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Hope for the Hounds

Before I met My Cancer, I used to run Every. Single. Morning. My distances ranged from a “short” 6 miles up to my 2- mile pre-marathon training runs. But then, I was diagnosed, and my life was turned upside down. I was given depressing odds of survival and, with each diagnosis, became increasingly hopeless.  …

Hope in Laughter

What a week. Our country has gone to the polls and we have all cast our vote. We have watched as politicians have battled it out and we have waited as the results trickle in. We have feared what will happen if either candidate wins and we have feared what could happen if either candidate…

Pain in the Perfect Stranger

“I know it’s hard to keep an open heart When even friends seem out to harm you But if you could heal a broken heart wouldn’t time be out to charm you?” – Axl Rose, November Rain   Axl Rose had surgery. It all went down early last week, and it was a big success.…

Hungry Hope

When my kids were younger, they loved the story of The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Eric Carle wrote this classic children’s story of a caterpillar eating everything in sight before building a cocoon around himself and ultimately emerging as a beautiful butterfly. The first time we read this story, Ellie and Tommy had a hard time…

The Hope COVID Can Kiss

“The truth is that life is a terminal condition. We’re all going to die, but how many of us will truly live?” – Kris Carr   Last week, I met two of my favorite friends for margaritas and Mexican food. Since March, this was only the second time I had gone out to dinner at…

Staying in the Game

To all my amazing readers- For a few weeks now, I’ve been struggling with what to write. Many times, I’ve sat down at my computer with every intention of getting my thoughts onto the screen but walk away without one word typed. We can all agree that these are crazy times. It seems like the…

Piecing it together, Hope-FULL

I’m going to be real-deal honest with y’all. Over the past week or so, I’ve been sad. Like, really, really sad. As in- my stomach is hurting for no apparent reason other than my sadness- sad. The sad I’ve been feeling reminds me of the way I feel before I head to MD Anderson for…

“Extra” Hope

Once upon a time, in a tower far, far away, there lived a girl with long, long hair. She was isolated and lonely and longed to leave the tower so she could experience the outside world and all it had to offer. Or maybe the story goes… Once upon a cancer, on the 11th floor…

Gus’ Side of the Story

A very odd thing happened. A few nights ago, just as I was reaching over the bedside table to turn out the light, our yellow-lab, Gus, stood up from his bed, walked a few steps and gave me a large, slobbery, wonderful kiss. And the thing is, Gus has never done that before.   I…

Hope vs. Fear

In 1413, four French thieves were captured and charged with stealing from the sick and dying. Legend has it these four men went from village to village and robbed those who had succumbed to the Bubonic Plague. Upon their capture, a judge offered leniency if the four Frenchmen would share their secret to staying healthy.…