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Cental Coast, California
In March 2012, at 35, I was diagnosed with invasive ductal breast cancer, Estrogen-, Progestorone-, Her2+. With a 4-year-old daughter, this is my journey to cancer-free and parenting with cancer.
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Thanks for the compliment & the edit, Angus! I appreciate both. :)
Toggle Commented 6 days ago on Checking For Vital Signs at I [Heart] My Life
Thank you to everyone who read my last post and sent their well-wishes for my dad and our family. It means so much to have the support and love coming our way right now. I'm afraid that we received additional bad news this week. The same day I posted my... Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2014 at I [Heart] My Life
A few weeks ago, my dad turned yellow. Really yellow. Like, goldenrod. His skin and the whites of his eyes. Everyone thought it was a medication he was on that was causing the jaundice. The medicine was changed, time passed, and still he was yellow as a manila mango. Next... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2014 at I [Heart] My Life
The other morning, while we were breakfast-ing and getting ready for school, out of nowhere Nia burst into tears. Between sobs she said she was worried that Santa would discover that she was a horribly naughty child and not bring her any presents. Misreading her fears (which were very literal,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 22, 2013 at I [Heart] My Life
A few nights ago, I watched my little girl teeter on the razor sharp edge of her own comfort zone. It was the night of her school's annual winter performance of Robin Hood. For weeks, the whole school had rehearsed, made costumes, painted props, memorized lines and sequences. Each day... Continue reading
Posted Dec 18, 2013 at I [Heart] My Life
I've been thinking a lot about the Princess and the Pea fairytale. And vampires. Together, in that order. I'll explain: For the past four weeks now, I've been experiencing a tenderness in my left rib cage, about an inch below my mastectomy scar. For most people, without a history of... Continue reading
Posted Oct 18, 2013 at I [Heart] My Life
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Posted Oct 5, 2013 at I [Heart] My Life
Author's note: I originally posted this last October, in the midst of "My Cancer Year." I was two months post-FEC chemo (which I call "the big chemo" because I continued to do Herceptin for six more months, but it was the FEC that knocked me on my butt). I was... Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2013 at I [Heart] My Life
"If you're going through hell, keep going." ~ Winston Churchill I woke up one day recently to discover that one of my hens was not herself. She had changed from a contented, clucking, yard-scratching, brown-egg laying, curious -- did I mention friendly? -- chicken to a feathers-standing-on-end, not wanting to... Continue reading
Posted Sep 26, 2013 at I [Heart] My Life
I can't believe a month has passed since I last wrote here. I didn't mean for so much time to pass. In case anyone was worried -- don't be. I'm fine. In fact, part of the reason I haven't been round here much lately is because I'm doing so well!... Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2013 at I [Heart] My Life
"Mama?" "Hmmm?" We were in the bathroom together, working through the end-of-the-day tasks: brushing teeth, getting in PJs. This final dance of the day -- me urging the tempo a bit faster, the finish line in sight -- her dragging it out, willing the time to extend just a bit... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2013 at I [Heart] My Life
I'm a sucker for basil. The smell alone is heavenly, but the taste... Picture this: a halved summer-ripe cherry tomato with a pinch of crunchy salt and a basil leaf draped over the top -- yep. If you need me, I'll be in the garden with the salt shaker... This... Continue reading
By this time next week, I will have attended not one, but two preschool graduations this year. Up until about six weeks ago "preschool" and "graduation" were not commonly -- if ever! -- linked in my vocabulary. And prior to having children up until about a year ago, I would... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2013 at I [Heart] My Life
We had a wager going that the whole procedure would be done in 30 minutes. As I lay on the gurney, my head propped to the left, a surgical-field paper falling across my right cheek, I had a perfect view of the minutes clicking by on the clock. I wasn't... Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2013 at I [Heart] My Life
Yesterday I read a great blog post called "Worst End of School Year Mom Ever." Jen Hatmaker writes about experiencing the exact opposite of the beginning of school enthusiasm. I can relate. Jen has five kids. I have one. In preschool. The fact that I can relate to this mother's... Continue reading
Posted May 31, 2013 at I [Heart] My Life
My latest lunch craze is avocado toasts -- simply avocado spread on toast and seasoned. Delicious! And I feel great when I eat them. Maybe because avocados are bursting with 25 essential nutrients, including vitamins A, B, C, E, & K, copper, iron, phosporus, magnesium, and potassium. Avocados also contain... Continue reading
I never thought I'd be writing about Angelina Jolie on my blog. Beyond us both being mothers, there are few people I have less in common with than the actress. But after her announcement this week that she had a proactive double mastectomy to avoid the breast cancer that killed... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2013 at I [Heart] My Life
I got fake boobs on Friday. Actually, it was just one fake boob. Foob I've dubbed it. (Or "shoob" seeing as how it is actually a second-hand boob, but more on that later.) The fact that I only needed one contributed to my decision to go with a prosthetic; I... Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2013 at I [Heart] My Life
I mentioned on Facebook on Friday that I needed to try out a recipe this weekend. Nia has requested lemon cake for her birthday next month and lemon cake is not in my repertoire. That is, till now. This cake, adapted from Molly Wizenburg's always-a-sure-bet A Homemade Life, was moist... Continue reading
Posted Apr 21, 2013 at I [Heart] My Life
You know you should really get out there and do something this weekend, but what? Here's a little inspiration for you. (These are perfect for pinning to your Pinterest for later inspiration, too!) My daughter loves to climb right now, especially hillsides & rocks. These rocks were especially fun for... Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2013 at I [Heart] My Life
Here is my suggestion for a de-stressing your weekend (we had enough of that ole ball and chain this week, didn't we?): Turn off the TV. Go outside. Eat a salad. This week I have been literally craving the salad I'm going to tell you about today. I woke up... Continue reading
I was recently eavesdropping on a conversation between two friends via Facebook (like we all do now, right?). They were talking about popcorn. One mentioned trying coconut oil & nutritional yeast to flavor her popcorn. My ears pricked up. Coconut oil talk seems to be everywhere these days -- and... Continue reading
Today we have the second part to yesterday's guest post from my brother, Kyle, who is both a tremendous writer (The Birds and the Bees) but also a bee-keeping hobbyist in Montana. Kyle is here this week to answer some questions about beekeeping -- and to ignite the fires of... Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2013 at I [Heart] My Life
It is with great joy I bring you a guest post today (my first ever!). This comes from my brother, Kyle, who is both a tremendous writer (The Birds and the Bees) but also a bee-keeping hobbyist in Montana. I know many of my friends are interested in learning how... Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2013 at I [Heart] My Life
I went to sleep in Santa Cruz last night and woke up in Montana! Just kidding. Sorta. I'm actually just there virtually, guest blogging at The Birds and the Bees. It is an awe-inspiring urban homesteading blog hosted by my brother and sister-in-law, Kyle and Whitney. They write about gardening,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2013 at I [Heart] My Life