June 30, 2017

It’s amazing the things cancer has made me less afraid of: Bugs. Needles. Turning 40.

I have a vivid memory of my Uncle Lenn turning 40. I remember the pictures of the black balloons and the coffin shaped birthday cake. It was a weird thing for an 11 year old to see. Li...

June 29, 2017

Chemo is boring. It’s like having to watch three French movies in a row.

 “I’ve sat here all day, nothing happened, and now I feel sick.” 

They don’t tell you that when you first start. They tell you about the nausea and the hair loss but they don’t tell you that yo...

June 27, 2017

I spent a couple of hours at Kittridge Park yesterday. It’s a small park around the corner from my apartment, right across the street from Arby’s. 

It’s an ok park. Nothing to write home about. Don't get me wrong, I’m glad it’s there. A little respite in the middle of a...

June 26, 2017

Sometimes a couch is just a couch. Other times, it is inspiration. 

One of the major themes of our time in Atlanta, besides cancer and traffic, has been IKEA. When we moved here last July we had no furniture. And I don’t mean “no furniture” like how Jaimie says she has...

June 24, 2017

When I was in college I back packed across Europe. One day I was talking to someone from France and they said, “Americans hate Sunday because they have to go to work the next day, and we French love it because it’s the day we spend with our families.” He was using that...

June 21, 2017

Even though it’s this first day of summer, my mind has been on winter. 

Coats specifically. 

See I used to play this game in New York when it first got cold called- What’s in Davey’s Pocket?

Maybe some of you have your own version of this game? It’s where you stick your h...

June 20, 2017

“Why is there a copy of The Asheville Times from March 10, 1957?” asked my mother. Those are the things you ponder when you are going through filing cabinets at your grandmother’s house. 

“What on earth was she keeping this for?”

I picked up the weathered paper with the...

June 19, 2017

Jaimie and I got into a fight last week and she blamed it on the steroids. I was like sweet, does that get me out of trouble? Yes, it’s my steroids. That’s why I was on my cell phone when you were talking to me. 

The steroids. 

I had a dream last night that I was in audi...

June 16, 2017

This morning Jaimie asked me to help her carry boxes of school supplies out to her car. 

I said, “What about my cancer?” 

She shook her head and handed me boxes. 

The doctor who first broke the news to us was my surgeon. It was ten days after I got out of the hospital. I...

June 14, 2017

Waiting for test results is the worst. 

I’ve been able to distract myself for the past few days. There have been classes to teach and baseball to watch. My mom was coming into town so there was emergency cleaning we needed to do. I love that emergency “people are coming...

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