I know a person who is the example of excellence, if you have any children who would like to know what takes to be like that. I know this person very well and can tell you what she has done to be exceptional at everything she does.
Her saga started when she was almost a baby…about 4 years old in Wausau, Wisconsin where she first took swimming lessons. She seemed to really love the water.
She moved to Milan, Michigan and was put in a swim club run by one of the best swim coaches in the area. This young coach really knew what he was doing and was winning swim meet after swim meet and against swim club much bigger than his. This experience really taught her a lot and prepared her for what was to come. In elementary school, she started to win all kinds of awards and her room at home became loaded with all kinds of trophies and ribbons.
She got to high school (about 800 and Class B in Michigan). Now is who she took off, especially in the Breast Stroke. What did it take to become this Champion that she was becoming? Well, let’s see. She had beautiful facilities where she practiced and swam in the Home meets. She was at the pool practicing 6 days a week (every day except Sunday). Each day, she swam over 7 miles so that was 42 miles a week or more! Yes, you read that correctly. Man, what a great looking girl she became with very blonde hair with all the boys after her. Her dad had quite a job keeping the boys away as she continued her quest to become a champion swimmer. It wasn’t long before she became First Team All-State in Michigan in the Breast Stroke.
Then, something happened that caused her to hurt her development. She got Crohn’s Disease and was put in the hospital for six weeks on IVs without any food or water for six weeks. This rested her digestive system and caused the severe pains to go away. This Crohn’s Disease is incurable and can flare up are any time some unknown reasons. She was worn out by the time she went to college (Michigan State) and did not continue her career in swimming.
She had a Crohn’s attack just before starting college which delayed entrance and has had a couple other attacks and surgeries since. These surgeries involved removing part of her small intestine and part of her large intestine and reattaching the two together again.
She has done very well since the third operation, a year ago. She is doing so well that she joined the Woman’s Iron Man work outs and started competing in these extremely tough regimen which most of you may be aware. This is after all the Crohn’s problems and now 50 years old She has three children, one graduated and being married in Seattle where she immediately got a position at Microsoft after she finished college at Central Michigan and then getting her Master’s at Michigan State. Her sister has graduated also from Central Michigan and is going to be an elementary school teacher. The third child is attending Lansing Junior College. This period of time while she and her husband has been raising her three children, she got involved with Silpada Silver Jewelry and naturally has been a top sales producer for that company.
It is remarkable what she has accomplished so far in her life and shows what a person can do if they are willing to work hard, very hard. By now, I am sure that you have figured out that this person is my daughter. I love her very much and am extremely proud of her, as you can tell.
Written by Ted Anderson. Insurance agent Ted W. Anderson worked in sales for half a century, has lived in Albany since 1993. He is president of Dover Lane Neighborhood Watch. Send email to him at firstname.lastname@example.org.