No End in Sight

No End in Sight

Hello, and happy Tuesday! A few months ago, I was interviewed by Brianne Benness for the No End in Sight podcast. No End in Sight is about living with chronic illness, and for episode 72, I had the opportunity to talk to Brianne about brain cancer, misdiagnosis, and...

Chapter 22: Larry, Moe, and Curly

Chapter 22: Larry, Moe, and Curly

Who You Gonna Believe Chapter 22: Larry, Moe, and Curly It makes no logical sense that I carried on with my life like that ER doctor was right, except I was convinced that going to another doctor would just result in the same kind of dismissal. And having the worst...

Disunion Station by Emily Suess

Disunion Station by Emily Suess

Disunion Station by Emily Suess There's a white man in a dark suit. He's immaculately dressed, wearing the finest silk tie, a matching pocket square, and hand-tooled wingtips. In one hand he holds a pipe, and in the other hand a pocketwatch. He's resting in a fancy...

Chapter 21: Diagnosis: Eat a Salad

Chapter 21: Diagnosis: Eat a Salad

Who You Gonna Believe Chapter 21: Diagnosis: Eat a Salad It was 2:13 a.m. and I'd been up pacing the apartment floor for close to thirty minutes, walking from living room to kitchen to bathroom to kitchen to living room, over and over again. It started out like a...

Bullet Journal: Plan with Me February 2021

Bullet Journal: Plan with Me February 2021

January hasn't gone all that swimmingly so far, and seeing how there are only a few days left I think it's safe to say that it's not going to redeem itself. But onward we go. I'm trying another month of bullet journaling, and I'll just see where it takes me. It's time...

MRI #20: The N@zi in the Waiting Room

MRI #20: The N@zi in the Waiting Room

On Monday night, I had my twentieth brain MRI. It was just another routine scan to see if there were any changes in the malignant tumor on my brain stem, but the outpatient hospital visit was more distressing than usual. And I mean aside from the pandemic protocols...

January 10, 2021

For the Record Why? He doesn't want the job. Why doesn't he just tell the world "I didn't want to be responsible for all you suckers and losers anyway," and walk away. I wonder how many in my extended family are white supremacists. I know who the proud ones are. I...

Don’t Let The Screen Door Hit You, 2020!

Don’t Let The Screen Door Hit You, 2020!

Welcome to 2021, everyone! It's 32 degrees Fahrenheit and pouring sleet in Urbana, Illinois this fine New Year's morning. The dog has already thrown up on the carpet, and I feel like there is a hole in my forehead above my left eye that's exposed to the wintery cold....

Chapter 20: Snow Fall

Chapter 20: Snow Fall

Who You Gonna Believe Chapter 20: Snow Fall Our first apartment in Champaign-Urbana was only two blocks from where I worked, but our first winter living there was the year of the polar vortex. Brutal wind, temperatures in the minus twenties, and more ice and snow than...

My Mini Christmas Miracles: Meclizine and the CranioCradle

My Mini Christmas Miracles: Meclizine and the CranioCradle

Christmas Eve was horrible. I was capital-D Depressed because of, well, all the things, and my pain was an 8.5 on a scale of 1-10. Dan decided we should put Boomer in the back seat of the car and go hunting for Candy Cane Lane, a local neighborhood here in Urbana...

Zentangle with me? Maybe?

Zentangle with me? Maybe?

I'd like to invite you to Zentangle with me today. But first, an update for everyone who's morbidly curious about the woman with the brain tumor: I'm still here. 🙂 It's 46 °F in Urbana right now, and it's supposed to be cloudy and rainy for the next couple of days. I...

Chapter 19: Letter of Resignation

Chapter 19: Letter of Resignation

Who You Gonna Believe Chapter 19: Letter of Resignation It’s hard to retrospectively pin down the onset of my brain tumor symptoms, because I spent the better part of a decade fighting to escape the gravitational pull of a narcissistic husband and a couple of bosses...

My Inktober Zentangle Post-Mortem

My Inktober Zentangle Post-Mortem

I did something I'm really proud of last month: I posted a new Zentangle video every day in October. It wasn't always easy, and the drawings weren't always good, but I persisted until I accomplished the thing: my Inktober Zentangle 2020 prompt list. Inktober was...

Inktober Zentangle Challenge Update: The First Week

Inktober Zentangle Challenge Update: The First Week

Happy Friday and happy Inktober! You know, if you're doing that. I'm just popping in to update you on my progress with the Inktober Zentangle challenge. So far the response to my videos has been encouraging, and I'm glad I decided to give Inktober a go this year....

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