PASS CHRISTIAN, MS (WLOX) - Cindy Reed understands what it's like to deal with adversity and challenges. The Pass Christian woman's husband Brain, is a Seabee with 17 years of service.
Right now Brian is in Guam, and he won't be home until the spring of next year. Cindy and her family will make it through this deployment, just like they have all the others. Cindy's story was featured on our Project Homefront August 26th.
"Interesting, you just never know what is going to happen from day to day," is how Cindy described her life as a Seabee wife.
Cindy and Brian have been married for 12 years, and are the proud parents of three young daughters. For the girls, seeing dad go away for long deployments is never easy.
"The little ones don't understand why daddy has to be gone," Cindy told us. "My middle daughter will hear a sad song and just burst into tears because she misses her daddy."
Brain's absence is certainly not the only challenge Cindy has faced in her life. Five years ago, she was diagnosed with breast cancer.
"I was scared; I was scared," Cindy said..
Cindy was 28, and suddenly, she had to deal with her own mortality.
"I remember the hardest thing for me to deal with, was talking to my husband about the fact there may not be a tomorrow," she said with a soft voice.
Brian was on deployment when Cindy learned she had cancer. But the military did allow him to come home to care for his ailing wife.
"He was my rock, right there beside me to help me out," she said fighting back tears.
But eventually, Brian had to return to his fellow Seabee's overseas. Then, after Cindy's chemotherapy, she had to deal with another crisis.
"The Tuesday before Katrina hit, I had had my reconstructive surgery, and I still had stitches and everything in place, when Katrina hit," Cindy said.
Fortunately, Cindy and the family had evacuated, but when they came back to their Pass Christian home, it had 15 feet of water inside. The next day, Brian had to leave the family behind, to help the coast with Katrina recovery.
Cindy has been through a lot, but she doesn't want anyone to feel sorry for her.
"I can either roll over and say, 'Oh, why me?' Or I can do what I need to do to make it better," she said.
Cindy Reed is a woman with an extraordinary inner strength. She lives each day with a smile on her face and a positive outlook in her heart.
Cindy said despite all the obstacles she has faced, life is good, and it will get even better in March, when her husband Brian gets off that plane and embraces his wife and girls. Cindy can hardly wait.
"I can only imagine what it will be like to see the girls when they spot dad for the first time and go running to him," she said. "They are so proud of their daddy, and that he is a United States soldier."
Cindy thinks this may be her husband's final deployment. She and girls will be mighty glad to have him back home.