Should you exercise during chemo?

Let me start by saying I am only sharing from my own experience. It’s my opinion only, not medical advice. And the best answer I can give you is both honest yet ambiguous. It depends. Including the breaks between infusions, I received chemo treatment for seven months. During that time, there were days when I…

Inspiration for “Letters to Eleanor”

A few short days after my second lumpectomy, we were off to Florida for our annual Walden Beach vacay (because my breast surgeon is super cool – also, maybe because I’m very persuasive but actually because I pinky swore not to swim in the ocean).

The thank you note that’s impossible to write

This morning I wrote thank you notes. Lots of them. I filled an entire loose-leaf sheet of paper with the names of so many who have shown love and solidarity and thoughtfulness in just the way I needed it – without a trace of sympathy because #gross and just flat out no – pity has…

Love in the waiting

As I sit in my living room, with a homemade “Mommy, you rock” banner hanging from the mantel and heart-shaped Post-It notes across the hearth, I am humbled. Cards span from one end to the other, from friends down the street and from 700 miles to the East in our treasured sweet home Alabama. The…