I am Listening.

When I started writing this blog last fall, I had a few different things in mind for what I wanted to accomplish.  I hoped that it would help others who may be on their own journey with cancer, whether as a person going through cancer, as a survivor who had already been there, or for … Continue reading

Well-played, Martha.

One of my favorite mantras is live in the now.  Granted, I typically hear it run through my head in Mike Myers’ voice as Wayne in Wayne’s World, but the power of the words is still the same….  Live in the now.  (side note: that movie is unexpectedly filled with many of my very favorite … Continue reading


I have spent the last few weeks watching the Olympics.  The skill level of these events always blows me away.  The gymnasts, in particular, make the whole thing look so easy.  I watch these people on the balance beam.  They make it look so easy.  Jumps, flips, dance moves and even jazz hands — all of these … Continue reading


My apologies.  I was away on family vacation.  Ah, summer.  Such a different schedule and tone of life.  The only real plan on the books is swimming lessons for the boys, and other than that, we are just floating around, deciding what we want to do next.  I love the non-urgency of it all, however it … Continue reading


“At some point, you gotta let go, and sit still, and allow contentment to come to you.” Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love


“When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down ‘happy’. They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life.” … Continue reading


I took a break.  An intentional break.  I took a step back, paused, and thought about what I needed in this space right now.  I don’t know if it is just me, but recently I am feeling the tentacles of cancer slithering everywhere.  These tentacles are reaching out and grabbing at people in my life. … Continue reading


It has been a beautiful summer.  The skies have been clear.  It has been hot, but lovely.  Perfect, blue summer.  Yesterday it rained.  It was gloomy.  The skies were gray.  It was hot as could be, and the oppressive heat was sealed in with a thick coat of humidity.  It was unlike any day we … Continue reading


Thanksgiving.  A time for celebration, and gathering with family.   Being thankful.  Saying thank you.  When I think of the Thanksgiving of the year that I had cancer, it makes me smile a little heartbroken smile.   I remember it so well. It was two weeks after the end of radiation.  I still had weeks to go until my … Continue reading