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On September 18th, four years ago, incurable cancer became a part of our story. I had to write about it in order to cope. Writing felt like the air I needed to breathe.On September 8th, only one year ago, the remains of my beloved mother were sealed inside a niche in a columbarium at Glendale … Continue reading Untitled

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

Dearest Don Raine – This Was 2017

I regret that I didn't write and share photos more in 2017 in this special space. The loss of Grandma Mary at the end of 2016 extinguished a spark in my heart. I worried that the spark could never return. I now know that her death changed me, Leah, as I know myself, evermore. It … Continue reading Dearest Don Raine – This Was 2017

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…