Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Ten Year Class Reunion

My parents received my invitation to my ten year class reunion that I have been looking forward to for some time. The following is the email sent to my Class of 2000 President.

Upon graduating from high school I was accepted to and attended James Madison College at Michigan State University. In 2002 I was married to Ryan Beadle (Class of ’98 Lansing Eastern). We both graduated from James Madison in May 2004. In August 2004 we had our first child, Nathan Joseph. Ryan was accepted to and attended Stetson Law School in St. Petersburg, Florida. We lived in Venice, FL for nearly three years. While in Venice I owned and operated a Child Day Care. After Ryan finished law school he was accepted to and attended the University of Miami to obtain an LLM in tax. There we had our second child, Audrey Julia. Upon completing the LLM program we began the search for employment – we were nervous with the down economy and the saturated legal field. We had hoped to stay in Florida but the jobs were simply not available. We were then given an opportunity to accept a position in Asheville, North Carolina. Ryan began working for The Van Winkle Law Firm in June 2008 as an associate in the trust and estates department. I am lucky enough to be a stay at home mom.

(Feel free to pass on the following information, if you wish)

Shortly after our daughter’s second birthday I discovered a mass on her back which was later removed and determined to be a malignant Rhabdoid tumor. The same day I discovered Audrey’s mass we also found that we are expecting our third child. We have spent the past seven months battling the lingering cancer cells with chemotherapy and proton therapy radiation. Audrey’s current status is remission because the mass was able to be completely removed. She has completed the radiation portion of treatment where we spent six weeks in Jacksonville, Florida. Currently she has two more sessions of chemo before her treatment is complete – which is expected to be mid-June. Audrey is doing very well; she is extremely brave and resilient. She has been very positive about the prognosis and definitely understands what is happening. In fact, she has further developed her social skills and seems to be obtaining quite an education in the process.

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