• my cancer story
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    The Big C and Me: my cancer story

    My cancer story: this is a collection of my blog posts and articles about my cancer experience over the years. I decided to pull them all together into one place to make them easy to find. This turned out to be a much bigger projected than I expected. I’ve cataloged more than thirty here so far, and there are many more to add. This is a work in progress. I will continue adding the posts already completed as well as the new posts to come, so check back from time to time. Tags are coming soon to allow for searching by topic. It has been an eye opening exercise to…

  • Michele Lowe Meesh
    Cancer,  Living Well

    for Michele

    Michele had a way of telling her story so that it didn’t terrify the newly diagnosed girls. She would spin the story each time, so it came out with a message, a little moral or lesson to tie up the anecdote like the “you see, Timmy” at the end of each episode of Lassie.

  • Blogging,  Creating a Living,  Living Well,  Photography,  Writing,  WW

    2012 – A year in review

    A look back at the year that was. I introduced my little girl to one of my favorite pieces of public art in Seattle. I dove into the Winter/Spring semester as a full time student. I went to New Orleans to attend the Conference for Young Women affected by breast cancer.  It was so powerful to be in a place with nearly 1000 other young women living with breast cancer. It’s not where you’re going, or the conditions along the way; I learned that what really makes a difference is your traveling companions. A friend I never met passed away. I lost my inspiration, and then found it again at…

  • judy schwartz and aaron haley wedding 2004
    Cancer,  Family,  Inspiration,  WW

    Eight years

    Dear Universe: The sickness and poorer part of our vows were not an invitation. I’ll have you know that despite pneumonia, cancer, mysethenia gravis, a combined 18 nights in the hospital, more than 10 dashes to the ER, 8 years of at least one and usually both of us as full-time college students, layoffs, hours cut, car trouble, eviction notices, healthy diets, exercise, a sweet and miraculously healthy baby girl, daily “adventures”, good friends, a lot of wine, belly laughs, a home full of books, homemade dinners, long conversations late into the night, snuggling, holding hands, and occasional long walks on the beach, we’re happier and more in love than ever. You…

  • Cancer,  Living Well

    Harmony Hill

    I’ve spent the past two days working on a couple projects that have had me knee deep in photographs from the Young Survival Coalition. That’s had me a little emotional, to say the least: memories, faces, friends… One of those projects a presentation on our getaway to the Harmony Hill Cancer Retreat Center. I’ve just got to share a few of these photos. There’s just something about the ability to get away from it all, and bond with the girls – girls who have been through what I’ve been through… at my age, rather than me being the youngest by 30 years… Who knew getting our craft on would be…

  • Cancer,  Inspiration

    On the radio

    .This is the story of how I became an on air radio personality. Ok, it’s not. I’m not. It’s not even about me. This is a story about Debbie Cantwell, and the non-profit organization she started on her kitchen table, all by herself, to help young women with breast cancer, like me. This is the story of the Pink Daisy Project, and a generous donation from Bonneville Seattle and the Seattle Seahawks. The Pink Daisy Project provides care and comfort to young women with breast cancer, by means of grocery cards, gas cards, drug store cards, and housecleaning services. My little girl and I were invited to accompany Debbie, her…