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My father used to say, “the only thing you can count on to not change is change itself”. Of course I had no idea, as a young person, what that meant.  Youth is full of change.  Of course things change. … Continue reading

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More – Revisited

A memory from facebook popped up on my feed this morning.  It was a post I had written one year ago today and was entitled, “More“.  I read it.  I remembered how full of hope I was at the time, … Continue reading

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Ah, La Pluie!

The sudden purge of angry skies The sodden path of muck The sonorous beat upon the roof And I become unstuck A burst of lighting in the air An angry crack of words A turbulent ride of feelings fly The … Continue reading

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From Emotional Health to Mental Healing

“I don’t understand why we don’t consider emotional health as important as mental health!” Maggie would say to me.  “Honestly, it is just as important – if not more so.  If people were able to talk about their emotions they … Continue reading

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If We All Had a Vandie!

My first thought this morning was, “maybe I just won’t go”. I had a good excuse; I thought I cracked a rib yesterday.  It was a silly thing – I leaned over the console in the car to reach my … Continue reading

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Turn, turn, turn

“To everything – turn, turn, turn There is a season – turn, turn, turn And a time to every purpose under Heaven A time to be born, a time to die A time to plant, a time to reap A … Continue reading

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Called Home

You. And You. And also You. You are the chosen ones. You are the ones called home. Emily and I were diagnosed at almost the same time.  Different cancers – different treatments.  She seemed healthier – better chances. How are … Continue reading

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I will – I did!

Too cold to get up and out of bed this morning – not prepared to face the day yet. But – I will be. Not hungry enough to eat breakfast – a little nauseated from the new meds. But – … Continue reading

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Not Myself Today

I’m just not myself today. Not sure who I am – but this is not who I want to be. I want to “do”. Instead I sit. I want to be productive. Instead I wait. I want to laugh and … Continue reading

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When Right to Life Meets Funding

I thought nothing of it when I opened a piece of mail yesterday from Astrazeneca, the pharmaceutical company that developed the new medication I just began taking to control my ovarian cancer.  As per usual, I skipped the introduction and … Continue reading

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