Six Months in

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On January 22nd of this year, an IV dripped toxic chemicals into my daughter’s body for the first time. Chemicals that are necessary to stop any more spread of her cancer, but which ironically could cause additional cancers in her themselves. Or damage her heart. Or her bladder. Or cause other issues that could follow […]

Join the Boston Marathon #JimmyFundWalk to help raise money for cancer! #ad

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I participated in an Ambassador Activation on behalf of Influence Central for the Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk. I received a promotional item to thank me for my participation.
Six months ago, I had never heard of the Jimmy Fund.
Previous to 2013, I also had the ‘luxury’ of not knowing that research funding for childhood cancer […]

Help Walmart and Pampers Support Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals (Giveaway, ends 7/11) #sponsored

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This post is sponsored by P&G and I was provided with a Walmart gift card as a thank you for sharing this information. As always, all opinions stated here are 100% my own or those of my family.
This year has truly been a challenging one for my family – in ways we never anticipated. When […]

Super fangirl

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It all started with Abbi.
In fifth grade, she went on a field trip to the local movie theater and one of the film choices (with parent permission) was The Avengers. Abbi chose it as the lesser of two evils and has been hooked ever since. The Iron Man movies. Thor. Captain America. Even the Hulk, […]

From Disney to DeVos…

This week will be a study in contrasts, in more ways than one.
I’ve spent the past 6 days in Orlando, Florida on a solo trip to the TravelingMom 2015 #TMOMDisney retreat. It’s an annual chance to learn, grow, network and enjoy the time away from home. Last year we made it a family affair and […]

Parenting a Tween… with cancer

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The terrible 2’s? No problem, got that down. The toddler and preschool years weren’t fun at times, but little ones can be manipulated into doing just about anything and if you’re really good, they even get excited about it too.
Moody teenage daughter? Check. But even she pales against the attitude that we get from her […]

Reflections from the hospital

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I feel like 2015 is going by in a blur so far. Two months ago today our world as we knew it completely changed, when we heard the words, “there was something of concern on her CT scan.” Surgery, then the dreaded phrase, recurrence of tumor. One month ago today our ‘new’ normal began as […]

The other ‘C’ word: Chemotherapy

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Almost exactly two years ago, we got the diagnosis that scares the heck out of any parent – the big ‘C’ word. The funky-looking thing that had been growing on Hannah’s right knee? Was cancer. Which was terrifying. But while the surgery to remove her knee of any extra cancer cells itself was extensive – […]

Remembering Dad

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Three nights ago, my brother and I sat on either side of the bed across from our father in the hospice wing at Henry Ford Hospital in downtown Detroit as he drew his last breath. It was the end of a 7-month long journey as he struggled with diagnosis and treatments for rhabdomyosarcoma and over […]

Hemangiopericytoma… again

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The past week has been a whirlwind of doctors, hospital, phone calls and a lot to take in and process. I still can’t believe how quickly everything has moved. Hannah’s surgery was just on Tuesday and now here, on Saturday night, everything has changed.
She did so amazingly with this surgery. We knew that she did […]

Hannah surgery–round 2…

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So here we go again… Sigh.
After her rather extensive leg surgery back in April of 2013 to make sure that all of the hemangiopericytoma tumor had been removed, Hannah’s follow-up scans have all been perfect, first at 3 and 6 months out and then every four months after that. In late May, her doctors felt […]

Tutorial: Paracord Candy Canes

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When I was a kid, my mom took a macrame class (yes this was back in the early 80’s). She then taught me everything she’d learned and together we made everything from plant hangers to Christmas ornaments that year. I still have several of the ornaments and decorations that we made, and one of my […]

Woke up on the wrong side of the bed

You have those days too, right?
The ones when you don’t know exactly what’s wrong but everything and everybody just seems to rub you the wrong way…
Yeah, that.
I have to admit it’s been a while since I’ve had one of ‘those’ days, so I guess I was due. Or overdue.
I know I’m under a lot of […]

This kick…

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Yep, this exact kick, caught on film (so to speak) for posterity.
You have to understand that this kick was a fluke in more ways than one.
I have never before seen my kid attempt to put any part of her body in front of the soccer ball during the eight seasons that she has played. When […]