He Is

I shoved my feet into my boots and grabbed a pair of mittens before I headed out the door towards the crusty snow that formed a dirty blanket in the field across from our house. I turned back once and saw the warm lights of our home mocking me. Cancer?!… Read more“He Is”

Ready or Not

While waiting for the Five-minute Friday prompt to appear I check my flight itinerary again. Next weekend I’m flying home for my high school reunion and to visit my family. The prompt appears and I laugh out-loud. Ready. Ready or not, here comes my THIRTY year high school reunion. 30. Yes,… Read more“Ready or Not”


Today I’m linking up with Kirsten Oliphant’s group that meets each week to tell their Not So (Small) Stories. In this fifth edition, the prompt is ‘Word. Speech. Language’ and the goal is to develop our voice. If you’d like to join us, the link is here (the link up… Read more“Words”

A Tree, A Friend, A Prayer

The first non-family member I called when Pedro received his cancer diagnosis was my college roommate, Carolyn Sturges. She’s the kind of friend that I only see every couple of years, but our conversations pick up where they left off the last time—whether it was a phone call six months… Read more“A Tree, A Friend, A Prayer”


Today I’m joining Lisa-Jo Baker and the Five-Minute Friday crowd for the prompt of the week: True. Writing for five minutes without editing or backtracking–Go! It’s true. I’m glad my son re-broke his nose and his rib might be broken as well. What kind of sick mother am I? What… Read more“True”

Signs Someone is Drowning (and it Could be YOU!)

“Throughout the Instinctive Drowning Response, drowning people cannot voluntarily control their arm movements. Physiologically, drowning people who are struggling on the surface of the water cannot stop drowning and perform voluntary movements such as waving for help, moving toward a rescuer, or reaching out for a piece of rescue equipment.”… Read more“Signs Someone is Drowning (and it Could be YOU!)”

Show Up!

I just finished giving the Baccalaureate address for my daughter’s graduation. Why am I writing that on a caregiver blog? Because person after person thanked me for being real—for sharing my story, for offering hope and a simple truth. I shared pieces of my life, and pieces of my son’s… Read more“Show Up!”

Seven Signs You May Suffer From *Chemo Brain by Proxy

I stood in the middle of the kitchen, a measuring cup in one hand and a carton of eggs in the other.  What was I doing? Oh, yeah.  Cleaning the bathroom. I looked at the items in my hands and shrugged before setting them down on the open oven door. … Read more“Seven Signs You May Suffer From *Chemo Brain by Proxy”

Grab the Moment. Be Brave

        Part I – Grab the Moment. Be Brave Just before Christina hugged me goodbye, her eyes sought mine. My horrified gaze stared right back, her question hanging in the air between us, “What? You didn’t bring your camera?” “No!” I shuddered, chills running down my back…. Read more“Grab the Moment. Be Brave”

Six Ways to Prevent Caregiver Burnout

Cancer Caregiving 101: Take Care of Yourself and Prevent Caregiver Burnout “Now you must realize,” the doctor straightened the papers into the already thick folder as he finished summarizing the diagnosis, treatment protocol and prognosis, “with a best-case scenario, we’re in for a long haul. You two must take care… Read more“Six Ways to Prevent Caregiver Burnout”