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  • Chemo Round #7

    Same ol’ chemo drug, different round.   I keep telling myself, “only one more to go.”  The nurse warned me that my side effects would be cumulative as Taxol went on.  I believed her.  I thought my most major side effect would be fatigue.  Oh darn, more naps.  There was this glossed over, something about […]

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  • When you have to face the music

    My lovely friend, Camille, came to visit me yesterday.  We chatted and laughed.  At one point she said, “I didn’t know what to expect when I got here.”  Meaning, she didn’t know what state I’d be in. I don’t think any one knows what to expect when they show up or call.  My mom has […]

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  • Let’s Get Reaquainted

    Whoa… 2 1/2 years. What happened?  Last thing I knew I was appealing for funds for Sweet Hope and the next I’m here.  Where is here?  And who the hell is that orange cheeto sitting in the White House?  What happened to the cool guy? I’d like to think that I’ve been asleep or had […]

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  • On extended family

    I come from a very large and complex family. Both of my parents are twice divorced, each with children from their marriages. I am the only child of their marriage to each other. Basically, it is a bunch of step-siblings and half-siblings and confusion. While, in total, I have 6 siblings, most days I am […]

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  • Whoa. A year

    Holy crackers! A year? Serious… a year. A year ago today I was wrapping up a whirlwind tour on the other side of the world (by myself). I still can’t believe I got on a plane and traveled to Far East Russia by. my. self. Where have I been? I’ve been here. Our little family […]

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  • Adventures in shopping

    Now I can’t fly all the way to Russia and not do a little souvenir shopping. Although I’ve been here 3 times before there are things I still would like to have. However, Derek did tell me he didn’t think a samovar would fit into my suitcase. I’m pretty sure he’s right, but if there […]

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  • My experience at Khor Village

    There are very few things in life that compare to the emotional journey of international adoption. I am sure everyone has something in their lives that has effected them so profoundly that it is truly life changing. It just happens to be that spending time in a Russian orphanage during the process to become a […]