“Our second son was born, and it became too difficult with my husband’s schedule and two little boys, so I stopped working. After his four-year residency, he went to the air force to do his military commitment for the next two years,” Gail said. “We moved back to middle Georgia because our parents were here and so that our sons would know their grandparents. My husband chose to establish is practice in Warner Robins in 1974 and he was the first orthopedic there. He practiced for over 38 years and he closed the practice last year due to some health issues.”
To escape from hectic working days, the Spiveys purchased a home at Lake Sinclair in Milledgeville in the late 1970s. The family has since enjoyed getting away from life’s demands and spending time with their sons, daughters-in-law and four grandchildren. The couple celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in March.
“Life is wonderful. My health is good and I’ve had clear mammograms and check-ups regularly since that time. You have to rely on your faith, belief and support system to get you through these difficult situations. I’ve been blessed my whole life, but I appreciate it even more since that episode that took a year out of my life. I appreciate everyday and all my blessings,” Gail said. “I see the cancer as a celebration of life. Our 50th anniversary is a milestone, and my husband’s health issue has been another milestone in our lives. When you experience some of these things, it makes those life lessons and experiences more precious.”
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