• Life

    She has cancer.

    Breast Cancer Logo Butterfly

    September 30, 2014. The phone call. We heard the words. I wasn’t surprised based on the weeks leading up to that day. We are three girls in our family. We rally when we need to. Doctors’ appointments followed by waiting. Then the diagnosis. Our baby sister then 34, was starting…

  • Life,  Process

    Redefining the Norm: When Breast Cancer Comes Calling

      As I sat beside our baby sister’s hospital bed yesterday, I was both inspired by her strength and humbled by her resilience; she is redefining her norm with grace and dignity and a touch of realism (the occasional tear and/or ‘colorful’ word). Bruised and broken may be her body, but not her…

  • Life,  Process

    Phase 1: And So it Begins…..

    A few days ago, in between periods 3 and 4, I noticed I had a handful of text messages. With 25 teenagers shuffling in and out of my classroom every 55 minutes, needing hall passes, homework updates, and hugs when the day is off-kilter, looking at my cell phone is a luxury that happens…

  • Life,  Poetry,  Process

    Sorry, Nurse Ratched

    You can’t do that in here! There are privacy laws. Really? You might want to walk away….   Because…. I just did. And will again. You are going through the motions. We are going through the emotions.   She is 1 in 8. She is our Baby Sister.  She is a mother…