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 […]

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 […]

Big 50!

Having brain cancer has had a wonderful way of changing my perspective on just about everything, including turning 50 today.  When I turned 30 I was sad to be getting older.  Today, I have no wish to be young again.  I harbor little nostalgia for years gone by.  I have only immense gratitude for this day, for the privilege of turning 50, for being alive. I am very, very happy to be 50.  Bring it on, y’all!

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 […]

My First Picture Book! Snowball Moon Coming September 2017!

Well, I’ve been sitting on this very exciting news for quite a while.  I’m not sure why I have waited to spill the beans.  Normally, I would be the first to tell the world about me having a new book coming out.  Especially since it’s a picture book, a market I’ve been trying to break into for many years. Snowball Moon was acquired by Little Bee Books this past summer, and I’ve been “allowed” to tell about it for a number of months now.  I guess keeping the news to myself reflects how deeply tired I’ve been over the last […]

Imagery for Cancer

I want to tell you a little bit about my approach to having a brain tumor – the metaphor through which I am viewing my experience. Many people interpret cancer as a fight – a battle.  I am choosing a different way to think about it. My view is that it’s a journey towards wholeness.  I see my brain tumor as a part of me that needs to be healed. I have begun thinking of myself as a universe in which trillions of cells live.  These cells are a “we” that collectively make up “me” – Fran.  We (all these cells […]

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