Forever Changed

It was a normal morning in November of 2008 and I knew my life would be forever changed.  I was in the shower getting ready for the day.  I reached for my loofah (bath sponge) and shower gel.  No loofah!  It was across the bathroom in the tub and I was in a hurry so…

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Sharing My Story

I am sharing my story because when you receive a diagnosis of cancer, your life changes forever.  From that point on, you are known as the one who has cancer.  Some people deal with it by talking to everyone about every detail.  That just wasn’t me. I remember sitting in my office, assistant principal’s office,…

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Why Chocolate Covered Cherries?

You are probably wondering what do chocolate covered cherries have to do with Christmas? For me, chocolate covered cherries remind me of my dad. He loved chocolate covered cherries.   When we would ask him what he wanted for Christmas, he would list a few basic items: white socks white t-shirts chocolate covered cherries cherry…

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Favorite Christmas Traditions

My favorite of all Christmas traditions is a letter that I would write to my girls. When my girls, Paige and Kelsey, still lived at home, I wrote them a letter every Christmas.  It was a review and reflection of their year and of course a reminder of their individual, unique and special qualities. Each letter consisted of…

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Keeping It Real

Keeping It Real is a story of HOPE that I continue to live. I can remember the day I was told, “YOU have breast cancer.”  I was paralyzed with fear. I sat in my living room and cried silent tears and started to pray. I am an educator at heart so the only practical next step…

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