Last week, I participated in a #patientchat Twitter chat centered on what having a “quality of life” means to each of the participants. And that got me thinking about what constitutes a good life. For me, quality of life is defined by self-love and self-care. Of course, carving out a quality life is an … Continue reading the story "Self-Love, Self-Care"
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It feels like it happened yesterday, but today is the 14th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on American soil. That day, people went to work and got on planes, unaware this day would be their last one. Like many, I use this day to reflect about the event -- and this gives me pause to think about what I’m grateful for. So without further ado, … Continue reading the story "10 Things I’m Grateful For"
Dear Arielle’s Birth Mom: I wish with all my heart that you could read this letter. Here in the United States, we are soon celebrating a holiday known as Thanksgiving. It involves friends and family getting together over a bountiful meal to celebrate all we are thankful for. It is my favorite holiday because it focuses on gratitude. And I am so grateful to you for giving … Continue reading the story "A Thanksgiving Letter"
Here in the US, Mother’s Day is right around the corner, Sunday to be exact. I will be celebrating my fourth Mother’s Day. Has it really been four years already? Time seems to have gotten away from me. What happened to my superpower of slowing down time? Once a year, I celebrate Mother’s Day by sending and receiving flowers. Once a year I’m treated to … Continue reading the story "Mother’s Day 2014"
This week, Marie of Journeying Beyond Breast Cancer has set the following writing prompt for Mojo Monday, “If you had to teach something, what would you teach?” I know it’s no longer Monday, but I want to take on this challenge nonetheless. This particular prompt interests me because, as it turns out, I am a teacher by trade and by choice. I enjoy watching students … Continue reading the story "Teaching Life Lessons"
As many of my readers know, my mom had a recent medical scare. A mammogram had revealed an abnormality, but an ultrasound ruled out a malignancy. As I said in a previous post, “benign” is becoming my favorite word. I thank everyone in cyberspace for their support and prayers. The collective support of this fabulous online community buoyed me up when I was down. While I … Continue reading the story "Benign!"
I always come up with my next-year goals in November (I’m not sure why), and I’m particularly good at following through with them because they are tangible and not specific. Rather than having a goal to write a page a day for 365 days, for example, I have a goal to have fun with my writing. It seems the latter is more realistic -- although … Continue reading the story "Enter 2014: It’s All About the Mind"
It’s amazing how fast things change. In my area of the US, leaves turn a vast array of colors seemingly overnight. And it’s getting pretty chilly pretty fast. As the seasons change, so has my daughter, who’s been in kindergarten for only two months now. A lot can happen in a couple of months. Due to the heavy homework load and her initial tantrums, I’d strongly … Continue reading the story "Teacher Love"
This post is not about seeing breast cancer as a positive experience. Nor is this post about seeing cancer as a gift. Breast cancer is a horrific experience. Breast cancer is no gift. Okay, now that I got that out of the way, I’ve been thinking lately about how rich my life has become since diagnosis. Prior to cancer, I took life for granted and settled for an … Continue reading the story "10 Great Things That Happened to Me Since Diagnosis"
Arielle and her classmates are heading for kindergarten. But for now, they are participating in their pre-K graduation ceremony. Amid applause, they head toward their seats that face the audience of their biggest fans – their loved ones. As I watch the ceremony, my eyes fill with sad-happy awe. My eyes brim with sadness, as I know these very special children – whom Ari has known since … Continue reading the story "Graduation Day"