The Power of a Friend

If you’re anything like me, you’ve had friends come and go. For whatever reason you can feel extraordinarily close to people at periods of your life, and at other times they feel like strangers. Throughout it all, we maintain a caring for the people we have called “friends” whether we feel a closeness in the immediate term or not.

I’ve never really had trouble making friends. I’m outgoing. I like to get involved in things. I’m confident and, I’ve been told, easy to talk to. Yet, there have been periods of time in my life when I feel rather alone. It could be because I’m fiercely independent, or, more simply, it could just be the normal tide of life. Either way, feeling alone never feels good. We need other people. To remind us all of the good in us and, sometimes, the parts of us that could use a little refining. Read more...

Today is THE Day...

Today is the day my life changed forever. On this day, I was forced to start thinking of my life in two parts: My life before breast cancer, and my life after breast cancer.

Today is the day that I lost faith in my body and became prematurely and acutely aware of my mortality. Today is the day I wondered if I’d ever get married, start a family, or live to be 45. Today is the day I received THAT phone call and sat alone knowing that the conversations that would follow with my family and friends would change my life, and theirs, forever. Read more....

Her Name is Judy...

I met Judy when I was just a little girl. Probably right around the time I started kindergarten. I didn’t know much about her then, I just knew that I thought she was nice and I knew that her daughter Amy was pretty cool too.

As the years went by, my friendship with Amy turned into one of those that becomes a lifetime bond. One of those friendships that feels more like a sister than just a friend. Amy and I had our own language and a way of knowing what each other was thinking without saying a word. To this day I can make a certain facial expression, no words necessary, and Amy and I will bust into laughter. Read more...

High Five to That!

Eli turns FIVE today…OMG!

Five years ago today I gave birth to little Eli James. He arrived during a major ice storm here in Pennsylvania, so the drive to the hospital while in labor felt like an eternity, and actually it really was.  But at around 3:50pm he arrived, after a fairly short labor and no complications.  The minute I saw him I saw my father. It was something about his eyes. And so his middle name would be James. In an instant he became my “sunshine angel boy”.  Read more...

Seriously, I'm gonna throw a sippy cup...

Yesterday, while getting my 3 and 4 year old ready for day care, I stopped to listen to a segment on Good Morning America about updates to breast cancer screening guidelines released by the US Preventative Task Force (USPTF). First, I’d like to thank Steve Jobs for making that moment even possible because both of my boys were happily playing on their iPads which allowed me to actually attend to this segment vs. run interference on an impending spilled sippy cup or being subjected to whiny Caillou. For that Steve…I’m eternally grateful. Read more....