Why Family Fit For Life

A Wonderful Life

I have the perfect life!  I met the love of my life, Bo, at 18 and married him at 21.  Together we have lived in St. Maarten (in the Caribbean for you non-island folks); Waterford, Ireland; Orlando, Florida; New Orleans, Louisiana; Baton Rouge, Louisiana; and currently live in Tallahassee, Florida (better known as the home of the National Championship Team, the Florida State Seminoles!).

We even have 2 dogs, one is a rescue mutt, and the other is a family-must-have, AKA golden retriever.  I not only have two beautiful blonde hair and blue-eyed children, but I am blessed with both a boy, and a girl, and they are the “ideal” 25 months apart.

Fortunately for me, my parents instilled the value of education, and so I also have a B.S. and an M.A., both in education.  Oh!  Did I mention my husband’s a doctor!  Told you my life was perfect. :)

Maybe Not So Perfect

Well, almost perfect.  When  I was four, my sister, Robin, died of a rare genetic disease called Zellweger Syndrome at 4 months old.  Not many months after, my grandfather, Edward Sidewand, died of a heart-attack. My mom, Sheila Doerr, was 26 at the time of his death. Then things went pretty well from there for a little while.  My dearest and nearest grandma, Norma Sidewand, was diagnosed with breast cancer, fought it successfully, only to later have cancer return while she was trying to heal from a hip replacement (which resulted in an infection). Her battle was short, and she died on May 11th, 2002. While I was in the process of planning my wedding, my uncle, Doug Sidewand, was diagnosed with lung cancer.  Unfortunately he lost his fight on February 15, 2005 when he was just 49.  My biological father, Reid Driskell, died of heart-related complications due to his obesity in 2005.  Then, the harsh news came on Father’s Day of 2007 that my Dad (some would call him my step dad; however, I would never refer to him as such), Randy Doerr, who I thought was untouchable, had metastatic pancreatic cancer.  He left this world at 58 years young, but not my heart, on June 6th, 2008, while I was 6 months pregnant with his grandson, Randy.

So, now my Mom is left with me, and only me.  She has borderline Type-II Diabetes, smoked for around 30 years (thankfully quit over a decade ago!), but has made a commitment to take better care of herself (praise God!).  I hope she stays true to her commitment, not only for me, but for her grandchildren.

The Bleak Reality

Aside from my sister, the truth is, all of these members of my family might still be here had they lead healthier lifestyles.  My Grandma and Grandpa enjoyed good (or bad) beer and midnight snacks; my Uncle Doug loved pizza and cigarettes, and I heard several wild stories about my Dad in his younger years.

What is Happening to the Circle of Life

We are in a frightening era where children are no longer outliving their parents.  Something has to change, and the change starts with you.  It’s never too late to start making healthier choices.  Parents, it is your responsibility to teach your kids what exactly it means to be healthy.

Why I Am Here

It is my mission to live a healthy life, and to lead by example so that my children (including my students) may lead healthy lives, too.  I am here to share my stories, offer advice, motivation, and inspiration, in whatever form that may be.

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Regardless, get your running shoes on and take a step in the right direction, together, as a family!

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Milan Novak May 2, 2010 at 8:48 am

Very cool site. Mom sent me a link. Good luck with the marathon.

warm regards Milan.

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