FHS graduate now a radiology assistant in NY state

While Lubbock’s weather finally showed signs of cooling last weekend, one Frenship High School graduate said trees have already begun to change colors where she now calls home.

Heather Bramlett Roberts said apple picking and drives to see the fall colors are already in full gear in Rochester, N.Y., where she has lived since attending college at Boston Bible College.

It was there that she met her husband, Joseph Roberts, whom she married in 2004.

They settled into his hometown of Rochester, and while the winters are brutal, she said she wouldn’t change a thing about her surroundings.

“I love it. Most people say they can never leave Texas, but I don’t know that I could ever move back. I love the change of seasons, the fall and winter. I love the snow,” she said.

While many people associate New York with the urban setting of New York City, Roberts said Rochester is rural.

“There are a lot of suburbs that stretch out into dairy farms. And I’m about two hours from Niagara Falls, so there’s a wide variety of things to do here. Now if I could just move my family up here, it’d be great,” she said. “They all love it, except for the snow.

“There’s always something to do,” she said.

What she misses most about Texas is the people, she said. Occasionally in her career as a radiology assistant, she said, she gets a patient originally from Texas, and she said she realizes she misses the Texas twang.

“Mostly I miss people; I don’t really miss the dust,” she said.

Roberts said she usually returns to Texas to visit about once a year. This fall, she said she hopes to get back for the class of 1999’s reunion on Oct. 15-17.

Roberts got her start in the medical field as a student at FHS.

“In high school, I was in HOSA, which is the Health Occupations vocational program,” she said. “I really like patient care. I have since I was in high school. We did some clinicals in the radiology department, and I liked it.”

Now, she said, she finds her career rewarding, especially when she can let a patient know a mammogram turned out OK, or when she knows she helped catch something early.

Roberts is the mother of two boys, ages 2 and 4.

“They’re a handful,” she said. “My 4-year-old’s about to start preschool.”

Roberts admits to being somewhat emotional about her son starting preschool.

She said she was a stay-at-home mom for about three years, and enjoys outdoor adventures with her boys.

“I love helping them learn new things,” she said.

FHS Class of 1999 reunion information

  • Happy hour at Caprock Cafe: Oct. 16 at 5:30 p.m.
  • Family picnic at Legacy Play Village: Oct. 17 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Dinner and dance at Double B Party Barns: Oct. 17. Social hour at 5 p.m., dinner at 7 p.m. Payment for dinner must be received by Oct. 12.
  • For more information: Visit frenshiphighclassof99.blogspot.com
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