P: What motivated you to share your story?
NG: You’re going to think I’m crazy, but I felt like God was telling me to do it. I couldn’t explain it, and sometimes I didn’t even remember the stuff I wrote.
My kids were a motivator during it too. My youngest son, Aiden, would see me crying while I was writing. He would ask, “Is God talking to you?” It was so cool because he was reminding me of what was happening. Now my oldest son Josh is more of my reality check guy. I’d say “Josh, how is this?” He’d give me his honest opinion and told me when something didn’t feel right. They both understood once I got in that mode that they probably weren’t getting dinner….lol.
I finished most of the book this past year, while my husband Ben was away at school. During my treatments, he discovered he wanted to be a Physician Assistant. He had been in banking for 14 years as an IT Manager. He had never talked about it before, but at the exact same time, we both realized that he should switch careers and work in the medical field. He quit his job in 2014 to return to school full-time and pursue an entirely new career.
He is now attending Chatham as a Physician Assistant student and has less than a year to go! Working on the book was a way to spend time with him while he was away. I got to relive a time in our lives that we were so connected. Working on the book made it feel like he was right there with me.
Our lives have changed dramatically since my diagnosis. We have fallen in love again and have started paying attention to what makes us happy instead of doing what everyone else thinks we should be doing.