Hi, I’m Claudia — welcome to My Left Breast. I’m mom to a 19 year old son and 21 year old daughter who are alternately on any given day the best and the most annoying things in my life. Mostly the best, but if you have your own teens, you’ll know what I mean. They’re both in college now so my husband and I are empty-nesters. We’re both rather enjoying it, much to our surprise.
After working for over 20 years as a marketing executive at several Fortune 50 companies such as Nabisco, Ciba Geigy and Johnson & Johnson, I quit my corporate job in 2006 to start my own marketing consulting firm. I get to work from home every day, which has given me a lot more flexibility to raise my two kids while also pursuing a career that I love.
I sit in my home office in front of my computer most days, periodically looking out the window at scenic Hunterdon County, wearing no makeup, no heels, in jeans and a T-shirt. Doesn’t get much better.
We have a cat (Maverick) and a dog (Tucker). Maverick lives under beds and in the guest bedroom and only shows up at night when my husband comes home from work because apparently she’s in love with him. The minute he gets into bed each night, she appears out of nowhere and jumps on the bed, creeps up to him and licks his face (no, I am not making this up). He looks at me, like “Hahaha, she loves me, not you, even though you clean her litter box, buy her food, feed her, put out fresh water in strategic spots all over the house and basically do everything for her.” It’s just the way it is, she’s a man’s cat. Go figure.
Tucker, our Pembroke Welsh Corgi on the other hand loves me best. But of course, we’re together all day long and since I spend a lot of time having conversations with him, he probably thinks we’re best friends. Maybe we are.
Oh yeah, and then there was that whole breast cancer thing a few years ago, which was what started me blogging.
Having breast cancer changed my life in many ways, most importantly making me exceedingly grateful for my husband, kids, friends, pets and life in general.
I really do see life through a new lens now. Hope you’ll join me here on My Left Breast to see where the road leads me.
If you, or someone you know, is newly diagnosed or has any questions, you can contact me directly at: CLAUDIASCHMIDT@EMBARQMAIL.COM.