Cancer Graduation Day

It finally came. The day I've been looking forward to for 10 years. I went to see my oncologist yesterday and she said, "Congratulations. You have graduated from oncology." Oncology -- the study and treatment of tumors. The field of medicine that is devoted to cancer. About a month ago I went to the breast surgeon's office and she said, "You don't need to come back anymore unless it gives you peace of mind to keep coming." No thank you, I told her, I will not be back. I am done with … [Read more...]

Family Friends

After a busy, laughter-filled Thanksgiving week, I sit in a quiet beach house listening to the clock tick, the ceiling fan spin, and the ocean waves rhythmically, consistently roll in over the sand and back out into the water again And I remember… Only a few days ago, this house was filled with people busily baking pies, basting turkeys, and tying gold ribbons around napkins for a beautiful holiday table. The house was full of happy people working together to create another memorable … [Read more...]

Friendship 101

Meet my friend, Trina. Don't go stealing her away though. Just meet her and appreciate her like I do. I am perhaps the most blessed woman in the world in many ways. One of them is that I have terrific friends. Trina is one of them. How do I love her? Let me count the ways: 1. She is my flower fairy. It started when I was labeled with the dreaded "C" word. She came over and planted pansies in my flowerbed so that I could see them every day and be reminded that I … [Read more...]

Proud to be an American

Happy Fourth of July! What better place to be on Independence Day than in Washington, D.C. at Nat's Stadium with your family and best friends? That thought has been in my head from the minute I got up this morning. Highlights of my Fourth of July: Watching all the families dressed in their Nats fan gear pile on the metro Two little boys sliding together on their seat, and saying, "Do you want to sit down?" With mitts in hand and autographed ball caps on their heads, they told me … [Read more...]

My friend Amy

  Should I choose pink polish or clear? I wondered as I sat at the nail technician’s station last spring for a manicure. As I pondered my shallow conundrum, the salon door swung open and a frail looking petite woman entered the room and threw her tiny arms around another nail technician’s neck.  “Oh, it’s so good to see you,” she said in a vibrant voice that defied her waif-like frame. She sat next to me and introduced herself as Amy. We talked about everything from our nail … [Read more...]