I went to Washington State University to play volleyball and graduated with a degree in biology.
My husband and I have three children: Carly, Eason and Carson. Each grew up participating in both sports and music.
Suddenly in April of 2007, Carly passed away. I was devastated as any mother would be. The rest of my life became about surviving the grief.
I realized that if I was going to move forward, I needed an outlet for the suffocating turmoil of emotions that losing a child causes.
I stumbled across Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and found that the tenants of this martial art form and healing are the same.
"Flowing with the Go" wasn’t originally meant to be a published book. My writing put my honest feelings in front of me. It gave me a way to admit to myself that my life would never be the same, but that every time I chose to stay in it I could honor my daughter.
Along the way it felt as if every page I wrote let some of the hurt out. I felt lighter and happier. My writing left many tears upon my keyboard, but at times it made me smile and many times it made me laugh.
With the encouragement of my family, colleagues and closet friends, I made the decision to share my story with others.
There are many audiences for this book: parents, grieving people, Jiu-Jitsu fans, coaches, and team members. I hope that each reader can find what I have found: inspiration, honesty, support, and strength.