366 Days of #OneGoodThing

If you asked me to tell you 366 good things that happened in my life this year, I’d be at a total loss. It was a crap year in a lot of ways. Physically, I felt like shit every single day. That’s right. Every. Single. Day. It turned out that I have a chronic autoimmune disease.…

Venetian life filled with culture and friends

We’ve been settling into Venetian life quite happily. Mama simply glows here. Living here (even temporarily) brings her to life, and it is wonderful to see. Venice is a much better cancer treatment than anything the doctors have proposed! We are now at the halfway point — having been here for a wonderful two weeks,…

Where in the world?

We checked in at San Francisco Airport on Facebook, but only told a couple of friends where we were going. It’s a major trip, though very last minute. It’s been a difficult summer. At the start of it, Mama’s rare brain cancer returned (or so the docs think, but aren’t entirely sure), so we’ve had…

Premature Isolation of a Young Caregiver

Mama Jude and Me (20-something years ago) I turned 30 this past April, something I find myself embarrassingly admitting lately. It’s what I find most isolating about being a young caregiver ― the young part. It seems most everyone else I meet caring for a parent is about 20 years my senior (of course, this…

My Amazing, Memorable Mama

Mama and Me My Mama is just adorable. She glows with an inner excitement for life, even amid debilitating cancer treatments. I realize I’m biased as her daughter, but in truth she’s always been “cool” (though very strict when I was a kid). She’s done so many things and lived such a varied and rich…