Rhonda Smith – Texas

Rhonda Smith – Texas

rhonda-smith-v2I lost a member of our cancer support group 2 weeks ago and she was my rock. She was the most giving person I know. Suzanne inspired us all to help others. I and another member were talking and we decided it was the right thing to do. I discussed it with my husband and he agreed that he would do it too. You see, I had a cavernous angioma in my brain 10 years ago causing severe headaches. They found it because I was having headaches and my neurologist did a MRI to see what was going on. The ventricles of the brain were enlarged and contained abnormal amounts of fluid. The neurosurgeon put a shunt in and a week later I got meningitis. I ended up in the hospital for a month after they removed the shunt. Later they put it in my heart.

A year later I was found to have breast cancer. I had a double mastectomy and the started the process or tissue expanders and chemotherapy. I worked as a nurse in a day surgery unit 1/2 day. Until one day they told me I needed to retire. Telling someone that had worked all her life as a RN 35 years she had nothing to do was horrible. That was my life. My kids were married and gone and my husband was at work. I qualified for disability due to chemo brain and 35 years of lifting patients and severe depression. But through the help of my support group and a good Neuropsychologist I am doing much better with hobbies and I see my oncologist frequently.

I prayed to live for my grandchildren to know and love me, and my how they do. I am NaNa! I have two children a son Ryan who is married and is working on his doctorate in music at Texas Tech in Lubbock. He and Amy have given me twins Chloe and Camden 11 years old and Carson. Then there is my 32 year old daughter who is married to Jay, an engineer in Houston and they have Johnny who is 8 and triplets Alex Jaxson and Kriby Leigh, they are 6. Every time we see or talk to them, it’s how are you feeling NaNa, I love you, when will we see you again. Chloe and Kirby are the girliest girls you have ever seen. They love my jewelry and my tea sets. Kirby the 6 year old saw a picture of a cobalt blue with peacocks and said NaNa, I have to have this please. See what I mean? Life is good and God is great.