The idea for this site began when I reached a new chapter of my life in the summer of 2014. I was excited to write again on a regular basis and share my thoughts about being a busy wife, mother, small business owner, etc. I wanted to write about trying to “do it all,” as well as share how I tried while having mental illness and chronic pain. I set our previous blog that had gathered dust aside and fired this one up.
However, before I could write my first post, a devastating event occurred. My husband, Dan, was taken to the ER after two days of acute shortness of breath. Two days later, on September 18, 2014, he was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer (ALK+non-small cell adenocarcinoma). We learned the following day that the cancer had already spread (metastasized) to lymph nodes, bone, and brain.
I immediately needed to write. I understood that there was a new journey that I would be documenting. Having readers follow along and share their thoughts was invaluable. Writing is my best coping mechanism and to feel a sense of community around my writing is a tremendous gift.
As of 2019, Dan is doing well on a maintenance drug, Alectinib, (chemo-in-a-pill as I call it) which far surpassed his orginal prognosis of 12-18 months. In 2016, we left our home in Oregon to be closer to both of our families in Illinois. We are currently living in my childhood hometown in Central Illinois, with my father, ‘Grandpa Don,’ and trying our best to live life with joy and gratitude.
Follow along and share our story—we do our best to keep it a story of H O P E .