[I am adding Rachel of Henna X to the list of amazing people I have met during my journey. I shaved my head one last time this week so she could apply this henna design. We talked constantly over the hour and a half I was at her house. We shared stories of how our dogs came to be ours, we bragged about our husbands, and she schooled me on the history of henna. I just keep coming back to the word MAGIC over and over again. It is true that what you put out into the world will come back to you 10 fold. Life is full of magic and my eyes are seeing it more clearly. When I am feeling scared and alone all I need to do is open my eyes and my heart to the MAGIC.] April 13, 2016

I know it looks brown and goopy. And IT WAS. But it was also an experience and that was what I was going for.

I almost backed out numerous times, but Rachel was so nice and encouraging. After weeks of corresponding by email, I drove over to her house. I almost backed out again until I met her. Then I knew it was all going to be ok.

She drew the design on the back of my head with a brownish washable marker so I could decide if I wanted to proceed. When I gave her the green light, we talked and talked as she squirt the henna onto my head. Her ease amazed me as I recounted parts of my story. I have been the most impressed with people who have met me in the middle of this cancer journey for the first time and have not flinched. Not paused even for a moment in our interaction. I feel instantly accepted and that makes me HAPPY and GRATEFUL.

Rachel was one of those people. It’s like she said without words: I’ll join you and help however I can.


I will admit to anyone that I am a shameless Coldplay fan. I love each and every song they have ever recorded. To me, the lyrics are often so very poignant and true. None more so than Magic.

And if you were to ask me

After all that we’ve been through

Still believe in magic?

Yes, I do

Of course I do


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