I met my friend Marcia at a Relay for Life event at which I was the speaker. After the telling of my survival story she came to me and said, “You need to come to my support group. We need some young ones like you.” I was 43 at the time I was diagnosed with … Continue reading My Friend Marcia
Nine years ago today I had an elephant on my back. Literally. Well, it was a stuffed elephant, and it was really more around my shoulders…but still. It felt like a real elephant. It was an orange fuzzy scarf with a smiling elephant face on one end, and though it was not heavy, the weight … Continue reading Elephant on My Back
I love the beach. I love the Song of the Sea and I long to hear it. But sometimes there are voices in my head that drown it out. I think most women know these voices. They come from my own head as I put on my bathing suit and step outside. They are the … Continue reading Reminder
I have two dates I make note of each year. One is July 7th, the other is Jan.2nd. The first is the date I was diagnosed with ovarian and uterine cancer and it is a more solemn occasion, a day of reflection. The second is the day I became cancer free… a celebration. I am … Continue reading Nine Years Ago Today….
It never ceases to amaze me how much courage cancer brings out in people. It is a fearful thing to have those words spoken over you, and the treatment regimen alone would make the strongest of people tremble. Yet, we do it. We put one foot in front of the other and walk the path … Continue reading Bravery Rises
Ladies, this is my yearly public service announcement. Don’t forget your mammogram. My alarm went off at 4:45…IN THE MORNING! I must’ve been crazy to set an appointment in Atlanta for 7:00 a.m. It is summer after all, a teacher’s best sleep-in-late time. When I was talking to the appointment desk it seemed like such … Continue reading PSA
It’s that time again. Tomorrow I will don my purple shirt and take a victory lap. That is how I have come to view the survivor lap at Relay for Life. It is an acknowledgment of a hard-fought battle with a ruthless foe. I am amazed every year at the number of new faces that … Continue reading A Victory Lap
I had no idea it was World Cancer Day, and somehow I completely missed the fact that I was supposed to wear purple. However, due to the sea of purple around me, I found that my mind wandered to cancer…and survival…and treatment…and a host of other thoughts associated with the disease, and my close face … Continue reading What’s With the Purple?
I am sitting at the travel clinic hoping the soreness of my arms from my Thailand immunizations subsides before I have to drive. As I wait to make sure I have no allergic reaction, I ponder the fact that this is the only day I could get an appointment. This day is exactly 7 years … Continue reading Seven Years
When my friend Elizabeth Taylor Goad went to the doctor for back pain May of 2012 she never dreamed she’d be planning an Ovarian Cancer Shindig for her community just a year and half later. In fact, she had no idea that her symptoms were in any way related to ovarian cancer. She had been … Continue reading Elizabeth’s Shindig