Snowball Moon Book Signings!

  This is a fun video trailer post! My new book, Snowball Moon is out – just in time for the holidays!  If you are looking for a gift for a kiddo in the 0-6 age range, you can get a copy of Snowball Moon at Amazon or your favorite local Indie Store.  Or, for a signed copy (and a fun visit!) please stop by one of my two upcoming book signings in Charlottesville – I would love to see you! Saturday, December 9th at 10:30 New Dominion Book Shop The Downtown Mall Hot Cocoa Served! Saturday, December 16th from […]

Epilepsy?

Two weeks ago, a neurologist – an epilepsy specialist – told me she thinks I have epilepsy. I have to admit, it was a pretty stunning thing to hear. After all, I’ve never lost consciousness due to a seizure, and I have had only one real event that I’d even classify as seizure-like – and that was the night that landed me in the hospital when I was diagnosed with brain cancer. It would be easy to try to dismiss what the epilepsy doctor told me – after all, the whole reason I went to see her in the first […]

I Am Flu Slayer. Hear Me Roar!

Let’s recite it together: “Please, friend, kick me when I’m down.” As if having brain cancer and secondary adrenal insufficiency isn’t enough, I go and get the flu. I haven’t had the flu in years.  But it decided to show up last weekend, disguised at first as a head cold.  A few days later, the fever, chills, and aches came on.  I thought I was really in for it – people die of the flu, you know.  And these days I have a ton of trouble just trying to get rid of the sniffles.  I was worried about what I […]

Oncology Visit and MRI: When Black and White Becomes Gray

It has taken me awhile to mentally and emotionally process the results of last week’s 3-month follow up Oncology visit and MRI.  I don’t know what I was expecting – clear answers, perhaps?  But I’m getting the feeling I’m not in Kansas anymore, Toto.  Clear answers seem few and far between on this unexpected journey of mine. The Bottom Line:  My MRI Results. My MRI results on Wednesday were not bad, but they were not definitive.  (The more I read this sentence, the more amusing it becomes.  When is anything definitive?  Why did I once think anything was?) The MRI […]

Celebrating Feeling “Okay!”

Too Much Doom and Gloom Lately:  So Let’s Celebrate Feeling “Okay!” I felt okay all day yesterday!  And I’ve felt okay all day so far today!   YEAH BUDDY!!! We know how to celebrate around here. Meeting with Oncologist Tomorrow… Tomorrow (Wednesday) is my first three month follow up appointment with my oncologist.  As I mentioned a couple of days ago, one hugely positive byproduct of having to go to the emergency room last week was a “sneak peek” CT scan showing that there was no edema and no tumor regrowth.  I imagine we’ll hear more specific details tomorrow, but […]

Happy Mother’s Day!

I’m the tall one, in case you couldn’t tell! Being this girl’s mom is the best thing that’s ever happened to me. I thank God for her everyday. This Mother’s Day we all went out with Mom and Dad to brunch.  Towards the end of our meal I had another little episode of feeling bad.  My muscles felt like they were going rigid, especially in my stomach and face. It was difficult to smile – my cheek muscles became very weak.  We went home and I crawled into bed and slept for several hours. I still felt tired when I […]

My First Birthday With Brain Cancer

April 20th was my birthday! I turned 49.  I don’t know if all people who have cancer feel this way, but I was certainly happy to be able to celebrate another birthday this year.  But I have to admit, it did make me look at the day a little more wistfully, a little more philosophically, than usual. I appreciate the opportunity to get older. I have always abhorred TV commercials and magazine advertisements that play to women who have been told their whole lives (by similar commercials and ads) that they need to look young forever.  This is utter horse […]

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