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…

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Brain Tumor Awareness Month, Day 4.

I can’t say my son had a brain tumor. To be accurate, I say he has a brain tumor.  Twenty years ago, when Matt was 11, an MRI revealed the growth, clinging to his brainstem, located so deeply within convoluted folds of grey matter, it is inoperable.  He’s had it for twenty L-O-N-G years. He’ll have…

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Brain Tumor Awareness Month, Day 2

Today, May 3, 2018, my son Matt starts a new job. He’s 31 and has been on his own for awhile, so it may not sound like a big deal, but it is. It’s a big deal because there were times when my husband Michael and I didn’t know what to expect of our son’s…

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Personal growth in a story I didn't want to tell.

In September 2016, when I realized my short-term disability leave was going to be long-term, I knew it was a gift from the universe and I couldn’t blow it again. The gift was time—time to finish the memoir I began over 15 years ago. When I started writing, I told the story of my son’s…

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