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Lake In The Hills, IL, United States / Health
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I grew up in Central Illinois. I was a competitive gymnast through college. I received my Bachelor's of Science in Psychology degree from Illinois State University. I moved to Milwaukee to pursue my Master's of Science in Psychology of Sport which allowed me to combine gymnastics and psychology since so much of success in sports is truly due to mindset. After getting married in 2001, my husband and I wanted to return to Illinois. We moved to a smaller northwest suburb of Chicago and called it home. We have three children now and love McHenry County where we have lived for 18 years. Our first born gave us many surprises. She was born with a rare condition called WAGR Syndrome. She has aniridia (loss of the iris), and had Wilms tumor on her right kidney when she was 3 years old. She underwent surgery followed by chemo and radiation. She is currently cancer free, but every day is a gift. She struggles with her behavior still, but since seeking help from a chiropractor she has much better ability to understand her environment. She amazes me every day. Although she functions at the level of a 3 year old, she is now 15 and attends a therapeutic day school for her learning needs. She is the reason I do all that I do. She is our miracle. My husband and I also have 2 boys who light up our world. They are caring, compassionate, and smart little men. My family provides me with the strength I need to keep going and pursue my dreams.