Although I’ve written about my younger sister Karlette who succumbed to breast cancer a few years ago, I have not mentioned Lori, my other sister, who danced with the devil. Lori’s diagnosis came a few years before Karlette’s first. I asked her to write a blog post about her experience, but she feels that she … Continue reading The “Other” Sister: “I didn’t have to fight…”
The secret to living well and longer is: eat half, walk double, laugh triple and love without measure. –Tibetan Proverb We’ve reached the last of our “Live-Laugh-Love” posts. I mentioned earlier this week that I would explain later why the theme is significant to me. “Live, Laugh, Love” was my sister Karlette’s mantra. If you’ve been following my blog … Continue reading Live Well. Laugh Triple. Love Without Measure.
I cannot let March end without sharing the big yellow bouquet of postcards I received in honor of International Women’s Day/Women’s History Month. With Beckra’s (ongoing) permission, I hosted her “Yellow Flowers for International Women’s Day” swap on swap-bot for the fifth time. I felt compelled to share the yellow blessing with the Love Notes … Continue reading My Bouquet of Yellow Postcards
“March 11.” “Pink orchids.” These words played over and over in my mind as I awakened from my slumber this morning. Today marks four years since we lost Karlette, my younger sister, to breast cancer. And pink orchids were her favorite flowers. I’ve been fighting with a photo of pink orchids I shot at the New … Continue reading Pink Orchids and Karle’s Wings
When my younger sister, Karlette, passed away in 2013 after an eight-year battle with breast cancer, five different diagnoses, a double mastectomy, and other radical treatments, the world suffered the loss of an amazing person. Since her passing, I have been trying to figure out how to honor her life and put some of her light … Continue reading Karle’s Wings: Sending Love Into the World
I woke up this morning thinking about my mom and the absolutely beautiful woman she is. Today is her 80th birthday and I am deeply grateful that God continues to gift us with her life. I hear it over and over and over again. “Your mom is a saint.” She’s not simply a good, good person. … Continue reading Mama Is a Saint!
I read a little of your story today and it broke my heart. I see you wearing courage and faith openly, but I know you’re hurting, suffering, and perhaps afraid. I want to talk to you, but I don’t know what to say. That I’m praying for you? I am. But how many times a day … Continue reading To My Colleague with Breast Cancer: You Have This Moment
“Just like your dad,” some people say to me. Typically, this is in reference to some unwavering position I hold on a particular issue. I’m not always sure of their meaning, but I take it as a compliment. My father is an honest, hardworking man of his word. He has impeccable integrity. Is he perfect? … Continue reading “Just Like Your Dad,” or Happy Birthday, Daddy!
Today marks two years since my younger sister’s passing due to cancer. It’s not easier, as some assured me it would be. Every day I think about her. Every day I fight tears and nail-spitting anger. Every day I remind myself that this life is not all, that I have a “hope burning in my heart” to … Continue reading “Breast Cancer Has No Face”
And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying: “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, goodwill toward men.”–Luke 2:13, 14 May your Christmas be filled with joy, peace and love; may it ring with the highest praises for our Saviour and King. Merry … Continue reading Merry Christmas!