Freedom from makeup

I'm probably a what would be termed a "late bloomer" when it comes to the traditional "girly" stuff. I frankly never much cared for experimenting with hair and makeup and clothing was something much more functional than decorative to me. I managed to live most of my growing up years with this perspective and was … Continue reading Freedom from makeup

Womanhood, motherhood, whateverhood

I read a statement recently by a breast cancer survivor about redefining womanhood. She’d decided to go flat after her mastectomy and she’d had a complete hysterectomy that removed all of her lady parts from the cervix to her womb. Her point, and I’m paraphrasing, was that those biological parts of her did not define … Continue reading Womanhood, motherhood, whateverhood

Reblog: Open letter from a person with chronic pain

I don’t talk a lot about the side effucks and issues that I carry every day. It’s not that I don’t think about it, all day, every day. As I type this, I’m sitting in the waiting room at a local imaging center ready to get my quarterly PET scan to see if my medication … Continue reading Reblog: Open letter from a person with chronic pain


The other night, my very precocious 6 year old rolled over and said ... "Mommy, where is Great Grandma?" My grandmother died over the summer in 2018 and we've talked a little about death since then. So, I reminded him that we'd talked about Great Grandma being in heaven. We talked a little about who … Continue reading Soul


A pretty good definition of this rather elusive concept. I’ve been living with Stage IV Metastatic Breast Cancer (MBC) for three (3) years and I confess to an awkward relationship with anniversaries now. Some dates of my treatment and the aftermath are seared into my memory and will never be forgotten. Others, I wish I … Continue reading Cancerversaries/Metaversaries

Love will echo throughout Eternity

There are some TV shows that I could watch over and over and over. During this pandemic and while I've been forced to be more inactive due to my cancer treatment, I've watched several TV series from beginning to end multiple times. Call the Midwife, is one of those shows. It's hard to articulate all … Continue reading Love will echo throughout Eternity


I've been thinking a lot about boundaries lately in conjunction with some reading and musing recently about my personality. As a life-long learner, I'm always excited to learn more about what makes me tick and helps me understand others. I'm familiar with the Myers-Briggs personality testing (If anyone is interested, I'm solidly an ISTJ) and … Continue reading Boundaries


Colors can be representative of so many things. I read a book once about all the different colors that should be utilized in different rooms of the house. For instance, one wouldn't want to paint a bedroom yellow, because that isn't a soothing color helping for relaxing and going to sleep. A kitchen, though, that's … Continue reading Colors


Hope is a subject that is often discussed in support groups of all kinds and especially for those of us who are living with a terminal illness.  I find it sometimes difficult to balance hope with reality since I am immersed in the research going on and in mentoring several newly diagnosed cancer patients.  In … Continue reading Hope