I had the opportunity to have an amazing teacher in high school. I had her for honors general science, honors biology and anatomy and physiology. I wish I would have taken her AP biology class so I could have had her for all four years but I am glad I didn’t; I never would have passed that class. She is a very interesting woman. She travels, she does adventure races all over the country, she is the smartest human I know, and she has a heart condition.
Over the four years of me being in high school this teacher and her husband had been to Africa, New Zealand, and many other states around the country. I’m pretty sure she went to at least one other country but I can’t remember exactly which one. Before I had gotten into high school she had traveled to China. One perk about all her travels was that whenever she got back we would have story days and picture days so we could hear all about her trip and see pictures.
She would miss a Monday or even both Monday and Tuesday because she was involved in adventure races. These races include riddle questions that must be solved to move on to the next part. Sometimes the races involve biking, swimming, running, and any other physical activity you can think of. They also include eating and drinking specific things and then having to do something physical right after. These races test your abilities on about everything. Her and her husband are so good at these races that they are even sponsored by an athletic wear company called Athleta. She gets a certain amount of money to spend in there every season and would always talk about it with us, lets just say most of us girls were very jealous.
This woman, to me, is like a walking computer. I swear you can ask her anything and she can spit out an answer! I would always go to her with anything and in class we would always get off topic because we would ask her questions and then get into a class discussion. She is very personable and she became my class’ friend. Because my school was small, the honors students ended up having basically every class together and most of us had her class all at the same time so our relationship with her grew over the years.
After reading all these things about this woman and how active she is and how she stays busy, you would never think that she would have a heart condition. She was born with it and it has to do with one of her atria in her heart being too big so one of them is too small. She has a pace maker in her chest that regulates her heart beat. She does not let this condition affect her every day life or the activities she loves to do. She runs marathons, rides miles upon miles on her bike, she swims, she even played rugby in college! She is absolutely an amazing woman that doesn’t let anything get in the way of what she wants to do.
Other fun facts about this woman: she donates bone marrow every few weeks, she was a professor at OHSU, she doesn’t believe in marriage but her and her ‘significant other’, as she likes to call him, have been together for over ten years. Truly a remarkable human being.