I was born in Washington and moved with my family ten times before settling down in Santee, California when I was ten. I lived there for the next 28 years, attended UCSD as an English major, fell into an accounting career and got married. My childhood dream of becoming a mommy came true with the birth of my daughter, Nicki and my son, Ryan. My now ex-husband and I decided to move back to Washington in 2004 and found our dream house in Olympia and my dream job at DaVita. I was diagnosed with cancer in 2012 following a routine mammogram. Seventeen days after my diagnosis I underwent a mastectomy. People are often surprised when I told them I am grateful for my cancer. I wouldn’t wish the disease on anyone but it was a wakeup call for me to start living my life fearlessly. Two years after my first chemo treatment, I was sitting beside a rooftop infinity pool in Malaysia where I had volunteered to work for five weeks. That led to a department transfer to International accounting and a two moth trip back to Malaysia the following year. I seized the opportunity to spend two weeks vacationing in Australia and Bali. In 2016 and 2017, I traveled for work to Bogota, Colombia, my first ever trip to South America. I have truly been transformed and the 2018 Living Pink Pageant is another step in my amazing journey.