When she was in college, Patrick's brother took his own life. "It gave me a lot of perspective on… following your passions and your dreams, because you never know, life could end," Patrick said.
"I really wanted to be in a place where I could die tomorrow," Patrick said. "There are things that I want to do in this life, and I make them happen. The sanctuary was one of those things, having kids… the farm… the traveling that I've done.… I can have that peace of mind of knowing that I was doing those things."
"When I was healthy, it was a lot easier, but now I have some chronic illnesses that make it a lot more difficult to just keep going and going and going every day, all day, like I used to," Patrick said.
Patrick has Crohn's disease and fibromyalgia, causing her chronic pain and food sensitivities that she has learned to cope with. She also spent two years bedridden, suffering from Lyme disease— alone with her thoughts, Patrick considered what was most important to her; "If this is our one life to live, or even if it's not, you still want to follow your passions, live your dreams and wake up and know you're doing something that you find valuable to the world," Patrick said.
"This is the life I want to live," Patrick said. "This is the life I want for my kids. I get to spend my days with rescued animals. I get to spend my days growing food and eating that food… I've gained this fulfillment of knowing that I've finally reached my dream."