It was thirty-four degrees when I put my cap on, slipped out of my deck coat, and jumped into the pool. The water was warm against the chill air and I easily started the first lap. I could feel the cold with each stroke and turn, the contrast of warmth and cold was a strange… Continue reading Four Years Strong
Three years now…this beautiful, sassy, determined girl came into our lives! She was my compass, my measure of time as I journeyed through months of difficult chemotherapy, sleepless nights, endless prayer to overcome fear and uncertainty. I was still celebrating the good news of my daughter’s pregnancy when I was diagnosed with multiple myeloma. I… Continue reading Mila Grace
I’ve been walking for decades. When I was 25, I was told it would save my back after a fall. It has saved far more than my back! Walking has been a source for both physical and spiritual renewal in my life. Through life’s uncertainty, walking has been a reliable friend. When my life becomes… Continue reading Three years and a hill…
“She is clothed in strength and dignity and she laughs without fear of the future.” – Proverbs 31:25 Without loss or sacrifice, it’s hard to appreciate what we have. I know this. And so I celebrate what I have on the two-year anniversary of my stem cell transplant. Since my transplant, I’ve welcomed two granddaughters,… Continue reading This is living with cancer!
One of the side effects of living with cancer is the magnification of experiences. I see with clearer eyes, hear the noise, the hush and silent voices and feel with a depth that draws tears, laughter and hugs instantly. I am acutely aware of time, careful to invest in it with heart and mind. I… Continue reading The Caveat
Stunning views from my new temporary address. The Montlake Cut just feet from my window where the water churns as boats and kayaks and sunburned faces delight in the splendor of continuously warm Seattle summer days. Mount Rainier in pink glow as sun sets, a reminder of the awesome landscape and beauty that I get… Continue reading 8NE
OK…this is getting real! Until the last few weeks, life has been normal…well somewhat normal. My reflection in the mirror, mostly unchanged and my positive attitude unwavering! My cancer has been a motivator of positive changes and has lingered in the background of a full and rich life. Yes, I tire easier, my feet hurt… Continue reading Big Day
It has certainly not felt much like spring in the Pacific Northwest! With continuous rain since October (only three days without rain we are told), it is hard to accept spring has arrived. Yet, there have been a few days when the sun has peaked through. I felt it in the air today, sneaking a… Continue reading Ode to Spring…the Crocus…the Man
It has been three months now living with multiple myeloma. It definitely lit a fire in me. A fire to live life fully, be true to who I am and conquer this beast. I’ve been remarkably positive. Cancer not going to get me down. Until a sponsored ad came across my Facebook feed from Mayo… Continue reading What the Funk?
So much snow…the stillness and absolute quiet…the magic of morning enveloped in its beauty. Our little piece of heaven on earth! Patterns on the lake enchant me as a light snow falls on its frozen surface creating ribbons of movement in an otherwise still life. There is something about living near water. Each season its… Continue reading Still Life and Chemotherapy