Welcome to our CaringBridge website. We are using it to keep family and friends updated in one place. We appreciate your support and words of hope and encouragement. Thank you for visiting.
I don't want this site to be a dry, medically-focused diary of day to day treatments. I want it to be a collection of stories, both sad and funny (and there are MANY funny stories when you have cancer) about the people I encounter throughout my journey.
I don't promise to update daily because I don't know how I'll feel from day to day, but I will update when I can to keep you ... my family, friends, colleagues, clients ... everyone ... up to date on what's going on with me.
Even though I was diagnosed last April with Multiple Myeloma, it's a very long journey to physical wellness. Now, mental wellness, I can control no matter what. I have an identity as one who uplifts, and I can maintain that identity by focusing on 1) all that I have to be grateful for, 2) the amazing stories of the people I come into contact with, 3) the words I use - whether prayers or meditations or affirmations, and 4) by doing all I can to be physically well. I have had chemotherapy and am starting the stem cell transplant process, but I can also improve my physical health through exercising 3x daily, doing my own daily care, eating as well as I possibly can, and practicing meditation and breathing exercises. We have control over our own emotions and how we show up in the world, no matter what is going on around us. And we can also support each other when we aren't feeling our best.
Please know I support you, even if I can't coach or have long conversations on the phone for a while. If we've ever met, you're in my prayers and thoughts.
ps. My own personal manifesto, which is a blend of quotes between Goethe and Ginott:
“I have come to the frightening conclusion that I am the decisive element. It is my personal approach that creates the climate. It is my daily mood that makes the weather. I possess tremendous power to make a life miserable or joyous. I can be a tool of torture or an instrument of inspiration. I can humiliate or humor, hurt or heal. In all situations, it is my response that decides whether a crisis will be escalated or de-escalated, and a person humanized or de-humanized. If we treat people as they ought to be…we help them become what they are capable of becoming.”