Paw Paw + Me

My Paw Paw died on the Thursday before Christmas at a time when I was already dealing with numerous emotional challenges (you know when you feel like things just keep piling up). It seemed to my gut to be rather abrupt, but my mind knows it was actually a gradual decline that lasted years. While I find it…

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Reminders

Thank you for the friendly reminders that we’re all facing our own struggles. We don’t need to compare ourselves, and just because you think someone else is going through something worse than you are going through, doesn’t mean your difficulties are not valid. WE ARE ALL VALID. You never have to say to me, “I’ve never…

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Diane’s Adventure of a Lifetime

[There seemed to us no more fitting way to thank all of our friends for their support than to throw a BIGASS party! These are just a few snapshots from the 150+ guests that came to celebrate with us. Will’s worst fear is coming true – he’s never getting me to leave Boise now!] April…

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Beautiful Words

[I went to ‪#‎rawartistsboise‬ tonight and met @darlingbirdjodi and she changed my life. Jodi’s grandmother died of breast cancer but left a jar of old keys for her. Jodi didn’t know what she was going to do with them and a couple of first attempts failed. She then realized that she could “draw” on them with her…

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What Now

[What now, you ask? Nothing and everything all at once. There are no full body scans to check for cancerous cells in my body. I am simply done with treatments. That’s the nothing. Now my life starts again. Continues. That’s the everything. A friend took me out on the trails this morning and it’s like…

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Heroes

These are my heroes at MSTI – St. Luke’s Mountain States Tumor Institute. I tried to take selfies with everyone who helped me through my treatments. I was so sad to say goodbye to them on the day of my last infusion. I liken it to leaving summer camp. You may be happy to be…

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Wonderful > Perfect

[I have been paralyzed by thoughts, ideas, anxieties, and fatigue lately. I have been pacing in circles not knowing how to move forward. I have stopped myself from complaining about the horrible rash that caused me to lose my beloved PICC line last week, the horrendous fingernails that can’t grip anything and have turned ziplocks…

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