Ice skating and other new, joyous things

The one-year mastectomy anniversary came and went, and my annual health exam and labs (so far) passed in pretty good standing. My ANA titer was elevated, indicating autoimmune activity of some kind, or worst-case scenario, an early indicator of metastasis. My other lab results were good, though (some were their best ever), so the hope... Continue Reading →

One year

One year ago today, I received my initial diagnosis of breast cancer, ductal carcinoma in-situ, a non-invasive form of breast cancer in my left breast. Initially, the news was not that bad. It was the least harmful form of cancer and was highly treatable. I underwent a core biopsy, called my family and friends to... Continue Reading →

things I love today

Ten things I love today: 10. Shopping at the Wedge without the children and browsing the Health and Beauty aisles so long that I think dust began to gather on my groceries, 9. my cupboard of homeopathic remedies and essential oils and other little tricks that I have learned to use over the years, 8.... Continue Reading →


Today I saw a quote. "Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life.  It turns what we have into enough, and more.  It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity.  It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.  Gratitude makes sense of the past,... Continue Reading →

Ayurveda and my post-Thanksgiving blues

I learned about Ayurveda a while back after my friend Lish introduced me to it.  Ayurveda is an ancient form of medicine that is 5,000 years old.   Originating in India, it is the oldest known health-care system in the world. Learning about Ayurveda has changed how I view myself, my health, other people, and... Continue Reading →

a lovely gift idea for the holidays

For the third time I had the honor of photographing a few of Erin's beautiful soaps. They smell almost good enough to eat. Here are photos from previous years, and more here--although I am not sure whether these products are still available. These will be for sale in her Etsy shop this year, along with... Continue Reading →

I love love.

Today I am grateful for the simple gift of having love in my heart. Having children has taught me a lot of things, but most importantly it has taught me the meaning of unconditional love.  I love them.  And I love them no matter what.  I will always love them, no matter what.  I will... Continue Reading →

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