I go with Gene each month to chat with my hair stylist as he cuts Gene's hair, and we laugh at the progress I have made since my last visit. This month, Shawn declared my hair "perfect" as it is. No stray runaway hairs, no bald spots . . . just perfect. You have to...read more
Last week marked one year since I started my journey with breast cancer. Though I didn't know it at the time, that morning would mark the last of my quiet morning routines for some time. Gene and I got up and enjoyed our usual morning walk with Dolly on a crisp...read more
I have had a lot of support from family and friends during this journey through breast cancer, and one of my strongest supporters has been my mother. She got on a plane all by herself after not flying for fifteen years in order to be here for my surgery. She sat up...read more
Ah, week 11. My brother-in-law and I had a hair growing competition. I asked him when he decides it is time to trim his hair and he said, "Whenever I wake up and have bed head." Something to look forward to!<read more
Dear, sweet Sarah donated her hair to Locks of Love in my honor. What an incredibly kind gesture. She is a beautiful young lady both inside and out.read more
I love these photos of my sister-in-law Vicky, niece Jennifer, and Gary at the Ft. Worth Race for the Cure. And I am deeply grateful that they continue to walk in these races in memory of Rhonda and for me. I'm also a little envious of their photos with the cute...read more
One of my observations has been about the way people treat you when you have cancer. It fascinates me that I feel the same, but people treat me differently. In the early stages, people would hug me like I was fragile or like my chest must hurt. I would tell them to...read more
Phillip launches balloon #4My cousin Phillip came to visit me from California this weekend, and I let him release balloon #4 for the fourth week of chemo. It was so nice to visit with him and talk about our childhood memories. Shared visits to Grandma's house, and...read more
Just a quick reminder that we are having a cyber pajama party tonight. Danielle and I will be in our PJs eating chex mix and watching chick flicks. A neighbor dropped off a lasagna for us, and if I'm not mistaken, it has REAL cheese on it and meat! Send me a note...read more
I think of all the years my husband has rolled out of bed when he was called into the hospital during the night and taken care not to wake me. In the early years, every time the phone would ring, I would wake up and have trouble going back to sleep. Then, as that...read more
The posts on this page were added at the request of several of my readers who wanted “the fun stories to continue.” Some are dedicated to a friend in her last weeks of life. These posts are a mix of travel adventures and random experiences and are in date order with the newest post on top.
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All proceeds from book sales are donated to two local non-profit funds that help breast cancer patients afford diagnosis and care. Virginia Gay Hospital Gifts of Hope provides free mammograms and diagnostic services and is supported by the Benton County Survivors Group; and the Hall-Perrine Hope Fund that helps cancer patients pay for emergency needs.