Dancing in the Rain

Hello there! My name is Katie Austin and I was recently selected to be a part of something special – the Every Woman Blog. I am still pinching myself that I was selected to be included with these amazing women! So much has happened over the last year but before I go any further, let me tell you a little something about me since much of what I will be blogging about will be my life experiences.

Katie Austin and her husband Mike

I am married to the most wonderful man and my soul mate, Mike Austin. We met over 10 years ago and he came into my life during a time when I thought that I would never re-marry again. I had convinced myself that I would be happier as a single-mother, working a full-time job as a computer programmer for a large utility company. But then he came into my life and all of that changed. We have been married for almost 7 years and we have one son from my first marriage. Brandon is an active teenage boy who accelerates in his classes, plays high school football and is taking an interest in girls. I will stop there as that could be a whole blog topic in itself! We are currently living just outside of Lexington in the West Columbia area. Both Mike and I moved south from northern states. I am from Bridgewater, New Jersey and he is from Buffalo, New York. I think we both wanted to get away from the snow-covered ground and enjoy the warmer weather. I never thought that I would have to move to the south to meet my soul mate from the north, but I did and I am so glad that we found each other.

Katie Austin, second from left, at a breast cancer walk

I recently met a milestone in July as celebrated my first birthday after beating breast cancer (applause much appreciated!). In honor of that milestone, I started my own blog Just a Walk in Faith as I thought it would be a great way to capture my breast cancer journey and how I found myself along the way. I didn’t blog while I was undergoing treatment as I found myself in a deep state of depression at times and it was hard enough just to motivate myself to get out of bed each day. It wasn’t until a few months ago that I felt up to talking openly about my journey with anyone outside of my family. I know that it might help other women (or men) going through their own breast cancer fight.

After completing my treatments in April 2011, I decided it was time to go back to school. Yep, I am a 43-year old college student at the University of South Carolina in pursuit of my Computer Science degree. Now you also know that I am a computer nerd and I am alright with that. I have come to embrace my geekness over the years.

So what topics can you expect from me? I would think that my blog posts could include breast cancer, the daily struggles of a single-mom, going back to school after the age of 40, anything geek-related and everything in between. I love to talk and I hope that what I share with you will make a difference in your life. I find motivation and inspiration in quotes so you will find that I include them in my blog posts. If I could only pick one quote to leave you with, then I would pick this one and my hope is that after you read it you will smile while dancing in the rain.

‎”Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass. It’s about learning how to dance in the rain.”

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11 thoughts on “Dancing in the Rain

  1. Thanks Staci! I am glad you liked the quote as this is one of my favorites! I hope you are doing well and look forward to reading your blog post 🙂

  2. Hi Katie, You don’t know me, but I know your Mom and Dad, two of the most thoughtful and caring people I have ever met. I love them, and that includes their whole family whether or not I know them personally. I have kept up with your journey through their emails and conversations. you have been in my prayers. I am grateful that you have come through to the other side of your breast cancer experience, and I admire your strength and courage. Stay well. God bless you. Mary Ruth Roberts

  3. Katie, you are an inspiration to us all. We never know if breast cancer is going to strike any one of us, our friends, our family. Your story can provide so much hope to others battling this disease. Can’t wait to know you better.

  4. Thanks Crissie! I agree and what I have learned most through my breast cancer journey is to savor each day, filling my memories jar with every moment that I can. Never live for tomorrow, live for today and celebrate everything you! My journey brought me to the Every Woman blog and I have the opportunity to become friends with the most amazing group of women! So blessed to be a part of something special and can’t wait to get to know everyone better! Can’t wait to read your blog posts 🙂

  5. Dear Katie: I admire your strength and determination to keep going. Your mom and dad have kept me up on your journey, and it’s been a hard one. They, and the rest of your family, have been a backbone of support like none I’ve heard of. I worked for Mr. Roberts, the man who designed their cabin in the mountains and have, luckily, cherished a continuing relationship with your parents. I can’t say enough good things about them. How lucky you are! I pray you continue to be cancer free — you’re an inspiration to others. By the way, one of my daughters is waiting for an appointment for a biopsy. We’re hoping for the best.

  6. Nice to meet you Bobbie! I agree – they are wonderful and I would not have made it through last year without their support. They went with me to every appointment, treatment, scans, and anything else that is slipping my chemo brain 🙂 You name it and they were right by my side, making sure that I didn’t lose hope. What’s even more special is that I am adopted and they picked me to be their daughter! How very blessed I am and I cherish every moment that I have with them. Please let me know how things go with your daughter and I will say a special prayer for her!

  7. Mary Ruth – thank you for stopping by my blog post! I agree that my parents are the most wonderful, caring people and I am so bless to have them in my life. I wouldn’t have made it through last year without them. Thank you for your well wishes and God bless you 🙂

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