Hi, my name is Kinda Bush (no not kinda) but Linda with a K.
I am passionate about the Tropics and the wonderful world of Seashells. I love to share all the knowledge I have learned, with everyone. I live in Madeira Beach, FL, only 3 blocks from the Gulf of Mexico. I am a faithful beachcomber, at least 3 days a week to pick up Seashells, for my beautiful artwork.
Photo credit: SusanQuinnPhotoArt.com
Let Me Start With Where I Came From:
I grew up in Redmond, WA. My family would go to the beach and dig for clams, at least once a month. We would start a fire right on the beach and boil the clams for us to all share. They were so good. What a great memory in my childhood years. I think that is where it all began, with me loving the beach and seashells.
When I was 26 I had a beautiful daughter. She was such an amazing child. My daughter and I decided to move to Phoenix, AZ to be close to my mother, who had moved there when I was nineteen.
I started working at Tufflite Pumice Stone Mine as the Office Manager and Bookkeeper. I decided I wanted to help people, so I went to get my Certification as a Nursing Assistant. I then worked at a 24 hour Nursing Facility on the weekends and at Tufflite during the week days. I really wanted to make sure that my daughter and I had our own house and a nice, dependable car.
When I bought our house in a new area of Phoenix, called Peoria. I didn’t really know anyone, so I got a job working Wednesdays, at a Pizza and Sub Cafe, as a bartender. That is were I met the man of my dreams.
In 2006 my husband and I got married. We decided to move to a small town in the mountains somewhere, so he got transferred to Gillette, WY with Burlington Northern. I interviewed at Campbell County Memorial Hospital and was called to start working the following month, when I moved up there. My husband and I bought a beautiful home on 3 acres, on the out skirts of town. It was great, we had a Harley Davidson Motorcycle and a Pontoon Boat. Life was wonderful. Untill…
My Journey on how I decided to start this Website.
After about three months working at the hospital, I had a complete physical. My doctor called and told me he wanted to do some more blood tests. Two days later he made an appointment for me with the Hematologist/Oncologist, at the Hospital where I worked. They wanted to do a bone marrow biopsy and more blood work. A week later on July 26, 2007 I was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma. Click here to read the NCCN Pamphlet, to learn what Multiple Myeloma is and the Treatments that are typically used, to treat this Cancer. If you or someone you know has Multiple Myeloma, this is a great resource of information.
Multiple Myeloma is a blood cancer that affects my Plasma Cells. They still have no cure for Multiple Myeloma, but I started Chemo right away. They told me that some people can go into a maintenance stage and live for 5 to 15 years. I was not ready to die yet. I was going to fight this with all I had in me. I did 16 different regimens in three years, that did not work. Finally in August of 2011, I went to the Denver Colorado University Bone Marrow Transplant Unit. I had two Stem Cell Transplants. One in August and one in October. I almost died during the first one. It was very scary, thru this whole process. But I am a SURVIVOR!
My Husband and I split up and I moved back to Phoenix, AZ with my Daughter and grandchild. I still needed to be looked after and helped with a lot of things, for another year. I was receiving Social Security Disability, so my daughter and I got a bigger apartment for us all to live in. We lived together for two years and then I decided it was time for me. Going thru all that I did, it made me realize that you cannot take life for granted. I had always wanted to live in the tropics. I am a certified Scuba Diver and love the ocean. I have a passion for underwater diving, Seashells and the Beach. I also love to travel and go on Cruises. I want to be able to make enough money to live comfortably and be able to travel to all the beautiful beaches and dive sites in the world and collect Seashells.
So my two cats, Bella and Penelope and I, moved to Madeira Beach, Florida into an apartment, on the inter-coastal water. I was 3 blocks from the beach, off the Gulf of Mexico. I Volunteer part time at the Madeira Beach City Hall and have met a lot of really nice people. I have started a bucket list now and realized that the only way I was going to be able to do the things on my bucket list is finding a way to make money. I am disabled, due to all the side effects, from the Chemo and the Stem Cell Transplants. I knew I would have to find a work from home job.
I wanted to do something I loved, so I decided to learn everything I could about Seashells in the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean. I have been learning so much in all the research I have gathered from books, the internet and from Seashell shops. As well as from the people I meet at the beach when I am collecting Seashells.
I love being a Beachcomber and hope, you love it too. That is why I created this website, to share all of the knowledge, I have gained in my research, with all of you. Please let me know, if there is anything you would like me to add, or if you just want to leave a comment below. I am so excited to be able to connect with all the Beachcombers out there.
I look forward to hearing from you soon! 🙂
Founder: Kinda Bush