Life’s Reflections: Nikole Baldridge Doing a Great Service to All

I know I wrote an article on Nikole Baldridge of Ansonia and her journey with breast cancer in recent days, but I can’t stop thinking about her. She is probably one of the greatest interviews I’ve ever done and I have written many over the 50-plus years.
What makes her so special?
With what she is doing now –journaling her activities on this ride in life– and letting others know it can be done, It just has to be an incentive for others if you have cancer or not.
I am impressed with her writing as well as the positivity she is embracing along the way.
With that, as noted in my feature article, she is sharing her experiences at this point in her life with her family and friends. I am so glad she is sharing what she is going through, especially with her children, 14-year-old Mathieu and 5-year-old Hadley. I don’t think anyone will ever regret that.
I am so proud of her making this decision in sharing her life right now. I am not sure if I could even do that if the tables were turned but, after reading her “journal,” I would try my best.
I advised her to write a book. I think it would be a best-seller. I know I am going to hang on to her writings just in case.
Here is what she penned after the story I wrote on her appeared on My County Link:
“When I first found my lump, I wanted no one to really know at all. Only a few people knew what I was going through when this started. As it went on and I knew that it could really be something serious, I did start opening up.
“I am very glad I did because talking about this has helped so much. You could do this on your own, but having so much support makes it so much easier. I have met some amazing people who most have become great friends on this journey. I knew there were great people out there but, during this, I have gotten to see it first-hand. People are amazing and I can’t thank them all enough. I am going to continue to keep everyone updated through all of this. I have one part done at the moment and on to the next few things. So one day at a time and continue to stay positive.”
Thanks, Nikole for what you are doing. I wish you the best health in your future.
Thanks for giving me the honor of interviewing you. I’m glad I did and I’m sure there are hundreds of others who would agree.
If I could I would nominate her for Mother of the Year, and maybe even the Century.
Jamie and I extend our condolences to the families and friends of Linda Cobb Rosengarten, John Shell, Ted Bayman, Kimberly Knick, Michael Hardwick and Alan Fourman.
Please pray for these people: Jamie Knick, Dan Lockhart, Vanna Hannam, Jenny Pitman, Nikole Baldridge, Melinda (Batten) Stacy, Michelle Young, Tommy Farmer, Margaret Hoening, Manual Macias, Kathy McNutt Dapore, Lester Beisner, Delores Beisner, Kermit Foureman, Chuck “C.W.” Cruze, Mark Lovejoy, Connie Buemi Hodson, Michelle Grottle Wright, Cheryl Slonaker Gilmore, Judy York, Donald Booker, Dennis Leeper, Connie Stachler, Randy Heck, Ronnie Norton, Marie Schlechty, Jeremy “Jerm” Burke, Bev Brumbaugh, Gary Eichler, David Pretzman, Clinton Randall, Linda Lore, Ralph Byrd, Doug Winger, Rusty Maloy, Debbie Mayse, Sonja and Dan Coppess, Jeanie Francis, Harvey Hinshaw, Bruce Kaiser, Amanda Mote, Gary Francis, Anthony and Theresa Grillot, Lee Everhart, Paul Gigandet, Doug Whittington, Tracy Pratt, Kinley Bernard, D’Arleen Waymire, Tish Hodson Shepherd, Zach Urbancic.
Also, Sharon Gamster, John Rimmer, Joan Keen, Carol Hemmerich, Sharon Hummel, Dave Hinshaw, Larry P. Fitzwater, Jim Thomas, Neal Gray, Michael Mowery, Kenny Edwards, Judie Hathaway, Della Burch, Ned and Brenda Wallace, Rick Marker, Randy Garrison, Steve Waymire, Warren Menchhofer, Jannie Barrow, Kathy Gragorace, Danny Foster, Noella Combs, Becky Everhart, Becky Oliver, Jayden Martin, Stefani Priest, Steve Neff, James Enicks, Joann Freeman, Cathy Collins Peters, Donna Bixler, Linda Subler, Roger McEowen, Sally Burnett Ganger, Gloria Hodge, Jeff Baltes, Judy Hoffman and daughter Shelly, Cathy Melling, Scott Clark, and all of those who are suffering from other life-altering illnesses.
Happy birthday:
June 22 to Austin Helmke, Jerry Brandewie, Kyle Shaner and Hannie Newbauer Wolfe.
June 23 to Jim Hileman, Cindy Cox, Janet Rhoades, Don Dietrich, Tyler Edwards, Darlene Keaser-Grubb and Adam Deaton.
June 24 to Robert Joseph Hiestand, Ned Riegel, John Blinn, Jay Stammen, Connie Rhoades, Tony MacKenzie and Diana Trittschuh  Walls.
June 25 to Dick Hufford, Alan Gessler, Seth Gessleer, twins Marion and Marvin Johnson, Megan Cover, Mary Swartz Kreitzer, cara Dehart and Christa Everman.
June 26 to Nancy McKnight, Ron Widener, Heather Mann, Ron Thwaits, Vicki Knick Galloway,
June 27 to Malinda Linebaugh, Lori Linebaugh, Troy Wombold, Pam Snyder and Randi Rose.
June 28 to Becky Blackburn Klipstine, Tyler Stump, twins Jann Peace and Jill Newman, Tracy Thwaits, twins Kimberly Bennett and Kelly Kelch, Joe Miller Sr., Eileen Cox, Scott Amspaugh, Richard Lewis and Don Hoffman.
Happy anniversary to Dean and Jodi Neff on June 24; Karen and Alan Gessler and Mr. and Mrs. Glen Murphy, all on June 25; and Gary and Katie Cothran and Dave and Kathy Acton, all on June 25.    

Think about it: “We have a choice every day regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day.” — Author Unknown