Little Deaths

Another patient advocate living with Stage IV Metastatic Breast Cancer (MBC) wrote a post on Facebook a while back about all the things we lose to MBC. She labeled these things "little deaths" to distinguish these losses from one's eventual death, but also, I believe, to drive home the point that we must grieve the … Continue reading Little Deaths

Mother’s Day, 2021

Growing up, Mother's Day was all about making breakfast for my mom and then doing things like chores or other things she would like us to do for her that day or whatever else dad has cooked up. As I got older and I didn’t live at home any longer, it became more about making … Continue reading Mother’s Day, 2021

Remembering Family History on my Mom’s Birthday

Today is my Mom's birthday and I cannot articulate how much I appreciate having a relationship with her, not just because of her support of my living with MBC, but also as a friend and as a role model for living as a woman and mom. She looks and presents much much younger than her … Continue reading Remembering Family History on my Mom’s Birthday

Thanksgiving 2020

I just want to say at the outset that I'm well aware of the fact that some of the history and the basis for the holiday involving the Pilgrims and the Native Americans is extremely problematic. For us, in our family, we focus on togetherness and sharing what we are thankful for. This year, I … Continue reading Thanksgiving 2020

Soul

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

Father’s Day, 2020

Father's Day is celebrated in the United States on the third Sunday in June and was started in the early 1900s in various areas of the US, mostly by children who sought to honor their single fathers and make sure that both Father's and Mother's have a special day just for them. While Mother's Day … Continue reading Father’s Day, 2020

Fathers and Sons, Mothers and Daughters

In this time of COVID-19, I’ve had the chance to watch new shows on Netflix and rewatch favorites I’ve already watched. One such series that I spent time rewatching recently was Game of Thrones (GOT). Much of the hype around GOT happened while I was busy juggling motherhood and a busy law practice, so I … Continue reading Fathers and Sons, Mothers and Daughters

Junior Achievement

From JuniorAchievement.org, the role of the Junior Achievement program is as follows: "JA's volunteer-delivered, kindergarten-12th grade programs foster work-readiness, entrepreneurshipand financial literacy skills,and use experiential learning to inspire students to dream big and reach their potential." On May 13, 2019, my husband and I led our son's kindergarten class in the set of lessons entitled "Ourselves" designed … Continue reading Junior Achievement

On the Night Before School Starts, 2019

My boys go back to school tomorrow, returning to the same elementary school they attended last school year. My eldest, he's 6, is in first grade. He will be, for the first time, in a gifted classroom. My younger son, he's 4, returns as a role model in the LEAP classroom at the same elementary … Continue reading On the Night Before School Starts, 2019

Dealing with Prejudice/Racism PART I

I know this blog is about my experiences as a woman living with Stage IV metastatic breast cancer, but I need to take a small break and talk about prejudice and racism. As most of you know, I'm a WASP. I'm originally from the Midwest but I am a White Anglo Saxon Protestant. I'm married … Continue reading Dealing with Prejudice/Racism PART I