Five Years of Brain Cancer

  Yesterday was the five-year anniversary of my diagnosis with brain cancer. Five years later, I’m still standing and am very grateful. 22-34% of people with my diagnosis do not live past five years. I am wistful today, though, having just watched Mr. Holland’s Opus with Hannah, Marshall, Mom, and Dad this past weekend. I am thinking about my own life’s opus. What is it? In the movie, Mr. Holland works for 30 years in the same school, teaching music. His opus is the many students he’s impacted through his teaching. The movie culminates when Mr. Holland directs a surprise […]

I, Legolas: On Compassion and Being Transformed into an Elf

A week or so before my diagnosis, our family had a Lord of the Rings movies marathon.  Hannah LOVED watching them! I’ll circle back around to that in a minute.  But first, let me remind you about this straight hair of mine that I’ve that I’ve battled all my life.  It grows straight into my face.  I’ve never liked wearing it down, unless it was permed or otherwise made to look messy. Well, Hannah thinks my straight hair looks Elven.  Lord-of-the-Rings kind of Elven. So the other morning before school, we made a date for her to “do” my hair […]

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