Father’s Day 2018

Happy Father's Day to my amazing husband, Dan Herzing. I am a dork and signed Raine and Dan up for a Father-Son Basketball Camp at Eureka College without even thinking about the fact that Dan has only one reliable lung, vertigo, and a recent complete shoulder replacement.It didn't stop him from attending today, doing the … Continue reading Father’s Day 2018

Young Cancer Family Starts Gift Business – We Need Your Help!

{Medical Update: Dan's shoulder replacement surgery was successful! He is such a rock star; he was sent home the following morning. Like, 24 hours later--In a giant hospital t-shirt that said "get moving," super tight scrub pants, and no shoes. Clearly, I was not prepared with an overnight bag. He started physical therapy after two … Continue reading Young Cancer Family Starts Gift Business – We Need Your Help!

Sunday , Sunday – Edition 2

  Things that made me smile the last two weeks … What made you smile? Having drinks with my neighbor and friend, Taylor, Friday. We used some of my mom's glasses from the hutch collections to sip our blueberry sour lambic. She helped me untangle ribbon for the gift boxes. We talked about anything and … Continue reading Sunday , Sunday – Edition 2

Sunday, Sunday – Edition 1

  We survived another week! Time for another. Things that made me smile ... What made you smile? The kindness and generosity of somone who is going to help us get Hobbes treatment to remove the tumor on his tummy. Creating a new playroom for Raine so that he can pretend he is an American … Continue reading Sunday, Sunday – Edition 1

And Along Came a 40th Birthday

It felt like an outrageous accomplishment. It felt like the summit of Mt. Everest. And it also felt normal. We made it to his 40th birthday and life with cancer has become so normal to us, I was distracted by daily non-cancer minutia and completely forgot to plan something. While I was distracted, Dan planned … Continue reading And Along Came a 40th Birthday

2016 Put Me in the Same Room as Robert Plant

  On a whim, as I sometimes do when it comes to concerts, I bought tickets for myself and a friend to see The Milk Carton Kids at the Vic in Chicago. The exciting news was that it was a performance as part of a concert to raise funds for refugees and would also feature … Continue reading 2016 Put Me in the Same Room as Robert Plant

2016 Gave Us a Different Kind of Christmas…

I started decorating and helping Raine get ready for the holiday season the day we returned from Colorado (a trip to see friends after Thanksgiving). I was grateful that I did that--I didn't know the majority of December would be engulfed by the trauma and duties of grief, then caught up in the whirlwind of our … Continue reading 2016 Gave Us a Different Kind of Christmas…

Our First Date

MEDICAL UPDATE: (After yesterday's post) Dan's heart showed improvement yesterday so the catheter was removed and he was moved out of CICU last night. Today cytology results came back and there were no cancer cells in the fluid. He was discharged today!   Top 10 Reasons Our First Date Was Weird But Awesome (Kind of like … Continue reading Our First Date

My Birthday, Halloween, & Scan Results

  (This is a long overdue post that sat in my draft folder for over a month! Yikes!) For me, October was a blur of changing leaves and trying medications. I am really proud to say that I worked hard at getting healthier and by now, December, I am stable on some fantastic drugs (the … Continue reading My Birthday, Halloween, & Scan Results