On October 31, 2012, my life was turned upside down when I was told my 13 year-old daughter had stage 4 cancer. My daughter's current health status makes it necessary for me to work from home. Before her diagnosis, I was an 8th grade English teacher. I have a BS degree with a major in English and a minor in Education. My MS degree course of study focused on Instruction and Curriculum. British literature and poetry are my favorite two aspects of literature. I have been writing poetry since I was in the fifth grade. The last two years of my teaching career, my students scored the highest scores in the building on our state's writing assessment. Their essays were always expository. Writing comes as natural to me as breathing. I often use it to unwind or express my emotions.