Darlene was born and raised in Utah and currently lives in Pleasant Grove. She has five children and 4 grandchildren.
Darlene enjoys creative handwriting, organizing, learning new things, exercising, side by siding, snowmobiling, boating, mountain biking, traveling, horseback riding, dancing Zumba, singing, yoga, meditation, collecting minky blankets, going out to eat, taking pictures of the sun, watching movies, and playing games with her family.
In March of 2020 Darlene was diagnosed with invasive carcinoma breast cancer – grade 1, and in April of 2020 it was discovered that the cancer had metastasized to her bones. The prognosis changed from curable to terminal and what was thought would be a stage 1, quickly changed to stage 4 breast cancer. She is currently working closely with her doctors to treat the effects of the cancer.
Most recent results showed that the lymph nodes in her arm pit are clear of the cancer and that some of the cancer in the bones has receded. Despite the fact that the cancer is incurable, she is very excited about this news!
In May, she got shingles in her mouth and left ear, which caused her to get Ramsey Hunt Syndrome (just like Bells Palsy) on the left side of her face.
Along with modern medicine, Darlene is also doing her best to stay active to help with the effects of the cancer. Her favorite way for staying active is riding her horse Cash every week.
Darlene has a positive attitude and contributes that to the Divine, and the support of family and friends.
She feels at peace and says that despite the difficulties of 2020, she is grateful for this last year. She has grown so much emotionally, spiritually and intellectually, and is so grateful for the opportunity to bring more value to life.