Mary Beth's BIO
Although Mary Beth grew up in Detroit, it is Toledo that feels like home, especially since she and her husband, Terry, are raising their family here. Their children, Tara, Derek and Cullin were all born here and are all in school now. With grade school, high school and college tuitions all looming, it's no wonder Mary Beth looks forward to many more years working on 101.5 the River. "Miles to go before I sleep!"
Rick Woodell was born and raised in Macon, Georgia, attended the community college there and eventually the University of Georgia before embarking on a 38 year broadcasting career. Rick has worked in Georgia, Florida, South Carolina, and Texas and been a part of the programming of radio stations in Idaho, New Mexico, Colorado and California.
Before moving to Toledo, Rick was a highly rated morning show host in Greenville, South Carolina for 15 years and was co-host of "Talk of the Town," a 30 minute television travel show for Charter Communications that covered Georgia, North and South Carolina. Rick and his wife Carla moved to Toledo so he could rekindle his love for morning radio.
Rick and Carla have 4 "kids." One is Siamese...Cyan, 6 pounds of furry fury, Grayson, a loveable Gray stray from the Humane society, Frank a mini Dachshund rescue and the latest addition, Bill Blitzen, a rescued Greyhound.. Rick's son, Alex, graduated college in South Carolina and is continuing his education at the Medical College of South Carolina-Charleston.
Rick's continued love for charity work and civic pride keeps him active in the community.
"We've been here for over 7 years now. As Carla and I continue to travel the area, we're amazed at the eagerness of people to welcome us Southerners. We feel like actual Mid- westerners now! We really feel at home."
I was given a small miracle last week. I learned I have cancer.
But I wouldn't have known about it if it hadn't been for a fluke appendicitus-like pain I experienced last June.
Had I waited another day, the pain would have gone away. And I would not have known I have Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma. Something abnormal turned up on a CT scan I had at the Flower Hospital ER that fateful night back in June...when I thought I just needed to get my appendix out.
And now, 3 CT scans later...the diagnosis is far more serious, but thankfully, not grave.
Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma is a cancer of the lymph nodes/system that can be very aggressive...like mine. But because of its aggressive nature it is also very vulnerable to chemotherapy. It is actually very curable. And once cured, it may never return.
That is my hope and full focus right now.
I begin chemotherapy on Thursday. Am I scared and anxious? You bet! Am I going to beat this thing? You bet!
I hope to keep working if I can. And I hope to share my journey with everyone. So keep checking back at our blogsite for updates as I go along. Yes, some of it has been terrifying...but it also been hilariously funny at times. And I plan to share it all.
Thanks for all your love and support!