Tagged with Brain Tumor

Lasting Reminder Of Our Touch

Lasting Reminder Of Our Touch

Each of our fingerprints are unique. Personal mini artworks we leave behind as lasting, important markings and reminders of who we are. I’ve had the privilege this past year to re-connect with another college friend.  It’s been amazing to catch up and summarize what’s happened in our lives over the past 17 years since we … Continue reading

Shades of Grey

Shades of Grey

Just in case you missed the news, May is Brain Tumor Awareness month. Like other patients facing cancers, horrid and catastrophic diseases who have months of awareness, the brain tumor community has carved out our own 31 days on the schedule too. So here we are… May 1, 2012. 30 more days to go. Rather than spending a month spewing out facts, figures, emerging research and statistics, I’d … Continue reading

Better Or Worse. Same Or Different

Better Or Worse. Same Or Different

A kiss last week. Just a kiss in the kitchen. Nothing more and nothing less. While the boys pretended to vomit and laugh, they watched Paul and I in a moment we’ve repeated thousands of times throughout our relationship.    However, it was the first time I’d ever paused to consider what, if anything, was … Continue reading

Survivor Of Life

Survivor Of Life

People call me a survivor and they do so for all the wrong reasons.   It drives me crazy. Bat-shit crazy.   No one ever called me a survivor until I got a brain tumor. Suddenly, I have a brain tumor, crappy pathology, an undesirable diagnosis, I’m still alive and BOOM!… Now I’m a survivor!   Ding, Ding, … Continue reading

Owning It

I figure if I had the audacity back in November to proclaim that I was going to train and actually run a half marathon, I should go ahead and come clean that I’m not. I tried. I really did. I followed a schedule. I was making progress and I was ticking off those miles. I … Continue reading

The 17-Year-Old Assignment

The 17-Year-Old Assignment

You’d think after 17 years, a question and assignment from a college professor shouldn’t feel so fresh and haunting. Yet, it does. The reason why has changed significantly over the years as has my perspective on his assignment.    Two months into a black and white photography class, sitting around a dingy studio table with all our … Continue reading

The Legacy

In a recent on camera interview I was posed a question I never saw coming. As the words came out, one by one, forming the sentence and posing the question, the hair on the back of my neck rose. My pulse quickened and my chest got tight. Shit! I thought. Fight. Fight back the tears.  … Continue reading

Broken is Beautiful

Broken is Beautiful

I saw him sitting on the stairs, messing around with his brother and I grabbed my camera. Moans, groans and “Quit taking pictures MOM!” were audible as I came down the hall. I assured them it was not their faces I was interested in and they lost interest in what I was doing. I took … Continue reading

Waiting Games

We’re all waiting for something. Whether banal or earth shattering, each something we wait for means something meaningful to each of us.   If there’s one thing I’ve learned writing this blog, it’s that while I write for me and my family, I’ve come to appreciate that what I write affects others. If I’m feeling something, … Continue reading

Patience and Perseverance

Patience and Perseverance

It had been three years. Three years that felt like three minutes once she walked in the door. Our lives have changed dramatically and the challenges we face have grown exponentially in the years since we were last together.  Yet the beauty of our friendship has continued to shine through the years and the distance. … Continue reading

My Simple New Year Wish

My Simple New Year Wish

We closed the door on another year and suffice to say, 2011 was momentous. Much of our lives were played out here in the blog. Open, raw, humorous and honest, I shared a lot. 72 posts were published in 2011 bringing the count of archive posts to 255. 255 posts taken from a Word document, … Continue reading

The Unexpected Gift

The Unexpected Gift

My father stopped over yesterday for a late afternoon visit. He kept me company on my afternoon carpool run, took in some snuggle time with Harper, stayed for dinner and entertained the boys with brain teaser games. He arrived carrying a frame. Clearly excited to give it to me, he insisted that he share the story about it before letting me … Continue reading

Living My Mantra: Slow And Steady Wins The Race

Generally operating as an attack at 100 miles an hour type, I’d rarely approached anything slow and steady until the early days after my surgery in 2008.  However, there’s nothing like facing recovery after brain surgery, working to clear the cobwebs and getting cognitive functioning back on track, to drive home the reality and importance of slow … Continue reading