Raise Up Extraordinary Women: Rabbi Deborah Goldmann

December’s daily #OneGoodThing was dedicated to celebrating extraordinary women I know. Many of the 31 bold, beautiful, brave women featured shared stories of perseverance after abuse, addiction, miscarriages, illness, and loss. They represent various fields and backgrounds, and I admire each for their passion and strength. The series was so deeply inspiring that I felt…

My first visitor

My dear friend Angelina came to visit today—my first visitor since my surgery last week. I managed to get vertical and put on clean pajamas, but therein was the extent of my “spoons.” Thankfully, she knew what she was in for and has known me long enough not to care! Today’s #OneGoodThing was a lovely…

Turning a corner

After days of misery, today was the first day since my surgery that I started to feel better. I stopped taking the prescribed opioids and was able to keep food down once again. I even made it out of bed and to the living room. It’s not a far distance, but it felt like an…

Thoughtful care delivery

Recovery from surgery is bumpy as I’ve been violently ill all day. But something wonderful did happen despite my misery—my extraordinary friend Sarica arranged to have lunch delivered to us. Though I wasn’t able to eat today, this was a godsend because it meant fresh meals for Mama! Today’s #OneGoodThing with Mama was Sarica’s thoughtful…

The day after

I had surgery to remove my gallbladder yesterday and I’d be lying if I said I was anything but miserable. It probably doesn’t help that I’ve also got my 9th bladder infection in 6 months—a fact we learned today just in time for our beloved More Diane to pick up my antibiotics before returning home.…

Pre-surgery fun

I’m having surgery in the morning, and I’ve been consumed with getting everything ready before I’m out of commission. But I decided it was also important to have a bit of fun before it all. So yesterday, my dear friend Mark visited and drove us out to the coast for a calming breath of salty,…