One year.

October 6, 2012.  Today is the official culmination of my project:  one year in the life of a survivor.  One year in the course of a life.  I decided I would look back at my first post from a year ago. I wanted to see if what I said then still rang true for me … Continue reading


I have loved photography my entire life.  I remember my first camera.  It was hot pink.  And I mean HOT pink (none of this pastel pink business).  I would wind the little dial, take a picture, and quickly wind the dial again, getting it ready for the next picture.  I have a little stack of pictures … Continue reading


I read the most beautiful post today,”The Mom Stays in the Picture”, by Allison Tate.  The first time I read it, it made me cry.  Oh, and the second time I read it, I cried again.  Tate comments on the importance of getting in the picture with our children.  In this digital age, we are … Continue reading


“Keep your face to the sunshine so you cannot see the shadow.” — Helen Keller When I was seventeen years old, I chose this quote as my senior quote in high school.  Did every school have senior quotes in its yearbook?  I don’t know, but we did.  I liked this quote, and it sounded pretty … Continue reading


Because without the bitter, baby, the sweet ain’t as sweet. — Brian Shelby, Vanilla Sky I was watching Vanilla Sky this past weekend.  One of the main characters, Brian (played by Jason Lee) kept talking about how one had to experience the bitter in life to appreciate the sweet.  If you have seen this movie, … Continue reading


Someone taught me how important it is to self-narrate a moment.  I don’t mean aloud like a narrator in a play, although that could be very interesting, and possibly entertaining for folks watching.  No, I mean being aware of the good that is happening, right this second.  I was thinking about this a lot the … Continue reading

When I’m 102…

Such a sweet article.  What a lovely, long life.  I can only hope to be so happy at 102.|utmccn=(direct)|utmcmd=(none)&__utmv=14933801.|8=Earned%20By=msnbc%7Ccover=1^12=Landing%20Content=Mixed=1^^30=Visit%20Type%20to%20Content=Earned%20to%20Mixed=1&__utmk=76601749

A-ha Moment.

I was thinking about my project.  One year in the life of a cancer survivor.  I thought about last fall when it started, and how I had a plan for my project and a general outline of where I wanted it to go.  And, wouldn’t you know it, life didn’t exactly go as expected.  As … Continue reading

Whole Living’s 50 Ways to Stand Up to Cancer.

Today I was checking in on one of my favorite new online places, Whole Living.  The first thing that caught my eye was their new digital issue called 50 Ways to Stand Up to Cancer.   Tagline: Recipes, tips and stress reducing strategies for great health everyday.  Whaaat?  Impressing me with their content yet again, I … Continue reading

Grand Adventure.

I have been trying to take my own advice and live in the moment.  Now, live in the moment doesn’t necessarily mean embarking on grand adventures, or living spontaneously on the fly.  For me, living in the moment is trying to pay attention to what is happening right this second.  I am a thinker, a … Continue reading