It’s a big day and a big step!

Today, I'm happy to announce my first essay to appear in a Literary Publication--Mothers Always Write! "When a horrible diagnosis is a relief." I submitted the essay in March, then it was accepted perhaps in May, (I've lost track of that exciting email), then I received notice on Monday that it would appear today. I've been… Continue reading It’s a big day and a big step!

Happy Positivity Day!

Today is Friday the 13th, a day some people truly dread. For others, these unlucky Fridays provide a whimsical excuse for all that goes wrong. April was the most recent time a Friday fell on the thirteenth. When I shared some thoughts about it, I received a comment by this writer suggesting that every Friday the… Continue reading Happy Positivity Day!

Finding hope in the chaos of life.

My memoir, which I've not finished writing, has been given an unwanted sequel. Not by Matt, my 31-year-old son who was diagnosed with a brain tumor when he was 11. By a close family member, who just received that same diagnosis. I can't give more details yet, out of respect for this person's privacy, but… Continue reading Finding hope in the chaos of life.

Brain Tumor Awareness Month, Day 11.

Another vocabulary word from the day my son was diagnosed with a brain tumor: Hydrocephalus. Water on the brain.  I had heard of it before that October morning in the radiology lab. I had the notion that babies were sometimes born with hydrocephalus, and it caused their heads to swell, since the plates of the… Continue reading Brain Tumor Awareness Month, Day 11.

Brain Tumor Awareness Month, Day 10.

Pylocytic astrocytoma was one of the words I introduced in my Day 8 post. It’s the type of brain tumor my son has—benign and slow-growing.  An MRI revealed it when Matt was 11. The doctors didn’t know how long it lay hidden in his brain; it could have been there since birth. I often wonder… Continue reading Brain Tumor Awareness Month, Day 10.

Brain Tumor Awareness Month, Day 9.

I was so engrossed in revising a draft of my memoir manuscript, I forgot to write an entry earlier today. So here are some random excerpts from my manuscript, and your opportunity to give me feedback. "I wonder who I would be, had my child been perfect like I expected." (This is currently the opening… Continue reading Brain Tumor Awareness Month, Day 9.

Brain Tumor Awareness Month, Day 8.

It’s amazing, when you get a diagnosis for which you were unprepared, how quickly your lexicon expands.  Pilocytic astrocytoma and hydrocephalus and third ventriculotomy were three of the mouthfuls added to our vocabulary when our son Matt was diagnosed with a brain tumor.  In the following years, neuropsychological testing and 504 Plan and TBI joined… Continue reading Brain Tumor Awareness Month, Day 8.

Brain Tumor Awareness Month, Day 7.

I’ve been finalizing a draft of my memoir manuscript—version eleventy-nine thousand or so—and I needed to clarify some dates and facts. So, this morning, I dragged down a blue-lidded bin from the attic. I wanted Matt’s report cards and school work from third grade, when he was eight. That was the year his behavior and… Continue reading Brain Tumor Awareness Month, Day 7.