- Spokane, Washington, USA
- September 04
- Dipping my foot in the ocean. Taking a chance.
"And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom."
~Anais Nin *Cast of Characters: Mindi, The Momcologist ~ Larry, The Dad ~ Curtis, OffSpring, Age 13 ~ AnnMarie, OffSpring, Age 10 ~ Gregory, OffSpring, Cancer Warrior, Age 7*
MY RECENT POSTS
- Survivorship ain't all that
and a bag o' chips.
November 27, 2012 03:42PM
- Blood Letting
November 01, 2012 03:01AM
- How COULD I forget?
September 22, 2012 10:56AM
- Magic and Miracles
September 20, 2012 02:31AM
- What can YOU do to support
September 01, 2012 03:24AM
MY RECENT COMMENTS
- “Darn it! When did OS
quit notification of comments?
November 28, 2012 01:28AM
- “Thanks, Maureen. My one
wish is for people to actually
take a moment, and
September 23, 2012 01:34PM
- “LL2~ Kind of crazy,
isn't it? I will certainly be
more. If you are FB,
August 08, 2012 12:49AM
Thanks, my dear. I'm not built
to do it any other
July 10, 2011 01:04AM
- “RS~ Thank you, my dear.
There is something very acute
May 30, 2011 06:07PM
- MY LINKS
It's been a bizarre 24 hours.
Not long after dropping off The OffSpring at school yesterday, I get a phone call from the school nurse at Gregory and AnnMarie's school. She and I have a long history and I love receiving calls from her. Yesterday was different.
She was calling to give me… Read full post »
This is what writing has come to mean for me. Yes, I write for posterity. Yes, I write…
When Gregory was well enough after transplant for us to return HomeHome, we came back to the Spokane area and moved into our family's Water Retreat. Around eight months post transplant, I was having a conversation with a friend of mine. I hesitate to share these next words. They are so… Read full post »
The sun is hot in the mid-afternoon Indian Summer day. He steps out of his classroom, shakes his teacher's hand farewell and stops at the top of the stoop. Scanning the sea of parents faces. Searching for me. Searching for his touchstone. I stand there and wait. It kills me to… Read full post »
Today is Saturday, September 1, 2012. Today begins the fast and
furious 30 days of National Childhood Cancer Awareness month in the
We, the childhood cancer community, have been furiously preparing for these brief 30 days. During this 30 day period, we will be advocating our buns off t… Read full post »
The pull to the keyboard is ferocious. I find myself sitting before this screen constantly. Then I loose focus. My thoughts clamor for attention. "Get me out! Turn me into black and white type!" I am desperately trying to commit to sitting here, frequently, until I can find some order in… Read full post »
I've been hoarding these moments and memories. Knowing, with such a certainty, that I cannot do the evening justice. Knowing that these black and white words cannot even begin to convey what my heart felt that night. In the spirit of posterity, I will try my best. With the understanding that… Read full post »
Even just though just a few days have passed, I am having a hard time remembering the details. I should have been writing as I went, but there was just too much going on and I wanted to 'live in the moment' as much as humanly possible.
It's currently 11:15pm, the evening of Saturday, April 28. Daddy is sawing logs and The OffSpring are spending the night… Read full post »
There is so much to share. I have been struggling with sitting before this screen. Needing to be present for so many different things, yet wanting to record every last bit.
This has been an amazing summer. Gregory has successfully (so far) discontinued his steroids and Rapamune. He is no… Read full post »
46 Mommas to Shave Their Heads to Raise Awareness for Childhood Cancer
“Writing is a socially acceptable form of schizophrenia.” —E.L. Doctorow
Boy am I feeling that, right now. So much has happened over the last several weeks. So much to process. This is what happens when I need to write, don't feel like writing, avoid writing....then it piles up behi… Read full post »
Nine years ago, Curtis began is sojourn through education in a classroom of peers.
I couldn't find a picture from Fall of '02. This is Fall of '03. He's 4 years old.
To say that he has "....come a long way, baby!" would be… Read full post »
Here it is. My reading from Listen to Your Mother Spokane.
All of the videos can be found here
So. This is the point where I should be doing a post-clinic
visit re-cap. Just have not been feeling it, lately. It seems like
I spout the same information, use the same disclaimers (over and
over and over) and continue to cross my fingers.
Except with this clinic… Read full post »
You cannot tell someone, in the pit of despair that it will get better. Well, you could. It wouldn't do you any good.
I've been in that pit of despair. I've dwelt there for entirely longer than I'd like to admit. So deep that I could not imagine… Read full post »
I have officially kicked off my 46 Mommas fundraising campaign. Copy of my first email.
It's been ages since I have talked to many of you. My life was permanently derailed. As you are already aware, just over two years ago, our youngest OffSpring, Gregory,… Read full post »
What YOU need to know about Childhood Cancer Research Funding. From the fabulous People Against Childhood Cancer (PAC2)
Prior to Fathers Day 2007, I h… Read full post »
I cannot put into words what I just experienced.
Twelve women, all mothers, mostly strangers. Except in this town, there is only degree of separation between all of us.
We are all writers. We are all reading for Spokane's production of Listen To Your Mother. We are all baring our souls… Read full post »
Gregory has continued to battle with this head cold he has. Coughing, sniffing, really bad sore throat. No fevers. His temp is slightly…