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The Day My CT Scan Wasn’t Clear

amy   August 25, 2016   Comments Off on The Day My CT Scan Wasn’t Clear

Last week, I wrote about the anxiety and guilt surrounding the wait for routine test results. It was my first CT Scan post-diagnosis, and I was confident that the longer it took to receive the results the more in the clear I was. This led me to feelings of guilt, because so many other cancer patients are dealing with recurrence. When you… Read more »

The Day We Had A Wedding

amy   August 11, 2016   Comments Off on The Day We Had A Wedding

  It never fails. The 24-48 hours before a trip, I’m cranky. I make a list of what to pack, and I review it repeatedly. Jason and I discuss timelines, form strategies, and prepare what we can in advance. We reiterate with the kids what to expect and when to anticipate it. We categorize our packing into essential, preferred, and… Read more »

The Day I Fought the Heron

amy   July 28, 2016   Comments Off on The Day I Fought the Heron

Yesterday, I received a big ole serving of humility, provided by a two-foot tall bird. My daughter came running down the stairs, shouting that a baby heron was sitting on the fence. As we are conditioned to do, my family sprang into action. We do not like the balance of our serene outdoor homestead to be disturbed by aquatic predators…. Read more »

The Day I Put Soap on a Spoon

  Some days, the greatest parenting challenge is keeping a straight face. Baby #3 is creative, curious, observant, unrestrained, and…quite frankly…exhausting to parent. He isn’t the type of kid that needs to be chased after (although that could describe his early years) but he definitely needs supervision. He will take apart your watch if you leave it laying on the… Read more »

The Day a Stranger Became Me

Yesterday I was scrolling through my Facebook Newsfeed when I saw an image of a mother with pink hair breastfeeding, captioned with the title “Mom Prepares for Cancer Battle with Final Breastfeeding Photo Shoot.” Countless memories and thoughts streamed through my mind, and it was a moment or two before I realized I was holding my breath. Since my breast cancer diagnosis on… Read more »

The Day I Made My Son Anxious

amy   June 23, 2016   Comments Off on The Day I Made My Son Anxious

  It was 7:30 AM, and a full week since the last day of school. Baby #2 perched at the end of a kitchen chair, his eyes watching me as I emptied the dishwasher. “So, now what?” he asked timidly, studying my body language and facial expression. I could see the tension in his shoulders and the anxiety in his… Read more »

The Day We Didn’t Have to Hug

amy   June 8, 2016   Comments Off on The Day We Didn’t Have to Hug

  Most of my family roots are in Italy and Sicily. I belong to the same church that my great-grandparents did, and every summer we celebrate the feasts of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Santissimo Salvatore, and Madonna del Soccorso di Sciacca in the streets. We believe in big, hearty meals served around a large table, family-style. All of our… Read more »

The Day I Stayed in the Middle

amy   June 2, 2016   Comments Off on The Day I Stayed in the Middle

  I’ve been a stay-at-home-mom since becoming pregnant with Baby #2. A lot has happened over the years since resigning my paying job: a new house, a dog, breast cancer, 1.5 to 4 kids, and the normal daily chaos of life continuing its churn. Strangers like to tell me I “have my hands full” and that I’m “always keeping busy,”… Read more »

The Day I Didn’t Scratch My Face Off

It’s springtime! Signs of life are all around us, with little critters and animals scurrying about, flowers in full bloom, and trees filling out their canopies of leaves…and I want to pop out my eyeballs, dunk them in Benedryl, and stay holed up in my air-conditioned house until…oh, I don’t know…maybe winter? Since my breast cancer diagnosis, seasonal allergies, which began in… Read more »

The Day I Went with Option B

amy   May 19, 2016   Comments Off on The Day I Went with Option B

  Sheryl Sandberg gave a commencement speech that has gone viral this week. Sandberg, she of Facebook and Lean In fame, didn’t talk to the Berkeley graduating class about finding inspiration and embracing successes. Instead, she told them that “In the face of any challenge, you can choose joy and meaning.” She took an insightful approach, and tasked herself with explaining the… Read more »