In spite of my flaws of being a parent, I am proud of who Briana and Mike have become as adults. They are hard workers, have respect for authority, integrity, a sense of humor, morals and core values, which people love to be around.
Hearing Gretchen and Briana both say, "things tend to turn out to be about Vicki" was hurtful. I would never ignore other people's feelings or concerns, nor can I ignore my own. I am a very emotional and passionate person and when it comes to my children or my family's health I'm even more so. Briana has been sick for over three years with no real diagnosis, so the decision to go ahead to have her thyroid removed was a very emotional one. Once that vital organ is removed from your body, there is no turning back. The thought of Briana having cancer terrified me. She has so much life ahead of her, and I don't want this to be something that she had to endure right now. I don’t know of any other parent who wouldn't feel the same way as I did.