Angels Among Us

Warning: this post will make you smile and it may make you cry. I'd like to share an encounter I had as my heart was beginning to fail. I was headed to a cardiology appointment one January day. I parked the car, hopped out, locked the doors and headed towards the medical complex. I made … Continue reading Angels Among Us

When the Heart Fails

In February 2008 within the confines of the 4 walls of an exam room and a 20-minute not even 8 weeks after my valve surgery, my husband and I were told that my heart was failing. An encounter etched in my memory forever; an encounter characterized by shared disappointment and genuine compassion. After delivering this … Continue reading When the Heart Fails

Heart Failure: the Backstory

In reviewing my posts, I realized that there isn't a post explaining why at 38-years of age my heart failed, and ultimately, died. So, here's the bullet point backstory: 1978: diagnose with Ewing's sarcoma, a soft tissue cancer; I was 8- years-old in the third grade My parents were not given much hope that I … Continue reading Heart Failure: the Backstory

Giving Voice to Trauma

"Hiding your core feelings takes an enormous amount of energy, it saps your motivation to pursue worthwhile goals, and it leaves you feeling bored and shut down." The Body Keeps the Score ~Bessel Van der Kolk, MD By way of background for those who likely don't know my story, I was diagnosed and successfully treated for … Continue reading Giving Voice to Trauma

Why I blog

It's been a while since I reflected on WHY I blog; I've had some time on my hands of late recovering from a 'bout of 'should-have-gone-to-the-hospital' pneumonia, so I thought I'd share my reasons for blogging. I blog for a few reasons: to infuse hope, light into places of despair, darkness to educate, equip, and … Continue reading Why I blog

Cancer: 10 Things You Can Do to Help

Being diagnosed with cancer shakes even the strongest individuals to the core as uncertainty is immediately injected in one's world and life will never be the same. Your life becomes divided between B.C. and A.C. (Before Cancer and After Cancer). There are, however, things you, family, friends, and friends of friends can do to make … Continue reading Cancer: 10 Things You Can Do to Help

Limits, Boundary Lines

I am human; therefore, I get frustrated, disappointed, angry. Today, I was a little bit of all 3 as I set out to plan a day of ziplining for me and my beloved when we are in Maui this summer celebrating 25 years of the thick and thin that is marriage. Haleakala, Kaanapali, oh my: … Continue reading Limits, Boundary Lines