summer camp for children with autism. Additionally, together with two other women, I’m running a volunteer community ministry for Special Needs children and their families in the Purcellville area. We just hosted our inaugural Free Carnival and had a wonderful turnout! I am also involved in starting a Special Needs program at the church we attend.

Being a mom is of utmost importance to me, so I have enjoyed spending time with my daughter preparing for her first year at Liberty College and watching my son play baseball at colleges across Virginia! I am also maintaining a healthy diet to reduce carcinogens and anything that might feed cancer through food sources. This includes eating a Paleo type diet of eliminating sugars, starches, carbohydrates, dairy and anything processed. I have learned to rely on nuts, seeds and meats for proteins, as well as raw fruits and vegetables, and healthy fats like olive oil and coconut oil. It’s also the best weight management plan around!

Every few months I get a call from a woman who knows my breast cancer story and have the privilege of being with her through initial testing, doctor appointments and all the ‘what if ’ questions. I’ve also walked some of these women through chemotherapy, radiation and mastectomy surgery. It’s an honor to help set up a meal program for them or just sit, pray with
them, be there when they get news from the doctor, cheer them on during the hard days and celebrate with them when they finish each step in the journey. I also joyfully participate in Relay for Life every year in Western Loudoun! I’m so proud to be a 4-year survivor now!

By Cheri Holdredge
Photo by: Cavalheri Photography

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