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!

Medical Update – Shoulder Surgery & Radiation Results

We spent a Saturday evening in Chicago celebrating the 40th birthday of our bestie, Corey. (Shout out to Corey! He is the reason we ended up dating and getting married.) Dan had just enough energy to live it up and enjoy being with friends. So this guy likes to keep me on my toes. Wednesday … Continue reading Medical Update – Shoulder Surgery & Radiation Results

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

Talking to Raine About Daddy’s Radiation

It was a quiet Monday night. We finished dinner and Raine was anxious to watch the tv show The Voice, his latest obsession (he is rooting for Noah). Rather than head for the living room, I asked him to stay at the table for a talk. I was flying by the seat of my pants in … Continue reading Talking to Raine About Daddy’s Radiation

Medical Update: More MRIs and Stopping Chemo

"And one has to understand that braveness is not the absence of fear but rather the strength to keep on going forward despite the fear." - Paulo Coelho Based on MRI results in August, we spoke with our new radiation oncologist, Dr. Mackenzie McGee with OSF, as well as the opinion of Dr. James L. McGee, … Continue reading Medical Update: More MRIs and Stopping Chemo

After MRI Results

Dan is super chill. There just isn't much that can ruffle him. He gets scanxiety (scan anxiety) just like the best of us, but he never really worries or freaks out. The only way I know how to describe him to people is that he is "zen." There's not much that can ruffle his feathers. … Continue reading After MRI Results