Everything Happens for an Opportunity

Everything Happens for an Opportunity

I was taking an exercise class the other day and the teacher (Jess Sims, love) ranted about how crappy it is to say “everything happens for a reason” to someone who’s struggling. “There’s just no good reason for some things…

A New ROS1der FUNdraiser: Intro to the Zentangle Method

A New ROS1der FUNdraiser: Intro to the Zentangle Method

Hello – long time, no blog/chat. Got a little distracted with … attempting to merge with my couch? I’ve been pondering a longer “deep thoughts” blog, but my pandemic brain is not cooperating with actual writing. In the meantime, I…

The Surprising Sign That My Cancer Diagnosis Doesn't Define Me Anymore

The Surprising Sign That My Cancer Diagnosis Doesn’t Define Me Anymore

Every few weeks, Facebook shows me a “FB memory” of something I posted previously. Whenever this happens, I immediately classify the memory as either “BCD” (before cancer diagnosis), or “ACD.” Today, for the very first time, a memory popped up,…

Update #21 - Life’s Unpredictable Beauty and Tragedy

Update #21 – Life’s Unpredictable Beauty and Tragedy

In 2014, when I was diagnosed, my son was in 5th grade and my ambitious goal was to live to see him graduate elementary school. Next year he is set to graduate high school (zoinks!). In the meantime, countless people…

Do you feel lucky?

Do you feel lucky?

Last week I discovered that some rats had claimed my backyard daybed as their personal restroom. Initially horrified, I avoided it for several days. Finally, armed with gloves, a pressure hose and a lot of bleach, I began the task…

Tales from Isolation: Day 20/Update #20

Tales from Isolation: Day 20/Update #20

I have been isolating with my family since March 11. Today is day 20, the “Clean the vacuum HEPA filters day,” a day which I have never before reached in my 47+ years on this planet. It is also the…

Dualities: Truth & Hope (Update 19)

Dualities: Truth & Hope (Update 19)

I’ve written about living in two worlds before. It’s a continual struggle of mine. Please indulge me as I publicly process some more, in the hope that it might help others contemplating these existential questions, too. As I’ve mentioned many…

Lung Cancer Awareness Month - Link Love

Lung Cancer Awareness Month – Link Love

Today is the last day of Lung Cancer Awareness Month for 2019. I have neglected to blog about it this year, I think I never quite recovered from posting a memorial per day for every day in November back in…

A Light for Marisa

A Light for Marisa

When one of my friends is nearing the end, I shift into a dualistic state of being. Even as I go on with my daily life, I think of that person constantly, checking in, touching base with common friends who…

The Positivity Paradox (Update #18)

The Positivity Paradox (Update #18)

  In the last few months it feels like I’ve shifted into a new phase of life with a Stage IV lung cancer diagnosis. In September, I surpassed 5 years on a medication that has a median effective time of…