About Me

Me and my husband Tim

I am a military wife, married 23 years, mother to four terrific teenagers. This is a picture of me and my husband  on vacation in North Carolina in 2007. We have moved around the world, as far west as Guam and as far east as Germany. We have also lived in 6 states, including Virginia where we live now. (See more photos and details about our family below).

Me and my daughter Nov. 2008

Our family Summer vacation in S.C. Aug. 2008

My husband is active duty in the Air Force, stationed at The Pentagon.  My oldest son just fininshed his final year of college as a finance major as well as a member of the singing group Exit 245. The next  oldest son attends college  at University of Virginia , is in a Christian acapella singing group called cHoosE , plays tennis, and the others are  in high school and are active in music, band, theater and church youth groups. If you would have asked me ten years ago how I felt about the teenage years, I probably would have told you I was dreading it. But it has turned out to be the most rewarding years of raising children, and a time when I feel closest to my kids and their friends.

We have a 2 1/2  year old golden retriever named Colby,  who is the joy and frustration of my every day! He still chews up Kleenex from the trash cans. I have taught preschool for 7 years and also worked part time as a food pantry volunteer.  I had to quit both of these jobs once I developed breast cancer in fall 2008, so I could more fully focus on getting well.

After a full year of chemotherapy, mastectomy and reconstruction, my cancer treatments have ended, and my prognosis is excellent! I work part time for Network of Strength, a national breast cancer peer support organization, counseling newly diagnosed patients. I also work from home in my The Taffy Box studio, an online jewelry design company I began in 2007. I began making jewelry when my children were very young, specializing in mother’s bracelets, which I still do and which can be found at Mothers Precious Gems.

I enjoy creating something new each and every day, whether it be an inspired piece of jewelry, a cake or a delicious casserole. My children keep me pretty busy with all of their extra curricular activities, and we always have a busy house bustling with friends, music, and loads and loads of laundry!

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Me and my husband 1 month after breast cancer surgery 2008, and one month before starting chemotherapy, Nov. 2009 (taken on our 22nd wedding anniversary)

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Colby (age 1 year - 2008)

I desire to learn how to be more healthy and eat better, move more, and develop the best body God has given me.  I aspire to learn all I can about how to combat breast cancer and to reach out to those who suffer more and carry a heavier burden than I, as that is all a part of inner healing.

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Home Sweet home, Virginia

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Mid-way through chemotherapy Spring 2009

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7 thoughts on “About Me

  1. I’ve loved reading your writings. You have much wisdom to share. Thank you!
    Praying for God’s healing and blessings for you,
    Debbie McCrory

  2. Koryn,

    We continue to pray for you and the family. It’s amazing how God steps in when you most need Him and are willing to lean on Him. We’ll continue to pray that God provides you, Tim and the kids all the strength, patience, courage, wisdom and peace to face this challenge. God Bless…web and diane

  3. Koryn,
    Gloria Sanfilippo told me about your struggle with breast cancer and about your website. I could sense the peace that the Lord has given you as I read the past blogs. You are an inspiration to all women that read your site, and I will be praying for you and your family.

  4. Koryn ~

    I am praying for you! You are such a gift from God, and your faith and transparency are a blessing. Thank you for sharing.

    Thank you also for the lovely birthday card last week. The fact that you took time out of your chemo recovery to write and encourage me is just another testimony to the depth of God’s character in you.

    Love & hugs,
    Lisa

    Heb. 10:23 “Let us hold fast to the confession of our hope with wavering, for He who promised is faithful.”

  5. Hi Koryn,

    So nice to hear from you and to hear things are going well. Over all I can’t complain on how I am doing. 🙂

    I had my last round of chemo in dec, suregery in Jan and last dose of radiaiton in April. I did have the flap recon. and I have to go back in this wednesday for them to redo the tummy area-as I have an abdominal buldge. It should be no biggie though-just praying to continue to be around for my little ones. 🙂

    I tend to have many headaches but not sure if it is from stress, caffeine, or……my mind goes to brain cancer sometimes and also with the aches I still receive in my bones-I sometimes wonder. But if I allow myself to be focused on that then I am not abiding by the fruits of the spirit. I just know satan tries his best to do a number on me. I just have to keep remembering our Father’s promises, etc….

    I look forward to reading more of your blog. I did view some of your photos and you have such a lovely family. If you would like to see more about “our” journey my kids and I made about 40 short videos and posted them at http://www.tangle.com/godsgirl35

    Looking forward to staying int ouch. Oh and the hair thing-I kid u not when I say my hair has ALWAYS been soooo sloooow to grow. It is about two inches right now-ugh. I love long hair atleast shoulder length. 🙂

    Smiles and many blessings to you and your family!

    Tisha

  6. Koryn–
    What beautiful story you shared Tues. Thank you for allowing God to speak through you. As you already do know about my sister’s cancer story, it in fact was 16 years ago Oct. 1st she lost her battle, but won when she was escorted into the presence of Christ.
    It was very difficult for me to listen for I still miss her. But do rejoice in how awsome and radient you look. God is good even in the dark times.
    My joy now will be to watch the planning for Amanda’s wedding next summer, as my beautiful nieces are a part of her wedding party. This will indeed be a celebration.
    Thanks for the new found friendship, i do look forward to many more movie nights(even if we didn’t get to that part!)
    Praise God for your openess and voice. In His grip, Liz

  7. I accidentally found your page and am overcome by your story. I work at MD Anderson Cancer Center so cancer is a part of my life everyday but as an outsider who can only offer a silent prayer and compassion to patients. I am humbled everyday by how it easy it is to take good health as well as the ‘ordinary’ day for granted. Thank you for your blog.

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