Welcome to my Caring Bridge site. This is going to be my main location for updates and details about my cancer journey. I picked the name "Reaching the Summit" because I am choosing to keep the mindset I had when I decided to hike to the top of Sharp Top mountain in Bedford, VA back in May 2015. I was gasping for breath the whole way up (Sharp Top is effectively like climbing 300+ flights of stairs after all), I was hungry because in my excitement I had forgotten to eat (go me!), and I was alone without any cell service or SPOT3 locator so if I had slipped and broken anything I would have had to wait hours or potentially a day or more for someone to find me. I was terribly unprepared, and I still made it...which is why I chose the name. I don't think anyone is ever prepared to hear, "You have cancer." Whether the prognosis is good or not, no amount of research or information can truly prepare you for the emotional turmoil that simple statement will throw you into. So I find myself unprepared trying to climb a mountain yet again...but I'm going to reach the summit and this time I'm not alone.