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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

Unsettling

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

Griefshot

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

Late Effects: Anxiety, Depression, & PTSD

Today, I am attempting my first EVER Facebook LIVE with a closed group Surviving Survivorship that I recently created in an effort to raise awareness regarding late effects of cancer treatment months, years, even decades out from the end of treatment. If you are an adult survivor of cancer diagnosed from birth up to 39 … Continue reading Late Effects: Anxiety, Depression, & PTSD

every day, many times a day kind of hugs

From the archives of my password-protected personal blogs: You may or may not be familiar with Gary Chapman's love language books. If you are not and you are a parent, I highly recommend them to you. I currently refer to The 5 Love Languages of Teens: The Secret to Loving Teenagers Effectively given that our … Continue reading every day, many times a day kind of hugs

Remnant of my Heart

There is a phenomenon that comes with amputation called phantom pain. The pain is rooted in the body's nervous system, the body's memory of the amputated limb or heart as in my case. My body 'thinks' that my heart is still there even though it isn't. This phantom pain is not so much pain as … Continue reading Remnant of my Heart