My Story

“Three more weeks and we will never have to say goodbye again."  Those words have echoed in my head for over twenty six years now. Thirty years ago I was a sophomore at the local community college. I kept seeing this cute girl walking to class that had the biggest, most beautiful smile I had … Continue reading My Story

Ahh Life!

A year ago today I entered the hospital for a massive fight for my life. I’ve always been keenly aware of special dates in my life and their significance. The last few mornings I have woken up even earlier than normal, unable to get back to sleep as I’ve been thinking in depth about those … Continue reading Ahh Life!

Appreciating Every Single Day

As I write this, it’s right around sunrise, which is my best time of day. As my day starts, I usually feel pretty good. My dogs and I leave the house before daylight, getting coffee and spending an hour or two outside — writing. I come back home and go on my daily walk, which … Continue reading Appreciating Every Single Day

Music Is My Medicine

While fighting for my life recently, I had music playing twenty-four hours a day, every day, shutting off all other forms of media. It gave me hope, focus, inspiration and calmness. I’m not the same as I was prior to getting sick last December. I have tremendous fatigue, which requires a daily nap. Respiratory failure, … Continue reading Music Is My Medicine

One Day at a Time

I’m convinced patience and positivity saved my life. I don’t believe I would have gotten through my two-month hospital stay without it. It has equal importance to me now, as this long haul stuff is no joke. I work hard to continue to look on the positive side of things. My lungs are improving. At … Continue reading One Day at a Time

But a Life Without Pain Would Be Boring

Life comes fast. Often when things are moving along smoothly, something can come and knock us to the ground. Becoming well versed in grief in my early twenties set the tone for having a unique perspective on how I have looked at things ever since. I’ve always processed and handled the heavy things in life … Continue reading But a Life Without Pain Would Be Boring

Memories; Fuel for Staying Alive

“That people’s memories are maybe the fuel they burn to stay alive. Whether those memories have any actual importance or not, it doesn’t matter as far as the maintenance of life is concerned. They’re all just fuel. To the fire, they’re nothing but scraps of paper. It’s the exact same thing. Important memories, not-so-important memories, … Continue reading Memories; Fuel for Staying Alive

Half a Year, Whole New Perspective

Half a year ago today I was admitted to the hospital, struggling to breathe. It didn’t take long to realize that I was in a fight for my life. I could have died, but I lived. I stayed positive. I stayed patient. I allowed no negativity near me. I had zero fear, and I kept … Continue reading Half a Year, Whole New Perspective

An Update on My Health

I am gradually improving, but I still do have a ways to go with this long haul type of stuff. I’m in my first month of a short term leave from work. I’m taking the time to totally focus on healing. It took adjusting to, but it has been good for me. I’m blessed that … Continue reading An Update on My Health

Heroes Can Be Met

While recently hospitalized for 53 days with Pneumonia from the coronavirus, music played a huge part in my survival. Music has always been a tremendous part of my being. I gather such clarity and hope from it. On my first night at the hospital, I listened to a podcast. Halfway through I realized that I … Continue reading Heroes Can Be Met

I Rocked Coachella!

Recently I fought for my life, hospitalized for 53 days.My son Dylan and I have been going to Coachella since he was 11 years old in 2007.Making it to our 11th Coachella was a huge driving goal of mine,training hard for months to make it happen.... I went to from initially fighting with all my … Continue reading I Rocked Coachella!