Since I have so many new followers, I figure I’ll give you a cheat sheet for all of the characters I reference in my posts.
Camille – That’s me! I’m a thirty-one year old Yankee living in the deep south. I’m a text-book Capricorn. I’m human. Deeply flawed. In love with my partner of 8+ years. More information about me is on our About Us page.
Jade is my lovely partner. Born and raised in New York City, she found herself in the midst of culture shock in small town in the deep south about twenty years ago. As fate would have it, Jade and I crossed paths about ten years ago and have been together ever since.
Peanut & Buster are our fur babies. Peanut is a three-year old hyper and sassy maltipoo. Buster is a mellow eight year old Miniature Pinscher Chihuahua mix who thinks he’s a horse (no seriously, I will have to post a video). Our sons certainly keep us laughing.
Mama is my mother. She is the strongest person I know. Divorced from my father since 1996, Mama has been the constant in my life. She is tough as nails and sometimes uses harsh words to hide how vulnerable she is inside. Mama has high expectations of every person in her orbit. She has a huge heart and is a constant giver.
Dad is my father. He is one of the gentlest people I know. He is a big softie, especially when it comes to his daughters. For many years, my relationship with my father was damaged. Thanks to Jade, about six years ago, my father and I began repairing our relationship. We’ve come a long way.
Lucy is my sister. I love my sister but she and I have quite the dysfunctional relationship. My sister resents me for reasons unknown. Lucy is Yaya’s mother.
Yaya (also known as BrightEyes) is my niece. She is quite the dainty little girl. Yaya has all of the good parts of her mother, me, and my mother all rolled into one small human. At one, this little girl knows what she wants and knows how to command attention.
Riley is my beautiful two-year old spunky god-daughter and niece. Because her mother works a lot of hours, Riley is with Jade and I a lot. Think 5+ days per week. She has her own room at my house. Yes, it’s like that. Riley embodies everything that is good and right in the world.
Farrah (also known as Fancy Face) is Riley’s mother, Anne’s daughter, and Jade’s niece. Farrah has a heart of gold. Her smile and air of confidence mask her hurt and insecurities. She is going through a rough divorce from Riley’s father right now so Jade and I are her support system.
Anne is Jade’s sister. Anne has terminal Stage IV metastatic breast cancer, Polycystic Kidney Disease, and congestive heart failure. Because of all of her medical conditions, the doctors are unable to treat Anne’s cancer. She is the queen bee. Anne is Jade’s oldest sister (about 20 years older than Jade). She is a force to be reckoned with if you dare oppose her. Anne passed away from breast cancer on October 5, 2013. Her presence is still deeply missed in my world.
Greg is Anne’s husband. He is a big bear of a man with a heart of gold. Extremely stubborn and fiercely protective, once his mind is set on something, there is nothing you can do to convince him otherwise. Greg was Anne’s perfect match.
Jenny is Jade’s homophobic sister. She is accepting of Jade and I’s relationship but she is extremely judgmental of gay people as a whole. She uses the word faggot which makes my skin crawl. She uses the word dyke in a derogatory fashion and it makes my stomach turn. Jenny is really a sweet person at her core; her issue is one of lack of exposure and acceptance of people who differ from her. There’s still hope for Jenny.
George is Jenny’s “live-in partner” (a term Jenny herself uses). George is one of the best men I know. A father to four grown girls, he is loving and supportive. George and Jenny have been together for over fifteen years. He is our go-to guy for many things. When my dog died the day before my birthday a couple of years ago, George was there to help. Seeking holiday spirit? George is your guy. George has been battling a less aggressive form of prostate cancer for the past few years. Right now, he seems to be winning the battle.
Rachel (also known as Mabel for reasons only known to her!) has become one of my closest friends over the past year. Rachel and I work together so we spend a great deal of time with each other. Rachel is a free spirit. Born and raised right here in the deep south, Rachel’s ideologies differ largely from most of the people around her. She is a thinker, an artist, and a genuinely good person. Rachel constantly seeks information.
Heather is my best friend of more than fifteen years. She knows me better than anyone (except Jade). When she is present and fully in the moment, she is a great friend. Unfortunately, our friendship goes in cycles and sometimes we struggle to stay close.
Dr. M is my primary Reproductive Endocrinologist (RE).
Franny is sometimes referred to as Fran or Frances. She is Dr. M’s nurse.
Dr. S is the other RE at the practice at which I am a patient.
Kate is the IVF nurse at the RE practice. She is probably my favorite person at the practice overall.