Category: Reflections

ASTROnomical Blessings

September 11, 2017 was my first day of radiation treatment for my surprise cancer diagnosis I had received just two months before during a regular left parotidectomy for a pleomorphic adenoma. The days to follow were the hardest days I’ve ever faced in my…

What? I’m Mortal?

We begin the early years of childhood learning our colors, the alphabet, how to count, our directions, and our shapes. As we grow bigger our learning shifts to more abstract things and we learn how to share, how to be kind to one another,…

A Wave of Reflection

I spent the last week at the beach, and in true Glanda fashion, a lot of reflection took place. I always go back to where I was the last time I was in that particular situation whatever it is and try to think through…

Scarred

Let’s talk scars for a minute. Have you ever thought about why they’re there and what they represent? Have you ever taken the time to study the details of yours? Maybe you have a favorite scar…one that reminds you of how much you loved…

Professions of a Panelist

Last week, K.T. and I had the opportunity to sit on a patient panel with 4 others at the UAB Head and Neck Cancer Survivors Support Group meeting that I’ve been a part of for about a year or so. The questions prompted us…

Onward and Upward

At each phase of this journey, I have had to remind myself to look back at where I’ve been so I can better focus on where I’m headed. Glanda has been known to say “onward and upward,” and that makes a polite nod to…

I Cross My Heart

Because it’s Valentine’s Day and everyone is talking about LOVE, Glanda wanted to get in on the fun too, but while you’re probably already rolling your eyes because Valentine’s Day is kind of dumb and love is a little mushy sometimes, don’t give up…

Cancer is Confusing

There are things about cancer that only cancer patients comprehend and fully understand. And because of that, there are things about cancer that us surviviors wish you knew. Cancer is something I felt to the aboslute depths of my bones and it has recently…

The Cancer Never Leaves

I read an article yesterday on surviving suvivorship, and it struck a chord in me…several actually. The title grabbed me because of the notion that survivorship might not be the walk in the park that it seems to have the reputation for. The article…

Glanda’s 1 Year Goneda

The week inevitably came with a wide range of emotions leading up to my surgery anniversary, July 6, 2018…exactly 1 year since the day we officially said goodbye to Glanda. I’ve spent some time reflecting and parsing through the defining moments that got us…