staying strong

Dancing on Halloween Morn

Hump Day Shorts November 9, 2013

Some stories take a while to write themselves: days, months, even years. This is Dancing on Halloween Morn. Breathless.  It’s Halloween morning.  I haven’t been climbing stairs or jogging.  The music’s loud.  And I’m dancing in the kitchen. October was a success.  Each day, for a second or an afternoon, I peeled back the heavy […]

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Facing the Wall

Hump Day Shorts June 29, 2013
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Obstacles. Fences. Walls. Roadblocks. Diversions. Challenges. We maneuver around them daily. Sometimes with great skill and confidence. Sometimes bumbling along, bouncing into the roadblock headfirst a few times before working out a path to the other side. When going through chemo, I felt fenced. In December 2009, my third month of chemo, I got through […]

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Six Hours of Questions and Answers

Staying Strong March 11, 2012

(Original post date: February 6, 2010) Written at 2 a.m. Saturday, February 6th Early morning in our house Friday, February 5th: “Do I have any clean socks?” No. “Is there a basket somewhere with clean whites?” No. “Are there any clean towels?” Yes, the basket in the laundry room is clean. My laundry experiment: “Can […]

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Where have I been? What happened to daily posts?

Staying Strong March 11, 2012

(Original post date: February 3, 2010) More often than not, I’m sleeping all night which has seriously affected my output of words! I miss that peaceful lull between 2 and 4 a.m., yet I’m happy to be heading toward normal. I’m in the last Nadir period (low white blood cell count). With the exception of […]

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Awaiting the Launch

Staying Strong March 11, 2012

(Original post date: January 29, 2010) My last chemo appointment was a milestone, but I’m still wading through the whole business of being on chemo. February 5th is the date of my “post-chemo” appointment with my oncologist. I feel like I have big springs under my feet, and while I want to explode and do […]

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Friend or Foe

Staying Strong March 11, 2012

(Original post date: January 22, 2010) 10 a.m. I’m waiting to talk to my doctor before the last infusion today. Last time, I spoke with him briefly about a flurry of bizarre brain activity: anxiety over chemo ending. The thought sat with me for two days. Chemo is ending. Not, chemo is ending, yippee!! But, […]

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