Welcome to our board, Midge! What aspect or program of Room One are you most passionate about? When I lived in Bend, I served on the board of the Central Oregon Battering and Rape Alliance and worked with groups of women. I love men, and have wonderful male friends and relatives. But I LOVE women. I love their ability to care about and support one another and I absolutely know that they are wonderful, beautiful creatures, deserving of the best of life. That Room One offers programs that support and involve women is important to me and one aspect of the organization I most admire.
What part of your life's experience are you most looking forward to sharing on the Room One board? I think I'm fortunate to have been born both an optimist and a morning person; I think those go together to help me be resilient in the face of what could be considered adversity. I've had breast cancer twice, and was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes 16 years ago. I decided that neither of those situations would get in the way of what I want to do, and so far that has been true. I'd rather say "why not?" than "why?", and hope that attitude can be helpful, without being disgustingly chipper, as my sisters tell me I can be.