Melissa is a mother to four and has been living the Navy life with her husband, Steve. Moving to Japan has presented some unique challenges for the family as they took only their youngest three children with them. Melissa left her oldest step-son home while he prepares for boot camp. I think most of us can relate to the idea of seeing a child leave our reach…stressed and worried sick, but also proud to see them sprout and use all that great advice we gave them growing up…wink, wink.
After high school, as many of us do, we leave the figurative field and life keeps us busy with other things. Melissa became sedentary and did not attempt running again until after the birth of her first daughter. Again, it just didn’t stick. “My perception was that running was hard! I had only run as conditioning for all the other sports I played, never just to run!” Then, gradually, a new relationship with running developed.
Stroller Warriors is also filling a gap in Melissa's life, as she will likely not be able to work while in Yokosuka. "I am a Registered Nurse, and have worked in the ICU my whole career, minus the last seven months in San Diego where I focused on cardiology. There is no cardiology clinic here in Yokosuka, and my ICU expertise is in open heart surgery recovery, which they do not do here." Taking on coordination of the Yokosuka chapter gives Melissa an opportunity to give back to the club that she loves dearly, and will allow her to have the amazing impact on other Stroller Warriors that she has experienced firsthand.
We’re so excited for your new adventure, Melissa, and we can’t to see your chapter blossom!