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.

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Getting ready to bloom

Well, okay, the plum tree is already in bloom, and I still have two more chemo infusions left. But still.... I'm trying to rush things, and why wouldn't I? This spring has been painfully slow in coming, and obviously I'm not just talking about the weather. Who can resist the urge to usher in little blossoms and flowers?

I keep a close watch during spring, searching the tulips, daffodils, and blossoming trees a few times each day for any new micro-moves toward bloom: A bud here, a new shoot there, a bit more color popping out of the Redbud. Might simple and diligent observance nudge them a bit further along in the process? Maybe not; the blooms will come in their own sweet time. But each little step is celebrated, and I'm glad to be witness to them.


Today is a good day. A vertical day. Not only that, for the first time since before surgery, I ran. Actually, I went for a run/walk combo out on the trails out on the prairie--two minutes walking briskly, two minutes slowly jogging--for about a half hour. That's my kind of therapy, my own little micro-moves toward full bloom.


  1. Same from Washington state! You look great and spring is almost here :)


  2. With the run/walk combo, sounds like you had a spring in your step! I have to say, I have always admired how tan and fit you always are. You're my model for that, as well as how for to deal with, and conquer, an unforgiving illness. In short, you rock!


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