Patricia Blanchard

I have been retired for about 10 years. One of the special experiences I have so
enjoyed since my retirement is becoming a Master Gardener & serving at
community parks who have had major staffing cutbacks. I have also volunteered with
some older adults who are homebound. At times my pet-therapy dog Sammi joins
me in these home visits.
This summer has challenged me to survive as a Multiple Myeloma person. The medical
world is a whole new experience for me, as I have always been very healthy and able to
do what ever I want to do. At this point I do miss those hikes in the Sierras and look
forward to next summer and some challenges in the Sierras.