For the month of December, I’ll be shining light each day on some extraordinary women I know. They represent various fields and backgrounds, and I admire each for their passion and strength. These are bold, beautiful, brave women — artists, businesswomen, union organizers, nurses, writers, teachers, movie makers, designers, reporters, and all-around badasses.
Laura Rethemeyer resides in the lush Pacific Northwest with her husband, Steven, and furbabies, Wiley and Kiki. She is a homemaker, crocheter, and enjoys participating in 5K walk/runs that raise funds for local organizations. She was a coordinator for the Reading One To One program, teaching children how to read.
1. What did you want to be “when you grew up?” In my youth, I aspired to be an artist, vocalist, and/or musician. I played the acoustic guitar and sang in my high school choir and at the Lake County Fair. I enjoyed painting landscapes and local landmarks.
2. What makes you the most proud of yourself? I’m thankful that life’s challenges have shaken up my closed mindset, and I’ve become a more open-minded person. I enjoy the diversity and uniqueness in others.
3. What darkness have you overcome? How did you find strength? In 2005, I was diagnosed with a rare form of ovarian cancer, which would not respond to chemotherapy. Therefore, I needed to have a radical hysterectomy performed. I’m the oldest of seven children and had always hoped for children of my own, so this was a difficult, heartbreaking time in my life. Over time, the emotional pain has lessened, but honestly, there are still moments that trigger sadness in me. One way that I’ve dealt with the loss is by reaching out and helping others. Steven and I became foster parents for a few years and helped care for a young brother and sister until they were reunited with their mother. Also, I enjoy crocheting warm winter items, such as scarves, beanies, and gloves to give to those in need. In 2009 I had an adverse reaction to a fluoroquinolone antibiotic, which affected my central nervous system. I experienced stroke-like symptoms and was bedridden for several months. I was diagnosed with Expressive Language Disorder. Years later, I still have “glitches” with my speech, and writing is a challenge.
4. Where will we find you on a Saturday morning at 10 a.m.? On a Saturday morning at 10 a.m., I still may be bundled up in bed, working on a crossword puzzle with my husband, or sipping a cup of hot turmeric tea with honey.
5. What makes you smile the most? Spending quality time with loved ones, listening to beautiful music, and spending time in nature brings me joy.
Today’s #OneGoodThing is sharing this extraordinary woman and my B12 buddy, Laura Rethemeyer, with all of you! We are stronger together, so let’s shine a light on our extraordinary sisters! If you’d like to participate or nominate a woman to participate, please send me a note or leave a comment! What was your #OneGoodThing today? Please share in the comments! Kindness is Everything.
1 year ago today: Friendly faces on our errands
2 years ago today: Gorgeous orange sunset
3 years ago today: Cocoa with a kick
7 years ago today: A San Francisco Chanukah