The first slap

The first slap
This photo was taken the day after I was diagnosed, and it is my first bitch slap at cancer. I'm the one with the icepack symbolically placed on my boob. My teammates changed our team's uniform to pink at the last minute, and I came off the soccer field that night with one goal and a whole lot of love. Several of these women are my close friends, but they are all warriors, and they all helped me set the tone for this fight.

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Holding on tight

I had a great time in Dallas at the Literacy Research Association meeting. I am always inspired to come to this conference and have conversations with so many thoughtful and smart people about literacy research and instruction. Seeing all my LRA friends and colleagues was so helpful for me mentally. I am so grateful to my stepmom, Patricia, for coming to Dallas to stay with me, as I wouldn't have wanted to do this alone. Patricia, you are simply awesome. Here's a photo Patricia took as she and I had a drink with Grace at the Omni Hotel.

Delayed a day getting home, and at DFW airport right now hoping my flights to Chicago and Champaign go smoothly. I'm sad that the conference has come to an end, but looking forward to seeing mom, Craig, Nate, and Evan. Also, my new beginning or new "normal" starts tomorrow with chemotheraphy, and in a weird way I'm looking forward to getting that underway.

Holding on tight...


  1. I'll be thinking of you tomorrow! Go kick cancer's butt!


  2. That is a really nice picture of you! I can understand how you're looking forward to getting started on your treatment - today you stop talking about bitch-slapping cancer and actually getting down to business to do some real bitch-slapping. I'll be thinking about you!

  3. Thinking of you today as your new normal begins.

    Lori evans

  4. I love seeing you and talking with you each time we get to meet. Thank you for including me in your journey. I am so glad that you got to tell me in person, as I would be slapping my computer if I got the news online.
    You got an attitude, girl!



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