“Now I’ll Tell You a Secret Thing”

November 22, 2019

At 7a.m. on November 23, 2012, my life stopped. I was 37. My life had changed before this in big and small ways; mostly good, some spectacular (having two healthy kids). But hearing the words—sorry to do this over the phone; you have advanced inflammatory breast...

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The Plum Trees (Yet Another Lesson in Letting Go)

September 6, 2019

Let me start by saying that I love trees. There is nothing that would make me cut down a tree. However. We had three plum trees along our side fence. About ten feet high, they were planted by the......Read More

Lyft and American Cancer Society Giving Free Rides to Cancer Patients

September 12, 2018

Lyft is offering free rides to cancer patients in major U.S. cities as part of their ongoing relationship with the American Cancer Society (ACS). Read all the details here.  ...Read More

Upside Down & Inside Out

May 11, 2017

Spring arrived this year in fits and starts. Just when I’m ready to slap on the sunscreen and put away my winter sweaters, the rain comes back. This uncertainty, this instability, has been getting to me. And last week......Read More

New Beginnings

January 20, 2017

As I watched the inauguration this morning I found myself looking back, to where I was four years ago. And I realized that on this day in 2013 I was about to start another round of chemo when I......Read More

G is for Gratitude

September 16, 2016

Fall is in the air, and as much as I love the changing seasons it is still not easy to head into autumn and come up on the anniversary of my diagnosis. I “stay positive” about 90 percent of......Read More

Dark clouds, sunny skies

September 9, 2016

Felt like a cartoon character today, with a dark cloud floating above my head. I tried to shake it off but it kept following me. My mom used to call me “LBC” (short for little black cloud) as a......Read More

Scanxiety (or, feeling anxious about a follow-up scan)

January 29, 2016

News from Cancerland…yesterday was my PET/CT scan (abdominal/pelvis/chest), where they see if (rather, make sure) no sneaky cancer cells have decided to colonize in my body. (I send daily mental messages to them: you’re not wanted here.) My scanxiety......Read More