Nazis and Brain Cancer- A Waiting Game

Nazis and Brain Cancer- A Waiting Game
My husband had a seizure on Friday night. He was driving, halfway between Chicago and Ann Arbor, MI, alone. He was able to pull to the side of the freeway, and I was able to get family to collect him and drive him to me, where I was waiting, three hours away. It could mean... Read more »

What I've Learned From 10 Years of Brain Cancer

What I've Learned From 10 Years of Brain Cancer
Ten years ago, at this moment, I was meeting my brand new fiancé for lunch, to pick out an engagement ring. He had *meant* to get one before popping the question, but he was never the best planner. So we went together on his lunch break and picked out a gorgeous ring with a lovely... Read more »

On Burnout, and Gratitude

On Burnout, and Gratitude
What I want to write is a wrap-up of my BlogHer17 trip, the friends I made, the blogs you should follow immediately, the lessons I’ve learned… but I can’t just now. I was up all night being sick, and before I could even put clothes on again yesterday morning I was on the phone, talking fundraisers,... Read more »
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A Feminist Mom on a Date with King Liz

A Feminist Mom on a Date with King Liz
On Thursday, M and I went to see a show at the Windy City Playhouse*- King Liz. King Liz is a play (something I love) ostensibly about basketball (something M loves) and feminism (something we both care about deeply). It seemed like a slam dunk of a date night, if you’ll pardon the pun. The question as to... Read more »

How Living With Brain Cancer is like Living on A Volcano

How Living With Brain Cancer is like Living on A Volcano
Yesterday was our ninth wedding anniversary. It was a perfect evening. We drank our way across downtown, went to a stand up show, and returned to a hotel room where I’d put champagne on ice with a box of macarons. It was the kind of date every parent of small kids dreams about, a truly... Read more »

Pretending: A Motherhood Story

Pretending: A Motherhood Story
A few weeks ago, I was profoundly honored to be a member of the final cast of Listen To Your Mother, a storytelling on stage series Chicago has joined in with for the last six years. This was my second time on the LTYM stage, and it was as humbling and beautiful as my first.... Read more »
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Standing Up For My Family

Standing Up For My Family
Two days ago, I stood in front of my Congressman’s office and spoke about what the AHCA means for my family.   Part of me wants to pause right here and make excuses for my appearance. For not being thin enough, or pretty enough, or whatever it is I think I must be to be... Read more »

My Congressman Voted to Kill My Family

My Congressman Voted to Kill My Family
Just a few minutes ago, it happened. The House of Representatives voted to deny coverage to my family. To my husband, who has brain cancer and the audacity to survive. To my 7yo daughter, who has asthma. To my 4yo daughter, with a congenital spinal defect. To me, for having been raped, among other things. More... Read more »

Begging My Congressman For My Family's Lives

Begging My Congressman For My Family's Lives
It seems impossibly cruel, and yet, this is the life I currently live. One where, by hook or by crook, by any means accessible, I have to find a way to literally beg my Congressman not to kill my family. Let me take a step back. Almost ten years ago, my life turned upside down. In... Read more »
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Oral History of the New Colossus

Oral History of the New Colossus
Last month, I was honored to be a featured poet at a local Poets in Resistance event. Below is the transcript of the poem I read for the crowd. Please enjoy. Oral History of the New Colossus 1. I come from a people of wandering, Of desert paths swept clean of footprints by thousand year... Read more »