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I write an inspirational blog about navigating my life with a terminal illness. Not everyone has cancer, but everyone has something.

I'm a 44 year old Mom, wife, daughter, and friend battling stage 4 metastatic breast cancer. I try to find the joy in every moment because moments are what matter most.

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Oct 2017

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I Have to Pack!

Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. (Matthew 6:19-21)



Our Bible Study group visits the residents of a local nursing home every few months for song and fellowship. Every resident reacted differently to our time spent together. Some of the residents sang along with the familiar hymns and songs. Some preferred to listen. Some stared into space or rested their tired heads on their fists. It didn’t matter. We were happy they were there. This day, the group of residents was able to participate more than others in the past. Most were able to flip through the pages of the song books and a few requested particular songs; but the group was quiet and their faces were difficult to read. I always hoped it was a good experience for them; but sometimes, it was hard to tell.


My pastor delivered a message in the middle of our sing-a-long. He talked about places we looked forward to going and asked the residents about vacations they remembered. One by one, they raised their hands. One woman joyfully called out “Niagara Falls”. Then another talked about the many trips she took to Florida to visit family. Another talked about the beautiful views she remembered from vacations along the coast of California. Those voices that struggled to sing along with a hymn were suddenly exuberant and spirited. Those eyes that seemed so far away moments ago came alive as the memories of days gone by came rushing back. It was such a joy to see.

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Aug 2017

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The Calm in the Middle of the Storm

It is that time of year again. Back to school. Late summer. Blue skies and puffy white clouds. Beautiful days. Labor Day weekend.


It is also the anniversary of the day my life changed forever. It was the Friday before Labor Day. That year it was August 31st. I had a mammogram, then a sonogram, then the doctor told me I had cancer.


I spent over a year in treatment.

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Aug 2017

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The Simplest of Blessings

I will send down showers in season; there will be showers of blessings. Ezekiel 34:26


I have an amazing life. I am married to a man I lovingly refer to as Superman. I have two wonderful children, a girl and a boy, who bring me such joy. I happen to have the best Mom in the whole world and a Dad who was my hero but who now watches over me from heaven. I have the best friends a girl could ever have. I have a God who loves me and gives me strength to get the through the hardest of days. Yes, I happen to have stage 4 cancer and a pretty dismal prognosis but still, I have a blessed life. Mother, Husband, Children, Friends — those are some big blessings! Those are the blessings that fill that proverbial cup.


Although we all have our most obvious blessings, many people have blessings that go unnoticed. There are the blessings that are so simple, so every day, so seemingly mundane, that they may be overlooked. There are blessings that take me by surprise, that come out of the blue – like the blessings that sprinkle around me in the middle of life’s storms. There are blessings that are large and small, that slip in quietly and that come into my life like the blaring horns of a marching band. There are blessings that have the power to change my life and there are blessings that just make life a little easier.

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Aug 2017

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Comfortable shoes


Why work so hard to fit in when you were called to be set apart?


(2 Corinthians 6:17)


I recently went on an all-day shopping excursion with one of my very best friends and our daughters. Girls Day Out. It was a wonderful day of shopping for school clothes, catching up over dinner, and then shopping some more. I had a fabulous time reconnecting with my friend and watching our girls bond. We made some new memories and enjoyed spending the day together. We discussed what was going on in our lives and the girls talked about the pressures of growing up. We laughed and we shared. It was only through time and experience that relationships grew and prospered and we knew that it was time well spent.

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