A Well-Deserved Break

3 months.  It doesn’t sound like much time.  Approximately 90 days…or 12 weeks…or 2,160 hours.  Just a short moment in the game of life. Since I was diagnosed 2 years and 9 months ago (but I’m not counting)…I have measured my life in three month increments.  For a cancer patient like me, my typical scheduleContinue reading “A Well-Deserved Break”

I Choose Happy

My family always laughs at me because the smallest things give me pleasure.  Listening to my Lucky dog snore, a squirrel peeking in the window, the first tomatoes in my garden, my hamster of happiness button (don’t ask, just click the link)…pretty much anything!  These examples are not the sole keys to lifelong fulfillment, butContinue reading “I Choose Happy”

Road Trip Adventure

About ten years ago, my husband and I decided that instead of buying “things” to fill our lives,  we would focus on experiences to do that.  For us, the main experience became travel.  We love finding out about new restaurants and events in our great city.  It is amazing what you learn when you approachContinue reading “Road Trip Adventure”

The Therapy of Nature

Earth.  What a magnificent place.  In a week where the ugliness of humankind continues to rear its head…I look to nature for solace and guidance. I am not so naive that I think nature can cure systemic racism or social unrest, but I have often used nature to help with my mental health. The worldContinue reading “The Therapy of Nature”

Hope

Tuesday was a stellar day.  I don’t usually say that about my chemo appointments.  The chemo was yucky and side effects nasty as usual, but my doctor’s visit was amaaaaazing!  Every two to three months, I have a chest and lower abdomen CT scan.  Waiting for results is excruciating.  They take a long time dueContinue reading “Hope”

Bananas

Of all the items the grocery store that perplex me, it happens to be bananas. Bananas drive me bananas!

Gratitude

It’s 3 AM.  The house is quiet.  I am the only one awake. Even the teenagers, who keep vampire hours, are sleeping.  Today was my first chemo day in four weeks.  I had a little “chemo vacation” because of a bad skin reaction.  Chemo days are not painful, but the steroids keep me awake andContinue reading “Gratitude”

The Joys of Spring

Every year, I look forward to spring.  Not so much for the warm weather because spring in Ohio doesn’t always equal warmth.  I enjoy seeing the earth come to life.  I love the flowers on the trees, the green grass, the plants sprouting, planting my vegetable garden…ALL OF IT! I know, it’s sappy, but IContinue reading “The Joys of Spring”

Cooking Through Crisis

“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” Thomas Edison As we enter week 4, or is it 5, or 6, or 10?  Anyway, I digress, as we continue with week number whatever of shelter in place, I find myself wanting to bake bread.  It could be the peer pressure ofContinue reading “Cooking Through Crisis”

A Love Letter to the Newly Diagnosed

A love letter to the newly diagnosed: Welcome!  You have joined the shitty club!  It is not a club that any of us ever wanted to join, but as my dad often said, “Nobody ever said life was fair.”  Cancer DEFINITELY doesn’t play fair. If you had asked me before I was diagnosed for aContinue reading “A Love Letter to the Newly Diagnosed”

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