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....

It’s Inktober! Zentangle With Me!

It’s Inktober! Zentangle With Me!

For years, I have been watching as my internet friends participate in fun challenges like National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) and Inktober, Well this year, I am finally able to join in the fun with Inktober 2020. I am going to be posting a new Zentangle video on...

Bring on Fall: Life and MRI #19 Results

Bring on Fall: Life and MRI #19 Results

Fall came to Central Illinois right on time. We’ve had the windows open and have been enjoying the much-needed fresh air. A couple of times we have even dipped into the 40s overnight and had to turn the heat on. Of course, we’re expecting a warm-up again for the next...

Chapter 18: Amber

Chapter 18: Amber

Who You Gonna Believe Chapter 18: Amber The Wedding Wagon was scheduled to marry us under the iconic Welcome to Las Vegas sign at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, July 31, 2013. I had to ask Dan a couple of times before he said yes. There were no huge romantic gestures, and no...

Why I Quit Therapy

Why I Quit Therapy

So when we left off last, I was wondering whether I wanted to continue therapy. It turns out, I didn't. I cancelled both appointments I had in July, and I never rescheduled them. If you're curious why I quit therapy, read on! As I was evaluating the pros and cons of...

Chapter 17: Al’s Run

Chapter 17: Al’s Run

Who You Gonna Believe Chapter 17: Al's Run A few miles north of Chicago, I started thinking about food. Stopping at the Lake Forest Oasis on our way to Milwaukee had become something of a tradition, and my body gave an almost Pavlovian signal the second I saw the...

Nothing. What’s Up With You?

Nothing. What’s Up With You?

It’s tempting to apologize for not being around here, or my YouTube channel, much lately. But then I remember I have a brain tumor and that my inability to adhere to my old able-bodied production schedule is never, ever coming back. I don’t like it, but I’m not really...

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