Posts in category "cancer"

On being an adult orphan: closing a chapter in my life

It’s been a rough couple of weeks. My father passed away. We buried him on the 5th. We emptied his apartment yesterday. Worst thing ever. And now, I face the grim reality that I am an orphan. I don’t care that I am fifty six years old, I just know that I now have no... Read more »

My Father, my friend

My Father, my friend
Early in the morning hours of August 2nd, my father took his last breath. I was not there; I had planned to but God works in mysterious ways and perhaps he did not want me to be there for that. I had decided the night before to wait until morning – the hospice nurse had... Read more »

A normal day, a normal life

Right now I am sitting in a hotel room in Hartford, WI. I’ve been in my PJ’s since 6pm, working and entering orders on my computer from a busy work day. I drove around 175 miles today, listened to the audio CD of “Bossypants” by Tina Fey and went on two sales calls. I wrote... Read more »
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Choosing hope: when the s#*@t just doesn't stop hitting the fan

Choosing hope: when the s#*@t just doesn't stop hitting the fan
Hope. “To want something to happen or be true and think that it could happen or be true”. Webster’s definition. “Hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies”. Andy Dufresne, Shawshank Redemption. Hope, hope, hope. I live for it. I hold onto it as though it is... Read more »

Something old, something new: now I have no job for you

Something old, something new: now I have no job for you
Yesterday I went for a manicure. On the way there I started to think about all the things in life that have changed since I was a kid. Makes my head spin. Just going for a “no chip” manicure made me think about the “old days” when you simply went for a manicure. There was... Read more »

Life after cancer: tis the spring of my recovery

Life after cancer: tis the spring of my recovery
Ahhh spring. A warm breeze, a shining sun. A newly grown bunch of daffodils all yellow and bright. Lovely. It’s exciting to finally experience some nice weather after such a long, cold and awful winter. It’s particularly exciting when that winter was spent dealing with treatments, hair loss and surgeries. Ahhhh, spring. And now, life... Read more »
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Breast reconstruction, surgeries and the never ending stream of scars: enough already!

Breast reconstruction, surgeries and the never ending stream of scars: enough already!
Dear God, Hi. How ya doing? Good but super busy? I can only imagine. I know you have lots on your plate and that my request is maybe not high on your priority list but one can hope. Right? Can’t I? Hope is what this little journey  of mine has been all about. Tomorrow big... Read more »

Fear: The one thing I will not allow to take over my life, hard as it has been

Fear: The one thing I will not allow to take over my life, hard as it has been
Every month Chicagonow has what is called a “Blogapalooza”. We are given a topic and we have one hour to write about it. This month’s topic: ”Write about fear, or lack thereof, and the role it has played in any aspect of your life.”  What a perfect subject for me. In his first inaugural address President... Read more »

Donna Day 2014: Raising funds for pediatric cancer in honor of a very special girl

Donna Day 2014: Raising funds for pediatric cancer in honor of a very special girl
Back in 2011, the first year I started blogging for Chicagonow, I met Donna. I did not meet the in the flesh Donna, I met her through her Mother’s (Mary Tyler Mom of Chicagonow)  blog series. A thirty day chronicle of her extraordinary journey with pediatric cancer. A journey that ended in the worst possible way,... Read more »
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Writers block: I've got it. Bad.

Writers block: I've got it. Bad.
February will mark three years that I have been writing for Chicagonow. I have officially published 306 blogs in that time frame, so 102 per year. Given my work schedule and busy life I’m pretty satisfied with the number of pieces I’ve put out. However, in the past two weeks I have suffered from the... Read more »