Category: Life

Halloween is the worst day and happiest day of my life

Halloween has a different meaning for our family since 10/31/2012. It was the worst day and the best day of my life. On that day my son went through brain surgery to remove his cancerous brain tumor. The journey was tough in the beginning with complications and those memories will forever be etched in my... Read more »

Change is Scary: 4 Suggestions to make it Easier

The word “change” brings chills down the spine of many, including me. The truth is, without change, progress would be impossible whether in ones career, family life, or even one’s personal happiness.  Why is change so difficult? Intellectually we all know change is good, but not knowing all the possible outcomes of that change is far scarier... Read more »

President Donald Trump? Be careful what you wish for

I do not consider myself a Democrat or Republican—I vote for the candidate I feel is closest to how I believe government should run. I know there is no perfect candidate, I also understand that I cannot have everything I want. Sure, I would love to see our government pass everything that is important to... Read more »

The Best Birthday Present for my Grown Sons

I started a tradition last year that I hope others will follow. I came up with the idea when my children’s birthdays were approaching thinking of what present I would like to give them. My kids are not youngsters, they are adults in their mid and late twenties. I try to find birthday presents of... Read more »

Life changing moments can be positive if you let them

Everyone has had a moment in their life that has been life changing. Some people may say that they have had only one event, but not me, I have had several.  Maybe I look at life differently because I do not believe my life is much different than others. I also do not believe that... Read more »

Why I refuse to make New Year's resolutions

Welcome to the year 2015. Every new year many people come up with their New Year’s resolution(s) promising themselves that they will do some self improvement and/or something nice for mankind. I despise New Year’s resolutions and I refuse to make any and I hope you will join my no resolution bandwagon. Do not get... Read more »

I Will not Evict the Devil from my Shoulder

Sometimes I am my own worst enemy. I know I am not the only one that has said these words to themselves, however, I have thought these words more often than I would like to admit. You must be wondering what I have done. The answer is a very simple one, too much. You see I... Read more »

Whose lives have I touched? I want to have my Eulogy before I die

I was sitting in the synagogue waiting for the Rabbi to speak. My cousin passed away a few days earlier and today was her funeral. I looked around, so many people came to pay their respects. What was so amazing and touching was that most, including myself, came from across the country to be there. How... Read more »

Equality is for All

It’s blogapalooza. What does that mean, you ask? Once a month, ChicagoNow bloggers have one hour to create a post starting at 9 pm and all must publish at the same time at 10 pm. The topic this month was to write about a movie or a character that has affected me. Well, here I... Read more »

5 comments never to say to someone who's grieving

The phone rang. I had been home from the hospital a few hours and already people were calling. Hmm, did the surgeons insert a tracking device into me? I was finally home from the hospital after spending 4 days recovering and grieving from my surgery–I had part of my kidney removed due to kidney cancer. I... Read more »
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    I am a nurse practitioner who not only treats patients, but has had chronic illnesses including cancer so I understand how frustrating medicine can be. But through all this, I have never lost my sense of humor and my ability to make people laugh. I love to cook, and since becoming gluten-free a year ago, I have recipes for everyone's tastes whether it be healthy, decadent, vegetarian, or gluten-free. My philosophy is all about health, food, laughter and life!

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