"We're Authors"

My Life Stories group continues to get together monthly to socialize and share more stories. I joined the group this morning at the local Denny's. What fun! I learned that last month they showed up at the restaurant on a busy day and received assistance from an assistant manager as well as a waitress. "Which group are you with?" my students were asked. "We're authors," one of the quick-thinking group members replied. Before they knew it they heard other patrons referring to them as "well-known authors," one fellow diner had paid part of the group's lunch bill, and one of the Denny's staff had offered for the restaurant to host the group members' next book signings! #writing

I am not my hair

I am not my hair. I am not my hair. I am not my hair. ... Which is a good thing because my hair was cut and discarded yesterday. With or without a cap on, I tried to avoid mirrors for the rest of the day — but I caught my shadow a few times last night: on my white walls, in the window, on the TV screen. Definitely a bald shadow. I'm trying to look at it as one more milestone on the trip, one more milestone I'm making it through. #cancer

Together again

After weeks of separation, the thumb and little finger of my left hand were able to touch each other last week on their own accord, without my using the other hand to put them into contact with each other. My gratitude to physical therapists. (And can typing be far behind?) #cancer

The column I didn't anticipate writing: I have cancer

Much has happened in my life since I last wrote a post here two months ago. More quickly than you might relize I left the “a” out of “realize,” I went from noncancer patient to cancer patient. Diffuse large B-cell lymphoma, Stage 4. It is a non-Hodgkin lymphoma in which a kind of white blood cell called lymphocytes alters the usual blood cell makeup. According to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, it usually starts in lymph nodes in the neck or abdomen, it commonly affects middle-aged or older persons and it usually has no known cause. As far as cancer goes, I’ve been told this is a good one to have. My oncologist says it has a 50 to 60 percent cure rate. The pain in my back started gradually