Getting through another scan

If you or a loved one are living with cancer, you likely have frequent medical imaging to monitor the progression. After 7.5 years of regular MRIs, Mama and I are old pros. Yet today, we both felt some trepidation as Mama’s headaches and cognitive difficulties have worsened lately. We won’t have the official results until…

Hug a caregiver

November is National Family Caregivers Month. I’ve been a sole carer for my amazing Mama for the last seven and a half years. I always knew I’d take care of Mama when the time came. I’m happy that I’m able to be here for her and to give her the best quality of life possible. Caregiving…

Mama’s birthday in her favorite place

Today we celebrated Mama’s 76th birthday in her favorite place in the world: Venice, Italy! I brought her coffee and pastry from a local bar, which we enjoyed at home. Later we ventured out in the direction of a campo she loves. Along the way, we found ourselves at a shop we’ve long adored, called…

Celebrating with loved ones

Saturday’s #OneGoodThing post is a few hours late, because we were too busy partying! About 20 of our closest family friends joined us to celebrate Mama’s miraculous 7-year milestone in her fight against brain cancer. Mama and I had the most wonderful time getting to visit with everyone. Loved ones came from as far as Los…

Getting ready to celebrate

Today has been full-on party preparations, as we look forward to celebrating Mama’s miraculous 7 years with some of our closest family friends tomorrow. We are very excited for this year’s Summer Garden Party. We picked up a few final items and had our nails done today, so now we’re set! Today’s #OneGoodThing was getting party ready!…

Day 900

Today’s #OneGoodThing is reaching the 900-day milestone of finding and writing about surprising silver linings. I hope this blog project has helped you recognize something good in whatever challenges you face. Day 169 of 365. And Day 900 in a row (here’s the first 366 & the following 365)!  1 year ago today: Surviving the heat wave 2 years ago today: Vision Come…

7 year miracle

Sometimes life changes slowly, almost imperceptibly. But seven years ago today, my life took a drastic change — all in an instant. It happened the moment my mother was diagnosed with a brain tumor. I became Mama’s caregiver and advocate, in what turned out to be a fight against an extremely rare brain cancer, with a prognosis of…