To The Nurses Who Made a Difference in My Life

I’ve spent more days in the hospital than I can count. So I can’t tell you how many daily visits with the doctor I had in my hospital room. That would take a lot of math. But the math that really stumps me is how many times I was visited by a nurse. If you’ve been lucky […]

Why We Need to Talk About Teen Cancer

There is no situation in which cancer does not suck. Cancer sucks. This is a fact. We are told we can make choices in our lives that make us less prone to developing cancer. We are told many cancers are preventable. And while this is being said, what is not really being said — but […]

On Being a Survivor and a Mother

“Will we have to get scars, too?” asked my 4 year-old at the dinner table last night. Though my abdomen was completely covered, as it normally is, her thoughts turned to the very long, very ugly scar that runs down the core of my body while she chewed her dinner. “No, baby, you won’t have […]

Choose Love. Choose Today.

I shouldn’t even be here.   I was born to parents who were barely 20 years old in the bitter winter of the upper peninsula of Michigan. I was tiny and jaundiced and their first child.    We moved a lot. Eventually they divorced. We settled in a small town in rural Arkansas where it […]

Amongst the Waves.

Remember back, the early days When you were young and less amazed Suddenly the channel changed  The first time you saw blood Cut to later, now you’re strong You’ve bled yourself, the wounds are gone It’s rare when there is nothing wrong Survived and you’re amongst the fittest Love ain’t love until you feel it […]