Dear Friends

I want to tell you how very grateful I am for all your thoughts and prayers. I can’t begin to explain how much it means to me to know you are there, praying for me and thinking of me and sending me light and love and caring. Your notes on Facebook and my blog filled my heart with hope and courage. I went into my MRI on Friday knowing – and better still, feeling – that I was not alone. I felt so supported, so accompanied. I have always had some misgivings about Facebook, about how it affects our psychology […]

Prayer Request: MRI Friday, June 19th

I’m having an MRI tomorrow at 6:20am. The time is not ideal for me – mornings are hard – but I am grateful to be the first patient of the day during COVID. Hopefully, there will be less possibility for exposure to the virus. Please keep me in your thoughts and prayers. I’d initially cancelled this MRI, not wanting to go to the hospital during COVID times. But after having several “seizure-like events” this past month, I reconsidered. I think we need to know what’s going on with my brain. I am straddling two lines of thought right now: 1) […]

And There Was Much Rejoicing!

Great news to share: Yesterday’s MRI showed that my tumor has not grown since my last MRI in November! Talk about being grateful…words just can’t do it… So instead of my doctor telling me to prepare for surgery, he told me I was good to go for the next FOUR months, until my next MRI in June! Four months! To enjoy…to celebrate…to be…to LIVE! What pure gift. How can I share the amazingness of this with you? The miracle of these months? Your good thoughts and prayers and light and love are so bound up in each of these moments […]

Waiting for MRI Results – February 2020 Version

Last week I went to UVA Hospital for yet another MRI. We’ll learn the results this coming Wednesday, February 26th – Ash Wednesday, as it turns out. Appropriate enough. Let me briefly bring you up to date on our travel news: November ’19: Marshall and I celebrated our 30th wedding anniversary (which was in October) by going to Hawaii, where we kayaked off the east coast of Oahu.  We came home with many great memories and one amazing story – we actually saved someone’s life – which I hope to share here in another post. December ’19: Marshall, Hannah, and I […]

Surgery is an option

Let me preface this post with sharing that I developed a bad cold yesterday and feel pretty stinky as I write this. Ain’t that just how it goes sometimes? Well, my novocaine trick didn’t work out as planned at the surgeon’s. Our appointment was for 1:30 and we didn’t get in to see him until about 4:00. My novocaine had long worn off, and my jaw was starting to really ache by the time the meeting actually happened. Not the best of beginnings. Also, we were supposed to meet with two doctors: my surgeon and my oncologist. But my oncologist […]

Meeting with the surgeon at UVA today

I want to thank you for all your thoughts, prayers, and good wishes. I can’t begin to convey how much they – and you all – mean to me. I need each and every prayer and appreciate each and every message, text, email, and call. I feel well supported and loved going into my meeting with the surgeon today. That is exactly what I need. Marshall is here at home and we are getting ready to drive over to UVA in a minute to meet with the surgeon who operated on me in 2016. His name is Ashok Asthagiri. My […]

Cancer is Back

Well, sadly, my gut was wrong. My oncologist says my brain cancer is growing back. We will have to decide on a course of treatment in the next few weeks, which probably (hopefully) won’t start until the first of the year to allow us to take a couple of trips we already have planned (including a trip celebrating Marshall’s and my 30th wedding anniversary in October). The doctor says there are four possibilities for treatment: Do nothing Have another surgery Have radiation + chemo Have chemo by itself Doing nothing (at least for very long) probably isn’t the best idea […]

MRI Today, Oncology Tomorrow – A Little Earlier than Expected

So, I’ve not been posting recently – overall, I’ve been enjoying a pretty great summer:) The highlight was a two-week girls’ road trip to Iowa for Hannah and me. Hannah had been accepted into the Young Writers Program at the University of Iowa (a fine, fine program I might add) where she spent two weeks in July with other young writers, led by graduates of the renowned Iowa MFA program. So now she probably knows more than I do about magical realism. (Okay, so that wouldn’t take much.) We took two weeks to drive all the way to Iowa, stopping to […]

To the Universe

I feel like a wonder today. I can’t help it, I just do. I’m so happy and filled with this bubble-up kind of joy, so much so that I suddenly could hear the words of music effervescing in my mind. Suddenly, I was singing: Doctors have come from distant cities, just to see me Stand over my bed, disbelieving what they’re seeing They say I must be one of the wonders Of God’s own creation And as far as they see, they can offer No explanation Newspapers ask intimate questions, want confessions They reach into my head to steal, the […]

My Most Recent MRI Results – Not What We’d Hoped

I haven’t blogged in a long time. Here’s the reason I’ve been quiet: in the past six months I’ve been relishing my ability to live a pretty “normal” life. Until my most recent MRI about a month ago, I hadn’t really been to the doctor for a good six months. In fact, I’ve been feeling pretty dang good since going on the ketogenic diet last November – it’s totally changed my life, giving me enough energy to go from eight in the morning to ten (or even eleven) at night. No, I’m not the energizer bunny, but I’ve really been […]

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