• Lisa Bonchek Adams
    Cancer,  Featured

    Lisa Bonchek Adams

    It has been almost exactly 5 years since my world was turned upside down with the words “It’s cancer.” In those years, there have been many things that sustained me: my family, my friends. I know I’ve written extensively about how my girls in YSC have held me up and helped me keep it together. But another thing that helped me through this hell-ride of cancer survivorship is the voices of other bloggers with cancer. Through the magic of the interwebs, we were able to find each other, encourage each other, and be there for each other. These voices, I could recognize from just a couple sentences of their writing,…

  • remembering candice bailey
    Cancer,  Inspiration

    Remembering Candice

    We talked about how difficult it is to describe Candice, and have people really understand just how awesome she was, or how deeply her absence is felt, about the urge to insist, "But you don't understand! This was CANDICE!" Of course people didn't understand, unless they'd met her. You only had to meet her once to really get it.

  • 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.

  • Michael H. Schwartz
    Family

    Remembering Dad on Memorial Day

    I’ve spent the past month helping Mom move out of her apartment. Through that process I’ve been taking a moment to scan photographs before packing the pictures to ship.  OK, I’ve been taking a little more than a moment to preserve the photos, but it’s well worth the time investment. I love having these photos digitized, and accessible to the family on Flickr. I made a point of setting aside these photos of my dad from his tour of duty in Vietnam in 1968-69, so I could put them up for today’s Memorial Day post. Michael H. Schwartz Bronze Star, Vietnam War Thank you Dad, and Grandad, Aaron, Alex, David,…

  • Cancer,  Community

    It Gets Real

    She had warm eyes and the sweetest smile, but it was her wit that took my breath away. You had to pay attention because her comments were quiet, under-the-breath, but they would make you snort-laugh and shoot your champagne out your nose. To be honest, I didn’t know her very well, we only met a few times, yet here I sit with a hole in my heart. I wanted to know her better. I intended to get to know her, but we ran out of time, and now it will never happen. Elizabeth belonged to my support group, the Young Survival Coalition, a circle of friends all battling breast cancer…

  • Michael H. Schwartz - CoffeeJitters.Net
    Inspiration

    One Year Later

    It was one year ago today that my father passed away. I'm still learning how to wrap my brain around this fact. I keep wanting to call or email him. His email address is still sitting there in my address book while his instant messenger icon keeps telling me he's not available.