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… Continue reading To The Nurses Who Made a Difference in My Life
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… Continue reading Why We Need to Talk About Teen Cancer
"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… Continue reading On Being a Survivor and a Mother
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… Continue reading Choose Love. Choose Today.
Remember back, the early daysWhen you were young and less amazedSuddenly the channel changed The first time you saw bloodCut to later, now you're strongYou've bled yourself, the wounds are goneIt's rare when there is nothing wrongSurvived and you're amongst the fittestLove ain't love until you feel itUp riding high amongst the waves-- Pearl Jam, "Amongst… Continue reading Amongst the Waves.