I was born March 2, 1962 near Washington DC. At the age of 6, my parents and younger sister, Karen, and I moved to Mt. Vernon, OH. I graduated from Laurelbrook Academy, Dayton TN in 1980. I earned my Bachelor’s in Music from Andrews University, Berrien Spgs, MI in 1987.
I Music/Program Director for WAUS-FM in Berrien Springs from 1988-1997. I married my 1st husband, Ron Bolin in 1993 and we moved to Hartford CT in 1997. I worked for CT Public Radio for a short time then got my CDL, bought a 1997 Peterbilt and drove truck for 7 yrs. I married my 2nd husband, Terry Doyle, in 1998.
In early 2004, I began to bleed heavily and subsequently had a total hysterectomy in April.
My work ethic demanded that I grit my teeth and get busy. I actually made it for about 6 weeks but I was in constant pain and was tired all the time. I had to pull over frequently to sleep.
I went back to the doctor’s office to find out why I still had so much pain. My surgeon had moved away and the new woman from India had taken her place. She said I shouldn’t be experiencing such pain and acted like I was a nuisance to her. So I went away discouraged & figured I just needed to ‘grin & bear it’. It wasn’t long before I knew this was impossible. I HAD to retire from trucking.
I was so depressed because I had nothing to do, was in pain all the time, and felt like it was my fault somehow. I’ve always been a career woman, choosing that over having children. Okay, so who am I now? I wandered around my lovely golf course home – my dream home! I had everything – cars, jewelry, the house, money to go out to eat all the time – it all didn’t matter. I was the most miserable I’d ever been in my life.
I wanted to jump off that deck but I was afraid I’d just hurt myself! So I decided to become a blessing to my incarcerated brother, Eric. He had gone to prison in 1988 when he was 19 yrs old.