On February 9th we celebrated our 1st year anniversary in podcasting! Though we had a great first year in podcasting, 2018 proved to be full of more challenges than we expected.
In June of 2018 our show's host was diagnosed with breast cancer. That is about the time we took our short hiatus. Ed quit his day job selling for Mermaid Vodka to get his real estate license. We moved our home and studio very quickly. What may have seemed like random chaos was so we could prepare for Shelley's treatment.
In October she had a mastectomy to remove her left breast which had two fairly large tumors. Fortunately, the cancer had not spread beyond her breast and her lymph nodes were clear so she did not require chemotherapy or radiation treatment. From October through mid-January we did our best balancing our show, Shelley's recovery from surgery, and managing what was left of her growing real estate business. There is no way we could have made it through all of this without the love and support of our friends and family or the amazing staff at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa.
As of now Shelley is nearly back up to full speed and she is on pace to have a record sales year. (Ed keeps joking that her surgeon slipped a nuclear reactor in her implant.) Since Ed really is not the person you want helping buy or sell your home he is in the middle of a job search for something in marketing or web development.
We are publishing this episode because when Shelley got her diagnosis we limited telling people who were directly affected by her illness. We didn't really even know her long term prognosis until 2 months after her surgery when she was cleared by the oncologist as being cancer free with an extremely low probability of recurrence. Now that she is through the worst of it we wanted to be sure everyone who knows us has the full story behind the chaos that was the last half of 2018.