Posts by Abby Westerman

Caregiver, Mother

Abby spent 34 years as an engineer for the Navy before retiring in 2018 to run b-present full time. Pursuing her Nonprofit Management Certificate at USD, Abby is a Mom on a Mission. With Kirsten as her inspiration, she is committed to improving the support for young adults with cancer. Abby lives in San Diego with her husband John, and they have a son Andrew (Kirsten’s big bro and Abby’s advisor on computers, music, and life).

Being Present: How My Daughter’s Experience Inspired Us To Improve Support For Young Adults with Cancer

by Abby Westerman February 2, 2021

As I sat in my daughter Kirsten’s hospital room one afternoon in August of 2015, I looked across at her to see the sun shining on her face through the window.