Not Letting Sue’s Death Define Me

Tomorrow will be three years since Susie passed from cancer and I lay here today in my hospital bed after having surgery to have a stage 3 sarcoma the size of a softball removed from my left thigh.   In addition to being in shock when I received the diagnosis,...

Dealing with the diagnosis

As the days went byI tried to avoid thinking about what was happening to me. It was my way of protecting myself by being somewhat in denial and not fully thinking about my disease or the consequences. It wasn’t until the day before the surgery when I met with...

Telling My Mom

I had been holding off telling my 89-year-old mother what was going on in the weeks preceding the biopsy. I was her primary caregiver now that Sue was gone and my rationalization was why worry her when there was a possibility that there was nothing wrong with me. She...

My Diagnosis

The day after the MRI, the doctor called to tell me that I needed to see an orthopedic oncologist.  Oncologist??? I left work early in tears as if I already knew my fate. I went to see Dr. Patterson, the orthopedic oncologist on Monday, October 31st 2016.  He reviewed...

Losing My Twin & The Muscle Spasm That Saved My Life

On November 20th, 2013, my twin sister, Sue, passed after a brief battle with an extremely aggressive form of lung and liver cancer. She was diagnosed that August and succumbed a mere three months later. We were extremely close and shared a sixth sense; a bond that transcended words. We...