Becky Orton! Becky is a 45yo mother, CrossFitter, and member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I met Becky while coaching at CrossFit Juggernaut in NH before entering medical school: she and her daughter would workout together and I initially thought they were sisters! A testament to her energy and love of life.
During this conversation, we discuss motherhood and the story of her eight children (four biological and four adoptive), the experience of losing Ben, and the rewards of fostering medically fragile children.
a 45 year old wife of 25 years,
a mother to eight children,
a member of the Church of Latter-day Saints,
and a joyful person.
Before Becky dies, she wants…
to serve a humanitarian mission with her husband,
and to travel to see her children.
When Becky dies, she wants…
to leave behind a legacy of love.
After Becky dies, she wants…
to see her children continue that legacy and just be good humans and make the world a better place.
In conclusion, Becky says…
“There are so many children that need homes. So many children. Especially with this drug epidemic. So many babies are being taken away.
Obviously I wouldn’t go back and change my biological children, but had I known sooner I maybe would’ve adopted in between having biological children. The need is just so great and it is the most rewarding experience that you can have. And I say that 100%. I don’t know what could be more rewarding than taking in a child that needs a home.
I encourage people to do it!”
Four Prompts On Death Podcast
On the Education of a Physician
- On dim expectations (or the beginning of Neurology)
- On transitions (or Consult Liaison Psych: a post-mortem)
- On a letter from past self and to future self, twice again