I thought I was going to be Ojai’s “Candy Lady” until my hair went grey, but apparently it wasn’t meant to be. Closing Kingston’s Candy Co. to focus on breast cancer treatment was the right decision and I knew it at the time. My life was flipped upside down the day I was diagnosed with breast cancer, but it will be three years this November and I feel like I have flipped it right side up. It took a couple years to actually feel like myself again physically and I was scared to plan any future events for fear I wouldn’t be able to fulfill them. I also had absolutely no idea what my next career move would be. Kingston’s had felt like it was my one big idea and I couldn’t see past that. I had to regain my energy and motivation before I could even contemplate my next move.
The idea of writing a book was a lightbulb moment, just like the idea of opening a candy store. All of the events and people that I met during my candy days and into my cancer nightmare led me right here to this moment and I am grateful for that. I am not grateful for cancer. There was a time when I felt like it was a gift, but I can see now, that it was not and never will be a gift. Cancer sucks! I am an eternal optimist, so I am always looking for a silver lining in even the worst moments. Writing Bittersweet and now getting to promote it and speak about my experience feels like the next big thing for me and that is a gift.
Not only did I write and self publish a book, but we sold our home of fourteen years in Ojai and moved to the California desert. So much change can only mean one thing…I have embraced having a future again and I am looking forward to many more years.
I hope to see you at my book launch in Ojai. I have made so many amazing friends and contacts and would love to reconnect with everyone on Saturday, October 6th at the Ojai Valley Woman’s Club. It is going to literally be a SWEET event!!!