COVID-19: Survivor, Shelter in Place and Keep your Distance

A few days ago, I wrote about COVID-19 and the ‘Vulnerables’. Long term survivor of childhood cancer, adolescent cancer, and young adult cancer, it is ESSENTIAL to our wellness that we ’shelter in place' AND master the fine art of ’social distancing’.I'd like to emphasize once again the need for calm to prevail in response … Continue reading COVID-19: Survivor, Shelter in Place and Keep your Distance

Vulnerability and a Globetrotting Virus

There is nothing quite like a globetrotting virus completely unknown to the human body and invisible to the naked eye to evoke feelings of exposure, vulnerability, uncertainty, anxiety, and fear of the unknown. Am I right, or am I am right? I know I am not alone in sitting with these feelings because I understand … Continue reading Vulnerability and a Globetrotting Virus

COVID-19 and the ‘Vulnerables’

Let me say that while there is a critical need for all of us to remain calm as we seek to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and to preserve, to restore the health and safety of ourselves, our families, our communities, our nation, and yes, the world, there is a corresponding responsibility for each of … Continue reading COVID-19 and the ‘Vulnerables’

Heart Transplant and Loss

Well, I have a post entitled, 'Hibernation: Kidding, Kind of', almost ready to publish; however, this week has not resembled what it looked like on my calendar. In fact, the only thing that remained on the calendar this week was my husband traveling to NYC on business; everything else, and I do mean everything, became … Continue reading Heart Transplant and Loss

In the Arena: This Day, Every Day

Without a doubt, one of my favorite speeches, the 'Man in the Arena' speech, was delivered by Theodore Roosevelt on April 23, 1910, at the Sorbonne in Paris, France. While I have many thoughts about September as it draws to a close today, I am choosing to use Roosevelt's words instead of my own. "It … Continue reading In the Arena: This Day, Every Day

Survivorship Awareness AND Action Ribbon: What Color?!

As the end of September quickly approaches, I find myself wondering if there were a survivorship awareness AND action ribbon, what color would it be?! I've said it before, and I'll say it again: the greatest threat to our health and wellbeing is our lack of knowledge regarding our risk for potential late [side] effects … Continue reading Survivorship Awareness AND Action Ribbon: What Color?!

Strong, but Exhausted

I received a text message today from a young adult survivor of Hodgkin's Disease that I met years ago when I spoke at a conference on cardiac late effects. He became a friend-faithful. His text read, "Steph, I just wanted to tell you how proud I am of how strong you are and the difference … Continue reading Strong, but Exhausted


So, I have had an unsettling month. As most of you know, I lost 2 members of my extended family within 12 days last month, and I am starting into September with an empty cup on the one hand and a passion-filled heart on the other. From my heart, It's unsettling to me that there … Continue reading Unsettling

Grief and Loss

"Loss is a jagged pill, and grief, a constant companion in varying degrees." Stephanie D. Zimmerman My last post was ~2 weeks ago in response to the death of my cousin, Sherry. This past Sunday, I learned that my uncle Red married 50+ years to my aunt Jeanie, who passed away 2 years ago, had … Continue reading Grief and Loss


Someone I loved very much died yesterday, and I am griefshot within. Her smile was captivating, infectious; her personality, effervescent. I'll miss her smile. She was a godly woman; she loved Jesus fiercely, faithfully filling her cup with Him each morning, then walking and talking with Him throughout the day giving thanks each night. I … Continue reading Griefshot