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Celebrating the Ordinary — Day 5

Posted on: August 30th, 2012 by
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About six years ago, I fell in love -- with the Mandarin language.

My aunt, knowing I would someday go to China to adopt my baby girl, gave me a present: a CD with 10 Mandarin lessons, hoping that I could say simple things like "hello" and "goodbye" when in China. I happen to Continue reading the story "Celebrating the Ordinary — Day 5"

Celebrating the Ordinary — Day 4

Posted on: August 29th, 2012 by
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This week-long challenge from Marie's Journeying Beyond Breast Cancer has helped me immensely -- I now stop to appreciate so many of life's gifts, seeing the ordinary as rather extraordinary. 

I took today's pictures on my walk this morning. 

I find Continue reading the story "Celebrating the Ordinary — Day 4"

Celebrating the Ordinary — Day 3

Posted on: August 28th, 2012 by
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I would be remiss if I didn't mention the other significant being in my household -- my cat Hemi. I adopted him a few years ago as a rescue cat, wanting a companion for my other kitty Cosette. It wasn't exactly love at first sight (mostly on Cosette's end), but Continue reading the story "Celebrating the Ordinary — Day 3"

Celebrating the Ordinary — Day 2

Posted on: August 27th, 2012 by
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Today's post is designed to celebrate another family member -- my cat Cosette.

She is beyond special to me. I adopted her from a shelter the day after my breast cancer diagnosis. She innately understood the sorrow and anguish I was feeling and approached me, sticking her paw out of the cage Continue reading the story "Celebrating the Ordinary — Day 2"

Celebrating the Ordinary — Day One

Posted on: August 27th, 2012 by
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Marie at Journeying Beyond Breast Cancer has challenged us bloggers to a fun, exciting assignment: to post one picture each day for a week that illustrates our celebration of the ordinary in our lives. 

I love Marie's challenges, and I am embracing this one with a sense of awe and Continue reading the story "Celebrating the Ordinary — Day One"

The Straw That Broke This Camel’s Back

Posted on: August 13th, 2012 by
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After a two-month self-imposed blogosphere exile, I'm coming clean. 

Over the last couple of months, I've been dealing with yet another scare that's left me feeling like a James Bond drink: shaken, not stirred. And as if a Continue reading the story "The Straw That Broke This Camel’s Back"

The Burden of Survivorship

Posted on: June 18th, 2012 by
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My oil painting: "Survivorship"
I'm a breast cancer "survivor," whatever that means.  But I'm still waiting --Continue reading the story "The Burden of Survivorship"

The Great Cover-Up

Posted on: September 1st, 2011 by
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I'm writing a book titled Calling the Shots: Coaching Your Way Through the Medical System. Please feel free to subscribe to this blog by clicking the orange subscribe button. I am a professional writer and have published numerous academic and magazine articles, as well as an essay on my breast cancer experience in the anthology Voices of Breast Cancer by LaChance Continue reading the story "The Great Cover-Up"

Publisher Seeking Breast Cancer Story Submissions

Posted on: November 3rd, 2010 by
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Call for Submissions:

Voices of Breast Cancer, Volume Two


LaChance Publishing is seeking true, first-hand stories of literary merit for Volume 2 of its acclaimed Voices of Breast Cancer anthology. If you or someone you know has had breast cancer and wish to share your heartfelt, Continue reading the story "Publisher Seeking Breast Cancer Story Submissions"

Michigan Survey Shows Need for Health Care Reform

Posted on: March 12th, 2010 by
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The news has been inundated with health care reform happenings. Obama is trying to put these reforms through -- despite harsh criticism that such reforms would result in the US becoming a socialist or communist country.

To these critics, I say hogwash.