Listen: Team Leader, Gerry, Breast Cancer discussed on From Scratch
"I don't probably think I will be here today. Another amazing couple is you and your husband. It seems. Gerry you met at bible school date? What what is he like, what is he like? Well, I've been married thirty plus years coming out from my anniversary. He's my best friend. He's myself. He's EV where everything each other not and we've been in business most of our married life together. So I'm very creative. He's very strategic, but he's funny. He's amusing he's kind he's truthful he's down to earth. I love my family. And we have this saying enough family that we felt we've lived like royalty all our lives that if we have ten pounds and poke it for a gloss of wine and won't play a pastor to share. That's rich. So it's the I just I can't imagine my life without him. He was a surveyor prior to join you, right? Yeah. He built buildings and hospitals. And he was in charge of he does. He he often says that when we started work together instead of bricks and cement. It was fragrance and bottles. He was the money man say he was the legal. He was the money, man. He was the team leader. I'm good with my team. But I'm not somebody that can run a manager business on the creative director of something. He's really good about what were you doing bible school? I left school at sixteen. I had walked into a church and heard the story of a woman called Jackie Pelinka, and she'd written a book called chasing the dragon she'd gone to Hong Kong to as a missionary and I was captivated by story. And at that point, I I felt I had nothing to give in life. And I wanted to find something I could do. And if at I met, my husband, he was training to be a vicar, a member of the jet. You mentioned the lotteries I as being an incredible influence in your in your life. You called them when you had breast cancer. How did that affect you professionally what did that do to your professional life? Well, it was Evelyn ICU. Festival and Evelyn was I remember words vividly that nights. I was diagnosed and she said remember Honey you might lemonade from lemons. How did it affect me? Well, to be honest. I my business didn't matter to me at that point. When you are told you have less than a year to live. You have the most aggressive form of breast cancer your world changes, and I looked at my son. And that was all I cared about was my husband and my son. Would I have seen grow up? Whatever seem to school. Whatever seem get married with those things gone forever. And I didn't care about anything that was in a bottle. It was irrelevant. I Detroit to work during that time. But the chemo was so extensive that it took my Tyson took my nose, and I was just I had nothing and every time I did smell anything. I was finally ill. It just wasn't for me. So I just spent that year just focusing on getting well, it was meant to be the first sixteen weeks, and then I go into my chemo, and I had to it will ever. Gin piece by piece day by day. I put my life, but together, meanwhile, you were still creative director at of Joe Malone during this even though you had put that on hold. I wasn't very creative during that time. That's for sure the intention was when it was all over. I would go back, and that's exactly what I did a year later, I opened the shop Madison Avenue, and I was standing there. My hair would just come back as where this same jacket. My lucky jacket is wearing that jacket, and I was signing there. And I just didn't feel part of it any longer it was suddenly job. And I'd never had a job. I still haven't ever had a job. I love what I do. And I was standing there. And I just felt you know, what Joe is time for you to move on. It's you don't belong here anymore. And that was the the night. I made the decision to go you spent five years in the desert sort of speak on before starting Joe loves because you did not work. In the fragrance business, partly because it was decision you made powers that for you.."